• 28#3 Winter 2015

    From the Editors
    From the Chair
    MLA Conference 2015 Updates
    Membership Update
    Professional Development/CE
    Featured Members
    ALA Midwinter Report
    Call for Content

    From the Editors

    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

    From the Chair

    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

    TSS Chair

    Conference 2015 Updates

    Hello All:

    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!

    Amanda Page

    TSS Chair-Elect and Program Chair

    Membership Update

    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.

    Nancy Olmos

    TSS Membership Chair

    Professional Development/CE

    Hi folks,

    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://mla15.meeting.mlanet.org/sites/default/files/am2015/mla15_pp-1_0.pdf on pages 14-17

    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://www.ala.org/alcts/events/upcoming.

    Nancy Olmos

    TSS Continuing Education Committee Chair

    Featured MLA-TSS member




    Nancy Olmos

    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!

    ALA Midwinter Report:

    ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access (CC:DA).

    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://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/LC_ala_mw15.pdf. LChelp4RDA for RDA email account is no longer active. Any questions about RDA should now be sent to policy@loc.gov.

    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://www.rdatoolkit.org/sites/default/files/rda_governance_review.pdf. The print RDA has been changed to a paperback rather than looseleaf format

    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 sprochia@health.missouri.edu. 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://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CCDA_TF_InstructionsforRecordingRelationships_6.pdf. There was a lively discussion as to whether manifestations can contain other manifestations or expressions. A proposal was given back to the task force for more work. There was also a proposal regarding describing accompanying material in document http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CCDA_TF_InstructionsforRecordingRelationships_7.pdf

    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://dcrmc.pbworks.com/w/page/6107912/FrontPage DCRM for music and monographs is coming. The committee is also working on companion rules to accompany RDA. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) is taking on citations in RDA.

    Program for Cooperative Cataloguing (PCC)

    The full report can be viewed at http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PCC-Report-February-2015.pdf

    The Marc Advisory Committee passed 6 proposals. Details are available at http://www.loc.gov/marc/mac/mw2015_age.html LOC is performing a BIBFRAME pilot between now and the ALA Annual Meeting, in which a cataloger can input BIBFRAME and it will output in MARC.

    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://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CCDA_AALL_2014_2.pdf. They had an additional proposal for dealing with commas in the names of component branches of the armed forces. See http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CCDA_AALL_2014_1.pdf

    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://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/KPG201501.pdf

    Other Committees

    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.

    Next Year

    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 sprochia@health.missouri.edu

    Reported by Amanda Sprochi

    MLA Representative to the American Library Association Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

    Call for Content

    We hope you are feeling inspired by your colleagues.  Volunteer to be the next member spotlighted in our Featured Members section. Send us news about your important events. Step forward to write an opinion piece or a conference report for Technical Trends.

    Send a quick note to barberm@ecu.edu and erin.wentz@mcphs.edu if you are interested in contributing.

  • 27#2 Fall 2014

    From the Editors
    From the Chair
    Professional Development/CE
    Call for Programming
    Featured Members
    Member Notes
    Call for Content

    From the Editors

    From the Editors

    Greetings TSS members! Take a few minutes and catch up with your TSS colleagues in this issue of Technical Trends. Chair Jeremy Bartczak invites you to become more involved with TSS and shares updates on on-going projects in his From the Chair column.   He has also rounded up a number of exciting learning opportunities in the Professional Development/CE section, including an event led by one of our own members. Amanda Page, Chair Elect and Program Chair, reminds us about the program TSS is sponsoring at MLA 2015. We also debut our new Featured Members section, with introductions to two fascinating TSS members, and a brief Member Notes section. Last, but not least, we invite you to contribute to future issues of Technical Trends.

    Read on!

    Marlena Barber and Erin Wentz,

    Technical Trends Editors


    From the Chair

    Hello TSS membership and welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of Tech Trends! I hope everyone has had a safe and relaxing summer. There are many exciting events and opportunities on the horizon for the section. First and foremost, it’s already time to begin thinking about volunteering to serve as a TSS officer. We will soon be assembling a slate of candidates for Chair-Elect, Section Candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee, and Secretary-Treasurer. Thank you to Deidra Woodson who has agreed to stay on as Secretary-Treasurer after an unexpected vacancy. There will also be opportunities for other leadership appointments in the section. Please review the list of section officers and be thinking about how you would like to get involved. Feel free to contact me to volunteer or learn more.

