NETSL Presentations Available Online

The New England Technical Services Librarians section of NELA gave another successful spring conference this year and the presentations are available online. The topic 2020 Vision: A New Decade for Technical Services brought in a wide range of people from New England and beyond. One of the themes that struck me was the mantra to do less with less. Many in technical services (or whatever your unit is now called) know all too well that jobs are being lost. The majority of institutions have lost staff and positions over the years. What technical services could do in the past is no longer an option or viable alternative for many. Actually, one of the themes of this conference suggested that we not go back to doing business as usual. Technical services are now usually not known by this name, staff has decreased, duties have increased or morphed mainly into e-resources and digital collections. In an effort to address these changes, the presenters at NETSL’s spring conference said to do less of what technical services has always done and/or stop trying to do more with less in order to focus on new initiatives such as digital collections, data management plans, and/or e-resources. In a sense, the presentations showed how libraries and technical services can remain relevant with few staff but a skilled workforce. I think the presentation, Research Data and Libraries was most effective at showing this. Because of the recent requirement of the NIH (and other agencies) to provide a plan on how to manage data as part of the grant, libraries have the ability to step into this process and help those who need to formulate a data management plan. This is definitely a presentation to read. But of course, all the presentations are great and worth taking time to read. See what you can learn!