VNS Group, Inc. provides on-site and off-site management and support services for libraries in the government and the private sector in the United States.
For over twelve years, our staff – project managers, librarians and library assistants – has been performing a wide range of services to include:
Operation of the library is its entirety.
On-site performance of specific library tasks such as: cataloging, authority control, catalog maintenance, reference, collection development, acquisitions, interlibrary loan, circulation, serials maintenance, loose-leaf filing, book labels and pockets, inventory and weeding, shelving, binding preparation.
Off-site work focused on providing shelf ready books, periodicals, maps, in English and in various foreign languages such as Bulgarian, Russian, Macedonian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Polish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and others. We create or upgrade bibliographic and authority records accessing customers’ catalogs via CITRIX, or by providing ready to import records in batches exported from OCLC Connexion
“A Library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.”
Henry Ward Beecher
Our staff is trained to create bibliographic description according to the current cataloging rules RDA: Resource description and access as well as to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition. We have experience in subject analysis, applying the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), as well as other controlled vocabularies. Based on project needs, we classify materials using the Library of Congress Classification, the National Library of Medicine Classification or the Dewey Decimal Classification.
Our staff is trained to create metadata for web resources (video, images, web pages, etc.) and physical resources (books and objects) in MARC21, Dublin Core Metadata Element Set and others. In anticipation of future clients’ needs we are closely following the development of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative and the BIBFRAME tools that will replace MARC21 and provide the foundation for the future of bibliographic description in the networked world.