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This session will feature two perspectives reflecting on a Graduate Assistant Technical Services position at The University of Southern Mississippi. In 2021 the Technical Services department began a new initiative to hire a LIS graduate student to work part-time in the department. This was not a practicum but regular employment. The department envisioned that the GA's experience would serve as an introduction to technical services work as close to a real-world work experience as possible while exposing them to different areas of technical services such as acquisitions and cataloging. The presenters, a Graduate Assistant and supervising Catalog Librarian, will each reflect on the past year and share what worked well, challenges faced, and recommendations for best practices.


Presented at the 2022 Mississippi Library Association / Southeastern Library Association Annual Conference in Meridian, Mississippi on October 12, 2022.