ALCTS Announces Three Midwinter Symposia for 2005

ALCTS will sponsor three major events during the ALA Midwinter meeting in January 2005. Please check the ALCTS events Web page as more information and registration information becomes available.

Codified Innovations: Data Standards and Their Useful Applications

Friday, January 14, 2005 (1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Library professionals are increasingly becoming more aware of information standards and their applications. This half-day symposium brings together systems vendors, standards representatives and librarians to discuss the application and implementation of standards that enable and improve the sharing of information.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in standards development through positive criticism and proactive involvement. This symposium promotes a more complete understanding of the library system marketplace.

Speakers: Robert Wolven (moderator), Columbia University; Ted Fons, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.; Diane Hillmann, Cornell University; Debra Novosad, VTLS, Inc.; Regina Reynolds, Library of Congress, National Serials Data Program.

New Frontiers in Emergency Preparedness

Friday, January 14, 2005 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

This half-day symposium describes an evolution in emergency preparedness and response that librarians should definitely know about.

Specifically, it spotlights new directions such as the Alliance for Response , an initiative of Heritage Preservation fostering groundbreaking dialogue between cultural leaders and first-responders, and dPlan, an online emergency preparedness tool funded by IMLS and jointly developed by NEDCC and MBLC. The potential role of the federal government in protecting cultural heritage materials is also be addressed.

Target audience: Librarians and other cultural heritage leaders responsible for emergency preparedness planning as well as response and recovery.

Speakers: Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, MBLC; Jane Long, Heritage Preservation; Bernard Margolis, Boston Public Library; G. Fred Vanderschmidt, FEMA; Lori Foley, NEDCC; Arthur Beale, MFA.

Preservation Assessment: Understanding Problems and Developing Real Solutions

Friday, January 14, 2005 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Understand the nature and scope of preservation problems and take practical steps towards improving the condition of their collections. Learn the mechanics of carrying out a condition survey, how condition information relates to preservation problems, and be provided with guidance towards tangible and cost effective improvements. Examples from studies conducted at a variety of libraries will be presented and ample time will be allowed for discussion.

Speakers: Jacob Nadal, Head, Craig Preservation Laboratory; Andra Barker, Preservation Assistant, Craig Preservation Laboratory

For more information, visit the ALCTS Web site or contact Julie Reese at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034.

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