Letters from ALCTS
From the Editor
From the President
From the Office
My ALCTS Experience: Jennifer Younger
Resource Description and Access: A Project Manager’s Perspective by Marjorie E. Bloss, RDA Project Manager
ALA Recruitment Assembly Report
Special April 1 Message from the ALCTS Office
Annual Conference Watch
ALCTS Preconferences & Programs
ALCTS Events Schedules: By Group | By Day
Discussion and Interest Group Events
President’s Program featuring Peter Morville
ALCTS National Conference
Your ALCTS Experience: An Open House
ALCTS New Leaders Orientation
International Relations Committee
Calls for Participation
Volunteers Needed for the ALCTS Booth in Washington, D.C.
Reporters Needed to Cover ALCTS Events
2007 Award Winners Announced
ALCTS Communication Options
John Attig Appointed ALA Joint Steering Committee Representative
Map and Geography Round Table Preconference on Pre-Twentieth-Century Cartographic Materials
Video Round Table Gala at ALA Annual
From the Profession
Presenters Sought for Connexion User Group Meeting at ALA Annual
University of Michigan School of Information Offers Degree in Preservation of Information
Collaborative Digitization Program and Bibliographical Center for Research Merge
WorldCat Registry Debuts
Lorraine Olley Leaves LAMA
ALCTS and the Future of Cataloging Report
Task Force on Non-English Access Report
PCC MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregators
Revised Draft Documentation for the CONSER Standard Record
CRL and RLG Programs’ Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist
Available in Print and Electronic Version: Sudden Selector’s Guide to Business Resources
Functional Requirements for Authority Data
From the Editor
Mary Beth Weber, Editor
It seems as if I just finished the February issue of ANO that contains the post-Midwinter Meeting reports, and now it is time to prepare for the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
This issue of ANO contains a variety of topics related to the Annual Conference, including information on programs and preconferences, and discussion and interest group meeting topics. There are also calls for volunteers to report on events at Annual and to help staff the ALCTS Booth. Both are great ways to become involved with ALCTS, and I urge you to participate. The New Leaders Orientation will take place at Annual. This is an excellent way for new leaders in the Division to learn about how ALCTS operates, and to speak with division leaders, ALCTS President Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect Pamela Bluh, ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt, and the editors of ANO and LRTS. There will also be a special “Your ALCTS Experience” Open House on June 22, and all are welcome—everyone from new and prospective members to experienced long-time members.
Here are some other highlights in this issue:
- Read Jennifer Younger’s “My ALCTS Experience” column in which she discusses the rewards of participation and involvement.
- Marjorie Bloss discusses her role as RDA Manager and new developments with RDA.
- ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt’s special April 1 message, which has become a tradition.
- Announcement of the 2007 ALCTS Award winners. Congratulations to all the winners!
- The “Now Available” Section of News and Features contains information on professional resources that will benefit ALCTS members.
I would like to draw your attention to two new features that are now available in ANO. One is the “All in One” option that enables readers to view or print an issue in its entirety. I have gotten many requests about making this option available, and I thank Managing Editor Christine Taylor for making this possible. The other new feature is in the “Looking Ahead” calendar of events. I have added a note indicating that conference reports are welcome. If you attend a conference, and would like to write a report for ANO, please contact me. Lastly, future changes to ANO include a calendar of submission deadlines for reports and guidelines for authors (not to be confused with guidelines for submitting conference reports required of committee, interest, and discussion group chairs). Both of these changes will debut in the June issue.
From the President
Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
We Are ALCTS
We are now well into our 50th anniversary year and I would like to spend a few moments talking with you about the future of ALCTS. I know from my training that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. If that is the case, there are several characteristics that I mention when bragging about ALCTS members:
- Hard working
It would be easy to go on, but you get the picture. I am very proud to be associated with ALCTS and its members, both as individuals (I consider many of you my closest friends) and as a force to be reckoned with.
