Annual NETSL Conference 2022

“Our Work Supports Everyone: Demonstrating the Value of Technical Services”

Friday, April 8th, 2022 (fully remote)

Registration isn’t open (yet!), but for anyone who needs to submit a travel or funding request, the conference cost will be $40 for non-members and $25 for NELA members.

Calls for presentations and nominees for the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services coming soon!

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) is a section of the New England Library Association focused on technical services. Learn more about how to get involved at, or email us at

Announcing the 2021/2022 NETSL Executive Board

  • President: Emily Graham – E-Resource Specialist, Brandeis University
  • Past President:  Liz Bodian – Metadata Technologies Librarian, Brandeis University
  • Vice President: Yukari Sugiyama – Librarian for Discovery and Metadata Assessment, Yale University Library
  • Outreach Officer: Johanna Radding – Metadata/Discovery Librarian, Amherst College
  • Secretary: Ann Kardos – Metadata Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Treasurer: Joanna M. Fuchs – Metadata Coordinator for the Arts and Humanities, Brandeis University
  • Archivist: Brittney Bergholm – Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator, Clark University
  • Member at Large: Kim DeWall – Head of Technical Services, Falmouth Public Library
  • Public Library Member at Large: Beatrice Couser – Administrative and Technical Assistant, Lebanon Public Libraries

The 2021-2022 Executive Board’s term will begin on November 1, 2021. Many thanks to all who voted, and to previous members of the board for their service. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2022 NETSL Conference!

Sunsetting Our Facebook Page

Hello NETSL members!
NETSL currently has many channels to communicate with you, but not many members on each channel. We would like to make it easier for you to contact us and to hear about our great work. As such, we are sunsetting our Facebook page due to low reach. We can still find us on Twitter at @netsl_assoc. We’ll keep you up-to-date with happenings there as needed and will use it for conference activities. 

We encourage all of our members to sign up for our Google Group to stay current and keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter, as we hope to share fun content in the year to come! And as always, if you have any questions or need to reach the Board personally, you can email us at

Thank you to all of our wonderful members. We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 Annual Spring Conference!


The NETSL Executive Board

Volunteer for the NETSL board!

We’re looking for volunteers for the 2021-2022 NETSL Executive Board. We have a number of open positions and want YOU to join us. 
If you’re enthusiastic about innovations in technical services, interested in contributing to regional technical services programming, or want to shape the direction of NETSL as an organization, consider running for a position:

  • Outreach Officer
  • Vice President/President-Elect
  • Archivist
  • Public Library Member at Large
  • Member at Large

Interested in learning more? Ready to volunteer? Check out our submission form for information. The nomination window will remain open until Wednesday, September 2nd.

For questions about the process, please reach out to

Announcing the 2020/2021 NETSL Executive Board

  • President: Liz Bodian –  Metadata Technologies Librarian, Brandeis University
  • Past President: Rosemarie Reynolds – Head of Collection Development and Analysis, Dartmouth College
  • Vice President/President Elect: Emily Graham, E-Resource Specialist, Brandeis University
  • Outreach Officer: Marisela Madrigal – Electronic Resources Resident Librarian, Bates College
  • Secretary: Ann Kardos –  Metadata Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Treasurer: Joanna M. Fuchs – Metadata Coordinator for the Arts and Humanities – Brandeis University
  • Archivist: Haider Ali – Information Specialist, The Royal Commission
  • Member at Large: Brittney Bergholm –  Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator, Clark University
  • Member at Large: Anne Meringolo – Boston, MA
  • Public Library Member at Large: Angela Brown –  Technical Services Librarian, Amherst Town Library
  • Student Member at Large: Angela Lee – Student, Simmons University

The 2020-2021 Executive Board’s term will begin on November 1, 2020.

Many thanks to all who voted, and to previous members of the board for their service. We look forward to seeing everyone online at the 2020 NETSL Conference!

Volunteer for the NETSL Board!

