In the spring of 2009 I started my current job on the heels of a major reorganization of Technical Services, which was soon followed by a merging of public services and collection development. As a result of both of those large-scale reorganizations, we have demanded that staff specialize less and become generalists. In Technical Services, this means that our staff are in charge of entire processes more than working on something resembling an assembly line. In Public Services, bibliographers and reference librarians alike have become subject librarians, no longer specializing in collection development or reference, but managing a whole suite of services, each librarian
working with and on behalf of a few campus academic units.
I may have already mentioned that our library has cut dozens of positions in the two-plus years I have been working here as a librarian. Reorganizations and downsizing--in the private sector, redundant--have had profound impacts on the day-to-day work of library staff. Today, I want to focus on one process and how it has evolved in light of these changes: pre-order bibliographic searching.