    Our co-webmasters are working hard to continually improve and upgrade our website. I think the progress to this point has been tremendous and want to thank Michael Wood and Marlena Barber for all of their efforts. Look for continued changes to the website in the coming months. I am also very excited about progress with the 2015 section program: Data Curation and the Relevancy of Open Access. As you make your plans for MLA 2015, please consider submitting presentation ideas and share your experiences as a representative from TSS.

    As always, the listserv is a great place to ask questions, make announcements, and provide feedback or comments to the section. Feel free to use it. We want to hear from you!


    Professional Development/CE

    There are some big learning opportunities on the horizon for medical and health sciences librarians.

    If you’re interested in expanding your skill set beyond traditional tech services, MLA will be offering a webinar series this Fall/Winter dealing with research and systematic reviews. Registration is $49 for MLA members:

    If you are interested in building bioinformatics services, check out the NLM Training Center’s course:  A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI:

    The class provides 6 weeks of asynchronous training online followed by a week of in-person instruction at the NLM campus in Bethesda, MD. In addition to the database search aspect, this looks like a great opportunity for those interested in building out data-related services.

    Speaking of data, Coursera is offering several excellent opportunities for those who want to build skills in data management. In October they will once again offer Data Management for Clinical Research.

    I’ve taken this class personally and highly recommend it.

    Coursera has also created a data science specialization certificate that includes a series of courses on data programming, analysis, statistics, and research. The first course in the series begins Oct. 6. Note that this is now a pay as you go series of online classes:

    If any catalogers out there are brave enough to begin playing with the BIBFRAME model, I found these two archived webinars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies website. I have not fully viewed both sessions, but they appear to provide a good launching point for experimenting with the new model:


    And last but not least, TSS member Dick Miller from Stanford’s Lane Medical Library has hosted and archived a very interesting webinar entitled Metadata: the key to linking data with NNLM’s South Central Region.  CE credit is available until October 31:


    Please also keep in mind that MLA will put out a call for 2016 annual meeting CE ideas this December. If you are interested in teaching or wish to suggest a topic, this is your chance. CE offerings for MLA 2015 will also be posted in December. Jump on the opportunity to have an MLA CE course funded and APPLY for the TSS Chamya Kincy Memorial Continuing Education Grant.

    Abstracts are due on Nov 3.

    MLA 2015 Section themes: http://mla15.meeting.mlanet.org/about/section-program-themes

    FAQs on Papers: http://mla15.meeting.mlanet.org/sect_prog/paper_faq.html

    FAQs on Posters: http://mla15.meeting.mlanet.org/sect_prog/poster_faq.html


    MLA-Technical Services Section Programming Call

    The following is the TSS program for MLA 2015.  Please contact Amanda Page or Donna Gibson with any questions.

    Title: Data Curation and the Relevancy of Open Access

    Section program: 32

    Cosponsors: Scholarly Communications Committee, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, Cancer Librarians Section, Research Section

    Program contacts: Amanda Page, and Donna Gibson

    Program format: Contributed

    Description: Open access is centered on providing online access to academic, peer-reviewed literature with no cost barriers to the reader and few copyright ones. Ten years into the open access movement, the idea of open focuses on providing similar access to more than just peer-reviewed literature, but also data (open data), books (open books), educational resources (OERs), and more. What work needs to be done to ensure that research, data, literature, and records are preserved and made open? What is done to curate, archive, organize, store, and make research, data, and other works open and accessible to the patron from the point of origin? How do librarians make research accessible and open? What collaborations exist for this purpose? This session will explore these questions and many other issues of librarianship as they relate to open access.


    Featured MLA-TSS members

    Amanda Page

    MLA Member Since: 2010

    Past Experience: Previous positions include a position as a Research Assistant for HOAP and numerous years of working in academic health science libraries. She has recently consulted for Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS). Amanda holds her MSLIS from Simmons College.

    Current Position: Amanda Page currently holds two positions at Harvard University. She has worked for the Harvard Libraries at Countway Library of Medicine for nearly four years. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge, especially because Resource Sharing is an intersection between technical services, research, and patron assistance. She has recently taken a position as Project Coordinator of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is part of the Harvard Law School.  Appreciating this role as well, Amanda focuses on initiatives involving Open Access.

    Education: Amanda holds her MSLIS from Simmons College.


    Why did you join TSS?  Amanda joined TSS in 2010 because she was interested in how libraries collaborate interdepartmentally and because much of the departmental work in technical services intersects with the work done in interlibrary loan (Resource Sharing). Wanting to join a section her first year in MLA, Amanda found TSS to be a great fit.

