Technical Services support the mission of libraries by acquiring, organizing, providing bibliographical access to, and preserving the libraries' traditional collections and remote electronic information resources determined to be of interest to users.

Technical services

Technical services keep the collections vital and up to date by procuring new library materials and organizing them for easy and convenient use. They maintain libraries' online catalogs and finding tools for special and digital collections.


Cataloguing is to perform original cataloging of publications and for database management, transfer and withdrawal of titles, and the physical processing of all library materials.


Metadata include the content of the titles that are stocked, metadata about a title typically include a description of the content, the author, the publication date and the physical location.


All librarians are encouraged to weed their collections every year in order to maintain materials that are still useful and timely.

Technical services references

For a more in depth research and understanding of technical services, the following sites provide more detailed information:
Technical services unlimited - (
Central acquisitions and processing manual at Albright memorial library - (
Technical services at Cornell University library - (