ALCTS National Conference and ALA Annual Events

Registration is now open for a one-of-a-kind ALCTS National Conference that will precede the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. from 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. “Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services” will engage attendees in a thought-provoking, open and participatory exchange on how our work and profession have changed.

Presenters and attendees will collaborate to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Scheduled presenters include:

  • Richard Lanham, professor emeritus, UCLA, and author of the “Economics of Attention,” University of Chicago Press, 2006;
  • Stephen Abram, vice president of Innovation, Sirsi/Dynix; and
  • David Lankes, associate professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; and
  • Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries at North Carolina State University.

Anniversary Dinner Gala

The Gala Dinner Cruise will be held on Thursday evening, June 21, aboard the luxurious Odyssey III, where revelers will cruise the Potomac River, enjoying the sights of Washington D.C. and Georgetown.

Celebration Finale: President's Program

The final anniversary event will be the 2007 ALCTS President’s Program, “Libraries and Findability: Elegant Hacks for Our Future Description, A Talk by Peter Morville,” which takes place Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Peter Morville founded Semantic Studios, a leading information architecture, user experience, and findability consultancy. Widely recognized as a father of information architecture, Morville serves as a passionate advocate for the critical role of findability in defining the user experience. Elsevier sponsors the President’s Program.

More Anniversary News

ALCTS members will continue to enjoy anniversary milestones as the ALCTS journal Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) celebrates its own 50th anniversary. Highlights for members and subscribers include anniversary articles, complimentary copies of the 50-year Cumulative Index to LRTS and the reissue of LRTS volume 1, number 1. A 50th anniversary commemorative publication will be available for purchase through the ALA Online Store.

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, ALCTS has established the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those in the field. The award winner receives a citation honoring his/her contributions and a stipend of $3,000, donated by EBSCO.

The 50th celebration is made possible in part by contributions from, OCLC, Innovative Interfaces, EBSCO, Swets, CSA and individual contributions through the ALCTS “$50 for 50 Years” campaign. Individual contributions can be made at a variety of levels by clicking the “50 for 50” icon at

Stay up to date with these and forthcoming ALCTS 50th anniversary events by visiting the ALCTS 50th anniversary website at

ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee Establishes New SAC Subcommittee and Listserv on the Future of Subject Headings

The ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee established a new SAC Subcommittee on the Future of Subject Headings during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The subcommittee’s charge is:

“To analyze the future of subject cataloging, with emphasis on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), through the use of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, taking into consideration both internal forces within the library community and the external environment. The subcommittee is chaired by Lisa Bruere, CAFÉ Library Partnership, Waukesha, Illinois. Find the subcommittee roster on the ALCTS web site.

The subcommittee will provide a preliminary report during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and a final report and program will take place during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The subcommittee has established a listserv to discuss this topic and invites interested parties to subscribe at

ALCTS Paper Series Editorial Board Appointed

An editorial board has been appointed to work with Anne Sleeman, the new Paper Series Editor. The members of the ALCTS Paper Series Editorial Board are:

  • Dr. Clément Arsenault (2007–2009), Ecole de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal
  • Yvonne A. Carignan (2007–2010), Head of Preservation, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Karen A. Schmidt (2007–2010), Acting University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ann G. Swartzell (2007–2009), Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University Library
  • Christine Taylor (ALCTS Office Liaison), Publishing and Membership, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


ALCTS Announces 2007 Preconferences

ALCTS will offer four preconferencse at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22, there will be two two-day workshops in the continuing series on basic cataloging from ALCTS and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).

Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification: An ALCTS/PCC Workshop

This two-day pre-conference presents authoritative training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC). Speakers include: Steven Arakawa, Yale University; Lois Chan, University of Kentucky, School of Library & Information Science; Paul Frank, Cooperative Cataloging Team, Library of Congress; and Lori Robare, University of Oregon.

Comprehensive Series Training: An ALCTS/PCC Workshop

This preconference presents outstanding training opportunities relating to decisions associated with series. Speakers for this workshop include: Rachel Wadham, Brigham Young University; Valerie Bross, UCLA; Judy Kuhagen, Library of Congress; Iris Wolley, Cornell University; Mark Scharff, Washington University in St. Louis; and Steve Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The following one-day and combined half-day pre-conferences are offered on Friday, June 22.

ALCTS Technical Services Management: Generational and Workflow Issues

Morning Session

Managing the Multigenerational Workplace: Practical Techniques
Tips and techniques to enhance intergenerational relationships in the library workplace will be provided by Pixie Anne Mosley, Director of Access Services, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas.

Afternoon Session

Workflow Analysis, Redesign, and Implementation: Integrating the Complexities of Electronic Resources in the Digital Age
Explores the possibilities that a systematically implemented workflow analysis and redesign can offer your institution. Speakers: Rick Lugg, R2 Consulting; Ruth Fischer, R2 Consulting; Catherine Tierney, AUL for Technical Services, Stanford University; Kim Armstrong, Director of Collections Services, University of Illinois at Springfield; and Celeste Feather, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, Ohio State University

Those interested may register for each half-day session or the whole day.

ALCTS will also offer What They Don't Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education, and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging. This all day pre-conference hosted by Catholic University focuses on the current state of recruitment and education in cataloging, its suitability for the library environment, and the disconnect between what you learn in library school and the reality of working in the field. Among the featured speakers are: Karen Calhoun, Associate University Librarian for Technical Services, Cornell University; J. Randolph Call, Associate Director for Technical Services, Detroit Public Library; Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress; Janet Swan Hill, Associate Director for Technical Services, University of Colorado – Boulder; Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian, University of California at San Diego; and Matthew Beacom, Metadata Librarian, Yale University.

Online registration for the ALCTS preconferences is available at

ALCTS Seeks Proposals for 50th ALCTS Anniversary Conference Poster Session

ALCTS seeks proposals for poster sessions to be held during the 50th ALCTS Anniversary Conference, on June 20, 2007, in Washington, D.C. Sessions will be based on the ALCTS National Conference theme: "Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services" and should focus on a transformative change or an innovation in any area of library collections or technical services work for monographs, serials, or electronic resources, whether in collection development and management, cataloging, acquisitions, or preservation. Poster sessions may document a change that has been implemented, or may suggest an innovation or describe a trend likely to affect change in the philosophy or practice of our profession.

The deadline for poster session submissions is April 2, 2007. The ALCTS conference committee will review all submissions for appropriateness of theme, for quality of content, and for quality of presentation. Applicants will be notified by May 1. Poster session applications should be made online on the ALCTS web site. Get more information from the 50th Anniversary web site. Direct any questions to Bob Nardini (603) 340-4378;


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