Part IV of this year's TS Annual Survey covered Technical Services Law Librarian. Here are the results, compiled by Janet McKinney -- with special thanks to Janet for her rapid work and careful dissemination of this helpful information.
1. Summary of level of satisfaction with TSLL columns (5=very satisfied, 1=very unsatisfied):
Acquisitions -- 4.06
Automation -- 3.84
Classification -- 3.53
Description and Entry -- 4.00
MARC Remarks -- 3.93
Preservation -- 3.91
Research and Publication -- 4.07
Serials -- 4.06
Serials Issues -- 4.05
Subject Headings -- 4.10
T.S. in Smaller Libraries -- 3.57
2. Are there topics not being covered in TSLL that you would like to see addressed?
» Management (can you see the theme here?!)
» No, I think it's excellent & the new editors are bringing some good changes.
» Catalog electronic resources: especially Internet resources and Web pages.
» Need more T.S. in Smaller Libraries.
» Management/personnel issues.
» Departmental coordination.
» More technology.
» Management issues.
» OPAC design. Access to electronic resources.
» Collection development.
» Something on recent problem publications, e.g. RIA practical tax strategies, or interesting "how-I-did-it" kind of problem-solving; a Heloise for Techies?
» Electronic Resource Description (D.Core, RDF, etc.), library systems issues. In general it would be good to make the journal less provincial. We need exposure to all facets/theories in TS, not just those occurring in AALL.
» Marketing TS - to Pub Serv, to Directors, to Faculty/Lawyers.
» Tenure requirements for TS staff.
» Canadian content.
» Would like to see more on serial issues, not what serial titles have changed.
» 1) A history of TS-SIS, TSLL, and tech services law librarianship. 2) A series on basic law cataloging, serials, acquisitions, or preservation for newcomers, with guest authors writing on "what I wish I'd known as a beginning cataloger/serialist/etc."
» Management and personnel issues. Collection development (glad to see we're starting a new column).
» Issues relating to small libraries, especially those not using OCLC or online cataloging.
» More geared towards smaller libraries.
» Administrativia - stats, reports, management, supervision, budgeting.
» Training for new Heads of Technical Services!
» I find the newsletter useful but have no specific comments.
» Audio visual cataloging.
» Archives (or is that part of Legal History & Rare Books?)
» Use of Web in Technical Services, Acquisitions, Cataloging e-journals, etc.
3. On a scale of 1 to 5, how satisfiedare you with the new appearance and format of TSLL?
131 respondents answered this question, and all the answers were '3' or above:
Rating of 3: 15, 11.45%
Rating of 4: 50, 38.17%
Rating of 5 ("very satisfied"): 66, 50.38%
Several also wrote in these comments:
» Looks terrific! Great for the SIS's & our PR.
» It looks very nice! The graphics are a welcome addition.
» "5" [on all columns] I am very satisfied with TSLL & think the new layout is excellent.
» It's great!
» TSLL is wonderful, and it's even gotten better. Where would we be without it! And what a pleasure to be able to access it hot off the online wire!! It's really attractive.
» Rather impressed.
» Great improvement!
» Good content. Excellent job!!
» Looks great, reads well.
» Much easier to read - a big improvement! Always a very "meaty" publication & finally readable.
» Much better format & more professional appearance!
» Please continue the newsletter. I find it useful.
» It doesn't make much difference to me.
» I rely on this source for info.; focuses to Tech Servs in Law Libs - it's concise & thorough.
» It looks great, very professional.
» Don't like when the protective cover sheet is partly used so you can't just rip it off.
» It's a great newsletter.
» Looks great. Generally, TSLL is very well done.
» It's terrific!
» I find TSLL to be one of the most informative professional publications I read.
» Looks good, more polished.
» I have not noticed any changes.
» Very nice!