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Introduction to Technical Services

Eighth Edition

by G. Edward Evans, Sheila S. Intner, and Jean Weihs

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November 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 484
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Grade College
Topics Acquisitions and Collection Management/Collection Development, Theory and Practice
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
Description

Used in library schools worldwide, this standard text provides students with a thorough understanding of technical services. Updated and expanded, the eighth edition further emphasizes the rapidly changing environment in which technical services are conducted.

The book covers all aspects of the field—from acquisitions to managing the cataloging department—with five new chapters. "Technical Services Issues" includes material related to physical space needs; "E-resources Issues" examines how the growth of e-materials impact technical services work; "Copy Cataloging" reflects the ever increasing need to be more efficient and also to save limited funds for technical services activities; "Overview and Decisions" addresses the issue of why and how the local OPAC has become a gateway to the universe of knowledge; and "Processing Materials" covers the activities involved in making sure items that go into a library's collection are properly identified as belonging to the library and where the item is physically located in the collection. All other chapters have been extensively rewritten and updated to reflect 2010 technical service functions and activities. Complete with helpful illustrations, statistics, and study guide questions, this text is a must for library and information science students!

Author Info

G. Edward Evans is a renowned Fulbright scholar, former university librarian, author, consultant, and supervisor of the Harold S. Colton Memorial Library and Archives, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sheila S. Intner is professor emeritus, Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. She has received several awards, including ALA's Margaret Mann Citation Award for outstanding contributions to education for cataloging and classification.

Jean Weihs is a consultant, Technical Services Group, Toronto, Ontario. She has received over ten national and international awards including the Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and was the first recipient of the John Comaromi Lectureship. She represented the Canadian Library Association on the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR for nine years and was its chair for six years.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition

Part I: General Background

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
Libraries and Customer Service
Customer Service Philosophy
Role of Library Services
What are Technical Services?
Technical Services Background
Knowledge Goals for Staff
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 2: TECHNICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Tips for Effective Time Management
Tips for Meetings
Tips for Team Building
Tips for Staff Motivation
Tips for Communication
The “More” Factor
The Faster/Better/Cheaper Factors
Restructuring to Provide “Faster and Better”
Standards
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 3: STAFFING
Staffing Categories
Librarians
Paraprofessional/Support Staff
Other Full-Time Staff
Staffing Process
Recruitment
Selecting the Pool
Interviewing
Staff Development, Training, and Retention
Retention
Training and Development
Performance Appraisal
Part-Time Staff
Students
Volunteers
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 4: TECHNICAL SERVICES ISSUE
Technology
Outsourcing
Cooperative/Consortial Activities
Quality Assurance
Budgetary Issues
Spaces for Technical Services
Some Key Issues
Planning Issues
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Part II: Acquisitions and Serials

Chapter 5: ACQUISITIONS—OVERVIEW
Collection Development and Acquisitions
Types of Materials Acquired
Print Materials
Nonbook Materials
Electronic Resources
General Procedures
Request Processing
Verifying
Ordering
Reporting
Receiving Orders
Acquisition Methods
Serials Processing
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Selected Web Sites and Discussion Lists
Suggested Reading

Chapter 6: DISTRIBUTORS AND VENDORS
Making the Selection—Factors to Consider
What the Firm Stocks
Vendor Technological Capability
Speed of Delivery
Financial Considerations
Vendors’ Services
Customer Service Considerations
Vendor Evaluation
Retail Outlets
Out-of-Print, Antiquarian, and Rare Book Dealers
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Selected Web Sites
Suggested Reading

Chapter 7: PRINT AND DIGITAL BOOKS
What is Publishing?
Types of Publishers
Electronic Publishing
E-Readers
Technology and Information Producers
Acquisitions and E-Resources
The Google Books Library Project
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 8: E-RESOURCE ISSUES
Differences between E-Resource and Print Collection Building
Ownership Issues
Negotiating the License
Group Decision Making
Trials
Purchase Price
Staff and User Issues
Technical Issues
Cancellations
Assessment of E-Resources
Statistics
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 9: SERIALS—PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
What Is a Serial?
Issues and Concerns
Cost and Pricing
Acquisition
Processing
Access
Preservation
Backfiles
Changing Nature
Assessment and Evaluation
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 10: GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
Background
E-Government
Categories of Government Information
U.S. Documents
State and Local Governments
Canadian Government Information
Documents from Other Countries
Access to Government Information
Accessing U.S. Government Information
Preservation of Government Information
Federal Depository Library Program
Canadian Depository Programs
Acquisition of Government Information
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 11: MEDIA
Media Issues
Current Media Formats
Motion Pictures and Video
Movie Ratings and Libraries
Video and Copyright
Other Image Formats
Maps
Audio Recordings
Games
Game Ratings
Realia
Microforms
Preservation
Microforms
Film and Video
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 12: FISCAL MANAGEMENT
Problems in Fiscal Management
Library Fund Accounting
Accounting
Balance Sheet
Accounts and Ledgers
Journal
Estimating Costs
Allocation of Monies
Encumbering
Vouchers
Order and Invoice Control
Reconciliation of Accounts
Audits
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Part III: Cataloging and Processing

