It has long been apparent to academic library administrators that the current technical services operations within libraries need to be redirected and refocused in terms of both format priorities and human resources. A number of developments and directions have made this reorganization imperative, many of which have been accelerated by the current economic crisis. All of the chapters detail some aspect of technical services reorganization due to downsizing and/or reallocation of human resources, retooling professional and support staff in higher level duties and/or non-MARC metadata, "value-added" metadata opportunities, outsourcing redundant activities, and shifting resources from analog to digital object organization and description.
This book will assist both catalogers and library administrators with concrete examples of moving technical services operations and personnel from the analog to the digital environment.
This book was published as a special double issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Bradford Lee Eden 2. Agile Cataloging: Staffing and Skills for a Bibliographic Future Anne M. Mitchell, J. Michael Thompson, and Annie Wu 3. Sharing Cataloging Expertise: Options for Libraries to Share Their Skilled Catalogers with Other Libraries Magda El-Sherbini 4. Integrating Metadata Creation into Catalog Workflow Maura L. Valentino 5. The Expansion of Cataloging to Cover the Digital Object Landscape John J. Riemer 6. Re-Visioning Technical Services: A Unique Opportunity to Examine the Past, Access the Present, and Create a Better Future Jennifer J. Leffler and Pamela Newberg 7. Using the Balanced Scorecard for Strategic Operation of the Cataloging Department Dong Suk Kim 8. Relevance Recognized: Value-Added Cataloging for Departmental and Digital Collections Anne Marie Taber and Mary Jane Conger 9. What’s in a Name? Pat Headlee, Sandra Lahtinen, and Julie Swann 10. Integrating Enhance and NACO Work into Pre-Professional Experiences: A Successful Strategy for All Peter H. Lisius, Margaret Beecher Maurer, Sevim McCutcheon, and Jacob Schaub 11. The Cello Music Cataloger as Program Builder Mac Nelson
Bradford Lee Eden is Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is editor of OCLC Systems & Services: Digial Library Perspectives International and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, has masters and PhD degrees in musicology, and publishes on metadata, technical services, medieval music and liturgy, and J.R.R. Tolkein studies.