We are seeking volunteers and nominees to run for NETSL Executive Board positions. Do you go to the NETSL conference every year and want to give back? Have some great ideas to make NETSL even better and want to share? Then we want you! 

Submit your nomination here.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, August 7th at noon! Election ballots will go out to the membership in mid August.

Once voting is complete, terms of office officially begin on October 1st, 2020.

The NETSL Executive Board is committed to promoting and supporting technical services activities in New England. Board members plan and present the annual NETSL Spring conference. The Board also develops programs for the NELA Annual conference, presents the annual NETSL Award for excellence in technical services, and promotes technical services throughout New England and beyond through partnerships with other similar organizations.
Each year NETSL holds elections to fill open positions on the Board. If you are enthusiastic about innovations in technical services, are interested in contributing to regional technical services programming, and would like to have direct input into the direction of NETSL as an organization, consider running for a position on the NETSL Executive Board!

The following positions on NETSL’s 2020-2021 Executive Board are open:

Vice President/President Elect (3 year term)

After serving as VP for one year, the VP succeeds to the office of President, and remains a third year on the Board as Past President. The VP runs NETSL Board meetings in the absence of the president, coordinates the NETSL presentation track at the annual NELA conference, creates feedback surveys for the annual NETSL conference and the ballot for NETSL elections, and coordinates the award giving process, including managing nominee documentation and ordering awards.

Secretary (1 year term, with option to renew for a second year)

Take minutes at business meetings. Distributes all official records and reports of NETSL to board members and forward them to the Archivist. Also conducts internal correspondence to the Board and NELA as needed.

Outreach Officer (1 year term, with option to renew for a second year)

Send publicity about NETSL programs, activities, elections, and special events to online discussion groups, individuals, and social media outlets where appropriate. Administrate NETSL technologies and methods of communicating with membership, including eGroups, websites, and social media. This includes publicizing the NETSL Spring Conference and NETSL programs held at the NELA Annual Conference and other correspondence as required.

Archivist (Appointed by the president, may serve as long as they and the president choose)

File print and electronic copies of agenda & minutes for NETSL Board and NETSL Annual Business meetings and other official NETSL documentation as appropriate. Act as administrator of the NETSL Wiki.

Treasurer (1 year term, with option to renew for a second year)

Responsible for keeping track of NETSL’s finances, the treasurer creates the NETSL registration page, monitors numbers, creates name tags, tracks signups for breakout sessions in order to assign rooms, processes payment for any needed supplies, and writes a post-conference finance report.

You can read more about these and other Executive Board job descriptions at:

2020 NETSL Annual Spring Conference

Session broadcasts are available on our NETSL YouTube channel.

2020 NETSL Annual Spring Conference

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Under Pressure: Coping with New Realities in Technical Services


Technical Services – Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities: Change and Innovation as the New Norm

Matthew Sheehy, University Librarian, Brandeis University

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Matthew Sheehy is the Brandeis National Committee University Librarian. His goal is to provide services and collections that augment teaching, learning, and research activities, as well as enhance the experience of the Brandeis Community.

Prior to joining the Brandeis administration, Matthew held leadership positions at the Harvard University Library, The New York Public Library, was an associate dean at Adelphi University and has worked in other academic and public libraries. Matthew earned a BM in music composition from the Hartt School, the conservatory of the University of Hartford, and both an MA in musicology and an MLS in Library and Information Studies from the University of Buffalo. He is a member of the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society for library and information studies.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Session 1A

Crossing the Minefield: How to Handle Constant Change Without Burning Out

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This presentation will explore managing constant change while avoiding job burnout. Some changes that will be addressed include: starting a new position, staffing changes, and an ILS migration; all of which the presenter has experienced in the past year.

Brittney Bergholm, Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator, Clark University

Session 1B

Turn and Face the Strange: Strategies for Leading Change During a Technology Implementation

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Utilizing change management principles for large projects can help employees meet project outcomes and permanently integrate the change into the organizational culture. This presentation will use the current Five Colleges FOLIO implementation as a case for applying change management principles. Attendees will engage in guided group discussion and critical thinking exercises in order to apply what they learn at their own institutions.

