Introduction to Technical Services

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 484 pages
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Used in library schools worldwide, this critically acclaimed standard text provides students with a thorough understanding of technical services. Updated and expanded, the eighth edition further emphasizes the rapidly changing environment in which technical services are conducted. The book covers all aspects of the field---from acquisitions to managing the cataloging department---with five new chapters. "Technical Services Issues" includes material related to physical space needs; "E-resource Issues" examines how the growth of e-materials impacts technical services work; "Copy Cataloging" reflects the ever increasing need to be more efficient and also to save limited funds for technical services activities; "Overview and Decisions" addresses the issue of why and how the local OPAC has become a gateway to the universe of knowledge; and "Processing Materials" covers how the activities involved in making items that go into a library's collection are properly identified as belonging to the library and where the item is physically located in the collection. All other chapters have been extensively rewritten and updated to reflect 2010 technical service functions and activities. Complete with helpful illustrations, statistics, and study guide questions, this text is a must for library and information science students!

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I agree with the previous reviewer who stated that is it best to read this manual in pieces rather than all at once. It is not the most user-friendly manual and it does try to accomplish too much, I ... Read full review

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Short of working in a library, you will not attain a more comprehensive introduction to the workings behind the scenes of librarianship than reading this book from cover to cover ... if you can. It is ... Read full review


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About the author (2011)

G. Edward Evans, a renowned Fulbright scholar, former university librarian, author and consultant, supervises the Harold S. Colton Memorial Library and Archives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sheila S. Intner is professor emeritus, Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

Jean Weihs is a consultant, Technical Services Group, Toronto, Ontario.