This department ensures that library materials can be used by patrons both now and in the future. The staff of the Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab focus on the physical protection and treatment of materials from the circulating and special collections across the Duke University Libraries. This work includes condition surveys, rehousing projects, basic stabilization, full treatments, conservation research, and participation in the management of collections storage, collection emergencies, exhibitions, loans, and digitization.
Continuing Resource Acquisitions
This department manages many of the critical aspects of the electronic resources lifecycle including resource trials, continuing resource orders, licensing, access verification/activation, knowledgebase maintenance, and e-resource troubleshooting. This department also enables day-to-day budget management and engages with the TRLN Electronic Resources Committee and other consortial collections activities. It also participates in collections assessment which allow for data-informed collection development and management.
Metadata and Discovery Strategy
This department’s work focuses on ways for Technical Services to “conceptualize and implement resource description in ways that assure its continued usefulness in and interoperability with national and international discovery systems; strive to maintain data consistency and accuracy across a variety of library systems; explore new technologies in the greater library community, and prepare (TS) for transition to new technologies; such as linked data.” Some of the current work includes: Discovery systems administration (e.g. 360 Link, Serials Solutions, Summon, First Search, TS FOLIO functions); liaising with ITS units and WebX as the authoritative source for TS metadata standards and practices; acting as a source for functional input for systems such as Aleph, GFA, etc.
This department manages the firm orders and receipts for monographs and participates in day-to-day budget management. This group also manages 30+ approval plans which includes a major English-language plan with GOBI Solutions as well as a variety of plans focusing on vernacular language International and Area Studies materials. In addition, this group copy catalogs English and foreign language monographic materials.
This department has responsibility for resource description for Roman and non-Roman monographic and serial materials as well as oversight of related cataloging policies, practices, and training. This includes metadata authority control and providing guidance to non-TS units performing cataloging functions. This department also stewards initial shelf preparation for physical materials and bindery activities. In addition, this department participates in the creation of metadata for content ingested in the Duke Digital Repository collections.