Published by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Online ISSN: 1095-9203
In 2000, unification of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) brought together three fiercely independent Libraries and thus three previously autonomous and disparate Technical Service operations united as a single unit to support the acquisition and processing of materials and the provision of Document Delivery services for UWS' 7 geographically dispersed Libraries. Staffing numbers were reduced by 25%, staffing costs by 30% and all staff were co- located to a single centralised location. Amidst, and arising from, a turbulent background of change, cataloguing backlogs were eliminated, expenditure on materials increased by 14% in the first year following radical organisational change, with a concomitant increase in items ordered, received and processed. Processing time decreased by 70%. A massive shift of serials in print to electronic formats commenced. During this time, many Technical Services staff also undertook voluntary Service desk shifts - either Loans or Information Services as appropriate to the individual Higher Education Worker (HEW) level. How was this achieved? Staff were assigned to one of two multi-skilled teams, managing both serial and monographic materials, with each team member responsible, according to their HEW level, for the full range of 'tech services' tasks: ordering, receiving, cataloguing, end-processing and document delivery. This paper examines how it all came together - from team selection through training and development to a fully trained, multi-skilled staff. We then look at ourselves now - 6 years on. What lessons have we learnt? How have we sustained and enhanced throughput, multi-skilling and job satisfaction? Where will we go from here?
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