    Why do you continue to be part of TSS?  Amanda is still a member because, as it turns out, many of the topics discussed in TSS apply to her work. In addition, the Technical Services Section has a great outlook on librarianship and is a welcoming community.

    What are your plans and goals for TSS?  As Program Chair and Chair-Elect, Amanda wants to highlight this positive, forward-thinking, collaborative attitude she has experienced amongst technical services staff.)

    Aoife Lawton

    aoifeMLA member Since: 2013

    Past Experience: I worked for IBM in technical support, then I worked in a public library and went back to do a Masters. I applied for a marketing job at a Library Systems Supplier and was successful. This took me around the world working in some of the most amazing libraries ever. E.g. National Library of Hungary – anybody familiar with HUNMARC? I loved this job but the company were wound up and I started working in a Library in a School of Nursing. Once I got experience of working in healthcare, I found something I really enjoyed doing.
    Current Position: I am systems librarian for the Eastern Region of the Health Service Executive in Ireland. This covers a large geographic area including three counties. The role has evolved quite substantially over the years and I’ve gone from automating libraries to almost self-service. Now I still have a strong role in maintaining access to resources but I also manage Lenus a national Irish health repository and wear many hats.  Despite the ‘systems’ job title, I enjoy working with healthcare professionals. I like to think that as librarians we do make a difference to patient care ultimately, although at times it is not easy to prove, and that is our biggest challenge. I enjoy working in many different roles. We are constantly trying to integrate new technologies into our practices and that keeps me interested.
    Education: Received BA (European Studies) from University of Dublin, Trinity College; received MLIS from University College Dublin
    Professional Activities:  Founding member of Repository Network Ireland promoting Open Access in Ireland and exchanging knowledge between repository managers and interested parties. Webmaster for the National Open Access Steering Group in Ireland website http://openaccess.thehealthwell.info/
    Compile the ‘Current Literature’ section of CILIP’s Health Libraries’ Group eNewsletter.
    Previous Professional Activities:  Previous Chair & Vice Chair Health Science Libraries Group HSLG ( part of the Library Association of Ireland)
    Founded the Continuing Professional Development Group of the HSLG.



    What has been your biggest professional challenge?  Working in a healthcare environment where change is constant, but changing the way librarians practice & work takes time, patience and investment.

    What would you be doing if you weren’t a librarian?  I’d have my own bakery and possibly have a reading area as an add-on.

    What do you think is the most interesting issue in librarianship today?  I think librarians are badly needed in the age of the Internet. I think we are not seen by other professions and are edging towards becoming an endangered species. Although there are good search engines, the Internet is basically a gigantic mess. If you are looking for something specific, you can waste a lot of time trying to find it. This goes for librarians too. Remember the days of Directories of the Internet? They are long gone. Now everyone is creating ‘mini libraries’ in the cloud. For example, recently I was compiling a list of free videos from reputable sources in the area of ‘Recovery from Addiction’. It took me one morning to do. The Internet is a mess. Maybe TSS Librarians need to put their heads together to tidy it up & get some credit for their skills…

    How do you find TSS?  Being a member of a technical group is very important to me. It is particularly useful to be part of an international team as I live in a small country. I like to keep on top of emerging technologies and practices in the USA and further afield. It is a great way to network and to stay connected with people doing similar jobs in healthcare environments. I find MLA extremely professional. It’s like membership of any group – you get out of it what you put in.

    Is there anything about you that others might be surprised to know?  I once met Clint Eastwood on the set of ‘Million Dollar Baby’. I went travelling to LA on holidays with my best friend Suzanne. I was driving a rented car and the hotel manager told me to park around the corner as their car park was being used for a film. I parked and went around the back to see what film crew were there. We waited about 5 minutes and ended up saying ‘hi’ to Mr. Eastwood and getting his autograph – I was star struck!

    What do you do to relax?  I think baking is my favourite way to relax. I’m a big fan of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ on BBC Television (much to my husband’s despair – but he gets to watch his fair share of football so it all balances out!). We also have an Irish version. I have a cake blog but I don’t get a lot of time to either bake or keep the blog up to date. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like cake or any type of dessert bar cheesecake, so I usually bring in bakes to work – no major complaints (yet!). I also have a Jack Russell called Sam who we got as a rescued dog. He’s adorable and I walk him every morning before work.