This past year the ALCTS Board adopted a five-year strategic plan with five major goal areas:
- ALCTS provides leadership in the management of information
- ALCTS defines best practices and develops and promotes national and international standards
- ALCTS provides and facilitates continuing education and fosters life-long learning;
- ALCTS collaborates with organizations with similar or complementary interests;
- ALCTS is a viable, vibrant membership organization.
If you have not read the plan yet, you really should. It is an ambitious roadmap for one of the most dynamic, effective associations in the library profession. In the near future you will have the opportunity to recommend strategic initiatives to help put the plan into action.
During the past twelve months ALCTS has also been faced with the challenge of meaningfully responding to major changes in the cataloging profession. This has occupied quite a lot of the Board’s attention. This response has taken on three phases:
- Responding to past events
- Being actively engaged in current discussions outside of ALCTS
- Exploring how ALCTS could lead more effectively (as opposed to simply responding)
The last of these phases, leadership, is the subject of this month’s column.
In June 2006 the ALCTS Executive Committee tasked the Cataloging and Classification Section Executive Committee (CCS Exec) with
developing a series of recommendations or discussion points for next steps that ALCTS should take to enhance its leadership position with respect to the changing nature of bibliographic control (cataloging and classification). Although this charge is occasioned by the recent decision by the Library of Congress (LC) to cease series authority record creation, the recommendations should not be limited to actions that directly relate to LC.
The resulting document has been referred to as the “Next Steps” document and has spawned discussion throughout ALCTS, and particularly in the Board and the section executive committees. The summary of this discussion can be found on the ALCTS web site at I urge all ALCTS members to read the “ Overview of the Next Steps Documents (.pdf, 9 pages) Developed by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Sections (Acquisitions, Cataloging and Classification, Collection Management and Development, Preservation and Reformatting, and Serials) and the ALCTS Council of Regional Groups” and carefully consider what this means for each of us.
Several themes come up throughout our association:
- Continuing education
All five of these are equally important. The recommendations that the section and CRG executive committees are making should ensure that ALCTS will be well positioned to in the forefront of our profession.
Here is the tricky part though ... Who will make these recommendations become reality?
If CCS recommends that “ALCTS should propagate the knowledge of wiki use within CCS, with the intention that CCS will be represented well on the 2007 Annual Conference wiki” who will take responsibility for making it happen?
If SS recommends that “ALCTS needs to aggressively and collaboratively work with library administrators, librarians, and library schools to redefine what constitutes bibliographic access” who do we mean by “ALCTS?”
The short answer is, We are ALCTS! It is not the ALCTS Office staff. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Charles’, Julie’s and Christine’s help, but they are not ALCTS. We are. We are the experts in acquisitions, collection development, serials, preservation, and cataloging. If this challenge is going to be addressed, we are the ones who will have to make it happen. Let me give you a few “for instances”:
We know from our members that ALCTS should be producing more publications. ALCTS leadership secures commitments from authors to write the publications, and the Budget & Finance Committee built a budget assuming that the authors will honor their commitments. If they do not come through, we let down our members, jeopardize our association’s fiscal solvency, and miss an opportunity to change our profession.
ALCTS does not exist just a couple of weeks before, during, and after conferences. It is a living, breathing association whose work goes on 24/7, 365 days a year. That said, I have heard from frustrated members who report that their committee chair has not been in touch with the committee since February 1. With that level of commitment, ALCTS will not be the nimble organization that the strategic plan envisioned.
We all have responsibilities to ALCTS, to our members, and frankly to ourselves. Here are just a few of the responsibilities that come to mind:
- Deliver stuff that you commit to do.
- Committee chairs need to follow up well in advance of deadlines.
- Everyone (and particularly chairs and representatives) have a responsibility to report in a timely manner.
- ALCTS and its many parts must be kept up-to-date. This is NOT the staff’s responsibility.
- Appointing officers should remember that this is your opportunity to shape a dynamic organization. Focus on who you feel can get the job done. The rest will fall into place.
