Library technical services

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Library technical services are the processing and maintenance activities of a library's collection. These include:[1]

  • Identification: locating potentially worthwhile items to add to the collection
  • Selection: deciding which of the identified items to add to the collection
  • Acquisitions: securing the items for the collection
  • Organization: indexing and cataloging the items acquired in a manner that will aid the end-user in locating materials in the collection
  • Preparation: labeling, binding, repairing, conservation, and otherwise making items ready for (and maintained during) storage in a manner that allows for easy retrieval and maintenance of what is in a collection

Technical services may also include: maintenance of online catalogs, creation and maintenance of MARC records in the catalog, labeling, covering, security processing, and/or distribution of materials, maintaining a library's technology resources, such as servers, OPACs, circulation, scanners, and other devices.

Technical Services Resources[edit]

  • OCLC - Webjunction[2]
  • Library of Congress - Resource Description and Access (RDA)[3]

Technical Services Membership Opportunities[edit]

  • ALA - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)[4]
  • Also see local state library associations and consortiums


  1. ^ G. Edward Evans, Sheila S. Intner, Jean Weihs Introduction to Technical Services; 7th ed. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2002 ISBN 1-56308-918-1
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