ALCTS Preconferences and Programs


Hell and High Water: Planning for Disasters
Cosponsored by ALCTS and LAMA
Thursday, June 13, 12–5 P.M. and Friday, June 14, 8 A.M. –5:30 P.M.

Natural and man-made disasters occur without warning. During these times of crisis, numerous decisions must be made in order to assess and control damage to your building, your collections, and possibly your staff and patrons. Through case studies, real-life situations, and simulated disasters, this day-and-a-half preconference will provide a framework for creating or updating your own disaster plan. Components include developing a written plan, collection and building damage assessment, continuing services, public relations, staff relations, and counseling, organizing community resources, and more. By following the Girl Scout motto—“be prepared”—you too can keep your library operational, even in the midst of a crisis.

Speakers: Sue Kellerman, Preservation Department, Pennsylvania State University Libraries; Lee Brawner, Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County; Susan Parker, California State University Libraries, Northridge; Peter Persic, Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch; Jeanne Drewes, Michigan State University Libraries; Janice Mohlhenrich, Woodruff Library, Emory University; Beth Schobernd, Milner Library, Illinois State University; Mark Schusel, Chubbs; and Nancy Tessman, Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library.

Map Cataloging: Learning to Describe Cartographic Materials
Presented by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section
Thursday, June 13, 1–5:30 P.M. and Friday, June 14, 8 A.M.–5:30 P.M.

This preconference is intended for both the novice and experienced map cataloger. Not only will you have hands-on experience choosing the main entry, subject headings, and class numbers, but also you will learn about the changes to chapter 3 in AACR2R and the new edition of Cartographic Materials: A Manual of Interpretation for AACR2. The preconference is divided into eight hours for the basics and four hours for electronic resources and changes to the rules.

Speakers: Paige Andrew, Pennsylvania State University; Elizabeth Mangan, retired (Library of Congress); Susan Moore, Northern Iowa University; Grace Welch, University of Ottawa; and Velma Parker, National Archives of Canada.


Twelve programs will be presented during 2002 Annual Conference; descriptions of all follow the listings by date. See the schedule of meetings in this issue for times and locations.

Saturday, June 15, 2002

Sunday, June 16, 2001

Monday, June 17, 2001

Exploring the Role of Technical Services within Library Digital Initiatives: Focus on the American South

Both library and commercial technical services play substantial roles in the coordination of digital content, context, and access. This program addresses the impact of digital projects on technical services functions, goals, and programs, highlighting new roles for technical services in digital initiatives, and focusing specifically on the technical services aspects of major digital projects in the American South.

Speakers: Stephen Miller, Director, Digital Library of Georgia, Athens; Angee Baker, President, The McAfee Group, Atlanta; Tamara Miller, Professor, Library Planning and Development, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Jennifer Watson, Consultant, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta.


Year of the Horse: Next Phase in Pinyin Conversion

This program aims to address issues encountered by libraries as they have begun to convert bibliographic records from the Wade-Giles transliteration scheme for Chinese to the pinyin scheme. Topic examples include best practices, handling clean-up, identifying unexpected problems, insights, and solutions utilized by different libraries.

Speakers: Jiun Kuo, Rice University; Philip Melzer, Library of Congress; Glenn Patton, OCLC; Sarah Elman, East Asian Library, UCLA; and Karen Smith-Yoshimura, RLG.


Dirty Books: Cleaning Stacks in Libraries

Simple housekeeping of stacks in general collections is an important but daunting management task. A clean and orderly environment creates a positive impression with library users, has a significant influence on health, and helps preserve collections. A panel of speakers will describe how to define and implement cleaning projects, using in-house or contract staff, for small and large collections. The program will benefit people with stacks responsibilities.

Speakers: Patricia Palmer Selinger, Head, Preservation Services, Virginia Commonwealth University; Erika Heinen, Collections Care Librarian, Yale University; Julie Page, Head, Preservation Department, University of California, San Diego; Janet Gertz, Director for Preservation, Columbia University; and Jim Pruett, Senior Account Manager, Munters Moisture Control Services.


Negotiating Services and Prices: Perspectives from a Librarian, a Publisher, and a Vendor

Librarians, publishers, and materials vendors all operate within certain fiscal and operational realities. Do you know what they are? Join us to learn what each group is willing and wanting to negotiate and why, such as service charges, subscription and package costs, and consortial deals. We will then focus on strategies for successful and productive negotiations, including how to continue to ask for what you need when the answer you hear is no.

Speakers: Adam Chesler, Marketing Manager, Electronic Products and Services, Kluwer Academic Publishers; Bob Schatz, Manager of North American Sales, W. H. Everett and Son; Rick Burke, University Librarian, University of Judaism and Director of State of California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC); and Trisha Davis, Head, Serials and Electronic Resources, Ohio State University Libraries.


Predicting Publication Prices: Are Old Methods Still Relevant?

Do your ears perk up when someone says “pricing” or “budgeting”? In the volatile world of pricing of library materials and electronic publishing, predicting the future is both exasperating and challenging.

