As more and more library materials migrate from the tradition physical to the electronic formats, the workflow and roles of staff in library acquisitions and serials are compelled to evolve. Librarians in these areas not only have to keep abreast the latest technology and knowledge themselves, but also have to excel as the leader and mangers for their supporting staff.
In many libraries, technical services staff tend to be long term employees who had been performing skillfully the same job for years. How to retool and retrain these staff to ensure smooth transition and efficiency of the new workflow becomes more critical to the librarians who manage these staff. The librarians not only have to fully understand and adapt the workflow, but also know how to provide adequate training and motivate staff to achieve high performance in the new environment.
The author will share the experiences how to retool, retrain and reassign some staff to the new workflow. The audience is expected to learn and exchange ideas and practices from the author and each other on how to successfully manage the staff and workflow in the evolving environment.