Technical Services site : a call for participation and/or feedback

[Update, May 10th: based on initial response, the technical services site is currently in development! Please check this page or the google docs for further updates over the next few months. Thank you!]
[Update, October 2015: After several false starts, #techservsite is slowly launching at Please visit the stand-alone site as information below may no longer be up-to-date or fully accurate.]

Recently, I have seen a great amount of frustration and several calls for greater representation of technical services departments and staff on the public face of the library. A quick google shows that most technical services websites are focused either on policy, conference reports, or local workflows. [1] I would like to propose a new website to explain and showcase the people and the work of tech services staff. The goal would be to explain tech services not just to our fellow library staffers, but also to the outside world as much as possible.

Obviously this is not going to be some sort of amazing solution that will make the world suddenly understand and appreciate tech services overnight, but I like to talk about what I do, and you probably do too. We do a lot of neat things, after all! I’d like to hear more about your work, from challenges to successes to just “Hey, look at this neat resource I just [found/ordered/cataloged/processed]! Here’s what I did.”

When I posted this previously, it got a lot of shares (thank you!), but a comparatively much smaller amount of feedback, and I believe I was too vague in my explanation.[2] I have typed up a more specific outline, and would be very happy to get your feedback, whether positive or negative. Please feel free to read through, share, and/or respond to this Google Docs folder, which contains:

-an outline for the prospective tech services site
-an open list of potential topics for posts
-a page for people to indicate their interest (contact information and/or post ideas)

(I apologize for the cringe-inducing hashtag #techservsite that I’m using to organize my efforts here. It does, however, accurately reflect its subject.)

[1] A very quick google. If I missed anything that already fits the description of “tech services group blog” please let me know, I would love to see it.
[2] Consequently, this page has been edited down severely and re-written after its initial posting on March 12th, 2014.

[Many thanks to the librarians of twitter for encouragement and input!]

9 responses to “Technical Services site : a call for participation and/or feedback

  1. I think this is a great idea, and would love to be involved. I think there’s a real need for a place for conversations about tech services that go beyond the nuts-and-bolts. I’m still sifting through my thoughts about it, so don’t have any real ideas to contribute at this point. But I wanted to register my interest in the project!

    • Thanks! I hadn’t heard of the High Vis Cataloging site until very recently, but I would like to do something similar, and I’ve talked (via twitter) to one of its members.

  2. Oh neat, I had not encountered the City of London Libraries blog. (But I do follow @CUCataloging on twitter! Really enjoy the posts.)

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