The technical services department is in charge of purchasing and processing all library material added to the library collection. This includes items generously donated from our faculty and alumni patrons. The technical services dept. is also responsible for removing an item from the collection and the catalog when it is out of date or no longer needed. The members of this department build and maintain the online library catalog.
Each year a strong focus of the technical services department is database cleanup, as well as enrichment and enhancement to the bibliographic records in the online library catalog. In 2011-2012, 7915 new records were created and 33,096 records were updated in the catalog. The most innovative project this department completed this year was adding and enhancing the code that generates QR codes for all titles in our online library catalog.
A few long term projects were completed in the 2011-2012 fiscal year:
Several longterm projects began in the last fiscal year:
Nancy Cowden, Assistant Director for Technical Services, Librarian
Kathryn Broad, SystemsLibrarian/Cataloger
Mary Gillman, Library Specialist in Technical Services
In conjunction with access services, technical services assisted with inventorying all the print materials in the library. The last time an inventory project was attempted was in the early 1990’s.
A completed joint project with access services was the creation of lists of titles available online and titles no longer being updated. Student workers and access services staff used these lists to mark volumes with “available online” and “no longer being updated” notices. The technical services dept. will continue this project by adding these notices to new material when received.
In conjunction with the adminstration and reference departments, technical services assisted with a large weeding project. Select items weeded last year were out of date or duplicate textbooks and casebooks, periodicals, and material from the second and third floors. In 2011-2012, 5598 periodical volumes and 4534 looseleaf and treatise volumes were weeded from the collection.
The technical services department also assists the access services and reference departments with creating and modifying database queries used to evaluate the collection, services, and library hours.