Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution

January 26–28, 2010 hosted by the ALCTS Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

Library technical services have been undergoing radical changes and are facing new challenges due to shrinking budget, reduced positions, new E-formats and technology. Shifting priorities and seeking innovative approaches and workflows are critical in meeting these challenges.

This e-Forum generated a lot of good ideas that we believe will benefit technical services operations of all types of libraries. We’d like to thank all the participants for your time and efforts in sharing your experiences, examples, thoughts and comments on our topic.

The e-forum discussion summary report is now available on our interest group’s web site via ALA Connect.

We’d also like to invite all of you who go to the ALA conference to consider our Interest Group meetings. If you haven’t been, our meetings usually are just like this e-forum: the steering committee members pose questions that we think are important to technical services and invite the attendees to get in small groups to discuss them. Meetings are usually lively and fun. We summarize and post our discussion report on our IG web site after each conference.