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Technical services today and tomorrow by Michael Gorman

By Michael Gorman

Concentrating on some of the most primary components of librarianship, Gorman and a number of unique individuals research the present nation of the sphere of technical providers and provide their perspectives on its destiny. The booklet is split into 4 sections: acquisitions, bibliographic regulate, automation, and management. inside those sections person chapters handle particular facets of the sphere (e.g., serials acquisitions, descriptive cataloging, circulate services). The textual content has been completely up-to-date, with a few chapters solely rewritten and others changed. really expert chapters on ebook amassing plans, protection, and Slavic technical companies were dropped from this variation and a bankruptcy on international standardization has been further. delivering a stimulating variety of voices and views, this landmark paintings is a massive contribution to the realm of technical prone within the culture of Tauber's Technical prone in Libraries (Columbia collage Press, 1954). beneficial as supplementary

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However, acquisitions conferences and publications have by no means become moribund, but rather are fully absorbed in working through all the initiatives named above: EDI, electronic publications, license agreements, contract management, library reorganization and staffing, etc. Whatever the future may hold, there is no shortage of acquisitions work and issues to attend to in the meantime. Numerous scenarios for managing the acquisition and delivery of information sources to libraries and library patrons are being envisioned; some are being implemented.

We hope that the book will be useful to students and teachers of librarianship and to practicing librarians of all kinds who wish to learn more about current technical services topics. Although the chapters in this book are, by and large, not for absolute beginners, the topics have been made accessible to the general reader who is a librarian, library school student, or library educator. It should be noted that the majority of contributors to this book have an academic/research library background.

The acquisitions librarian has to have a foot in the camps of both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and it is this person's job to communicate the needs of each sector to the mutual benefit of both. In the past, many large acquisitions departments had several librarians handling various aspects of acquisitions. It was not unusual to have, say, an order librarian, an approval/blanket-orders librarian, a continuations librarian, or a receipts librarian. The work of a librarian in acquisitions is almost entirely managerial, and the bulk of the work in acquisitions is almost entirely clerical and paraprofessional.

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