ALCTS Holds Series of AACR2 2002 and Metadata Regional Institutes

Sally C. Tseng, Chair

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a leader in the collection development andtechnical services profession, held two successive (and sold out) AACR2 2002 Revision and Metadata Institutes, in Chicago and Washington, D.C., in November 2002 and a full session in Orlando in late February. I am pleased to share some highlights with you.

The ALCTS AACR2 2002 Revision and Metadata regional institutes include experts who speak about and train in new concepts, revised and expanded chapters of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition, 2002 Revision; MARC 21; and the applications of these rules and formats. It also explores new approaches to cataloging resources, especially the practicalities of dealing with metadata for web resources with a vision for the future.


Institute Faculty
Back Row: Ronda Lawrence, Steve Shadle, Steven Jack Miller, Barbara Tillett; Front Row: Mary Larsgaard, Grace Agnew, Murtha Baca, Sally Tseng (Program Planning Chair)

Topics covered range from cataloging in a dynamic electronic age, to the "how-to's" of creating records in various formats, including cartographic materials, continuing resources, databases, electronic resources, newly defined integrating resources, legal and loose-leaf publications, serials, three dimensional items, video recordings, visual images and web sites. Also included are the steps to building a metadata repository, standards, thesauri, and the development of authority files to enhance end-user access, to provide integrated access to diverse information resources. Participants and attendees included library professionals involved with cataloging, library administration, digital and web resources, acquisitions, public services and special collections, and archives: catalogers, directors, department heads, supervisors and paraprofessionals.

Participants' ratings for these institutes were uniformly "excellent," both overall and for the training materials supplied. All attendees indicated that the breadth and usefulness of the contents were valuable, detailed, current and relevant to their positions and needs. Many noted that the speakers were either experts in their fields or high-level decision-makers, and they appreciated the high quality and authoritative clarity and depth given to the topics. The update on rule changes and examples of AACR2 2002 and the future direction of AACR2 were particularly useful and noteworthy. People enjoyed the metadata presentations and the information about metadata use in environments beyond the library community. Their enthusiasm in sharing information and experiences was contagious. They appreciated the opportunities to ask questions and to hear answers and opinions from diverse constituencies. Networking with colleagues from other libraries was another high point in attending these institutes. Quite a few participants requested that ALCTS sponsor a separate Institute on Metadata; ALCTS is considering these requests, so please watch for a future announcement on an in-depth Metadata Institute.

ALCTS is pleased to announce one final offering this season of our AACR2 2002 and Metadata Regional Institute to be held in San Jose, CA, April 4 and 5, 2003.

Space is limited, so sign up today for our final ALCTS AACR2 2002 and Metadata Institute this season!

For more information or to register, please visit the ALCTS web site or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events & Meetings, at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.

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