Library Resources & Technical Services

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, January

Analog People for Digital Dreams: Staffing and Educational Considerations for Cataloging and Metadata Professionals
As libraries attempt to incorporate increasing amounts of electronic resources into their catalogs, utilizing a growing variety of metadata standards, library and information science programs are grappling with how to educate catalogers to meet these...
Cataloging the Special Collections of Allegheny College
Scholars have long noted the significance of Allegheny College's special collections to American cultural and educational history. Special collections have value to colleges and universities as publicity devices to draw scholars, students, and funding...
Current and Emerging Challenges for the Future of Library and Archival Preservation
Confronted with increasingly rapid technological developments and the likelihood of continued economic constraints, libraries face numerous challenges in the coming years that are already affecting their operating models. While many functions are well-established,...
Editorial
Every fall, the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors Banned Books Week (BBW) to focus attention on challenges to the freedom to choose what to read and the freedom to express one's opinion (even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox...
Impact of Full Text on Print Journal Use at a Liberal Arts College
The availability of full-text journal articles online affects patrons" use of the library's print journal collection. This case study of a liberal arts college library collection quantifies the change in print journal use from 1996 to 2003. Variables...
Production Benchmarks for Catalogers in Academic Libraries: Are We There Yet?
This paper examines existing library and personnel literature to determine whether any strides have been made among academic libraries in determining cataloging productivity benchmarks. The perceived importance of performance evaluations based on quantitative...
TalkLeft, Boing Boing, and Scrappleface: The Phenomenon of Weblogs and Their Impact on Library Technical Services
In this paper, we discuss weblogs (blogs), their impact on society, whether they should be considered for inclusion in library collections, and their bibliographic nature. We describe using several top blog lists to help select a blog appropriate for...
Utilization of Students as Cataloging Assistants at Carnegie Category 1 Institution Libraries
A survey of 261 libraries was undertaken to determine the level of use of and duties performed by student assistants in monographic cataloging operations. Ninety-five of 142 responding libraries (64.1 percent) indicate that they use student assistants...