Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group – December 2022 Report

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The group met 4-5 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Since our last report, Interest Group Chair Sofia Slutskaya and Vice-Chair Marina Morgan wrote an article for Technical Services Quarterly journal titled "Report of the Core Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group, Core Virtual Interest Group Week, March 2022". As the title suggests, the article covered the IG's Core Virtual Interest Group Week program which featured three presentations covering management, training, and documentation in Technical Services. The article was published online by Taylor & Francis on July 24, 2022.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Second Activity
Virtual meetings and preparation for the face-to-face program during ALA Annual Conference in June 2022. Our IG met at ALA on June 26, 2022, and focused on the discussion about the role of professional librarians in technical services. The program included four separate discussions facilitated by the group members. The meeting consisted of four round tables where discussion facilitators led the conversation and encouraged participants to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Representatives from the larger groups provided short reports on the topics covered in their discussion groups, which included “Exploring Normalcy in Technical Services,” “Telling the Technical Services Story,” “Technical Services Retreat: Professional Development, Wellness, and Team Building for Technical Services,” and “Technical Services Advocacy Outside of Tech Services.”
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

Third Activity
After ALA, the IG reconvened virtually to discuss the outcomes of the IG meeting. The group decided to write another article based on the IG's meeting at ALA. This time, the IG Chair Sofia Slutskaya, Vice Co-Chair Marina Morgan, and Vice Co-Chair Amy Fry decided to include as authors the lead discussion facilitators Jennifer M. Eustis, Jessie Copeland, and Cara Calabrese. The article titled "Report of the Core Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 2022" was published by Taylor & Francis in the Technical Services Quarterly journal on December 15, 2022.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Value to Members

Fourth Activity
Co-Chairs Marina Morgan and Amy Fry met virtually with Vice Co-Chairs Greg Ferguson and Alayne Mundt to prepare for IG's participation in the 2023 Core Virtual Interest Group Week. We prepared a call for proposals, which will be sent out in December. We plan on accepting proposals on topics regarding the role of professional librarians in promoting and incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Technical Services.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Career Building and Recognition, Membership and Value to Members

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Our IG will assess and evaluate the proposals for the 2023 Core Virtual Interest Group Week. We look forward to providing an engaging session with 2-3 short presentations (20 minutes max. each) offered in tight succession followed by a brief Q&A session.

After the Core Virtual Interest Group Week, we will work on our IG's meeting at ALA.

Submitted by Marina Morgan on 12/23/2022