|dc.description||I organized and moderated the session Technical Services Roundtable at the 2011 Canadian Library Association Conference in Halifax. The session was Friday, May 27 8:30-10:00 am.
41 people attended the session. We had 5 small groups that discussed 3 of the 7 questions that were provided. Much of the discussion was around RDA (the new cataloging rules), how the library catalog can/should work in conjunction with other discovery tools for obtaining catalog records, preparing for RDA implementation, general role of technical services departments given the many types of materials that are used by library patrons, and collaboration among libraries re catalogue records.
There was lively, animated discussion. Attendees commented that they greatly appreciated the opportunity to share challenges with people working in other libraries and in different types of libraries—academic, government, school libraries. I found the opportunity to share experiences with others working in the same area to be invaluable. Hopefully, this type of session will continue to be offered at the conferences in the future.
The rest of the conference was excellent. Sessions that I particularly enjoyed included ones about RDA, how to present library statistics information, copyright as applied to libraries, and information on the implementation of access to various mobile interfaces. The trade show was a great opportunity to learn about new initiatives and plans for the future from various vendors.||en