Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
Getting the Word In: Advocating for Technical Services in a Public Service Profession
Technical Services (TS) can seem mysterious and esoteric from the outside, and this becomes a real liability when we need the outsiders to understand why our work is vital – especially in these times when funding is tighter and everything is “on the table.” In this webinar we’ll look at ways you as a TS librarian can help your colleagues, administrators, board, and patrons understand the importance of your work.
In this webinar, we’ll look at how TS supports the public services. We’ll trouble shoot some common scenarios to help participants advocate for TS by explaining how their work supports the mission of the library. Then, we’ll craft some “elevator speeches” – short explanations that will communicate the value of our work.
Participants will be able to:
Explain their work to non-TS and non-librarians
Explain the connection between TS (acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and collection management) and public services
Craft an “elevator speech” to communicate how their work supports their library’s mission
Mike Monaco has been a cataloger for nineteen years with experience working in public and academic libraries in both public and technical services. He has served in professional organizations from the local to national level, including NOTSL, OLC, OVGTSL, and ALCTS, and presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. He is now Coordinator, Cataloging Services at the University of Akron.