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Fundamentals of Technical Services Management
Sheila Intner with Peggy Johnson
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0953-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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136 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0953-9
Year Published: 2008
The processes for acquiring, cataloging, and preserving resources have undergone dramatic changes in the last decade, and library technical services departments have had to evolve quickly in response. Often, librarians asked to take on technical services management roles find themselves both under-prepared and without guidance from their institutions.

In Fundamentals of Managing Library Technical Services, seasoned expert Sheila Intner makes sense out of the chaos as she examines the roles and responsibilities of the technical services manager. This authoritative handbook

  • Gives new managers the tools necessary to effectively run the technical services department
  • Provides guidance on working with and evaluating staff, vendors, and department outputs
  • Suggests ways to boost department visibility
  • Offers easy-to-scan tips, lists, and sidebars, including numerous “tales from the field”
  • Includes chapter-level bibliographies for more in-depth study

    Focusing on strategies for success, the information offered here can be applied to all library types. Newly appointed technical services managers, library practitioners seeking to advance their careers, and library school students will all benefit from this practical, step-by-step approach.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1    Administrative Organization of the Department
    Chapter 2    Responsibilities and Authority of the Manager
    Chapter 3    Planning Technical Services Policies and Programs
    Chapter 4    Vendor Relations
    Chapter 5    Staffing the Department
    Chapter 6    Budgeting and Finance
    Chapter 7    Impact of Digital Resources
    Chapter 8    Relationships beyond the Department
    Chapter 9    Evaluating the Department
    Chapter 10    Concluding Thoughts
    About the Authors
    Sheila Intner, a Simmons professor emeritus, is widely recognized as a technical services expert. She has edited and written for several issues of Technicalities: Information Forum for the Library Practitioner, and has authored, edited, or contributed to more than 20 books including Cataloging Correctly for Kids (ALA Editions, 2005)

    Peggy Johnson, who contributed two chapters to this book, is also well known for her technical services expertise. She is the editor of the two professional journals in the field: Library Resources & Technical Services and Technicalities. She is also the author of Fundamentals of Collection Development (ALA Editions, 2003).

    "Highly recommended for professional and library school collections."
    --Library Journal

    “Every new technical services manager should read this book, as well as librarians who want to explore the world of the technical services manager.”
    --Serials Review

    "Intner and Johnson connect technical services to the library’s mission, and encourage technical services librarians to take on the consultative role that is precisely theirs. Many times technical services books focus on a single type of library. This is not the case here, and public library technical services managers will find this book useful. Although this concise volume is also intended to be used as a textbook, its dual purpose is to function as a practical manual for technical services management team members, whether new or well seasoned. In our opinion, it accomplishes both."

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