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Managing Technical Services in Libraries

 
J.K. Khanna (Author)
Synopsis The area of "technical services" in modern-day academic library has undergone radical redesign and reorganisation. The implementation of integrated library systems, shrinking budgets, new electronic formats, the advent of internet, and technological innovations have drastically changed the face of "technical services" units presenting new challenges, such as finding and hiring qualified cataloguers; dealing with the exponentially expanding range of print and electronic formats; reorganising workflows due to staff reductions; and trying to find answers for organising and describing information in its various manifestations. The purpose of this volume, therefore, is to describe the different "technical services" and to orient the students with the procurement, processing, preservation, and handling of documents. It is further to familiarise them with problems in the technical operations and with current thinking related to solving them in the best possible way. The study indicates the methods that have been used in studying the technical operations highlighting the use of automation, internets, and digital technology. For anyone involved in the day-to-day supervision, management, and future of a library technical services department, this study will provide food for thought, and solution of complex problems.
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About the author

J.K. Khanna

The author has M.A., Ph.D. (Pol. Science), and M.Lib. Sc., Ph.D. (Library Science) to his credit. S.R.Ranganathan who created men out of clay has also divine eyes. Discerning the real mettle of the author, he wrote to the latter, immediately before his death, to stay in the profession and work for its elevation. In Ranganathan's words: For the last 10 years I had been observing the rapid degeneration in the profssion. It is for a person like you to take off the coat as I did my self in my younger days and work hard to put the profession on the right rails. Influenced by the same advise of the Philosopher ----King (Ranganathan ), the author dropped the very idea of switching over of the teaching of Political Science, and re-dedicated himself to the profession. By burning mid-night-oil, he has enriched the profession. He authorship spans numerous research papers and highly appreciated 8 books in India and abroad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Managing Technical Services in Libraries
Author J.K. Khanna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sanjay Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8174532951
length x+570p.