    Recent Publications:
    Lawton, Aoife “The Value of Health Libraries and Librarians to the Irish Health System”, Irish Medical Journal, March 2014, Volume 107 Number 3

    Lawton, Aoife, and Padraig Manning. “Managing a national health repository.” D-Lib Magazine 20.3/4 (2014)

    Latimer, Karen, and Aoife Lawton. “International trends in health science librarianship Part 8: the UK and the Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland.” Health Information & Libraries Journal 30.4 (2013): 332-336.


    Member Notes

    As noted above, Dick Miller and colleagues presented an NNLM webinar. Miller D, Allen TS, Bank, J. Metadata: The Key to Linking Data. Webinar presented at: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region; August, 2014. http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html

    Amanda Page recently became Project Coordinator of the Harvard Open Access Project.

    Aoife Lawton has created Health Library Voices, a site where health sciences librarians can learn from each other. In the first post, she interviews a colleague who works with systematic reviews. She is seeking others who are also interested in contributing. Check it out at http://healthlibraryvoices.wordpress.com/.


    Call for Content

    We hope you are feeling inspired by your colleagues.   Volunteer to be the next member spotlighted in our Featured Members section. Send us news about your important events. Volunteer to write an opinion piece or a conference report for Technical Trends.

    Send a quick note to barberm@ecu.edu and erin.wentz@mcphs.edu if you are interested in contributing.


  • 27#1, Spring 2014

    From the Editors
    From the Chair
    Membership Update
    In Memoriam
    MLA Program
    Professional Development/CE
    ER&L Conference Report
    Call for Nominations
    Call for Content

    From the Editors

    Welcome to the first issue of Technical Trends in 2014! Read on to find out about TSS in action. Trina Keith, starts the issue off with a brief message from the chair. Amanda Page shares a note about Membership Committee research that is in progress. We remember one TSS member who has passed away. With MLA approaching quickly, Jeremy Bartzcak highlights sessions to put on your schedule and announces exciting continuing education opportunities. Erin Wentz relays information from the Electronic Resources and Libraries conference. The issue ends with a call for nominations to MLA and a call for contributions to Technical Trends; we need your help to keep the association vibrant. Happy reading!

    Erin Wentz and Marlena Barber

    Technical Trends Editors

    From the Chair

    Greetings TSS members!!

    The Technical Services Section is hard at work putting together a great program for MLA 2014 in Chicago next month!!

    TSS is also under some reconstruction as you may notice the new look of this issue of Technical Trends.

    I would like to welcome our new newsletter editors Erin Wentz and Marlena Barber, who are doing a fabulous job.  I would like to thank our co-webmasters Michael Wood and Marlena Barber for giving our website and newsletter a great new look.  Our newly redesigned website will unveiled very soon.

    I hope to see you all at our annual business meeting which will take place on Sunday May 18 at 3:30pm.

    Our Program Committee, led by Program Chair Jeremy Bartczak, will lead our exciting section program
    “The Evolving Role of Metadata in Medical Libraries: Structure for Evidence, Discovery, and Research,” co-sponsored by the
    Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG. The Technical Services Section is also co-sponsoring the History of the Health Sciences
    Section’s program: “Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past.”
    I hope you will attend both of these great programs. We have great volunteer opportunities at TSS and I would like to
    invite you to volunteer on any of our committees.

    Always feel free to contact me at any time or chat at MLA to talk more about leadership and volunteering and other
    ideas and suggestions.

    See you in Chicago!!

    Trina Keith
    2014 MLA TSS Chair

    Membership Update

    The membership committee recently completed a survey seeking ways to serve the section better. Thank you to all who participated! Analysis is currently underway. Watch for a summary of results, as well as a more detailed report on membership changes, in the next issue.

    Amanda Page

    TSS Membership Committee Chair

    In Memoriam

    Chamya Kincy, former TSS Chair. Died July 20, 2013. Chamya served on several TSS committees between 2006 and 2012. She led the section as the chair from 2009 to 2010.

    MLA Program

    MLA Chicago is less than a month away! With the conference date quickly closing in, I want to remind everyone about this year’s important TSS events. The business meeting will take place in the San Francisco room of the Hyatt Regency on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30-4:25. Come join us for coffee and a snack, and learn about current TSS initiatives. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow section members and get involved with TSS leadership and committee work. We hope to see you there!

