Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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April 1995


Published in Continuity & Transformation: The Promise of Confluence. Proceedings of the Seventh National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 29-April 1, 1995. Edited by Richard AmRhein. Copyright (c) 1995 the American Library Association. Used by permission.


The role of technical services librarians is being questioned as libraries downsize their operations. Technical services librarians can take a proactive approach to redefining their roles rather than waiting for change to be forced upon them. At one ARL library, technical services librarians initiated discussions with the administration to redefine their roles, increase their involvement in library decision-making, and improve their own career development opportunities. This paper will describe the process used at one library and how this model can be applied in other settings.