As many of you may know, the Library of Congress recently underwent a reorganization of their cataloguing and acquisition departments. From my understanding, they have also physically reorganized their departments so that cataloguers with similar expertise are sitting together (and perhaps with the acquisitions expert in that area?). In essence, they have broken into physical “teams” grouped together by expertise and collections.
This makes a lot of sense to me. What if we were able to do it all over again? How would we physically reorganize our technical services department? Would they be seated by an acquisitions staff member and be assigned their own processor? Should an individual from acquisitions and a cataloguer of the same area of collection expertise be seated in close proximity to help in developing the collection together? How can we lesson the amount of time items are spent being physically carted around? For example, items are received, carted over to cataloguing, carted over to processing and then carted over to delivery. Can we take out any of these steps?
I am very interested in this idea of increasing workflow and efficiency by physically reorganizing the technical services layout. I’m not only interested in the proximity of staff, but of the physically layout of such a work space (ie. Shelving issues, workspace solutions, and so on).
One post discussing the physical layout of technical services that is of interest is Karen Calhoun’s Continuous Improvement in Technical Services.
If any of you have recently moved into new spaces, have reorganized or have thoughts on reorganizing your departments, I am very interested in hearing you thoughts and ideas! If you don’t want to share them as comments, please send me an email email@example.com
Thank you to all!