NETSL Annual Conference: Call for Lightning Talks

The New England Technical Services Librarians Annual Spring Conference 2013
The Many Hats of Technical Services
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
April 12, 2013

Description: Increasingly those who work in technical services are being asked to do a variety of jobs. It is even the case that these people are solo librarians or the only librarian with a small support staff team. Faced with this reality and others of budget and staff cuts, the work in technical services continues to diversify and grow in new directions. Technical services librarians meet these challenges head-on, leading their libraries in creating innovative services for the information needs of library users. You are invited to come and share with others how you are meeting these challenges in the form of innovative services that lead to change at your library.

Proposal Information: NETSL invites forward thinking submissions in all areas related to technical services librarianship: acquisitions, cataloging, serials, electronic resources, digital initiatives, and preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Participants are strongly encouraged to think about innovative services that meet current challenges in technical services, and how we are leaders of change within technical services and in our libraries as a whole. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leadership in technical services
  •  Collaboration within and outside the library
  • Emerging roles for technical services/technical services librarians
  •  New staffing models in technical services
  •  Metadata: creation, reuse, and interoperability
  •  Integration of metadata with traditional cataloging workflow
  •  Authority control
  •  The catalog: what is its future?
  •  Special formats cataloging
  •  Increasing costs and shrinking budgets: meeting financial challenges
  •  Patron-driven acquisitions and services
  •  Vendor relations with technical services
  •  Managing the collections: de-selection and inventory
  •  Linked data publishing and applications
  •  Local documentation practices
  •  Managing government documents: access and de-selection issues
  •  Cloud-based solutions in technical services
  •  Digital library projects
  •  Digital object curation and preservation
  •  Network level data management
  •  Role of technical services in open access and scholarly communication
  •  Open source tools and platforms in technical services

NETSL is seeking a total of 4 lightening talk presenters. Lightening talks should be limited to slightly over 11 minutes. After the lightening talk presenters speak, there will be a question and answer period of 15 minutes.

Submit the following information to by Friday, March 4, 2013:

  •  Title of presentation
  •  Abstract (no longer than 250 words)
  •  Names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
  •  Primary contact for presenters
  •  Equipment and other special needs

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by March 11, 2013.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Eustis
President, New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL)
Homer Babbidge Library
University of Connecticut
369 Fairfield Way, Unit 1005
Storrs, CT 06269
Web site :


The New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) was founded in 1923 and draws its members from all over New England. NETSL holds one annual conference and sponsors programs at the New England Library Association Annual Conference (NELA). The NELA Annual Conference occurs every October and rotates its location among the different states in New England. The NETSL Annual Conference take place in late spring and is held at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Membership is open to anyone interested in library technical services and can be found at NELA’s Membership website at

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