Fundamentals Of Technical Services Management

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The processes for acquiring, cataloging, and preserving resources have undergone dramatic changes in the past decade, and library technical services departments have had to evolve quickly in response. Often, librarians asked to take on technical services management roles find themselves both underprepared and without guidance from their institutions.
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Cataloging and technical services expert Intner (professor emeriti, GSLIS, Simmons Coll.; Metadata and Its Impact on Libraries), with the assistance of Johnson (Univ. of Minnesota Libs.; editor, Library Resources & Technical Services and Technicalities: Information Forum for the Technical Services Practitioner), has written a practical, well-thought-out handbook for managing a technical services department. Although it is primarily aimed at novice managers, it is just as useful for current department heads, library administrators, technical services staff, and faculty and library school students. Building on the thorough understanding of library technical services laid out in 2002's Introduction to Technical Services, 7th ed., by G. Edward Evan, Intner, and Jean Weihs, this volume provides guidance on administrative organization, developing "effective goals, objectives, and action strategies," hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff, budgeting and finance, working with vendors, understanding metadata, evaluating the department, and establishing good communication skills. Each chapter includes a list of further reading. Highly recommended for professional and library school collections.
—Susan E. Ketcham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909539
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Administrative Organization of the Department 1

Chapter 2 Responsibilities and Authority of the Manager 15

Chapter 3 Planning Technical Services Policies and Programs 35

Chapter 4 Vendor Relations 54

Chapter 5 Staffing the Department 69

Chapter 6 Budgeting and Finance 87

Chapter 7 Impact of Digital Resources 103

Chapter 8 Relationships beyond the Department 116

Chapter 9 Evaluating the Department 126

Chapter 10 Concluding Thoughts 148

Index 151

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