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Title:The New Technology and Competencies for "The Most Typical of the Activities of Libraries": Technical Services
Author(s):Henderson, Kathryn Luther
Subject(s):Libraries --Data processing
Online data processing
Information technology
Library education
Abstract:At a library conference in 1940, William M. Randall called technical services the "most typical of the activities of libraries" "they are..." he said, "the things which librarians do that no one else does the secrets of the craft." 1 In those intervening forty-three years much has been written and uttered in defense and derision of these "secrets of the craft." These most typical of library activities have changed the name Randall used, technical processes, to technical services. They have moved from being sneeringly derided as "backroom," "basement" or other dreary location activities to being enthusiastically hailed today as "where the action is." They are, fortunately, no longer the "secrets" that they were in Randall's day. They have been moved into, moved around within and even moved out of the organizational charts. Regardless of all these attitudes and activities, the functions of acquiring, organizing and preserving library materials persist and the competencies necessary to carry out these three functions will be the focus of this paper. In the paper, reference will frequently be made to the "technical services librarian" meaning any librarian who works in that aspect of librarianship. The emphasis is on no particular type of library. The term library will be used as meaning also information center.
Issue Date:1983
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In L.C. Smith, ed. 1983. Professional competencies--technology and the librarian. Papers presented at the 1983 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 12-42.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (20th : 1983)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1983.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-09

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