Chapter 13: OVERVIEW AND DECISIONS
The Rationale for Good Cataloging
Cataloging and Classification Processes
Decisions
Bibliographic Levels
Subject Authorities
Classification Systems
Catalog Displays
A Word About the Figures and Examples
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 14: DESCRIPTION—IDENTIFYING MATERIALS
AACR2: Past and Present
Organization of AACR2-2005
Descriptive Structure and Data Sources
ISBD Punctuation
Creating the Description
Area 1: Title and Statement of Responsibility
Area 2: Edition Statement
Area 3: Material Specific Details
Area 4: Publication, Distribution, etc.
Area 5: Physical Description
Area 6: Series
Area 7: Notes
Area 8: Standard Numbers and Terms of Availability
Rule Interpretations
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 15: ACCESS POINTS—RETRIEVING THE RECORD
Main and Added Entries
Selecting the Main Entry
Selection Decision Tree
Added Entries
Name and Title Authorities
Personal Names
Corporate Bodies
Geographic Names
Uniform Titles
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 16: SUBJECT ANALYSIS
Determining Subject Matter
Enumeration versus Faceting
Subject Authorities: Subject Heading Vocabularies
Principles of Subject Cataloging
Evaluating Subject Catalogs
Problems of the Subject Catalog
Subject Authorities: Numbers for Classification
Principles of Classification
Call Numbers
Evaluating Classifications
Maintenance Issues
Subject Analysis for Literary Works
Why use Standard Systems?
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 17: SUBJECT AUTHORITIES
Library of Congress Subject Headings
The Publication
Format of LCSH Entries
Cross-References in LCSH
Subdivisions in LCSH
Other Subdivision Instructions
LCSH’s Canadian Complement
Problems with LCSH
LC’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Cataloging Program
Sears List of Subject Headings
The Publication
Format of the Entries
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Sears
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 18: CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS
Dewey Decimal Classification
Format of DDC
The Schedules
A Closer Look at the Schedules
A Closer Look at the Tables
Library of Congress Classification
Principles Underlying LCC
Format of LCC
Main Classes of LCC
Subdivision in LCC
Comparison of DDC and LCC
National Library of Medicine Classification
Background and Development
Format of NLMC
Main Classes and Subdivisions
NLMC in Libraries
“Copy” Classification
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading
Answers to the Classification Exercises

Chapter 19: MARC FORMAT AND METADATA
Machine-Readable Cataloging
History and Background
Elements of a MARC Record
Fields
Subfields
Indicators
Content Designation
MARC Displays
Bibliographic Networks and Shared Cataloging
Metadata
Dublin Core
Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard
Metadata Object Description Schema
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 20: COPY CATALOGING
Policy Issues
1. Acceptability of Sources
2. Record Fullness
3. Errors
4. Call Numbers
5. Tracings (Subject Headings and Added Entries/Access Points
Overview of the Operation
Choosing the Source(s)
Summary
Review Questions
Note
Suggested Reading

Chapter 21: PROCESSING MATERIALS
Evidence of Library Ownership
Location Information
Recording and Tracking Use
Preservation and Security
Summary
Review Questions
Notes
Suggested Reading

Chapter 22: LEADING THE CATALOG DEPARTMENT
Management Tasks
Needed Skills
Department Policies and Procedures
When Cataloging Standards Change
Writing a Policy Manual
Adopting the Policy Manual
Current Issues
Ten Hints for Leadership
Patron Service First and Foremost
Review Questions
Suggested Reading

Indexes
Topical Index to the Text
Index to Names
Index to Figures
Type of Media
Access Points
Description
Classification

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"This substantial volume is the standard textbook for courses on technical services in library and information science (LIS) programs, and with good reason. It succeeds in doing what . . . an introductory textbook should do: balance high-level overviews of acquisitions and cataloging . . . with judiciously chosen details that are sufficient to elucidate the subject, but not so abundant as to completely overwhelm the inexperienced student. . . . learners, at various stages of knowledge, will find Evans, Intner, and Weihs to be adept, trustworthy guides to the past, present, and probable future landscapes of technical services work."—Library Resources and Technical Services

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