Please come join us for the ALCTS *Role of **Professional Librarian in 
Technical Services**Interest Group* (RPLTS IG) session in Atlanta!
The RPLTS IG will meet Saturday morning, *January 21, 2017 10:30-11:30 
a.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), A315*.

There will be three presentations given:

*1). “Technical Services and Public Services: Collaborative Decision 
Making”*presented by Krista Schmidt, Research and Instruction 
Librarian/STEM Liaison & Kristin Calvert, Head of Content Organization & 
Management, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.

For academic libraries, a shared budgetary and resource governance 
structure in an academic library provides technical and public services 
staff the opportunity to collaborate on collection development and 
management decisions and improves transparency in the decision-making 
process. For Western Carolina University, a medium-sized regional 
comprehensive university in North Carolina, the Collections Advisory 
Committee includes four technical services members and three members 
from public services. The committee reviews and provides recommendations 
on collections topics including policy decisions, budget allocations, 
the addition of new continuing resources or expensive one-time 
purchases, and the review and cancellation of continuing resources.  In 
our talk, we will discuss how this committee has collaborated on 
decision making, including budget and resource prioritization, the 
outcomes of these collaborations, and the benefits each department has 
experienced based on this collaboration.

*2). “Technical Services Outreach – Facilitating Conversations and 
Collaboration in Your Library for the Benefit of All ”*presented by 
Emily Sanford, Serials Catalog Librarian, Michigan State University 

The work of technical services units in libraries is foundational, but 
traditionally behind the scenes and somewhat shrouded in mystery to 
outsiders. The MSU Libraries Technical Services Unit, after the success 
of outreach efforts to prepare public services staff for RDA 
implementation, started to think about ways to continue the conversation 
by developing a series of presentations about our work. The informal 
series of talks sought to advocate for the work of the unit, while also 
sparking discussions with staff members in other parts of the library in 
order to facilitate collaboration and silo information breakdowns. This 
presentation will discuss the series and advocacy/collaboration efforts 
at the MSU Libraries.

*3). “*Picking Perfect Partners: Collaborations Within and Outside 
Technical Services*”*by Mary Konkel, Head of Technical Services, College 
of DuPage Library.

The Internet and library systems and software have provided greater 
efficiencies within technical services. In addition, the shifting of 
human resources to meet the growing demand for additional staff in 
public services has contributed to the rightsizing of technical services 
departments. In order to do “more with less”, finding partners to 
collaborate on projects has been essential. These partnerships have also 
provided valuable cross-training opportunities. This presentation will 
highlight cataloging, processing, systems, collection development and 
reference activities and projects that  can be accomplished by picking 
the perfect partner. It’s not necessarily just for technical services 

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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