Introduction to Technical Services / Edition 8

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Used in library schools worldwide, this standard text provides students with a thorough understanding of technical services. Updated and expanded, the eighth edition further emphasizes the rapidly changing environment in which technical services are conducted.

The book covers all aspects of the field—from acquisitions to managing the cataloging department—with five new chapters. "Technical Services Issues" includes material related to physical space needs; "E-resources Issues" examines how the growth of e-materials impact technical services work; "Copy Cataloging" reflects the ever increasing need to be more efficient and also to save limited funds for technical services activities; "Overview and Decisions" addresses the issue of why and how the local OPAC has become a gateway to the universe of knowledge; and "Processing Materials" covers the activities involved in making sure items that go into a library's collection are properly identified as belonging to the library and where the item is physically located in the collection. All other chapters have been extensively rewritten and updated to reflect 2010 technical service functions and activities. Complete with helpful illustrations, statistics, and study guide questions, this text is a must for library and information science students!

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of the standard text first published in 1971, and last in 1985. The revolutionary changes wrought by computers and networks are well elucidated here. Evans (librarian, Loyola Marymount Univ. in L.A.) has been joined by Heft (Caltech Library) in this revision. A text/reference that will prove useful--and affordable--to virtually every library, and to many users thereof. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"This substantial volume is the standard textbook for courses on technical services in library and information science (LIS) programs, and with good reason. It succeeds in doing what . . . an introductory textbook should do: balance high-level overviews of acquisitions and cataloging . . . with judiciously chosen details that are sufficient to elucidate the subject, but not so abundant as to completely overwhelm the inexperienced student. . . . learners, at various stages of knowledge, will find Evans, Intner, and Weihs to be adept, trustworthy guides to the past, present, and probable future landscapes of technical services work."


Library Resources and Technical Services

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588887
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 524,814
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Seventh Edition
Pt. 1 General Background
1 Introduction and Overview 3
2 Staffing 20
3 Technical Services Administration 40
4 Cooperation/Consortia and Technical Services 67
Pt. 2 Acquisitions and Serials
5 Acquisitions - Overview 91
6 Information Producers 107
7 Acquisition Process 129
8 Order Processes 157
9 Distributors and Vendors 181
10 Print-Based Serials 210
11 Electronic Serials 234
12 Government Information 247
13 Nonbook Materials 268
14 Fiscal Management 293
Pt. 3 Cataloging and Processing
15 Cataloging - Overview 325
16 Decisions 334
17 Description and Access 345
18 Subject Analysis 418
19 Subject Headings Lists 443
20 Classifications 469
21 The MARC Formats 498
22 Managing the Cataloging Department 513
Index 527
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