Assessment in Technical Services

Wednesday, 4/3/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on April 3, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

This is part 4 of the five-part series Research and Publication Basics.

Technical services assessment practices involve a variety of possibilities. In this webinar, we’ll begin with an overview of published literature and the types of cataloging assessment projects librarians have written about, including those focusing on quality control, efficiency, cost, and more. We’ll discuss methods and tools that can be used for different assessment purposes. As part of this, participants will be provided with information about where to learn more about relevant research methodologies. We’ll conclude by discussing how assessment practices can support institutional and professional goals and values.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Identify an assessment goal
  • Select an appropriate assessment tool or methodology for their goal
  • Express how their assessment goal supports a professional value

Who Should Attend

The series is geared toward librarians in technical services who want to do research but don't know where to start.


Jessica Schomberg became interested in cataloging in high school, after arguing with the public library cataloger about where the science fiction should be shelved. Jessica currently serves as the Media Cataloger and as the Library Services Department Chair at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jessica’s educational background includes a MA in English: Teaching English as a Second Language from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a MLIS from the University of Washington, Seattle.



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