    The section program will take place on Tuesday, May 20 from 2:00-3:25. The title for this year’s program is The Evolving Role of Metadata in Medical Libraries: Structure for Evidence, Discovery and Research. We are excited about the presentation agenda which includes the following topics:

    • Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vs. Social Tags: A Comparison of Access Points for Monographs
    • Research Information Architect: Building Research Information Infrastructure through ORCID Integration in University Systems
    • Content Views for a Retrieval Set of Citations: An Interactive Web-based Prototype for Librarians and Researchers
    • Development of a Research Audit Database for Data-Driven Discovery of Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research on a Large Research Campus
    • The Evolving Librarian: An Introduction to the Semantic Web and the Role It Plays in Librarianship

    Location will be announced in the final program. Be sure to attend what promises to be a very interesting and informative session!

    I look forward to seeing everyone there and hope to meet some new faces as well.

    Jeremy Bartczak

    TSS Program Chair/Chair-Elect

    Professional Development/CE

    There are currently many interesting CE opportunities on the horizon. We are especially excited about classes offered at the upcoming MLA annual meeting. Some course titles relevant to section membership include:

    • Using Exhibitions to Inspire Learning, Engage Communities, and add Value
    • e-Science: Taxonomies and Indexing: The Beginning of Involvement for Librarians
    • Perspectives in Research Data Management: An Introduction
    • Supporting Open Access: Librarians as Advocates, Researchers, Educators, and Role Models

    This is just a sample of CE opportunities at the annual meeting in Chicago. For a comprehensive list of courses go here: http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2014/ce/index.html

    Upcoming summer learning opportunities on the ALCTS CE calendar features introductory courses on acquisitions, assessment, and preservation fundamentals. Learn more here: http://www.ala.org/alcts/events/upcoming

    Also this summer, Amigo will continue to present courses on cataloging with RDA. Other topics of interest include digital preservation, cataloging and classification basics, and E-books and ILL. For more information see: http://www.amigos.org/node/306

    Jeremy Bartczak

    TSS Continuing Education Committee Chair

     Conference Report

    Technical Services at Electronic Resources and Libraries by Erin Wentz (PDF opens in new window)

    Help Choose Your Leaders — Call for Nominations for MLA Offices  

    The MLA Nominating Committee is identifying potential candidates for the 2014/15 election. If you would like to recommend someone to be nominated for president or the board, or would like to be considered yourself, please send a current curriculum vitae and a paragraph outlining why the recommended person would be a good candidate to one of the members of the Nominating Committee (see below) by May 12th.

    The 2014 Nominating Committee members have reviewed the job descriptions for President Elect/President/Past President and Board members, and have discussed key qualifications needed for candidates, including a person who has broad experience within MLA, significant professional achievements, a great capacity for leadership, a vision of the future of health sciences libraries, and an infectious enthusiasm for the excitement of librarianship at the present time.  We also discussed the importance of diversity in selecting the slate – key issues to consider are geographic region, library or information service type, and amount of experience.

    The process for selecting candidates and electing the MLA president-elect and members of the MLA Board is described on pages 2–3 of the MLA Bylaws (log in to MLANET to read this document). The slate will contain at least two candidates for president-elect (president during 2016/17) and at least four candidates for the two vacant board positions (2015–2018).  Job descriptions for president and board members are available on MLANET. The Nominating Committee will meet at MLA ’14 to finalize the list of potential candidates.

    MLA 2014/2015 Nominating Committee:

    Jane Blumenthal, Chair janeblum@umich.edu

    Amy Blevins                 blevinsamy@gmail.com

    Jonathan Eldredge       jeldredge@salud.unm.edu

    Susan Fowler               susanfowler.library@gmail.com

    Mark E. Funk                mefunk@med.cornell.edu

    Sally Gore                     Sally.Gore@umassmed.edu

    Heather N. Holmes      holmesh@summahealth.org

    T. Scott Plutchak          tscott@uab.edu

    James Shedlock           jshedlock@rcn.com

    Laurie L. Thompson     lauriethompson@ymail.com

    [1]Champieux described one such project her colleagues at Oregon Health Science University were working on: Force11. Resource Identification Initiative. Retrieved from https://www.force11.org/node/4463

    Call for Contributions

    Help write the next issue of the Technical Trends newsletter!  We are seeking:


    • Member Spotlight: Send us a short bio of yourself.  (Your name, your position, how long you have been a member of TSS, what you like about technical services/librarianship, fun facts about you…)
    • Reflections on your recent conference experiences
    • Commentary about technical services: What has changed?       Do you perceive things differently than you did before? What challenges have you faced? Why is technical services valuable?
    • Responses to items in the first issue.


