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Cross Training Public Services Librarians for Technical Services Operations. SCLA Friday October 28, 2005. Micheline BrownSerials Margaret FainPublic Services Allison FaixILL/Reference Coastal Carolina University. What is Cross-Training?.

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Cross Training Public Services Librarians for Technical Services Operations

SCLA Friday October 28, 2005

Micheline BrownSerials

Margaret FainPublic Services

Allison FaixILL/Reference

Coastal Carolina University


What is Cross-Training?

  • A utilization of the skills and talents of all library staff in all areas of the library.

  • A method of creating better informed librarians and staff.

  • A challenging but productive experience.


Background

  • CCU: Shortage of technical services professionals/catalogers.

  • Need to catalog backlog materials.

  • Desire for more complete records in OPAC and improved patron access.


Technical Services Operations

  • De-duplication of main collection.

  • Weeding Reference collection.

  • Database clean-up after migration.

  • III database maintenance

  • Serials module implementation.

  • Cataloging (copy and original).

  • Modifying bibs.


Major Projects completed

Elimination of 2,000 item NonPrint backlog.

Circulation Increased 200%

Total holdings in 1999: 7,872.


Major Projects Completed

400+ Table of Contents added to OPAC.


Major Projects Completed

LC call #’s assigned to music cd’s

LC subject headings assigned to videos.


Major Projects: Ongoing

  • Established 856 field checking weekly: 1,028 records in OPAC.

  • Brief MARC cataloging for K-12 textbooks: started 7/04

    started7/05

    started10/05 (first 20 records

    added)


Needs Assessment

  • Library culture.

  • Administrative and collegial support.

  • Potential participants with interest and willingness to learn new skills.

  • Current situation / Desired situation.


Needs Assessment

  • Potential road blocks.

  • Support (equipment, space, software).

  • Timeframe.

  • Overall goals.


Planning

  • Match existing talents and skills.

  • Identify tools needed.

  • Develop training procedures.

  • Divide project into manageable components.


Planning

  • Schedule time for hands-on training.

  • Establish regular participant meetings.

  • Allow for evolving ability levels.

  • Document procedures and decisions.


Outcomes

  • Improves interdepartmental communication.

  • Increases access to and circulation of materials.

  • Encourages additional collaborative projects.


Keys to Success

  • Flexibility.

  • Thinking outside the box.

  • Sharing “turf”.

  • Broad-based support.


Conclusion

  • Start small.

  • Keep statistics.

  • Celebrate success.

  • Share your experiences.


Break out to Small Groups


Taking it Home

  • Brainstorm projects.

  • Conduct a needs assessment.

  • Develop an implementation plan.

  • Start the dialogue on your return.


Contact Information

  • Micheline Brown, Serials Librarian, 843-349-2490 [email protected]

  • Margaret Fain, Head of Public Services, 843-349-2410 [email protected]

  • Allison Faix, Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian, 349- 2511 [email protected]

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