History of the Technical Services Special Interest Section
The predecessor of the Technical Services SIS was the former AALL Cataloging and Classification Committee. In 1977, an organizational meeting was held, with the Section fully approved in 1979.
The object of the Technical Services SIS is to promote the communication of ideas, interests, and research of its members who are concerned with: acquisitions, collection development, cataloging and classification, preservation, and serials control. Committees have been organized to provide opportunities for in-depth study in these areas. The responsibilities of the original AALL Cataloging and Classification Committee are continued by the Technical Services SIS Standing Committee on Cataloging and Classification. A Subcommittee on Subject Headings that existed under the former AALL Committee also carries on its work within this SIS Standing Committee. Other Standing Committees include: Acquisitions, Exchange of Duplicates, Preservation, and Serials. Three additional committees are appointed annually: Nominating, Awards, and Education. TS-SIS also has informal discussion groups for the heads of acquisitions, cataloging and technical services departments.
The newsletter for the section was originally the Law Cataloger, the official newsletter of the AALL Cataloging and Classification Committee. The name was changed in 1979 to Technical Services Law Librarian (TSLL). TSLL is jointly sponsored by the Technical Services SIS and the Online Bibliographic Services SIS, and is published quarterly.
TS-SIS also conducts an annual membership survey. The survey provides members with the opportunity to recommend programs and projects and to volunteer for offices, programs, and committee appointments.
Past chairs and other officers of the Technical Services SIS are listed on the Past Executive Board Members page.