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Chatham University Jennie King Mellon Library Technical Services Department  

       The Technical Services department of the Jennie King Mellon Library supports the mission of Chatham University by assuming primary responsibility for the organization of materials in the library’s collection and catalog. The Technical Services department is committed to providing quality service to the faculty, staff and students that use the JKM Library catalog. This is accomplished by creating, maintaining and making available to the University library catalog users quality bibliographic holdings and authority records according to established local and national standards in a timely manner. This department also strives to build and maintain a cohesive, current, and balanced library collection that supports the curriculum and educational mission of Chatham University. We are responsible for the ordering and receiving of library materials and for maintaining the relevancy of the collection.

       We also specialize in database and web development involving advanced coding and scripts, visual and interactive data reports, legacy media file conversions, and idiosyncratic and creative book restoration.

Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians (ALA, revised 2023)
Daniel Lincoln Nolting | Head of Library Technical Services | 412-365-1243 |
{vacant} | Technical Services Assistant | 412-365-1242 |

Sample Workflow

  • Incoming mail: serials, acquisitions, financials (am)
  • Incoming Student Publication and Repair Reports (hourly):
    • Physical
    • Online
  • Catalog:
    • New (up to 10)
    • Backlog (up to 12)
    • Gifts (up to 20)
    • Student Publications (if time/piece-meal)
    • Stack maint: call# review
  • Physical Serials Check-ins & Shifts
  • Quick repairs (24 hour press sets)
  • Weekly - Biweekly - Monthly - EoS - Annual
  • Weekly
  • New Items notifications (Mon)
  • Data Loads (EDS, ILLiad, SSBu - Tues-Wed)
  • Staff meeting (Wed)
  • Web File maintenance (Thurs)
  • Stacks maintenance: weeds (Fri)
  • Long-term repairs (7-day press sets)

  • Biweekly
  • Recycling
  • Stacks Maintenance: missings
  • Code maintenance (PHY/SQL)
  • Stacks maintenance: project (pre-assigned days)
  • Monthly
  • Website updates
  • Bills and Invoices
  • Reports (1st week)
  • AWS/SpringShare/storage maintenance (2nd week)
  • Bound serials shift (3rd week)
  • Authorities (4th week)
  • Calendar checks (last week of month)
  • End-of-Semester
  • Student Publications
    • Correspondence
    • Procedures
    • Processing
    • Availablitizing & Chart maintenance
  • Other PDF and web posting checks
  • Web header & footer clean-ups
  • Supplies replenishment
  • Annually
  • Performance appraisals (fall)
  • Library Annual Report Web Dashboard (fall)
  • Print journal renewals (summer)
  • Technical Services Annual Report (summer)
  • Floor cleaning w/ facilities


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