TSS Update

Hello TSS membership!

I wanted to send out a quick welcome/update message as I assume my new responsibilities as section chair. I’m getting to this slightly later than scheduled. Time flew by after MLA Chicago and before I knew it we were in the thick of summer.

First and foremost I’d like to report that we have re-named the CE grant after Chamya Kincy, former TSS Chair and liaison to the ALA Cataloging Committee. See more information here:


We also approved a motion to contribute $1000 to the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant in Chamya’s honor. Learn about the grant here:


You’ll notice that the website continues to be updated and content migrated from the old site–many thanks to Michael Wood and Marlena Barber for their efforts with this work. During my time as chair, I look forward to working with them to continue to improve our website and content.

Also, thank you to Marlena Barber and Erin Wentz for their efforts to refresh and revitalize Tech Trends. This is an important source of section information for TSS members and I encourage you all to respond to calls for content and share your professional experiences and accomplishments. Your perspective and insight is welcome!

I have been corresponding with Amanda Page, Program/Incoming Chair as she is hard at work with a research data management-themed program topic for MLA 2015. Stay tuned for more details and please be on the alert for calls to contribute to the abstract review process as we make our way toward fall later in the year.

Also keep in mind any ideas for continuing education themes and feel free to send them along to me. As Continuing Education Chair I can communicate CE topics to MLA leadership for consideration at upcoming meetings. This typically doesn’t happen until December, but it’s something to keep on the radar screen.

Finally, we elected a secretary/treasurer back in February who was unable to serve out her term. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering for this position! This is a great opportunity to be involved with TSS leadership, and shouldn’t be a huge burden on anybody time-wise. You can learn more about the related responsibilities in the policy manual:


Hope everyone is having a great summer! Please stay in touch with us through newsletter submissions and the listserv.

Jeremy Bartczak

Metadata Librarian

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

University of Virginia