    • Suggestions for columns
    • In Memoriam (Notices about members who have passed away.)  Let us know if there is anyone we should include.
    • Personals: Were you promoted? Did you change jobs? Did you complete an important project? Is there anything else others should know?

  • From the Editors

    Another winter, another countdown towards the MLA Annual Meeting! Your friendly TSS officers are working tirelessly to create a memorable conference experience for you! Take a peek inside this issue to see the latest developments that the TSS leaders have in store for you!

    TSS Chair Megan Rosenbloom is on a quest to get you, me, everybody dialoging with each other! Be on the lookout for future emails from her, and don’t be shy! Join the conversation when prompted!

    Our TSS section programs are always rewarding. This year will not disappoint, with the session capably led by Program Chair Latrina Keith. While it’s a given that we’ll support TSS’s sponsored program, don’t forget to check out some of our co-sponsored programs. “What co-sponsored programs” you ask? Check out the MLA Program and find out for yourself the latest developments on all things related to the section’s program activities.

    The TSS just had an election. Find out who won, as Nominating Chair Amy Faltinek gives you the rundown. Finally, catch up on all your CE needs by stopping by Jeremy Bartczak’s corner and hearing about the latest professional development offerings.

    This issue is sure to keep you on track and ready for May 2013!

    Submitted by

    Chamya Kincy
    UCLA Library
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Suzanne Nagy
    Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library
    Florida State University College of Medicine

  • From the Chair

    MLA 2013 Technical Services Section Chair Update

    Hello TSSers!

    The ramp-up to MLA 2013 has definitely begun, with registration underway and final poster and paper submissions just around the corner. I’m excited for our section program, “Leading by Design, Not Default: Focused Direction in Support of the User.” I hope to see a lot of you there, and at our business meeting, which will be held on Monday May 6 at 7am.

    I’d also like to welcome Jeremy Bartczak as our new incoming Chair Elect. Meeting him at MLA 2012, I was impressed with his enthusiasm for getting involved in the section, and look forward to seeing what he comes up with for the program for MLA 2014.

    I’d also like to use this opportunity once again to make a plea for more active discussion on our listserv (http://techservices.mlanet.org/listerv.html). I know that many of us Technical Services librarians toil in isolation at our institutions, so I think the listserv could be a great way to communicate with each other over the changes we’re experiencing with RDA or any other issues.

    It is always so nice to put faces to names and get to know the other TSSers, so please don’t hesitate to come up and introduce yourself to me if you see me around in Boston! I’d be happy to discuss with anyone how easy and rewarding it is to get involved with the Technical Services Section committees and leadership positions.

    See you in May,

    Megan Rosenbloom
    TSS Chair, MLA 2013

  • MLA Program

    Greetings TSS Members!

    It’s amazing how time flies!  In about 2 months, MLA’13 will be underway in Boston, Massachusetts. Our TSS Business Meeting will be held on Monday, May 6, 7-9am, Room Fairfax A, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  Later that day, be sure to attend the Technical Services Section’s program at 3pm, Room 313 at the Hynes Convention Center.  This year’s theme is “Leading by Design, Not Default: Focused Direction in Support of the User.”  Please consider attending our co-sponsored section programs with the Collection Development Section, “Open Access in Action: Trends, Policies, and Institutional Activities in Support of Open Information,” the Leadership and Management Section, “Collaborations for Health,” and the Relevant Issues Section, “Librarians as Partners in Addressing Health Disparities.”  The conference schedule is now available for attendees to view at http://mla13.sched.org/. See http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2013/ for more conference information.  Look for additional or updated information on the Listserv.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you in May!!

    Submitted by

    Latrina Keith

    Chair Elect and Program Chair

    New York Academy of Medicine Library


  • Nominations Update

    On behalf of the Technical Services Section, I’d like to welcome Jeremy Bartczak as Chair-Elect/Program Chair 2013-2014 and Megan Rosenbloom as Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee 2013-2014. Thanks to everyone who participated in the election this year.

    Submitted by: Amy Faltinek

    Nominating Committee Chair

  • Professional Development (CE)

    MLA CE 2014:

    The TSS Continuing Education Committee recently completed its MLA 2014 CE request survey. Results have been compiled and reported to the MLA CE committee. Here is the list of topics requested by TSS members:

    1. Integrating library resources in electronic health record systems. In particular, how can librarians be more involved with health IT staff to leverage library resources in EHRs.
    2. Data analytics and visualization for clinical data management and eScience initiatives.
    3. Implementing RDA in integrated library systems and the impact of the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative.


