Midwinter Event Update: Forums

Collecting E-resources Use Data: Outsource or In-House? Forum

“Collecting E-resources Use Data: Outsource or In-House” will provide a comparison of the ScholarlyStats product versus homegrown e-resources use databases. Collection managers will share their personal experiences on gathering assessment data in their libraries. The forum is sponsored by the Collection Assessment Committee of ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section, and is on Monday, January 22, 1:30-3:30 pm in the Grand Hyatt, Princess II.

Disaster Recovery Forum

The Disaster Recovery Forum provides a continuing discussion on the topic of disaster preparedness from the ALCTS Preservation Section. It is sponsored by the Preservation Discussion Group and is on Sunday, January 21, 4- 6 pm in the Westin, Grand Ballroom III.

Forum on Library Education

The Forum on Library Education is on Friday, January 19, 1:30-3:30pm in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Room 602-604. The Forum is jointly sponsored by the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and by the American Library Association (ALA) and its Committee on Education (COE).

This Forum continues the dialog on issues in library and information science education and it identifies new issues and new challenges confronting our profession. There will be brief papers on the following topics from these respective presenters:

  • ALA President Leslie Berger: Who "We" Are in Library Education
  • John Budd: Overview of Education Issues
  • Tom Leonhardt: Future Directions of ALA Accreditation
  • Michael Gorman: The Curriculum and Accreditation
  • Loriene Roy: Supporting LIS Education Through Practice

There is no fee to register for this event. Register online. The Forum on Library Education Blog will be available at a future date.

There is also a call for papers from individuals or organizations. Papers can address the following topics or any other topic in library education:

  • Core Issues Confronting Library Education
  • The Knowledge Base of the Field
  • How Education is Delivered
  • The Need for Educational Innovation
  • The Role of ALA Accreditation

To submit papers or for additional information, contact Kimberly Sanders at no later than January 5, 2007.

Forum on Non-English Access

The ALCTS Task Force on Non-English Access and the Catalog Form and Function Interest Group will co-sponsor a Forum on Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am-12:00 pm at the Sheraton, Metropolitan B. This is an opportunity to hear about the Non-English Access report, to address questions to task force members, and to comment on the recommendations regarding the report. For additional information, contact Beth Picknally Camden, Chair, Task Force on Non-English Access

Forum on "The Future of Cataloging and Basic Values"

The forum “The Future of Cataloging and Basic Values” continues ALCTS’ role as facilitator in the discussion prompted last spring by actions taken by the Library of Congress. It is sponsored by the Cataloging and Classification Section and is on Sunday, January 21, 8-10 am in the Grand Hyatt, Princess Ballroom. The forum will focus on the document "ALCTS and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Challenges, Actions and Values." This document was produced in October 2006, by an ad hoc group headed by the CCS Executive Committee, in response to a request by the ALCTS Executive Committee. The document includes a focus on seven "frames," statements of basic values or viewpoints which may serve as starting points for considering changes in the policy and practice of cataloging and the nature of the catalog. Speakers will address these value statements, which are intended to be thought-provoking, and may prove controversial.

The forum will be moderated by David Miller (Curry College), CCS Chair. Speakers will include Ana Lupe Cristán (Library of Congress), Tamera Hanken (Tacoma Community College), Daniel Joudrey (Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science), and Sally Smith (Public Library Association Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries Committee).Additional speakers are being confirmed at press time.

Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group Open Forum

Want to know more about how libraries are collaborating with University Presses? How are roles changing and what are the new publishing opportunities for libraries? In this, the second of two forums devoted to the state of the University Press, the PVLR will bring together distinguished representatives from libraries and presses for an open discussion of their strategies for success.

Please plan to attend the PVLR Open Forum “Libraries and University Presses Working Together?” on Monday, January 22, 8-10 am in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Room 201.

ALCTS Volunteer Forum

Leaders, creative thinkers, team players, problem solvers� ALCTS volunteers are these and so much more! If you want to grow professionally and network with colleagues who are focused on the critical issues facing librarianship, plan to attend the fourth annual ALCTS Volunteer Forum. Sponsored by the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee, the Forum will be held on Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am-12:00 pm in the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Visions Room.

This is your chance to hear firsthand from the division appointing officers about the committee appointment process and opportunities for involvement. The presenters include: ALCTS President Bruce Chr. Johnson and President-Elect Pamela Bluh, Chairs-Elect of the Acquisitions, Cataloging and Classification, Collection Management and Development, Preservation and Reformatting, and Serials Sections and the Council of Regional Groups, and the Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online ( ANO).

Submit a volunteer application today. For additional information, contact Betsy Simpson, Chair, Leadership Development Committee at

RDA Forum

The RDA Forum to discuss changes to the cataloging rules in conjunction with the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR is on Saturday, January 20, 4-6 pm in the Sheraton, Grand Ballroom B.

Ripped from the Headlines: An ALCTS Forum

This two-part program is on Monday, January 22, 8:00-10:00 am in the W Seattle, Great Room 1. Part One is titled “New Library Facilities No Longer Needed as Resources are Digitized” and “Libraries Weed Print Collections, Offer Electronic Access Only–Users in an Uproar.” Will headlines such as these become commonplace? Join two speakers with different perspectives on the headlines!

Richard AmRhein, Dean of Library Services, Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, Valparaiso University will offer insights into a successful campaign for a new library featured in the recent Wall Street Journal article “Libraries Beckon, But Stacks of Books Aren’t Part of the Pitch.”

Mary Abdoney, Science Librarian, Robert Lee Telford Science Library, Washington and Lee University will discuss the withdrawal from the Science Library of the print science titles that are part of JSTOR.

Part Two will provide a forum to discuss of the controversial statements featured in the ALCTS “Definitely Digital” Symposium held on the Friday during the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

  • Controversial Statement 1: In the new information paradigm, there will be very little distinction between book vendors and subscription agencies, whose services will be very different than in the past.
  • Controversial Statement 2: In the rapidly evolving, technologically challenging, electronically-oriented information environment, those staff members who are not able to cope with continuous learning and constant change will either become increasingly compartmentalized or will be left behind altogether.
  • Controversial Statement 3: Due to the very high costs and rapid obsolescence of necessary equipment and the fact that the electronic medium is not archival, digital preservation is a concept which can only be embraced by the largest, most well-funded libraries with large IT staff resources.
  • Controversial Statement 4: As information resources go digital, the "units" of information discovery and delivery will become wildly variable and blended, making past patterns of collection development, acquisition, and cataloging inadequate and unscalable.

M. Dina Giambi will serve as moderator for this event, and may be contacted at for additional information about the forum.