Role of the Professional in Technical Services Interest Group

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 -
10:30am to 11:30am

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Municipal Room
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Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame have been experiencing organizational transition over a number of years – starting with the departure of a long-serving Director of Libraries in early 2010, through transitions including introduction of a new University Librarian and a university-wide early retirement offering, and culminating in a library-wide reorganization with detailed reporting lines and structure just announced mid-September 2012. During this presentation, we would share observations on how transition and reorganization affected us as professional librarians and impacted areas of technical services such as Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Cataloging & Metadata, and Licensing – consolidating areas which had fallen within as many as 5 different departments over recent years into one large program area that now includes more than 40 library staff and faculty. Discussing impact on:

*Current and former roles of technical services librarians within the organization
*Internal communications – integrating formerly independent departments to work differently as part of a larger program
*Partnership observations within the larger organization
*Staffing: new roles/new people/new tasks
*Challenges and Opportunities of leadership – supervising professional and para-professional staff in a changing environment
*Approaching training opportunities in a new environment

Retooling, Reskilling, RDA

Roman S. Panchyshyn, Catalog Librarian & Assistant Professor, Kent State University

This presentation will focus on the transformation currently taking place with professional librarians in Technical Services at Kent State University Libraries. 1) Professional librarians have actively played a role in bringing certain workflow processes back into the department. We have taken over many of the functions that were previously done by systems staff, especially in the area of electronic resource cataloging, batch cataloging and management. Professional librarians have undergone an active reskilling process to help bring new skills into the department. This reskilling process is impacting paraprofessional staff as well, since more departmental resources, and budget dollars need to be applied to electronic resource management workflows. 2) The role of the professional librarian as teacher is becoming more prominent and crucial, especially with RDA adoption and training. It is the professional librarian’s role to establish levels of competency and develop procedures for both paraprofessional staff and student assistants. 3) Kent State University Libraries is now a Tier 1 library in the OhioLINK consortium regarding cataloging and maintenance of bibliographic records in the OhioLINK central catalog; our records are prominently visible statewide. Professional librarians are being asked, more than ever, to take leadership roles in both OhioLINK and in the state. By assuming these leadership roles, it insures that technical services librarians are present “at the table” when administrative decisions are made, at both local and consortial levels, that impact the future roles of the department and its staff.

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Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following
two presentations:

    Impact of library-wide reorganization on Technical
    Services at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

      Anastasia
      Guimaraes, Head, Metadata Services/Batchprocessing & Data Support units,
      University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

      Andrea
      Langhurst, Head, Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Pay unit, University of
      Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

      Hesburgh
      Libraries at the University of Notre Dame have been experiencing organizational
      transition over a number of years – starting with the departure of a
      long-serving Director of Libraries in early 2010, through transitions including
      introduction of a new University Librarian and a university-wide early
      retirement offering, and culminating in a library-wide reorganization with
      detailed reporting lines and structure just announced mid-September 2012. 
      During this presentation, we would share observations on how transition and
      reorganization affected us as professional librarians and impacted areas of
      technical services such as Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Cataloging &
      Metadata, and Licensing – consolidating areas which had fallen within as many
      as 5 different departments over recent years into one large program area that
      now includes more than 40 library staff and faculty.  Discussing impact
      on:

      *Current
      and former roles of technical services librarians within the organization

      *Internal
      communications – integrating formerly independent departments to work
      differently as part of a larger program

      *Partnership
      observations within the larger organization

      *Staffing:
      new roles/new people/new tasks

      *Challenges
      and Opportunities of leadership – supervising professional and
      para-professional staff in a changing environment

      *Approaching
      training opportunities in a new environment

        Retooling,
        Reskilling, RDA

          Roman S.
          Panchyshyn, Catalog Librarian & Assistant Professor, Kent State University

          This presentation
          will focus on the transformation currently taking place with professional
          librarians in Technical Services at Kent State University Libraries. 1)
          Professional librarians have actively played a role in bringing certain
          workflow processes back into the department. We have taken over many of the
          functions that were previously done by systems staff, especially in the area of
          electronic resource cataloging, batch cataloging and management. Professional
          librarians have undergone an active reskilling process to help bring new skills
          into the department. This reskilling process is impacting paraprofessional
          staff as well, since more departmental resources, and budget dollars need to be
          applied to electronic resource management workflows. 2) The role of the
          professional librarian as teacher is becoming more prominent and crucial,
          especially with RDA adoption and training. It is the professional librarian’s
          role to establish levels of competency and develop procedures for both
          paraprofessional staff and student assistants. 3) Kent State University
          Libraries is now a Tier 1 library in the OhioLINK consortium regarding
          cataloging and maintenance of bibliographic records in the OhioLINK central
          catalog; our records are prominently visible statewide. Professional librarians
          are being asked, more than ever, to take leadership roles in both OhioLINK and
          in the state. By assuming these leadership roles, it insures that technical
          services librarians are present “at the table” when administrative decisions
          are made, at both local and consortial levels, that impact the future roles of
          the department and its staff.