I know I touched on this subject in a previous post but it needs clarification since the current additional marketing duties assigned to the librarian/historian position, which were emphasized as “only temporary” over a year ago, affect my librarian/historian job performance. My “product production project management duties” are related to my librarian/historian duties on different levels. The general types of products we produce are printed materials, i.e., booklets, books, posters, etc., audio CD products, and DVD products. Occasionally, we produce gift items which are designed locally but produced overseas, usually in China.
All of these items involve working with writers who create copy to varying degrees depending upon the type of media. Once copy is created, the editing stage begins. There is a back-and-forth between drafts until an approved final version is ready to move to the next stage–typesetting if it is a book or booklet.
Approved, edited copy and reference data like ISBN, exact title, and some conceptual direction is passed along to graphic artists in-house and/or external vendors to begin the process of creating the art pieces, i.e. book cover, CD/DVD box insert/cover, CD/DVD label art, design for other product packaging, etc. This art goes through an initial design approval process. When a final design is approved, the art goes through another editing process for the text and the design components.
Audio and video editing is done separatedly. Dub-masters are reviewed, approved, and sent to one of several duplicators/replicators. Copies of dub-masters are kept for reference, cataloged and stored.
Once all approvals have been received, the product(s) move to production. From this point, it is supposed to be the responsibility of the inventory control specialist to make sure orders are prepared, approved, and received.
There are many pitfalls to avoid and additional tasks hidden within the above-described workflow but I won’t go into those details here. I must constantly be multi-tasking at the same time in both the librarian/historian job and the product production project management job.
Suffice it to say, that I would prefer not to have to handle the product production area of responsibility but there is no perfect job so one must do the best you can with a positive attitude. Life is too short to complain or do less than your best. Additionally, doing the product production project management job well sheds favorable light on the library resource management area.
Hopefully, these additional duties will never eclipse the job for which I was hired.
“These words are razors to my wounded heart.”–Titus Andronicus