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Please join the  ALCTS Interest Group, Role of the Professional 
Librarian in Technical Services (RPLTS-IG) at the 2016 ALA Annual 
Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Time: 10:30AM- 11:30AM, Saturday, 06/25/2016

Place: Orange County Convention Center, Room W107

Title:  The role of professional librarians in technical-service 
training: Professionalizing paraprofessionals

Abstract:

Paraprofessional library positions are often viewed as stepping-stones 
to library careers rather than career destinations, and professional 
librarians conducting training can explicitly prepare paraprofessionals 
for higher-level work in libraries. Emphasizing professional development 
is an act of inclusion that can break down the perceived barrier between 
staff levels and increase enthusiasm and effectiveness. Learn how one 
library’s weekly trainings of two e-resource paraprofessionals balance 
practical training and professional development with discussion of 
readings, taking turns presenting innovative technologies, identifying 
training needs and exploring presentation venues collaboratively, and 
even preparing for future job interviews.

Bio:

Robert Heaton is the Electronic Collections Librarian at Utah State 
University. He is finishing a two-year term as cochair of the LITA/ALCTS 
Electronic Resources Management Interest Group and is currently studying 
the selection and use of technological tools in support of e-resource 
troubleshooting.

Title: Breaking Down the Silos Inside and Outside of the Back Room: 
Everyone Wins

Abstract:

I will review the changes in staffing (both professional and 
paraprofessional positions) and their roles that have taken place in the 
last few years at the Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore.  By 
changing the “traditional” [meaning: that’s how it’s always been done] 
breakdown of responsibilities and implementing greater back-room support 
of public services and Special Collections, we have been able to upgrade 
paraprofessional staff and add a new professional librarian position.  
Examples of changes include finding ways to provide access to locally 
useful information (using software such as WorldCat Lists, previously 
the purview of reference staff); training everyone on updating all 
records (not just the ILS but also the A-Z list and the link resolver) 
for a title regardless of its format; collaborating with public services 
to develop a local thesaurus of genres for games; and creating metadata 
for digital special collections materials.

In March 2016 the department had a “title change” from Technical 
Services and Content Management to Resource Acquisition and Discovery, 
recognizing the active role we play. We are RAD indeed!

Bio:

Betty Landesman was with the University of Baltimore from July 2012 to 
April 2016.  She had held previous positions in technical services, 
public services, and systems in academic libraries, federal libraries, 
special libraries, and with a library automation vendor.  She has had 
extensive involvement in information standards work and currently serves 
as co-chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)’s 
Content and Collection Management Topic Committee.

-- 
Mingyan Li

Resource Access Librarian
Richard J. Daley Library
University of Illinois at Chicago
Voice: (312)996-3040
Fax: (312)413-0424
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