Welcome to the winter issue of Technical Trends! In this issue, your officers share several updates on the section’s activities and previews of things to come. Amanda Sprochi keeps us up to date on our counterpart at the American Library Association with a report from their annual meeting. Read on for all of these treats – and more!
Erin Wentz and Marlena Barber
Technical Trends Editors
Hello TSS membership. I hope you are all staying warm and avoiding the snow for this winter edition of Tech Trends. I am happy to announce that we have a new Continuing Education Chair and Membership Chair, Nancy Olmos. Nancy is this month’s featured TSS member. See below to learn more about her role at the University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library. I look forward to working with her and am very grateful for her service! Volunteering with TSS provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and engage with the medical library technical services community. Please consider running for the upcoming vacant Secretary/Treasurer position or the Chair-elect position. Other section officer opportunities will be available starting with the annual conference in May. For more information, contact Latrina Keith or Amanda Page.
Plans for the annual meeting in Austin are well underway. Amanda Page has been hard at work designing our section program entitled: Open Access and the Library Infrastructure, which will include both invited and contributed presentations. (See details below.) The session is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday May 19 in the afternoon, so please save the date and join us!
Jeremy T. Bartczak
The Technical Services Section has an exciting program coming up at MLA 2015 in Austin.
Titled Open Access and the Library Infrastructure, the session is sponsored by TSS and co-sponsored by the Cancer Librarians Section, Research Section, Scholarly Communications Committee, and the Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG.
While we are currently in the throes of conference planning, we are looking forward to an invigorating session involving on technical services, interlibrary and interdepartmental collaboration, and the OA movement.
The session will have presentations from contributed authors including one who has gladly accepted our invitation: a trusted expert who works in collection development and scholarly communications.
The presentations for our session will discuss open access (OA), open data, and open educational resources (OERs) as standalone topics as well as in relation to technical services and other components of library work today.
I am looking forward to sharing more details with you as my deadlines pass, but some details must stay under wraps for now.
Take care everyone. Hope to see you in Austin!
TSS Chair-Elect and Program Chair
Greetings from the Membership Committee! We are happy to report that in the last quarter of 2014 and into 2015, 10 new members have joined TSS, including myself!
The Technical Services Section extends a warm welcome to all and we look forward to meeting with you at MLA 2015 in Austin, TX.
- Rebecca Harrington, Florida State University College of Medicine, Maguire Medical Library
- Dorothy C. Ogdon, Touro University California
- Maurine Sweeney, University of Texas Medical Branch, Moody Medical Library
- Gini Blodgett Birchett, American Physical Therapy Association, McMillan Library & Archive
- Michelle Bowers, Preston Smith Library Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- Jon Crossno, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center
- David Williams Lawrence, SafetyLit Foundation, SafetyLit Library
- Nicole Mitchell
- Ashley Hamblin
- Nancy Olmos, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library
If you’ve let your membership lapse, do not worry. Now is the perfect time to renew your MLA membership and join the Technical Services Section! This is especially important if you’d like to take a CE course at MLA 2015 and be eligible for the TSS Chamya Kincy Memorial Continuing Education Grant (Deadline February 28th). More information is available in the Professional Development/CE Update.
TSS Membership Chair
We have many excellent opportunities to enhance our skills coming up.
For on-demand and live education webinars and courses (you can limit by fee/free, venue/type, and experience level):
Upcoming CE courses at MLA 2015 annual meeting in Austin, TX:
- Copyright for Health Sciences Librarians
- Creating Influence: Getting What You Want
- Introduction to Genomic Data Repositories and Data Analysis Resources
- Library Statistics: Data Analysis for Librarians
- Bioinformatics for Librarians
- Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians
- Perspectives in Research Data Management: An Introduction
This is only a sampling; see many more at http:/
Interested in any of these MLA CE courses? Then APPLY for the TSS Chamya Kincy Memorial Continuing Education Grant and have it funded! The Deadline is February 28th.
If you have any questions please send me an email at nolmos [at] usc [dot] edu.
In addition to introductory courses on acquisitions, assessment, and preservation fundamentals the ALCTS CE calendar is also offering:
- Transforming MARCXML Records Using XSLT
- From MARC to BIBFRAME: An Introduction
- Workflow Maps: Tools for Insight and Enhancement
More information is available at http:/
TSS Continuing Education Committee Chair
MLA Member Since: September 2012.
Current Position: As of November 2014 I was promoted to Head, Metadata & Content Management in the Collection Resources Division for the Norris Medical Library at the University of Southern California (USC). I supervise four full-time staff members and a student worker. We are currently in the middle of our annual performance evaluations.
Past Experience: From September 2007 through October 2014, I worked full-time at the USC Wilson Dental Library (WDL) as the Acquisitions/Technical Processing Library Assistant. During my time there I had many opportunities to learn and grow in my career in libraries. Through the mentorship of Annie M. Thompson (formerly Hughes) and the support of John Glueckert, I was able to attend and present a paper and poster at the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting 2013 in San Diego.
Thanks to Annie’s nomination, I received MLGSCA’s Paraprofessional of the Year Award in October 2014.
Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies and a Minor in LGBT Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. I obtained my MSLS from the University of North Texas, Los Angeles Co-hort. It was a hybrid online and on-site program in collaboration with California State University, Northridge. Additionally, I obtained a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies.
Q & A
What interests you about the Technical Service Section? The TSS is a very welcoming and supportive community. I am new to Librarianship and wanted to jump right in and learn more about what other folks are doing in technical services especially in Health Sciences organizations. One of the best ways to learn is to be more actively involved. The folks in TSS have welcomed me as Membership Chair and Continuing Education Chair and have provided me with the proper tools and guidance. Additionally, looking at the Goals on 2013-2014 TSS Annual Report I am really excited to be able to contribute to these endeavors.
What are your hobbies? I love to cook (especially spicy food) and most recently have been growing my collection of Vegan cookbooks. I enjoy hiking with my partner and our two loving dogs, Panda (lab/pit bull mix) and Rocky (German Shepard) and in Southern California we can pretty much do this year round. I am an amateur photographer and a novice knitter/crocheter. I love tea and making my own special loose leaf tea blends to give as gifts.
What is one thing others might be surprised to learn about you? When I was fresh out of high school, I would hike the Santa Monica Mountains every weekend and seriously considered becoming a Park Ranger.
What else would like to share? I was a band geek and played trombone in my high school marching band, concert band and jazz band.
One of my colleagues and I have started a Professional Learning Community for Early Career Librarians and Archivists of Color in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
If you know of any folks (library school students, early career librarians/archivists) of color in the Greater L.A. area or those that might be relocating to L.A. and are looking for mentorship or to be mentors please send them my way. Thanks!
Saturday, January 31, 2015 Chicago Hilton
CC:DA Chair Report
Information on RDA revision proposals and discussion can be found on the CC:DA website.
Library of Congress (LOC) report: Dave Reser
The new deputy Librarian of Congress is David Mound. Roberta Schaffer retired. The budget is slightly better than last year, but is $50 million less than it was before the sequester. There are some changes in Cataloger’s Desktop, the October release of RDA Toolkit, and withLCPCCPS. See the full report at http:/
Joint Steering Committee (JSC) meeting report
Kathy Glennan, ALA representative to the RDA Joint Steering Committee reported on the meeting which took place in Washington D.C. on November 3-7, 2014. Gordon Dunsire’s term as JSC Chair was extended for another two year term, 2016-2018. The next JSC meeting will be the first week in November, 2015, in Edinburgh.See the discussion document at http:/
Kathy’s entire report with links can be found at http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/JSCrep-kpg-2015-2.pdf
Task Force on Machine Actionable Data Elements
The strawman proposal [http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CCDA_TF_MachineActionableDataElementsinRDAChapter3_5.pdf] from the task force was discussed in depth. Francis Lapka put forth 6 questions to clarify and discuss points of the proposal. Discussion will continue on the CC:DA blog after ALA to refine the proposal and address issues brought up during the CC:DA meeting discussion. If anyone from the MLA/TSS has input on these proposals, please email me at email@example.com. I don’t think non-CC:DA members can comment directly, but I will see your comments are passed on.
Task Force on Recording Relationships
A proposal regarding recording relationships can be found at http:/
The Rare Books Cataloging group reported on the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM). DCRM(G), for graphics, is fully published and available online at http://rbms.info/dcrm/dcrmg/. DCRM(C), for cartographic materials, is in final draft and can be read at http:/
Program for Cooperative Cataloguing (PCC)
The full report can be viewed at http:/
The Marc Advisory Committee passed 6 proposals. Details are available at http:/
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
AALL is considering a proposal to amend instruction for conventional titles “Laws, etc.” This topic is not really applicable to medical cataloging but is available if you wish to check it out: http:/
ALA Publishing Report: Jamie Hennelley
The RDA toolkit continues to be successful, meeting goals for both the number of subscribers and for revenue. Usage statistics suggest that people are finding what they want faster than before. Paperback format will replace the looseleaf format going forward. Each year, there will be a full revision in print at least until the JSC stops making so many changes.
ALA Proposal on Multiple Source for Statements of Responsibility
Kathy Glennan brought up some questions on the Statement of Responsibility and fullness of names. The question boiled down to what to do when the title page was lacking in full information for the statement of responsibility, but that information could be found elsewhere in the resource. There was a long and lively discussion, but most members came down on the side of keeping the statement of responsibility as it is on the title page for identification purposes, and adding a note if it was felt that the extra information needed to be provided. Kathy’s original proposal for discussion can be viewed at http:/
The CC:DA Task Force on Pseudonymous Corporate Bodies was suspended with many of its members transitioning to a new Working Group at the JSC. More information on that to come.
The Task Force on Place Names in RDA, which had been on hiatus due to a transfer of duties to the JSC Working Group, was formally discharged.
The next CC:DA meeting will be at ALA Annual in San Francisco. All are welcome to attend. If anyone has any comments about upcoming proposals, task groups, discussion papers, etc., please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reported by Amanda Sprochi
MLA Representative to the American Library Association Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access
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