ALCTS Announces Programs and Preconferences for Annual 2005 in Chicago

The following events are scheduled for the upcoming Annual Conference in Chicago. For further information, please see the ALCTS Web site.

Preconference Offerings at Annual Conference 2005

Thursday sessions, June 23, 2005

Includes three morning sessions, and three afternoon sessions. Registrants can attend any morning session and any afternoon session—you do not have to attend morning and afternoon sessions from the same topic.

Writing for Publication: Demystifying the Process
Attendees learn to choose a suitable medium, work out a publication time-line, understand copyright and how to negotiate a publication contract. Questions of style, grammar, working with an editor and reviewing page proofs will be addressed. Morning Session Topics: “Developing an Idea,” “Timing is Everything,” and “The Medium Matters”
Afternoon Session Topics: “The Nitty Gritty Makes a Difference,” “Know Your Rights,” and “A Mystery no More.” Attendance at both sessions is not required.

Effective Name and Title Authority
This two-day preconference will present the full set of name and title authority training materials that have been under development for the past two years by the CCS/PCC Task Force to Develop Name and Title Authority Training.
Morning Session Topics: “Introduction,” “Basics of the MARC authority record,” and “Authority Work Resources and How They Work.”
Afternoon Session Topics: “Personal Names” and “Uniform Titles.”
Attending all sessions in sequence is recommended.

Preservation Assessment: Understanding Problems and Developing Real Solutions (Morning Only)
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.

Licensing of E-Resources: A Refresher Workshop (Afternoon Only)
Many folks have been reviewing and revising license agreements for several years now, but still feel uneasy about their skills. This session will quickly review the key elements of license review, identify the best resources available for help with this process, and provide a forum for questions and answers related to your own experience.

Friday sessions, June 24, 2005

Includes three morning sessions, and three afternoon sessions. Registrants can attend any morning session and any afternoon session—you do not have to attend morning and afternoon sessions from the same topic.

Effective Name and Title Authority
This two-day preconference will present the full set of name and title authority training materials that have been under development for the past two years by the CCS/PCC Task Force to Develop Name and Title Authority Training. Morning Session Topics: “Corporate Names“ and “Meeting Names“ Afternoon Session Topics: “Geographic/Jurisdiction Names”, “Introduction to the NACO Program”, “Application of Authority Work to Library Catalogs & Wrap-up.” Attending all sessions in sequence is recommended.

Maximizing Your Binding Budget
Library binding is a cost-effective strategy for extending the life of high-use collections, especially as publishing shifts toward more soft-cover volumes. Librarians are often faced with having to make a strong case to their administrations about the value of library binding. Participants will leave with the tools they need to make and implement informed library binding decisions. Morning Session Topics: library binding products, Innovative services, standards, the decision-making process from drafting a Request For Proposal to choosing a commercial library binder, and contracts. Afternoon Session Topics: binding needs and selection strategies, quality control and the tools needed to make the library binding case to administrators. Attendance at both sessions is not required.

Preservation of Library Collections: An Introduction (Morning Only)
Focuses on the common need for preservation and collections maintenance within almost all institutions. More importantly, it aims to provide an introduction to the topic for new professionals/managers that suddenly find themselves in a position with responsibility for managing and preserving their library’s collections.

Electronic Resources Management Systems: Opening a Can of ERMS (Afternoon Only)
An introduction to the history and issues of electronic resources management; a market overview of existing and developing products; reports from libraries that have implemented a system, emphasizing implementation scenarios rather than commercial products; e.g. buying a system, migrating from an in-house system to a commercial one, and using a product in parallel with a different ILS.

Program Offerings at Annual Conference 2005

ALCTS President’s Program. Librarians, Learning and Creativity: A Boundary-Breaking Perspective
Michael Hawley, extraordinary innovator, educator, and explorer, is the featured speaker for the 2005 President’s Program. Karen Calhoun, Cornell University, addresses the changing context for librarians in the interconnected world of the Web.

AACR3: The Next Big Thing in Cataloging. AACR3 is coming! The new edition of the cataloging rules is being prepared for publication in 2007. Panelists actively engaged in the development of the new edition will give presentations on the changes planned for the rules, the potential impact on cataloging and other metadata operations, and the anticipated benefits for end users.

Analog and Digital Preservation Policy: Managing Transition I. In this age of ever increasing reliance on digitization, the need to effectively manage the transition between analog and digital strategies and back again in the preservation arena is a monumental task. In this, the policy portion of a two part program, join us as we listen to discussions regarding copyright in the realm of digital preservation, the role of the original artifact and business models to support both approaches.

