Technical Services

Technical Services Bureau

Bradley Carrington, Chief < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

TSB catalogs and processes all materials added to the New Mexico State Library (via deposit, purchase, donation, or digital capture). We follow and uphold local and consortia standards. We teach and train those who use these standards. We are in charge of quality control for the bibliographic, authority, and serial holdings records in both our local system and in our consortium, SALSA.

TSB Values

  • Library patrons, whoever they are, mean the most to us. We aim to make records as user-friendly and useful as possible.
  • We are enriching metadata and holdings data for improved access to library resources, for New Mexicans and the world!
  • We aim to catalog and shelf-process new deposits and acquisitions as soon as possible
  • We will maintain accuracy; we will run quality control projects as necessary
  • We will adhere to consortium and national standards: SALSA, OCLC, RDA, etc.
  • For patron and staff needs, we will try to make all reasonable accommodations
  • We value team work; we all aim to understand what everybody is doing
  • We love feedback!

Processing Priorities
Let us know if you have a pressing need.

  • Newspapers and periodicals checked-in on day of receipt (SF, ABQ, WSJ, NYT first thing in the morning)
  • Microfilm reels received on subscription are checked in on day of receipt
  • New purchases cataloged and processed within one week
  • Track progress using date on routing slip
  • Federal shipment boxes opened and checked against packing slips within one week
  • Federal serial issues check-in and processed within two weeks of receipt
  • Federal deposits (except for serials) cataloged when MARCIVE file loads; TSB loads file within one week of its delivery
  • For deposited items if the catalog record is still missing after 2 MARCIVE loads then technician gives item to cataloger
  • For cataloging newly published state docs will take highest priority
  • We will start a state depository shipment by the 15th of each month; mail out by the month's end
  • State deposits "copy 2 and copy 3" (the NMSL circulating copies) will be available before the monthly shipment is mailed

Exceptions apply if TSB member is on leave; we have backups in place for the newspapers.

Our 5 Year Report (2011-15)


TSB Guidelines

NM State Publications Distribution Manual

MOU between New Mexico State Library and State Records Center & Archives

Training stuff

NMSL certification study guide (see cataloging chapter) (link opens a download of a docx file)