Aaron Neslin, Library System Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Ann Kardos, Metadata Librarian, UMass Amherst 

Michelle Paquette, Metadata and Technical Services Archivist, Smith College

Colin Van Alstine, Metadata Technologies Librarian, Smith College

Session 1C

From Catalogers to Metadata Specialists. How to Organically Move into the Future of Technical Services.

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While cataloging functions of tech services shrinking the metadata responsibilities are growing. The age of technical advancement sideline traditional cataloging but open up to hybrids where traditional catalogers performed sophisticated non-Marc operations. To secure that metadata specialists stay within the LIS profession, few necessary adjustments should be made, including changes in LIS education, on-site training, and expectations of all wanting to work in technical services in the nearest future.

Anita Kazmierczak, Catalog & Metadata Management, Tulane University

Session 1D

KBART Phase III Update 

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KBART, a NISO Recommended Practice, enables the standardized transfer of data between content providers and knowledge bases, facilitating the efficient management of a library’s electronic resources. This session will provide an overview of the changes planned for KBART Phase III, which will clarify current recommendations, revise the KBART endorsement process, add support for additional content types, improve the usefulness of KBART for non-English/European language content, and ensure that the KBART mission accurately reflects modern usage of KBART along with the needs of KBART Automation.

Andrée Rathemacher, University of Rhode Island (and Co-Chair, NISO KBART Standing Committee)

Nettie Lagace, Associate Executive Director, NISO

Session 1E

Too Many Books, Too Little Time: Auto-generating Thousands of Rare Book Accession Records in ArchivesSpace

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We developed a Python tool that automates rare book accession record creation into ArchivesSpace, in order to reduce a sizable backlog and speed up future large book accessioning.

Abigail Connick, Rare Books Technical Services Project Librarian, Smith College

Claire Marshall, Metadata Migration Project Archivist, Smith College

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session 2A

The Power of Improv-Stress Reliever, Communication Facilitator and Just Plain Fun!

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Research has shown that learning improv can help to “retrain” the brain to actively listen, communicate more effectively, be more open to ideas, and work collaboratively. Plus, because improv is a lot of fun, it is a great stress reliever as well! Participants should come dressed to move, and leave inhibitions and worries at the door. This is a low-risk, but participatory workshop.

Meredith Charles, Owner/Creative Director of Drama Out of the Box

Session 2B

Technical Services: A Constant Balancing Act: Navigating the Sea of Changes

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Working in Technical Services isn’t the most glamorous department of the library, in fact, the department is often misunderstood, undervalued. But what does it take to keep the department motivated and to adapt to the changes? This session will discuss how a small academic library went through major changes in its ILS, staff and culture for 2 years, is still changing, and the lessons and best practices we have learned from this experience.

Fatoma Rad, Senior Assistant Librarian, Farmingdale State College

Kathryn Machin, Senior Assistant Librarian, Farmingdale State College

Session 2C

Negotiation Skills for Leaders

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Most people negotiate everyday with spouses and children and enhancing this skill enhances the quality of life, both at work and at home. During this session attendees will learn about negotiation and the Information Based Bargaining Plan.

Sarah Theimer, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, University of New Hampshire

Session 2D

A Head Start to the Beta RDA Toolkit

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Are you dreading the implementation of the RDA Toolkit? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to “decipher” instructions in the beta RDA Toolkit by cataloging a monograph, and be better prepared to cope with the changes ahead.

Dominique Bourassa, Chair, North American RDA Committee; Catalog Librarian, Yale University

Session 2E

Learning While Doing: Skill-building with an Already Full Plate

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As job responsibilities bloat, how do we make time for skill building? Two librarians from different-sized shops will discuss their strategies for learning new things amid the unceasing tide of day-to-day work.