    Unfortunately the TSS CE Grant will not be awarded this year due to lack of applicants. This is a great opportunity for members to receive funding for tech. services CE opportunities! Please keep it in mind as you consider CE options in the coming year. More information is available here:



    With RDA right around the corner, the CE listings for this winter and spring offer many opportunities to prepare for the new cataloging guidelines. Here is a sampling of online continuing education opportunities that TSS members might want to check out:


    Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services. Thurs., Apr. 17, 2:00 pm.


    Programmatic Changes to the LC/NACO Authority File for RDA. Wed., May 8. 2:00 pm.


    2013 schedule for ALCTS Fundamentals Series of Web Courses (specializing in acquisitions, preservation, collection assessment, collection development:



    Know & Go: BibFrame. Mar. 25. 1:30-2:30 (CDT)


    Metadata Standards and Crosswalks. Mar. 26-29. 10:30-12:30 (CDT) each day


    Know & Go: Catching up with Technology. Apr. 8. 1:30-2:30 (CDT).


    Cataloging with RDA. Apr. 9-12. 10:30-12:30 (CDT) each day



    Data Management for Clinical Research. Apr. 2013 (free!).



    Introduction to the Semantic Web: BIBFRAME, RDA, FRBR, & Linked Data. Mar. 8. 12:30-2:00.


    FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD: A new Model for Cataloging. Mar. 12. 10:00-noon.


    Introducing RDA 1: Structure, Principles, and Core Elements. Mar. 19, May 2, May 7. 2:00-4:00.


    RDA in a Nutshell: Serials Update. Apr. 12. 12:30-2:00.


    Understanding FRBR for RDA and Beyond. Apr. 15-16, Apr. 24-25, 2:00-4:00.


    Introducing RDA3: Access Points in Bibliographic Records. Apr. 23-24, 10:00-12:00.

    MLA Annual Meeting 2013:

    Data Curation for Information Professionals. Friday, May 3, 8:00-12:00.


    Network Visualization Tools. Friday, May 3, 8:00-12:00.


    Emerging Technologies for Librarians. Saturday, May 4, 8:00-12:00.


    NN/LM training schedule:


    Jeremy Bartczak
    Continuing Education Chair

  • From the Editors

    We’re at the half-way point in the 2012-2013 year, and already there is so much TSS activity to read about in this Fall 2012 issue!

    Learn about TSS Chair Megan Rosenbloom’s attempts to promote increased communication over the TSS listserv. Hear about the Executive Board’s progress in exploring funding for officers to help offset the costs of attending MLA conferences. Also learn about the Board’s attempts to reinvision the scope of the Standards Committee in light of MLA’s cancellation of its NISO membership.

    Get the latest scoop on TSS-sponsored and co-sponsored programs that will be offered during the 2013 MLA Annual Meeting in Boston.

    Hear the most recent numbers on TSS membership, and meet the section’s newest members.

    Finally, learn how to apply for the newly revised TSS CE Grant, which will provide funding for one TSS member to take an MLA continuing education course that is directed at developing technical services skills. As always, learn about upcoming technical services-related CE courses offered by various associations. Also learn how you can contribute ideas for course offerings at the 2014 MLA confernece.

    Read about all the latest TSS happenings in this newsletter issue, and we think you’ll agree that the TSS is moving forward in its tireless efforts to meet the needs of the section’s membership!

    Submitted by

    Chamya Kincy
    UCLA Library
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Suzanne Nagy
    Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library
    Florida State University College of Medicine

  • From the Chair

    Hello TSSers!

    The calendar year is drawing to a close, but there is still quite a bit of activity going on in the Technical Services Section. On a personal note, I got married and changed my name to Megan Rosenbloom, just in case any of you are wondering who this is. We’ve also updated the website with our new officers and committee chairs (http://techservices.mlanet.org/committees_current.html). If anyone is interested in serving on a TSS committee, there’s still time to join and it’s a great way to get involved in MLA leadership and get to know your fellow TSSers. Feel free to contact me, or the heads of any of the committees to volunteer.

    At MLA 2012, I identified making the listserv a more fertile ground for discussion as a priority. This idea hasn’t quite taken root yet, but I think with RDA implementation for many libraries being just around the corner, our listserv would be a great place to ask questions of your colleagues or post about your experiences. More information on signing up for the listserv can be found here: http://techservices.mlanet.org/listerv.html.