- Every ALCTS organizational unit should develop a workplan for the year. This plan should be realistic and should be frequently consulted and revised as necessary so that at the end of the year we will know whether we have accomplished what we set out to.
- Committee Chairs and Section Chairs should actively monitor the performance and effectiveness of ALCTS groups. If action does not happen within a predictable period, corrective steps should be taken to ensure that things turn around quickly.
- Do not make promises that you can not keep.
- Responsibility means accountability.
We must take ownership of our association and what it is doing. ALCTS is not someone else. We are ALCTS.
It is very easy to suggest that ALCTS should be doing something to solve a problem, but without your active involvement in the solution, all we will have to brag about is how great the last fifty years have been. I personally am excited about the possibilities for ALCTS’ next fifty years. My sleeves are rolled up. How about yours?
From the Office
Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director
Design: Looking to Our Future
I want to talk about design. Or as Daniel Pink defines it in his book, A Whole New Mind: “Utility enhanced by significance.”
There are many facets to design. There are many types of design. There are many uses of design. Everything around you has been designed by someone at some point: the chair where you are sitting, the mug from which you are drinking, or the database you are searching.
I am not going to talk about the aspects of design that might normally come to mind when you hear the word, rather about the design of us—ALCTS—as an association. Although it's not a subject that generally shows up on top ten lists (it tends to be on mine), it is important because how ALCTS is designed has implications for its continued existence as a robust and innovative organization. Never thought about designing an association? Now is our chance as we move into our next fifty years.
Back to Daniel Pink’s book, in which he offers one insight and one quote that are worth sharing:
Not just function but also DESIGN. It’s no longer sufficient to create a product, a service, an experience, or a lifestyle that’s merely functional. Today it’s economically crucial and personally rewarding to create something that is also beautiful, whimsical, or emotionally engaging. (p. 65)
John Heskett, a scholar of the subject [design], explains it well: "[D]esign, stripped to its essence, can be defined as the human nature to shape and make our environment in ways without precedent in nature, to serve our needs and give meaning to our lives. (p. 69)
So what can we take from this? It is this: you, as members and leaders and I, need to pay attention to how ALCTS and its benefits are designed to be a constantly improving and engaging organization. So much so that there should be absolutely no doubt why a potential member would want to join and why those of you who are already members would want to continue.
So, the question: how do we do this? What are the elements that we need to incorporate into or emphasize in an ALCTS design that differentiates us from our fellow divisions and groups? The answer lies between total rehab of structure or governance and mere cosmetic changes: designing an association that delivers the most value and benefit to members.
I included the first quote purposefully, not for the obviously important insight in the first sentence, but for the second. The words strike me: maybe not “beautiful,” but certainly “whimsical” and “emotionally engaging.” The latter ranks in there as one of the “duh” moments, to which I often succumb. What could more obvious? Obvious but needing our attention, I believe. We do very well at intellectually engaging, but about what do we feel passionate? (more on this later). How do we bring passion to the association? "Whimsical" suggests unpredictable. Extraordinary. Slightly off our center, against stereotype (yes, I used the “S” word).
I read a lot of association management and business books. I do not always find worthwhile advice or realizations, but I did in Pink’s book and in Jim Collins' Good to Great. This sort of book is meaningful to me if I can extrapolate its basic arguments to what I do. And Collins book lets me do just that.
The concept in Collins’ book, which most closely fits with this design discussion, is his “Hedgehog Concept.” (p. 90–119) The Hedgehog Concept is “a simple, crystalline concept that flows from deep understanding about the intersection of the following:
- What you can be the best in the world at (and, equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at);
- What drives your [economic] engine (brackets are mine); and
- What you are deeply passionate about.
Despite Collins' assertion that, “good is the enemy of great,” ALCTS' new strategic plan forms a good foundation to push toward answering these questions. We can use the plan to chronicle the areas in which we can be the best in the world, that drive our engine, and that make us passionate. Thus we achieve true “greatness.” One of Collins' most important points is that the companies he chose as great were not great overnight. We, too, do not have to instantly become great.
