In one of the recommended readings for our October 21st session on Metadata Standards & Applications, Eden (2013) makes some excellent points in asking whether there is an end to technical services. Given that users bypass library catalogs for search engines, librarians would do well to shift efforts from cataloging to more user-centric technical services that would fulfill demands for full text articles online, a unified search engine that can help manage and navigate thousands of search results, and better metadata to help determine whether a particular result is useful or not.
Eden, B. L. (2013). The new user environment: The end of technical services? Information Technology and Libraries.