Technical services training and development
For Immediate Release
ALA Publishing & Media
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Today's next generation catalogs, changing cataloging rules, and diverse formats and delivery models demand that technical services professionals and paraprofessionals keep up with evolving best practices for the work they do. Fortunately, libraries can adopt practices such as Training Within Industry (TWI), lean management, and instructional design methodologies to develop a learning culture that continuously improves service delivery. Using case studies, “Transforming Technical Services through Training and Development,” published by ALA Editions in collaboration with Core Publishing, showcases a variety of creative and practical training development and organizational strategies. Libraries and consortia have used those strategies to tackle issues related to skills gaps, remote work, student worker turnover, reorganizations, technology migrations, and more. From this collection, edited by Marlee Givens and Sofia Slutskaya, readers will learn about:
- techniques for establishing a positive training and learning culture;
- project management tools and business methodologies such as a Deming approach and just-in-time training for continuous improvement and staff skill development;
- reactive and proactive approaches in the training program for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Acquisitions Unit;
- how the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) harnessed the power of remote work to undertake a library services platform migration during the pandemic;
- applying concepts from information literacy instruction to e-resources training;
- reinventing student worker training;
- collaborative initiatives such as cross-organizational learning through Community of Practice (CoP);
- assessing metadata competencies by transforming records for a multi-system migration in an academic library at a R1 research university; and
- how staff training and documentation eased a library system’s transition from Voyager to Alma.
Givens has been librarian for modern languages and a library learning consultant at the Georgia Tech Library since 2017, and liaison to the School of Psychology there since 2018. In this position she works with faculty in the schools of Modern Languages and Psychology to support their teaching and scholarship, provides classroom and online instruction, and facilitates learning for library employees. She also holds two certificates in learning design from the Association for Talent Development. Slutskaya is the head of resource description at Emory University’s Woodruff Library. Over the years, she has held a variety of positions in both public and technical services. Her research interests include staff training, cataloging print and electronic materials, e-resource management, and e-book acquisitions
The former Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.
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