Speakers: Mark McCabe, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology; James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University; Gay Dannelly, Associate Director for Resources and Collection Services, University of Notre Dame Libraries; J. Randolph Call, Interim Assistant Director for Technical Services, Detroit Public Library; and Tina Feick, Vice President, Customer Service, Swets Blackwell.


The Final Frontier: Creating Effective Interfaces between Library and Administrative Computing Systems

Further automating acquisitions services beyond placing orders and tracking expenditures depends on finding ways to develop interfaces between integrated library systems and administrative systems used by institutions to manage finances. During this session, pioneers in developing such interfaces will share creative strategies for establishing interfaces between acquisitions and administrative systems and suggestions for ways by which systems developers can enhance existing products.

Speakers: Joan G. Lamborn, Head of Library Administrative Services, University of Northern Colorado; Kris Reed, Director of Financial Management, Southern Methodist University; and Patricia A. Smith, Coordinator, Acquisitions Services, Colorado State University.


Fish, Fungus, and Photos: Librarians As Metadata Collaborators

Grants favoring collaboration among libraries, museums, and science and environmental education institutions in providing public access to resources have fostered an increasing need for librarians who can work with the metadata traditions of nonlibrary domains in providing cross-domain description for materials as varied as specimens, field notes, images, artifacts, and data. A panel of librarians who are actively engaged in such collaborations will describe their work and discuss issues of collaboration with museum and scientific communities.

Speakers: Susan Rappaport, American Museum of Natural History; Stephanie Haas, Digital Library Center, University of Florida, Gainesville; Nuala Bennett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , Digital Cultural Heritage Community Project; Bill Garrison, Colorado Digital Library Project.


No More Business As Usual: Is E-Commerce Changing Business Models?

As libraries and suppliers enter e-commerce new business models emerge. Libraries must choose which products best fit customers and budgets. How does the license-negotiated, consortia-conducted model affect vendors? What are new e-journal dealings with publishers? Given electronic innovation, in which directions will the library, publisher, and vendor relationship move in the future?

Speakers: Mike Markwith, TDNet; Tom Peters, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Center for Library Initiatives; Amy Dykeman, SOLINET; Audrey Melkin, Ingenta; Robert Bolick, McGraw-Hill Professional; and Gregory St. John, Wiley Interscience, John Wiley and Sons.


ALCTS President’s Program—Cultivating the Human Moment in a Digital Age

Our featured speaker is Edward Hallowell, an expert in the field of psychological and emotional well-being. He has described how electronic communication limits workplace opportunities for a human moment, face-to-face contact that brings valuable social and psychological benefits. Can we find ways to promote efficient and productive communication while preserving human moments? Four librarians will relate Hallowell’s remarks to the library working environment.

Speakers: Edward Hallowell, Child and Adult Psychiatrist, The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health; Olivia Madison, Dean of Library Services, Iowa State University, Ames; Michael Gorman, Dean of Library Services, California State University, Fresno; DeEtta Jones, Director, Organizational Services, ARL Office of Leadership and Management Services; and Andrew Dillon, University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


Measuring the New Measures: What Are the Implications for Collection Management?

The rise of electronic resources, the new parity of access and ownership, and today’s service orientation all foil traditional methods of measuring academic library collections. In this program, librarians participating in ARL’s New Measures Initiatives as well as in independent local initiatives will assess what they have learned about measuring and assessing the effectiveness of today’s academic library collections.

Speakers: Julia Blixrud, Director of Information Services, Association of Research Libraries (ARL); Stephen Bosch, Materials, Budget, Procurement, and Licensing Librarian, University of Arizona, Tucson; Rush G. Miller, Hillman University Librarian, University of Pittsburgh and Cochair of ARL E-Metrics Project; James Self, Director, Management Information Services, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville; Carla J. Stoffle, Dean of Libraries and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona and Vice Chair, Center for Research Libraries Board; and Joe Zucca, Assessment, Planning, and Publications Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


Introduction to AACR2 Revised Chapter 12

In conjunction with publication of the 2002 revision of AACR2 chapter 12 (which covers all continuing resources), planned for July 2002, the ALCTS SS Committee to Study Serials Cataloging and the ALCTS CCS CC:DA are cosponsoring a program to introduce and explain these revisions. This program is designed to give both beginning and experienced catalogers an introduction to the changes in the way serials and serial-like publications are to be cataloged. It is intended for serials catalogers, catalogers of loose-leaf publications that are updated (in particular law catalogers), catalogers of Web sites, and others who are interested in the impending AACR2 rules changes. Four speakers will cover descriptive changes, major and minor differences from previous cataloging rules, integrating resources, loose-leaf publications, and the cataloging of integrating Web resources.

Speakers: Jean Hirons, Coordinator, CONSER; Regina Reynolds, Director, National Serials Data Program; Rhonda Lawrence, Head of Cataloging, UCLA Law Library; and Adam Schiff, Principal Cataloger, University of Washington Libraries.

ALCTS Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation

Recipients of the eight 2002 ALCTS awards will be recognized. All are invited to attend and to remain for the ALCTS President’s Program.

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