Friday, November 18, 2016

The Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services

Schmidt, Krista and Tim Carstens. Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1502-8

As it addresses acquisitions, processing, cataloging, and deselection, this book speaks directly to the needs and responsibilities of subject liaisons. It clears away extra information and jargon to bring liaisons up to speed on how technical services staff get things done.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Collection Development
Data and Information

Chapter 2    Budgets and Budgeting
Understanding Your Institution’s and Library’s Financial Picture
  • Sources of Funds
  • Decision Making
Allocating Funds within the Library
Communication and Timing

Chapter 3    Submitting Orders

Organizational Structure
Information and Processes
Timing Is Everything

Chapter 4    Acquisitions Ordering
Organizational Structure (Again)
Record Keeping and Communication
Ordering Processes
Timing Is Everything (Again)

Chapter 5    Receiving and Processing
Receiving and Processing Physical Resources
  • Books, Media, and Other Non-serial Items
  • Serials
  • Collection Designation
Receiving and Processing Electronic Materials
  • E-books
  • Databases and E-journals

Chapter 6    Cataloging
Copy and Original Cataloging
Enhancing Cataloging Records
  • Individual Record Editing
  • Batch Editing
  • Workflow Edits
Enhancing the Catalog Itself

Chapter 7    Collection Maintenance
  • Initiation and Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Withdrawal Processes
Location Changes
Format Updates