- Outsourcing –there are different levels of outsourcing, most well know is shelf-ready. I’d like to see some stories of other services, such as cataloging, being outsourced.
- Downsizing collections – stories of print being weeded and why
- Staffing changes – while Technical Services departments may need fewer people in the long run, the staff that is needed will need to have greater skill sets and be paid more. More and more, systems work such as programming is being handled in technical services and experience with metadata creation has become more important.
- Marketing our services – the age old question of how to show our relevance. Who has created a successful marketing/advocacy program for technical services?
- Assessment – how do we assess the work we do in Technical Services since many times, it seems the work we do is misunderstood.
- New areas for growth – working with Institutional Repositories in interacting with Faculty to assign metadata terms to material.
- The role of technical services with the acquisitions and access of data sets
- Working with Special Collections and ArchivesIt would be beneficial to hear stories of how Technical Services is working more closely with specialized collections.
- BIBFRAME/Linked Open Data – catalogers/metadata librarians need to be trained with BIBFRAMECase studies on Linked Open Data projects and how staff are being trained on LOD projects.
- Collaboration with IT/Systems departments. We need to work more closely with these units. Are there cases where Technical services collaborated on projects with IT, such as with Linked Open Data?
- Traditional ILS – need to catch up with what is happening in library world such as linked data, better faceting, implementing RDA, tools to track workflow, etc.
- Consortium Projects
- Case studies on how consortium projects (Shared retention, shared approval plans, ebook packages, shared print/ebook plans, etc) impact technical services.
- Vendor Relations
- Increasingly, Technical service managers’ time is spent on vendor relations. Vendors are consolidating, OCLC is making changes to their services and not anticipating the difficulties for their customers, sales reps change, etc. What are the challenges that technical services are facing with our vendors. Every time a vendor is bought and sold, the customer is impacted. A component of vendor relations is outsourcing. What are new or dying areas of outsourcing with our vendors? Has anyone gone beyond the shelf-ready type of outsourcing? What about the transition to cloud based systems? What are vendors doing (or not doing) to facilitate (or inhibit) the changes that are occurring?
- Distance Education
- How are technical services responding to the increase in distance education by universities and the outsourcing of teaching the classes to vendors. How are the acquisitions of resources coordinated with what is being taught? It is often enough that students are trying to access resources that the Distance Education company says the library has but it doesn’t.
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