    The TSS executive board along with new Continuing Education Committee Chair Jeremy Bartczak has retooled and reinstituted the TSS CE Grant. The now more-inclusive grant will be available to one TSS member each year seeking to take a CE course at the MLA annual meeting. For more information on the program, feel free to contact Jeremy.

    Speaking of programs, the TSS-sponsored program for MLA 2013 is looking like a great one. It’s called, “Leading by Design, Not Default: Focused Direction in Support of the User.” Just a reminder to those presenting papers and posters at MLA 2013, that your abstracts have to be updated with results and conclusions by January 8. I look forward to seeing you all in Boston in the spring!

    Megan Rosenbloom
    TSS Chair

  • MLA Program

    Greetings TSS members!

    The program committee has been busy planning for what we hope will be a very exciting annual meeting for 2013 in Boston. The theme for the Technical Services Section’s program is “Leading by Design, Not Default: Focused Direction in Support of the User.”  We’ve reviewed quite a number of remarkable papers and made the final selections for our program.  We are happy to have the Leadership and Management Section, the Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, and the Research Section as our co-sponsors.  We’re also co-sponsors for the Collection Development Section’s program, “Open Access in Action: Trends, Policies, and Institutional Activities in Support of Open Information,” the Leadership and Management Section’s program, “Collaborations for Health,” and the Relevant Issues Section’s program, “Librarians as Partners in Addressing Health Disparities.”

    Please feel free to share any thoughts or ideas for next year’s program and business meeting with us.

    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season!

    Submitted by
    Latrina Keith
    Chair Elect and Program Chair
    New York Academy of Medicine Library

  • Membership News

    The Technical Services Section Welcomes New Members

    The Membership Committee is happy to announce that since May 2012, the Technical Services Section, has incorporated nine new members! Currently, TSS has 130 members. I am glad to report a steady growth of membership for the year. Please join me in welcoming our colleagues and friends to TSS!

    New members and applicable affiliations follow:
    Jeff Saunders, Jaeb Center for Health Research
    Sunny Sondhaya, Scripps Mercy Hospita
    Norma Layton, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
    Laurel Sammonds, Mississippi State University
    Christopher Cook, George Washington University
    Ozlem Gumeci, Texas Tech University
    Daniel Perkins
    Mary White
    Michelle Rezeau

    Also, further news includes the addition of Donna Evans, MLS, MPH, of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library to the Membership Committee. We look forward to her insight and assistance! Thank you, and welcome, Donna!

    To our members, for Thanksgiving:
    For all our new members: Thank you for joining the Technical Services Section. We look forward to getting to know you.
    To all members: Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you do, and all that you will do for TSS!

    Best regards,

    Amanda Page
    Membership Chair, TSS
    Countway Library, Harvard Medical School

  • Professional Development (CE)

    The Technical Services Section is offering funding for a single-day MLA CE course via its Continuing Education Grant! The grant will be awarded at the next TSS business meeting and can be applied to MLA CE coursework taken nine months prior to receiving the award or six months following the business meeting. For more information see: http://techservices.mlanet.org/ResearchCom.html.

    MLA is already soliciting input for CE courses for the 2014 conference in Chicago.  Please let me know if you have any ideas to submit or contact them directly at: http://www.mlanet.org/education/callcourses2014.html#top.

    Here are some upcoming online continuing education opportunities that TSS members might want to check out:


    Introducing RDA (ALA editions workshop). Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3967

    Elementos RDA en MARC 21 para registros de autoridad de nombre Parte II. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

    Transitioning from Cataloging to Creating Metadata. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013:

    2013 schedule for ALCTS Fundamentals Series of Web Courses (specializing in acquisitions, preservation, collection assessment, collection development, and e-resources):


    CONTENTdm 6: Website Configuration Tool. Jan. 15-17, 2013.


    Advanced XML: Further adventures with XSLT. March 25-27, 2013.


    Understanding FRBR for RDA and Beyond. Jan. 15-16, 2013.

    Introducing RDA 1: Structure, Principles and Core Elements. Feb. 20, 2013.

    Introducing RDA 2: Resource Description. March 26-27, 2013.


    Data Management for Clinical Research. April 2013 (free!).

    NN/LM training schedule:

    Submitted by:
    Jeremy Bartczak
    Metadata Services and Intellectual Access Librarian
    Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
    University of Virginia