ALCTS Newsletter Online, News & Features, August 2006

Applications and Nominations Sought for 2007-2008 ALA and Council Committees

ALA President-elect Loriene Roy is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2007-2008 ALA and Council committees. Slots are available on the following committees: Accreditation; American Libraries Advisory; Awards; Budget Analysis and Review; Chapter Relations; Conference; Constitution and Bylaws; Council Orientation; Diversity; Education; Election; Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory; Information Technology Policy Advisory; Intellectual Freedom; International Relations; Legislation; Literacy; Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory; Membership; Membership Meetings; Nominating; Organization; Orientation, Training, and Leadership Development; Policy Monitoring (current Council members only); Professional Ethics; Public and Cultural Programs Advisory; Public Awareness; Publishing; Research and Statistics; Resolutions; Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Website Advisory; ALA-Children's Book Council (Joint); ALA-Association of American Publishers {Joint) and ALA-Society of American Archivists-American Association of Museums (Joint). Additional information on committees, including charges, is available in the ALA Handbook of Organization.

All applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2007-2008 ALA Committee Volunteer Form The deadline for submission is December 4, 2006.

Geographical location, type of library, gender, ethnicity, previous committee work (not necessarily with ALA), ALA and related experience, and other factors are considered when the committee slates are compiled in order to ensure broad representation and diversity on all committees. The ALA Committee on Committees and Committee on Appointments will assist Dr. Roy in making appointments. Committee appointees will receive appointment letters after the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Appointees will begin their committee service after the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Direct questions to Dr. Roy or Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month (LCSM). ALA is contacting members of Congress to request that they use LCSM language in public remarks made at back-to-school events. ALA has developed Library Card Sign-up Month talking points, a fact sheet and proclamation.

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Frederick G. Kilgour, Founder of OCLC, Dies

Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of the OCLC Online Computer Library Center died on July 31, 2006 at the age of 92 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is recognized as a leader in twentieth century librarianship for his pioneering work in applying computer networks to facilitate access to information worldwide. He founded OCLC Computer Library Center in the early 1970's. Kilgour later developed WorldCat in 1971, which is now available on the Web. It is considered to be the world's largest computerized library catalog, and includes records from the Library of Congress, the British Library, the Russian State Library and Singapore National Library as well as from small public libraries, art museums and historical societies.

Prior to working at OCLC, Kilgour was an academic librarian and historian of science and technology at Harvard and Yale for 30 years when the Ohio College Association hired him in 1967 to establish the world's first computerized library network, the Ohio College Library Center, on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. The networked was introduced when most libraries used card catalogs, which contained typed cards. OCLC enabled libraries to share information, and to catalog materials more quickly and also facilitated interlibrary lending. Kilgour later served as president of OCLC from 1967 to 1980. He served on the OCLC Board of Trustees until 1995.

Kilgour was named Distinguished Research Professor the School of Information and Library Science, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served on the faculty until he retired in 2004.

ALA awarded him an Honorary Life Membership in 1982. The American Society for Information Science and Technology gave him the Award of Merit in 1979.

Kilgour is survived by his wife Eleanor and their daughters, Marta Kilgour and Alison Kilgour of New York City, and Meredith Kilgour Perdiew of North Edison, New Jersey; grandson, Bradley Perdiew, and granddaughter, Amy Surma, and five great grandchildren.

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ALA President Leslie Burger Announces "Emerging Leaders" Initiative

ALA President Leslie Burger has announced an "Emerging Leaders" program to welcome and train 100 new librarians to get a jump-start in leadership. EL '07 will begin with a daylong session during the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. It will then develop online for six months, culminating at the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. Applicants must commit to participating in all three elements, and plan to serve to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program.

Applicants must be an ALA member; under 35 years of age or a new librarians of any age with fewer than five years post-MLS experience; must be a recent MLS graduate from an ALA or NCATE-accredited program or currently in an accredited MLS program; must be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between the two sessions; and be ready to commit to serve on an ALA, Division, Chapter, or Round Table committee, taskforce or workgroup upon completion of program. ALA sponsorship is not required, but it does give preference for consideration. The application is available on Berger's Web site.

Participants will receive two days of training with Maureen Sullivan, organization consultant, and Connie Paul, executive director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative; participation in a problem-solving workgroup; networking with 100 peers; an inside look into ALA structure and an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

ALCTS has pledged $2000 to President Leslie Berger's Emerging Leaders Initiative. The cash will help two members participating in the initiative attend Midwinter and Annual in 2007. The application deadline is September 30. Division and round table deadlines are about two weeks earlier. Consult division or round table Web pages for more information.

