ALCTS Advances LC Action Plan
Karen Calhoun, Chair, LC Action Plan Task Force
Through the work of four special task forces, ALCTS is enabling significant progress on the Library of Congress's ambitious action plan for organizing digital and Web resources. Commenting on the time three years ago when LC began drafting its action plan, Beacher Wiggins, Director, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate at LC, notes "we realized that our success would depend on the collaboration of other key groups, and we sought the participation of ALCTS as an initial partner."
In response to LC's invitation to participate, in June 2001 the ACLTS Board appointed the Task Force on the LC Action Plan to develop a support structure for moving a number of action items forward. This task force formed three groups to work on enriching metadata records to improve subject access (LC action item 2.3), assisting cataloging and metadata educators and trainers (LC action item 5.1), and addressing the continuing education needs of technical services practitioners (LC action item 5.3).
Metadata Enrichment Task Force (LC Action Item 2.3)
ALCTS/ALISE Task Force for Preparing Metadata and Cataloging Educators and Trainers (LC Action Item 5.1)
Following on Hsieh-Yee's recommendations, an implementation task force arranged and presented a full-day seminar at the 2004 ALA Midwinter conference, in which approximately eighty attendees heard seven presenters and engaged in discussions about the future of education for cataloging and metadata. Seminar attendees and presenters continue to communicate on a discussion list, EDUCAT@loc.gov. Most recently the task force has engaged two consultants to work on the creation of a "metadata basics" package and a Web clearinghouse for pedagogical resources.
ALCTS Continuing Education Implementation Group (LC Action Item 5.3)
ALCTS and the LC Cataloging Distribution Service have now entered a partnership to develop the task force's recommended curriculum of core competencies for cataloging practitioners. The first course in the series, "Rules and tools for cataloging internet resources," will be offered September 13-14, 2004 in Chicago and again in November in Baltimore, MD. (Online registration and further information is available at http://www.ala.org/alcts/events.) Final plans are in process to present a second course-an overview of concepts for 21st century bibliographic control, including metadata standards and applications-in spring 2005.
"ALCTS is grateful to the Library of Congress for its support of the task forces and to them, in turn, for their substantive and substantial work," states Brian Schottlaender, 2003/04 ALCTS President and University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. In particular, notes Schottlaender, "the work of the task forces on education is the very sort of concrete action the ALCTS Board is encouraging in advancing ALCTS' strategic objectives. Graduates appropriately educated in the whys and wherefores of cataloging and metadata creation are critically important to the profession, as are practitioners with up-to-date skills and knowledge."
For further information on the work of the four ALCTS task forces, please contact Judith Ahronheim, chair of the Metadata Enrichment Task Force; Diane Baden or C. Olivia Frost, co-chairs of the Task Force for Preparing Metadata and Cataloging Educators; Marty Kurth, chair of the Continuing Education Implementation Group; or Karen Calhoun, chair of the Task Force on the LC Action Plan.