Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services

Step behind the scenes to learn about the exciting variety of rewarding careers available in technical services librarianship. Our panel of experienced technical services librarians from a variety of positions and institutions will be the tour guides to the world of technical services. This isn’t your grandmother’s technical services department.

Often on the edge of developing technology and the implementation of it on a local level, technically able technical services librarians are necessary in the growth and development of the future of libraries. Panelists will speak about their daily work, what led them to decide on a career as a technical services librarian, and recommendations for those interested in pursuing a similar career path.

Brought to you by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services New Member Interest Group (ALCTS NMIG), this free webinar has been developed with all in mind—from the aspiring graduate student to the experienced library professional looking to undertake new responsibilities or for a career change.

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Originally presented on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will better understand:

  • The different and varied positions available in technical services.
  • What a day in the life of a technical service librarian is like.
  • Ideas and tips regarding pursuing a career in librarianship—including grad school classes, internships, and skills.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is for anyone interested in pursuing a career in technical services.


Joshua Barton
Joshua Barton is Head of Copy Cataloging and Philosophy Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. He has written and presented on cataloging, discovery tools and zines in libraries. He has trained staff in serials cataloging, serials holdings and copy cataloging. He is serving on MSU's RDA Implementation Task Force.

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson is the Technical Services Manager of the Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She holds an M.A. from the University of Tulsa and an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma.  Sarah has been the Tech Services manager for about 7 years and has seen her job change dramatically over that time, from a close focus on the activity of the department to becoming much more of a project-based job. 

Roberta Pilette
Roberta Pilette has been in library preservation for more than 25 years.  She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Library Service’s Conservation Education Program. Prior to her current position as director of the preservation department at Yale University Library, Ms. Pilette was the associate chief of preservation treatment at the New York Public Library. She is the 2011 recipient of the American Library Association’s Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award.




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