Have you heard of the library's Technical Services Department?
When students think of Leland Speed Library, they mostly think of using databases or the library's catalog for research assignments, checking out books at the Circulation Desk, printing documents, making copies, or even gathering with friends and classmates to study.
In a nutshell, Tech Services is comprised of the Acquisitions and the Cataloging Departments. What does that mean? And, how does this department benefit students?
Tech Services provides many services that most users don’t think about. What’s important is that those resources are available when needed. Although Technical Services staff are not as visible as those in public services, they provide invaluable resources to the MC community by providing resources that are an extension of the classroom. For example, since April 2016, nearly 150,000 e-books were added to the collection, which allows students to access books from anywhere.
A new service that the Technical Services Dept. provides is the downloading of MC students’ electronic theses and dissertations into the ProQuest database. This makes their work accessible to many, many people outside the parameters of MC.
The Technical Services staff continually work on inventory and weeding (getting rid of or replacing damaged or outdated materials). If there’s a problem with a book, the Tech Services Dept. is usually the place to go. If a professor needs a book right away, staff make that book #1 on the priority list and it’s rushed through.
Next time you’re looking for that obscure poem you’re going to need for your assignment,
think of Technical Services!