Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries IG (Big Heads)


To meet and discuss informally problems within the field of technical services which are common to the administration of large research libraries.


Nina Servizzi (Chair-Elect, July 31, 2019, to July 31, 2020)
Julie Reese (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)

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Membership is limited to the technical services directors of:

  • 3 U.S. national libraries (LC, NLM, NAL)
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • 2 large public libraries (NYPL, Boston Public)
  • The 3 largest Canadian libraries (Toronto, Alberta, British Columbia)
  • 1 large U.S. non-ARL institution (Stanford)
  • U.S. ARL institutions whose average Investment Index figure is 0.5 or above (actual numbers may fluctuate)

Membership is reviewed every three years. 

Subcommittees & Task Forces

Membership is limited to the technical services directors of:

  • the 24 largest ARL university libraries (including the Canadian libraries);
  • one non-ARL university library (Stanford University);
  • two public libraries which meet the same criteria as the 24 largest ARL research libraries; and
  • three national libraries (standing members)

Membership is reviewed every three years. See the most recent membership review.


Established Annual Conference 1963.

Get Involved

Active participation is reserved primarily for the interest group membership, but guests are welcome in the audience at Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences.

Staff Liaison

Julie Reese
ALCTS Deputy Executive Director
(800) 545-2433 x5030