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Vital Technical Services in Academic Libraries. Leopoldo M. Montoya May 1999 . Past, Present, and Future of Work in Library Technical Services. Five issues to be discussed: access to resources, with emphasis on remote storage administration of library human resources

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past present and future of work in library technical services
Past, Present, and Future of Work in Library Technical Services
  • Five issues to be discussed:
    • access to resources, with emphasis on remote storage
    • administration of library human resources
    • the new ANSI standard for display of holdings of monographs and serials
    • the restructured MeSH
    • cataloging of computer files in disc format.
new ideas on access to information
New Ideas on Access to Information
  • Making decisions on new forms of information
  • Better thinking about the future
  • The individual situation at each Library
is there anything new under the sun
Is There Anything New Under the Sun?
  • Philosophy of time
  • Remote access to print and electronic resources
  • Conservation, reproduction, digitization
  • Vertical instead of horizontal thinking
the library
The Library
  • Library operations, a process from the past to the immediate future
  • Library property, an organism in the midst of the users’ collective mental existence
  • A physical and intellectual environment to be kept healthy
  • The role of the storage facility in preserving valuable materials
  • Quantitative and qualitative criteria to deselect titles for storage
  • Access to storage materials ensured by proper cataloging (or digitizing?)
the vertical model refined
The Vertical Model, Refined
  • Management
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Storage
recent advances in bibliographic control
Recent Advances in Bibliographic Control
  • Vertical and horizontal thinking about collections
  • Bibliographic control of materials in any format and accessible by any means
  • Resource “locators” and records rewritten in “markup languages”
provisional conclusion
Provisional Conclusion
  • “Bibliographic Instruction” and “Education” in relation to Resource Management
  • The responsibility of librarians concerning both print and electronic resources
  • Examples for the application of the vertical model to Resource Management
personnel administration
Personnel Administration
  • Leadership distinct from management
  • Team work, retraining, renewal
  • Faster and faster change in libraries
vertical model for the management of human resources
Vertical Model for the Management of Human Resources
  • Human Resources
  • Workers
  • Managers
  • Leaders
  • Organization’s History
the z39 71standard
The Z39.71Standard
  • New ANSI standard for display of holdings
  • Covers serial and nonserial resources
  • To be applied to all formats, physical or electronic
more about z39 71
More about Z39.71
  • Communication of holdings data in MARC to be updated
  • Levels of specificity for less and more complex materials
  • Examples of compressed and itemized holdings statements
the new mesh
The New MeSH
  • A revised structure for headings and subheadings
  • Cataloging and indexing will practice in the same way
  • Only topical subheadings distribute headings
more about the new mesh
More about the New MeSH
  • Use of subject fields 651 and 655 for what previously were geographic and form subheadings
  • Three alternatives offered to medical libraries
  • The value of the MeSH trees
cataloging of nonaudio cds
Cataloging of Nonaudio CDs
  • Their preservation and use
  • Accompanying material vs. separate bibliographic entities
  • Notes in the bibliographic record
  • LC’s interim guidelines for cataloging electronic resources
getting technical about nonaudio cds
Getting Technical about Nonaudio CDS
  • Use of fields 007, 300, 516, and 538 for descriptive cataloging
  • Field 006 for accompanying materials
  • Networking of compact discs
  • Adjustment of fields 538 and 856 for remote access CD
our excursion summarized
Our Excursion, Summarized
  • From the general to the specific, or the roots to the branches
  • Need for continuous pruning
  • The prescription, “Something old, new, borrowed, and ‘blue’”
  • The life of “the tree of knowledge” in our libraries and communities
definitive conclusion
Definitive Conclusion
  • Other issues and topics need to be studied : need for dialog, criticism, and team work
  • Practice vertical thinking by way of imagination
  • Examples of publications in various formats