Please join the ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group
(TSWEIG) at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Date and time: Monday, January 27, 2020 / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-A
We look forward to two presentations on evaluating and streamlining
workflows within technical services. We plan to have ample time for Q&A at
the end of the session.
Welcome to Your New Job: Streamlining Inherited Workflows & Processes
By Jennifer Eustis, Metadata Librarian, UMass Amherst
Inherited workflows and processes are common. In academic libraries, in
particular state institutions like the University of Massachusetts, it
takes time to either hire for a position or transfer job duties. There are
also situations in which workflows need to be passed to a different person.
Whether it’s a new hire or new job duties, the consequences are often the
same: new backlogs, missing or non-existent documentation, or workflows
that fit a different job or working style. At UMass Amherst, as a new hire
in the Metadata Unit, I inherited batch loading responsibilities both for
UMass Amherst and the Five College Consortium. Much of the knowledge was
lost when the person who had those responsibilities left. Not only did a
backlog begin to grow, documentation was limited, and workflows needed to
be re-envisioned for a smaller staff. In this presentation, I’d like to
address the ways in which the inherited batch loading process and workflows
of bibliographic title sets are being streamlined and made more
transparent. I’ll cover issues on: how we customized CORAL to reduce the
number of spreadsheets to track loads; revamped documentation for both
transparency and training; began an evaluation process to illustrate the
process to our colleges, especially the liaisons; how this work is being
adapted for our consortium batch loads.
The evolving workflow: Moving streaming video acquisitions to a mediated
By Cara Calabrese, Acquisitions & Access Librarian, Miami University
It’s a common story. Our streaming video PDA was consistently exceeding its
budget. We tried to limit spending by decreasing the amount of titles and
distributors in our PDA pool as well as educate patrons on cost, but these
changes did not create a significant difference. The library could not
sustain this level of spending and opted to move to leasing individual
titles at the start of the next Fiscal Year. This change in the model of
acquisitions meant that current workflows were outmoded, but now there was
an opportunity to build in better communication between several departments
while creating new workflows and procedures to fit the change.
Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Collection Development came together to
create and review new workflows for requesting leases, ordering, &
communicating what titles need to be added or removed from the catalog.
I’ll discuss how we used the tools our library had access too to enhance
the request workflow, reduce single points of failure, and increase
communication regarding streaming video content. I will also touch on how
our workflows have evolved since the advent of the mediate model and what
changes we hope to introduce in the future.
Sent on behalf of the TSWEIG Co-Chairs
Jesse A Lambertson, Metadata and Digital Resources Librarian
D'Angelo Law Library - University of Chicago
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Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management
Gleeson Library - University of San Francisco
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