Education Committee Seeks Proposals for Continuing Education Initiatives

Peggy Johnson, Chair, ALCTS Education Committee

The ACLTS Education Committee is actively seeking to create continuing education opportunities that meet the needs of its members, collections and technical services librarians, and library employees. The committee is charged with overseeing the division's continuing education programs outside the conference setting. To this end, we are fostering the development of three types of opportunities: institutes, workshops, and Web-based training. Institutes, familiar as two- (or more) day events, will address a single topic in depth, be lecture-oriented, and offer several speakers addressing the topic. An example is the AACR2 and Metadata Institute, which already has been presented in several different locations. ALCTS currently has one Web-based course, Fundamentals of Acquisitions, which is made available at least once a year. Workshops are a new enterprise for ALCTS. They will be highly interactive and stress hands-on training. Workshops presented by one or two instructors will focus on a concept or topic not covered by other programs and will be geared to smaller groups. Workshops may be hosted by a state library association or an individual library and will be scheduled via contracts with the ALCTS office. Workshops are intended to address local needs, especially those of individuals less likely to attend a national preconference.

Proposals for all three offerings may emanate from the ALCTS committees and sections or from individuals. ALCTS will be working with potential partners (regional service providers such as SOLINET, for example) to develop content and also will actively solicit proposals from individual presenters to develop content for workshops. Institutes may develop from preconferences or be created in response to a particular need. ALCTS is currently revising the proposal form and process for developing an institute, workshop, or Web-based course. Our goal is to increase the speed with which a concept moves to the delivery stage—again, to better meet the needs of the ALCTS membership, when and where the need arises.

The ALCTS Education Committee identified several areas that are especially appropriate for the development of new continuing education opportunities.

  • Managing serials operations
  • Managing electronic journals
  • Managing digitized image collections (capture, storage, description, etc.)
  • Collection maintenance, including storage decisions
  • Interpreting research data (What do we want to know and how do we collect the data?)
  • Integrating electronic materials into the collection development cycle
  • Dealing with EAD (Enhanced Archival Descriptors) in the technical services environment

We encourage proposals to address these topics, and certainly welcome proposals that address others as well. If you have suggestions or wish to make a proposal, contact Peggy Johnson ( or Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director (

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