ARCHIVED: The Technical Services Librarian of the 21st Century - A Listserv Discussion - December 6 - 17, 1999

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November 29, 1999

Are you Y2K compliant? What do you think that you'll be doing in the new millenium?

When you think about how far libraries have come in the last one hundred years (closed stacks, treatises arranged by author or color); within the last twenty five years (imagine the excitement of throwing out those stencil machines and receiving catalog cards in the mail); within the past decade (the Internet age) - is it difficult to imagine what the next decade will bring? Well, the future is now and as we all know, change is the only reliable constant.

These are just a few of the issues that we face:

  • Will Technical Services be on the cutting edge in road-mapping the Internet? How can we do it?
  • Will technology force Technical Services out of the library? What will be outsourced next? How can we influence decisions to insure that the best choices are made for the right reasons?
  • What staff requirements should we prepare for? How will we be able to attract and retain good staff?

Join your colleagues through AALL's next moderated discussion list in a stimulating discussion of Technical Services at the dawn of a new century. Led by Janet McKinney, Director of Collection Resources at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Leon E. Bloch Law Library and Chair of the Technical Services Special Interest Section, the discussion will provide a lively dialogue on the various viewpoints of Technical Services in the 21st Century. Register for "The Technical Services Librarian of the 21st Century" on AALLNET ( ) Click on the "Professional Development" link and select the "Professional Development Opportunity" labeled "Professional Development Listserv." The direct link to the form is

The AALL Professional Development Listservs are designed to promote information exchange on current issues in law librarianship. Each discussion is limited to a set period and the listserv is purged at the end of this period. A Web archive of earlier discussions is available.

The AALL Professional Development Program provides AALL members and non-members with readily available, high quality and timely educational programs, publications and services in a variety of formats, using all available and future technologies in order to enable members to remain current in the profession of law librarianship and to provide non-members with comparable educational opportunities in our area of expertise.