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Telling Your Story: Resources

Vocation Conversation


Giordan, Giuseppe. Vocation and Social Context. Leiden : Brill, 2007.

Hearing Vocation Differently : Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-faith Academy. Edited by David Cunningham. New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.

Parker, Palmer J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Parker, Palmer J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2000.


Audunson, Ragnar. “Library and Information Science Education – Discipline, Profession, Vocation?” Journal for Education for Library & Information Science, 48 no. 2 (2007) p.94-107.

Cooling, Trevor. “Transforming Faith : Teaching as a Christian Vocation in a Secular, Worldview-Diverse Culture.” Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 14 no. 1 (2010) p.19-32.

Ward, Graham. “Performing Christ : The Theological Vocation of Lay People.” Ecclesiology, 9 no. 3 (2013) p.323-334.


Vocation Matters: Insights and Conversations from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)



ALCTS, "Value of Cataloging Librarians," Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (June 2006).

Aucock, Janet. “Why Not Send a Cataloguer?” Catalogue & Index 167 (June 2012): 28-32.

Belzowski, Nora F., J. Parker Ladwig, and Thurston Miller. "Crafting Identity, Collaboration, and Relevance for Academic Librarians Using Communities of Practice." Collaborative Librarianship 5, no. 1 (2013):3-15.

Borie, Juliya, Kate MacDonald, and Elisa Sze. "Asserting Catalogers' Place in the "Value of Libraries" Conversation." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53, no. 3-4 (2015): 352-367. PowerPoint presentation on which the article was developed.

Care, Rachel. "Ensuring Our Professionalism Is Necessary in Years to Come: The Transfer of Traditional Skills to Other Domains." Catalogue & Index 162 (April 2011): 14-16.

Carty, Celine, Venessa Harris, and Anne Welsh. "High Visibility Cataloguing: Promoting Cataloguers Promoting Themselves." Catalogue & Index 162 (April 2011): 2-4.

Creaser, Claire and Valerie Spezi. Working Together: Evolving Value for Academic Libraries. Leicestershire: Loughborough University, 2012.

Feltner-Reichert, Melanie. “Moving Beyond MARC: Initiating and Embracing Change in a Traditional Technical Services Department.” Against the Grain 19, no. 5 (November 2007): 28-34.

Freedman, Shin. "Faculty Status, Tenure, and Professional Indentity: A Pilot Study of Academic Librarians in New England." Libraries and the Academy 14, no. 4 (October 2014):533-565.

Hunt, Stuart. "This is CIG Speaking." Catalogue & Index 162 (April 2011): 5-9.

Nitecki, Danuta A. and Eileen G. Abels. "Exploring the Cause and Effect of Library Value." Performance Measurement and Metrics 14, no. 1 (2013): 17-24.

Task Force on Cost/Value Assessment of Bibliographic Control. Final Report of the Task Force on Cost/Value Assessment of Bibliographic Control. 2010.

Tenopir, Carol. "Beyond Usage: Measuring Library Outcomes and Value," Library Management  33, nos.1/2 (2012): 5-13.

Town, Stephen and Martha Kyrillidou. "Developing a Values Scorecard." Performance Measurement and Metrics 14, no. 1 (2013): 7-16.


Marketing Ideas

Ideas drawn from the ALCTS eforum, Making the Case: Internal and Upward Marketing for Technical Services!, February 25-26, 2020

  • Infographic showing workflow or how records work
  • Posters of people using library resources with TS staff "ghosting" behind to show who is behind their access to the resource
  • Informational video along the lines of Schoolhouse Rock's "How a Bill Becomes a Law"
  • Blog post or Newsletter to spotlight staff, new or unique resource, services
  • Brochure for new library employees: "Technical Services is a Public Service, Too"
  • Tech Services open house
    • Who we are and what we do
    • Display records before and after enhancing the record with enhancement in red typeface
    • Gamify processes
  • Shadow Us Days
  • Collaborate with public services librarians on unique collections
  • Give credit and kudos in emails and staff meetings for rush orders and difficult acquisitions