Analog and Digital Preservation Technology: Managing Transition II.In this age of ever increasing reliance on digitization, the need to effectively manage the transition between analog and digital strategies and back again in the preservation arena is a monumental task. In this, the technology portion of a two part program, join us as we listen to discussions regarding current video reformatting options, a state of the industry report on 35mm microfilm and an update on a cutting edge trusted digital repository.

Cataloging Cultural Objects: Toward a Metadata Content Standard for Libraries, Archives and Museums. This program introduces librarians to the Visual Resource Association’s new guide to cataloging cultural materials and their digital surrogates. It addresses the need of librarians, archivists and museums for a shared metadata content standard to a broad range of cultural materials such as paintings, photographs, architecture and analogous objects.

Cataloging For School Librarians—It’s Child’s Play! Or Is It?School library catalogsdo they magically create themselves? Of course not. School librarians need to be able to create accurate, informative catalog records that conform to national standards. Even when catalog data is purchased from a vendor, the librarian needs to be able to speak MARC in order to create intelligent profiles with bibliographic and system vendors. This session will be an opportunity for participants both to review children’s cataloging with leaders in the field, and to make those leaders aware of their questions and needs for training.

How to Assess Your Vendors’ Financial Viability. This program will feature a panel of three notable and expert speakers who have worked in libraries and/or information industry firms. Their presentations will explain that librarians take substantial risks and in effect lend money to commercial organizations when they pay in advance for subscriptions or services. Questions to ask vendors, as well as guidelines and strategies to follow in assessing vendor financial viability will be presented

Innovations in E-Journal Management. Come and hear about workflow innovations created by acquisitions, cataloging, serials and information technology departments to meet the needs of their libraries created by the new e-resources available in the market place. Librarians have had to make changes to the way their staff and their technologies are used to make the workflow in their departments work better to supply service and information to faculty and users about new titles and e-resources. We have four innovators discussing the new structure in their departments to handle the new information flow created by e-resources and ejournals.

Managing Across Generations: Traditionalists to Millennials. The workforce at the beginning of the 21st century is comprised of four generations. Each group has its own set of values, perspectives, and personal experiences. What similarities or differences exist among the various groups?

MODS, MARC, and Metadata Interoperability. Libraries face challenges in integrating descriptive metadata for electronic resources with traditional cataloging data. This program will address the repurposing of MARC data and metadata interoperability in a broader context. It will then introduce the Library of Congress’ Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) and present specific project applications of MODS. Finally, the program will offer scenarios for coordinating MARC and non-MARC metadata processes in an integrated metadata management design and introduce tools for simplifying interoperability.

Preservation Education Needs for the Next Generation of Information Professionals.Preservation education is a critical need for librarians and archivists, particularly as the scope of their preservation responsibilities continues to widen to include new formats and as the library and archival community continues its commitment to building digital libraries of historically and culturally significant material. The presentation will focus on survey results and research aiming to obtain a more complete picture of the present course offerings in preservation, for the purposes of testing the hypothesis that current preservation education does not provide adequate preparation in the areas of technical and managerial expertise to deal with the preservation of material.

Print in the Post Electronic World: When Just in Case Becomes Just in Time. The program will present a moderated panel discussion to explore the ways the development of print collections has changed as a result of libraries pursuit of e-resources, the implications of these changes, and ways libraries are working to mitigate any negative effects of this shift. Additional topics to be included in the discussion are the impact of off-site (shared or not) repositories, and archiving.

Saving Sound: Identifying Endangered Recordings and Planning for Preservation of Audio Collections. While many cultural heritage institutions with extensive audio collections are coming to grips with the issues surrounding their potential demise and needs regarding preservation, institutions with more limited collections of audio are still largely unaware of these issues. Public libraries and other smaller institutions whose main focus is not collecting audio nevertheless hold collections of recorded oral histories or unique unpublished musical recordings. In this session our goal is to make libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions aware of the need to preserve their audio holdings by providing an overview of the issues, types of audio media, and their patterns of deterioration.

Use Measures for Electronic Resources: Theory and Practice. Metrics for evaluating the use of electronic resources are developing but this development is uneven at best. This program will look at the standards that have been established as well as review how these standards have been implemented in the field.

Why Can’t Johnnie and Jane Get Published: Part 2, Research Methodologies. Johnnie and Jane (librarians) gained a better understanding of research basics from the ALCTS program, “Why Can’t Johnnie and Jane Get Published, Research Basics,” held in Toronto in June 2003 and are ready to conduct their first research project. Led by a panel of experts, this program will provide an overview of format of a research paper, in-depth presentations and discussions on selecting appropriate research methodologies to carry out the project, data collection procedures, presentation of analysis, and get the research findings published in a referred journal. This is an interactive program. The audience will have opportunities to interact with the panel and with other participants through group discussions and Q&A sessions.