New Library Directors Handbook

Technical Services Overview

Library staff has done a wonderful job of making it look like books appear on the shelf magically. We've become so good at making the transition seamless that most patrons have no idea what really goes on in a library. You might say that technical services is the behind the scenes part of the library. It's the department where items are ordered, cataloged and processed. It's also the place for mending. We discussed ordering items in the last chapter. In this chapter we'll take a look at organizing your collection, cataloging, processing, and mending.