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Please join the ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS IG) at the 2018 ALA Annual in New Orleans, LA

Date and time: Saturday, June 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: MCC Building room 299, New Orleans, LA

The program will include the following presentations:

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Workflows:  Interdepartmental Collaboration at the University of Arkansas Libraries

In an effort to streamline thesis and dissertation cataloging at the University of Arkansas, a working group was devised to create a semi-automated workflow. Our new, multi-departmental workflow eliminates redundancies, allowing us to provide better access to the intellectual output on our campus. This presentation describes the experience (including some lessons learned) of the collaboration between multiple library departments as well as departments across campus. It acknowledges the importance of library and campus collaboration and emphasizes clear and consistent communication as a means to meeting user needs, and it will include a detailed look at our newly created workflow, our new procedural material, and our new student forms.

Rachel Paul, Assistant Professor and Cataloging Librarian at the University of Arkansas; Cedar C. Middleton, Institutional Repository Coordinator at the University of Arkansas


Revitalizing the Group Dynamic - Conversations Across a Consortium

This presentation will address the benefits and challenges of building and sustaining relationships with tech services colleagues in other institutions, and the importance of harnessing a “stronger together” mantra to support members of a consortium – both locally and regionally. WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Director’s Organization) is a consortium of member libraries that supports the procurement and administration of electronic resources and services for academic, public, and special libraries. The presenters, who work in different libraries in the New York City metro area, will discuss their backgrounds with the WALDO consortium, and what they have recently done to help revitalize and transform WALDO's technical services discussion group to encourage more involvement and capture more voices. Topics that will be addressed include: listening to our members; assessing tools and resources that support online conversations and resource sharing; and developing relevant discussion topics, training, and events to address a variety of needs.

Maureen Clements, Systems and Technical Services Librarian at Mercy College; Susanne Markgren, Assistant Director for Technical Services at the Library of Manhattan College


Collaborating to Get the Most Out of Library and e-Book Vendor Statistical Reports

This presentation will focus on how the Troy University Libraries’ Head of Technical Services, Business Reference Librarian, Social Sciences Reference/Government Documents Librarian, and Head of Public Services collaboration to study the use of their print and e-book collections has benefited both departments.  Together they are able to reach goals for both departments including: appropriate allocation of funds for acquisitions, distribution of Technical Services workflow, insight into our users’ preferences for collection development, and discovering which users to target for promotion of the different resources.

Jana Slay, Head of Technical Services; Rachel Hooper, Business Reference Librarian; Kelly Wilson, Social Sciences Reference/Government Documents Librarian; Jeff Simpson, Head of Public Services (All from Troy University Library)


We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Michelle Hahn and Tiewei Liu (Co-Chairs)
Suzhen Chen and Kristin Flachsbart (Co-Vice Chairs)


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