Rethinking Library Technical Services: Redefining Our Profession for the Future (Paperback)

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By Mary Beth Weber (Editor)
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Will library technical services exist thirty years from now? If so, what do leading experts see as the direction of the field? In this visionary look at the future of technical services, Mary Beth Weber, Head of Central Technical Services at Rutgers and editor of Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALA's Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and one of the top peer-reviewed scholarly technical services journals has compiled a veritable who's who of the field to answer just these questions. Experts including Amy K. Weiss, Sylvia Hall-Ellis, and Sherri L. Vellucci answer vital questions like: -Is there a future for traditional cataloging, acquisitions, and technical services? -How can librarians influence the outcome of vendor-provided resources such as e-books, licensing, records sets, and authority control? -Will RDA live up to its promise? -Are approval plans and subject profiles relics of the past? -Is there a need to curate data through its lifecycle? -What skills will be needed in the future in technical services jobs?

About the Author

Mary Beth Weber is the Head of Central Technical Services at Rutgers University. She began at Rutgers as the Special Formats Catalog Librarian, progressed to Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, and assumed her current role when Acquisitions and Cataloging/Metadata Services merged. The department has undergone numerous changes under her leadership, including switching the library's primary monographs and approval vendor, instituting two patron driven acquisitions plans for e-books, establishing cross-functional virtual teams with other departments to coordinate the acquisition and cataloging of e-books and media.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442238633
ISBN-10: 1442238631
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: April 9th, 2015
Pages: 206
Language: English