ALCTS Discussion Groups Announce Topics for Toronto

These announcements were received by the submission deadline of June 1. Check the schedule of meetings in this issue for the locations of these sessions.

The Cataloging Norms Discussion Group (Saturday, June 21, 2-4) will feature J. McRee Elrod (University of British Columbia) speaking on "Collation for Remote Electronic Resources"; Tatiana G. Barr (University of Florida) on "Enhancements of the Standard On-Line Catalog"; and Rachel L. Wadham (Brigham Young University) on "Multipart Item Fictional Series and the Bibliographic Record."

The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group (Sunday, June 22, 4:30-5:30) will discuss six topics in 8-10 person round table settings:

  • Is MARC dead?
  • Technical Services on a Shoestring
  • The Librarian/Professional Staff Relationship in Technical Services
  • What Does Technical Services Look Like Today Compared to 10 Years Ago?
  • Metadata
  • FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records)

The Gifts and Exchange Discussion Group (Saturday, June 21, 9:30-11) will continue its discussion of "How to Dispose of Unwanted Library Materials after Double Fold: Are Electronic Vendors the Answer?" Representatives from Alibris and Abebooks.com will describe both the advantages of selling our books electronically and how to go about it. Lynda F. Clendenning will also present the offerings of E-bay. This promises to be an informative and lively discussion that may provide us with answers to one of our most perplexing questions: what to do with library materials that we cannot add to our collections?

The Heads of Technical Services of Medium Sized Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group (Saturday, June 21, 9:30-11) will discuss "Cooperating in Technical Services with Needs of Other Library Units: responding, planning, acting." Cecelia Leathem, (University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL) will speak on the role her cataloging department plays in fostering public services to patrons, and, indeed, on the cataloger as part of the public services team. Farzaneh Razzaghi (University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, TX) will describe how her library's technical services respond to public services and patron needs, and how they prepare themselves to do this. Elizabeth Brice (Head of Technical Services) and John Millard (Digital Initiatives Librarian) at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, will describe the digitizing unit located within their technical services, and discuss how it provides a nexus for collaboration between technical and public services. Be there to hear these experts tell how they've done it, and tell us how you've done it, too, and about any challenges you've faced.

The Out-of-Print Discussion Group (Monday, June 23, 8:30-11) will discuss "BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! OP Materials and Digitization" What is the future of the book? Will the status "Out-of-Print" be eliminated? What is being done to preserve historic periodicals? Where will the future lead us? What role will librarians/libraries have in this process? Plan on joining the ALCTS OP Discussion Group as our illustrious presenters help us see what is currently going on in the field of digitization as well as help us to predict the future!

The Scholarly Communications Discussion Group (Monday, June 23, 9:30-11) plans a lively discussion on current scholarly communications issues! Three speakers (Susan Martin, SKM Associates; Julia Blixrud, ARL; and Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University) will begin the session. Discover how new modes of research and initiatives within university frameworks are revolutionizing access and distribution patterns; learn how programs of scholarly advocacy, where academics serve as both creators and consumers, are adopting new models while still retaining refereeing and editorial standards are progressing; learn about SPARC's latest efforts to provide support for extending access to scholarly literature; hear about the impact of public policies and private enterprise on the availability of scholarly information; become familiar with a variety of initiatives that take advantage of the inherent potential of the Web and other digital environments that offer open and enhanced access to the personal and collective scholarship of individuals, organizations, and nations....We plan a lively Q&A at the end.

The CCS Catalog Management Discussion Group (Saturday, June 21, 2-4) will offer a guided discussion on automated authority control. The title is "Control Locally, Change Globally: Library Management Systems Take (Authority) Control."

The CCS Copy Cataloging Discussion Group (Monday, June 23, 9:30-11) will address training of copy catalogers. Judy Mansfield (Acting Director of Cataloging at the Library of Congress) will describe the training of copy catalogers at LC. She will be followed by two presentations covering local copy cataloging training practices. Mary Mastraccio (MARCIVE, Inc.; formerly of Upper Dublin Public Library) will describe the Upper Dublin Public Library's scheme to train 15 volunteers and 12 public services staff to augment their cataloging staff of one, including breakdowns of levels of training, practical training methods, and training issues and guidelines. She will include comparison of this training to methods she has used in small academic libraries.

Arneice Bowen (North Carolina A&T State University) will cover a few of the resources she has used for training catalogers, including some from LC. She will also discuss methods they have employed to refresh the experience of seasoned catalogers and to augment the education of the new graduates who often begin with little practical experience.Each of these presentations will be followed by ample time for questions and comments from the attendees. .

The CCS Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group's topic (Monday, June 23, 9:30-11) will be "Cataloging Trends to Watch." Picture your department five to ten years down the road. What are the cataloging priorities? How has the staffing changed? What are the training needs? Is the workflow different? What is the library administration's view of your department? Cataloging departments have a long history of managing change. Are you ready for what lies ahead? Three colleagues will lead a stimulating discussion about the top issues affecting cataloging departments today and their probable impact on cataloging operations in the future.

The PARS Physical Quality and Treatment Discussion Group (Sunday, June 22, 9:30 -11) will discuss the binding of musical scores including user needs and preferences, binding options, and workflow considerations. We have invited Alice Carli, author of the newly published "Binding and Care of Printed Music" (Music Library Assoc. Basic Manual Series, No. 2). Ms. Carli, conservator at the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music, will share her unique insight into providing access to scores for a large music library while also providing appropriate preservation housing for these items.

The SS Journal Costs in Libraries Discussion Group (Saturday, June 21, 2-4) will discuss "The divine aftermath: impact on the serials industry," focusing on the divine/RoweCom collapse and its likely future impact on the serials industry, including pricing models, working relationships, financial health, etc. A few panelists will kick-off the discussion with brief thoughts about the impact on their own segment of the industry. Please join with the panel in assessing the impact of the divine/RoweCom failure on your own part of the serials chain. We look forward to a lively discussion. Our panel of experts includes:

  • Adam Chesler (Impact on Publishers and Providers)
  • Julie Gammon, University of Akron (Impact on Libraries and Small Publishers)
  • Dan Tonkery, EBSCO (Impact on Subscription Agents)

The Technical Services Workstation Interest Group, a joint LITA/ALCTS group (Monday, June 23, 9:30-11), will be hosting two short presentations on the challenge of managing tech services staff workstations, particularly in a client-server ILS environment. How do we ensure that everyone is operating from the same version of the software, using the latest macros, getting the training and support they need? How can systems vendors make the process easier? Adam Chandler, Information Technology Librarian at Central Technical Services, Cornell University Library, will talk about the "Net Admins" team at Cornell and how they help keep nearly 100 workstations running smoothly and in synch. Jolynn Halls of Dynix will describe the issue from the systems vendor perspective. We'll have plenty of time for questions and other issues as appropriate.

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