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Digitization Policy Areas: Results from the Digitization Policy Workshop Held in Chicago, 2006

An executive summary of the OITP Digital Policy Workshop that was held in Chicago in April 2006 is now available. The group is working on a draft statement of "Principles for Digital Content" (similar to what has been developed for the Networked Society), and a draft recommendation for an ALA-based task force to create policies to address issues of digitization and digital content.

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Final Report on Access Level Cataloging of Serials Available

The Access Level Record for Serials Working Group was formed with the goal of developing a single CONSER standard record to be applied to all formats, to replace existing multiple record levels, and to reduce serials cataloging costs by requiring only the elements necessary to meet FRBR user tasks (find, identify, select, and obtain). The group used a list of AACR2 and MARC 21 elements to identify those data elements of highest value for meeting the FRBR user tasks.

Input was also sought from catalogers regarding record simplification, and many of their ideas were included in the guidelines that accompany the element set. Fourteen U.S. libraries tested the element set and cataloging guidelines. The time required to create a bibliographic record at both access and control levels were recorded. The estimated time savings varied by institution, an ranged from five percent and fourteen percent at Stanford and Harvard respectively, to thirty to thirty-five percent at UCLA, Georgia, GPO, LC for the eight bibliographic descriptions required of all participants. The average time savings was twenty-five percent.

The Working Group met at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2006. The group finalized the element set and guidelines, set a target implementation date of October 1, 2006, and developed implementation recommendations, which are included in the final report.

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ALA and Scholastic Library Publishing Announce 2007 National Library Week Grant

Libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign that uses the 2007 National Library Week theme of "Come together @ your library."

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, and is administered by ALA's Public Awareness Committee. A grant application form and guidelines are available on The Campaign for America's Libraries Web site. Information also is available from the ALA Public Information Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4020. The application deadline is October 16, 2006. The winner will be notified and announced at the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

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ALA Office for Diversity, the University of Pittsburgh and Others Partner to Create Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship

ALA and University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences announce the creation of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship. The new program will recruit and provide full tuition support and stipends to ten full-time library and information science doctoral students for all four years of study. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is providing nearly $1 million to fund the program. Nine other library and information science programs are participating in the effort: University of Arizona, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Simmons College, Syracuse University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Texas at Austin and University of Wisconsin at Madison. The fellowship builds on the success of the ALA Spectrum scholarship program.

One of the doctoral fellowships will be named in honor of Elizabeth Martinez, Spectrum founder and ALA executive director from 1994-97. The fellowship is open to applicants of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander heritage, and it is not necessary to have received a Spectrum master's-level scholarship.

Interested individuals may apply for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship beginning November 1, 2006. The due date for receipt of all materials is March 1, 2007. Applicants must also apply for admission to one or more of the ten participating library and information science programs. Spectrum Doctoral Fellows are expected to be announced on or before May 15, 2006 and to begin studies by Fall 2007. Information and application procedures will be available on the ALA Office for Diversity and University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences Web sites by September 15, 2006.

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Request for Expressions of Interest to Support Preservation of Creative Works

The Library of Congress, through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), is seeking expressions of interest in a project to preserve the digital content produced by the private sector, including but not limited to motion pictures, sound recordings, still photography, graphics, illustration, interactive games, literary arts and other media.

Expressions of interest are due at the Library no later than Friday, September 22, 2006. Proposed projects should address one or more of the following objectives:

  • Refine or develop standards for content formats and/or that contribute to long-term preservability of content.
  • Develop a refined production workflow that enhances the long-term preservation of the content being produced.
  • Develop or contribute to the development of organizational and/or technical infrastructure for the long-term preservation of content.
  • Refine or develop economically sustainable preservation models.
  • Educate the industry and/or general public about preservation of digital content.
  • Model the deposit of digital content for copyright and assist the Library in determining the appropriate preferred formats and metadata for the deposit of digital content with the Library.
  • Contribute to the building of cultural heritage collections.
  • This program will not support the digitization of analog materials (including paper, microfilm, sound recordings, or motion pictures).

Complete details on submitting an expression of interest in the Preserving Creative America project can be found on the NDIIPP Web site.

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