Michelle Paquette, Metadata and Technical Services Archivist, Smith College

Amedeo DeCara, Resource and Instruction Librarian for Science,  Hampshire College

Lightning Talks

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Multiple Projects and Time Management

To meet the demands of the library world, many of us are assigned to work on multiple projects along with our day-to-day tasks, which can cause stress, frustration, and anxiety. In order to create a balance it is necessary to develop a time management plan or schedule to alleviate stress while meeting deadlines, project goals and everyday demands.

Joanna M. Fuchs, Metadata Coordinator, Brandeis University

Spiderwebs, Cobwebs, and the Library in the 4th Industrial Revolution Era

Examines the technologies that connect the library services and the expected roles of librarian in this dispensation with interest in developing countries. 

Babalola N. Akorede, Department of Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Kola Aramide, Department of Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Enhancing Cataloging and Technical Services Skills of Library Support Staff

In many libraries self-taught Library Support Staff (LSS) are responsible for cataloging and technical services. With professional learning and practice, LSS can greatly enhance their knowledge and skills to support these services.

Dr. Marie Shaw, Program Coordinator, Library Technology Certificate, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

Getting Things Done in Technical Services

Many of us in technical services handle a wide range of tasks and projects and are overwhelmed with the feeling of “there’s something I need to do but I can’t remember what it is!” We need an “outboard brain” to keep track of everything and I’ve found the Getting Things Done (GTD) method, based on David Allen’s book, to help get stuff off my brain and into a trustworthy external system.

Kimberly Kennedy, Digital Production Coordinator, Northeastern University Library

Hiring three (out of four) technical specialists in one year

The presenter will explain the decision-making processes involved in filling three open positions (metadata, ILL, and acquisitions/budget) in a five-person department in the span of one year.

Elena O’Malley, Assistant Library Director for Systems and Technology at Emerson College Iwasaki Library

Submit your proposals for the Annual Spring Conference!

The New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) mission is to bring together  all persons in the region interested in technical services for the exchange of ideas and discussion of problems. 

The NETSL Annual Spring Conference will be held Friday, April 17th, 2020 at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

We are seeking proposals for 60-minute breakout sessions and 7-minute lightning talks for our 2020 theme, Under Pressure: Coping with New Realities in Technical Services. Topics might include:

  •  strategies for handling aggregated job responsibilities
  •  techniques for articulating expectations and consequences
  •  tools for keeping the library running with limited resources
  •  aligning job descriptions with job actualities
  •  methods for navigating through constant change
  •  advocacy ideas for moving technical services forward as a profession.

The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 16. Please submit your proposal using the form at  Presenters will be notified about proposals via email in late February.

You can see titles of past presentations since 2005 at

Please direct any questions to the NETSL Executive Board at

Announcing the 2019-2020 NETSL Executive Board

NETSL’s Elections have closed, and we are pleased to announce our new executive board:

  • President: Rosemarie Reynolds – Electronic Resources Librarian, Smith College
  • Past President: Kate Zdepski – Resource Sharing Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Vice President/President Elect: Liz Bodian –  Metadata Technologies Librarian, Brandeis University
  • Outreach Officer: Lori Looney – Research, Data, and Collection Support Librarian, Connecticut College
  • Secretary: Lisa Ladd –  Library Collections and Resource Sharing, Dartmouth College
  • Treasurer: Anne Meringolo – Library Collection Services Manager, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Archivist: Alison Baitz – Special Collections Social Media Content Intern, Smith College
  • Local Arrangements Coordinator: Mary Moran –  Senior Content and Information Strategist, College of the Holy Cross
  • Member at Large: Brittney Bergholm –  Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator, Clark University
  • Public Library Member at Large: Angela Brown –  Technical Services LIbrarian, Amherst Town Library
  • Student Member at Large: Rebecca Fisher –  Library Assistant, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library / Student, Simmons University

Meghan Bergin, who has served as Archivist for a number of years, will act as a member of a special committee to transition NETSL’s documentation.

The 2019-2020 Executive Board’s term will begin on October 22, 2019.

Many thanks to all who voted, and to previous members of the board for their service. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2020 NETSL Conference!