Guide to Technical Services Resources

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This work describes more than 2000 selected print, electronic and expert sources for modern technical services, practice, research and education. It features instructive chapter introductions and annotations that evaluate as well as cite resources, drawing on all formats, including electronic. Certain fundamental works are represented, but the emphasis is on contemporary materials, data and resource networks. Areas covered include: acquisitions; descriptive cataloguing; classification; subject analysis systems; authority work; filing and indexing; serials; collection management and development; preservation; reproduction of library materials; database management and access services. Systems are treated within the appropriate areas.

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The purpose of this bibliography is to "provide annotated and evaluative references to the primary tools for those who work, study, research, and teach in the areas of library technical services." Editors and advisers represent large academic and public library systems. Consequently, resources are geared to those library settings, although some effort has been made to address the concerns of school, special, and other small libraries.

Primary coverage is works published in North America in English since 1985. Entries are categorized into 12 chapters that parallel the organization and divisions of technical services operations (e.g., acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation) and go a little farther afield into interlibrary loan and circulation. Each chapter was written by a librarian who has worked in that area. Within chapters, entries are arranged in a format similar to Guide to Reference Books, and in fact, this guide has been designed as a companion to that work. Over 2,000 entries constitute a broad variety of formats (e.g., books, periodical articles, electronic journals, and listservs) and other resources (e.g., professional associations, conferences). The critical annotations point out the importance of the resource as well as any faults of which users should be aware (e.g., lack of an index or bibliographic references, omissions). The volume concludes with author/title and subject indexes.

This will be a useful tool for librarians who need to identify the most important literature on specific areas of their library's operations; it will also be a very useful resource for library science students and faculty. Guide to Technical Services Resources belongs in the professional collections of medium-size and larger special, academic, and public libraries and in all collections that support library science educational programs. It should sit alongside Winchell/Sheehy/Balay with pride.

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