I mentioned the strategic plan to give some context. On the Hedgehog Concept though, Collins is very clear about the point he wants to make and it is one worth considering very closely. “A Hedgehog Concept is not a goal to be the best, a strategy to be the best, an intention to be the best, a plan to be the best. It is an understanding of what you can be the best at.” (p. 98)
If we approach the design of a future ALCTS combining these two concepts, Pink and Collins, what might we get? Perhaps the intersection and incorporation of the two sets of concepts that goes something like this:
By understanding what we are best in the world at, what we are passionate about, and what drives us to be an association that people want to belong to, we’ll design an association that is significant, has meaning, and serves our needs, but is also emotionally engaging, a bit unorthodox, and constantly pushing to great.
My ALCTS Experience
Jennifer Younger, University of Notre Dame
My earliest memories of ALCTS are of racing from one committee meeting to another and from one program to another to learn as much as I possibly could absorb. At that time, the ALA conferences were frequently in Chicago. Many of the ALCTS meetings were in the Palmer House so the challenge was more easily met then than now, but still in all it was a frantic pace.
Later, I learned the conferences seemed overwhelming and "closed" to others. Subsequent actions by ALCTS leaders and me led to improved orientation for new members, expanded discussion groups and a new emphasis on reaching out to those volunteering for committee participation.
My efforts to be seen and heard were recognized with an appointment as the liaison from the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) to the Catalog Use Committee in what was then the Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD) and then, in the next year, I was asked to chair a subcommittee of the CCS Subject Analysis Committee (SAC). I knew something about the construction of subject headings but not much about art, so chairing the Subcommittee on Subject Headings for Individual Works of Art, Architecture and Analogous Structures represented the best of ALCTS: an opportunity to learn and contribute. Despite the long name, the final report was short but influential as the Library of Congress later adopted some of the subcommittee's recommendations. This formative experience introduced me to how ALCTS carried out its mission and inspired me for years after, and still does, to participate actively in ALCTS. There have been many high points along the way, including serving as president, editor of LRTS, and program planner for other ALCTS presidents.
My participation has resulted not only in opportunities to make a positive difference in the field but also to become part of a professional network. As colleagues and friends, we have continually encouraged one another to seek new challenges, to develop professionally and personally, to keep the values of our profession in clear focus, to think creatively, to embrace the opportunities of new technology, and to see the future as one that will improve on the past. It has been a lot of work, but also fun and personally rewarding.
Within the fast-paced and changing environment surrounding the profession, one aspect remains constant. It is the ability of our members to think about the fundamental principles and practical concerns as they might emerge in the future. In 1963, Esther Piercy organized a conference around the theme of "vanishing boundaries" with discussions on how library patrons could in the future use the computer to find books in the library. In 1992, Ross Atkinson's article titled "The Acquisitions Librarian as Change Agent in the Transition to the Electronic Library" appeared in LRTS. This year, the ALCTS 50th anniversary program on interactive futures promises a provocative exploration of the transformations underway in what we do and of a vision for the future roles collection and technical services librarians and staff will play in ensuring access to the knowledge of the world.
A few years ago, I had the honor of moderating the ALCTS President's Program for President Olivia Madison. The speaker invited the audience to identify themselves as "Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers or Millennials," and I was thrilled to see the raised hands of the GenXers in the audience—the Millennials were still in college. We need the intellectual curiosity, commitment to excellence, and activism of every generation to engage in the progressive tradition that is ALCTS. I hope that everyone in collection development and technical services will view ALCTS as their professional home. Come and join in the work, enjoy the journey and reap the rewards of being a participant in ALCTS.
Resource Description and Access: A Project Manager’s Perspective
Marjorie E. Bloss, RDA Project Manager
Resource Description and Access ( RDA) will supersede Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition ( AACR2) in the first quarter of 2009. While RDA is being created for the digital environment, those developing RDA cannot lose sight of the fact that we live and catalog in a hybrid world. Consequently, RDA will include instructions for descriptive cataloging and access for digital materials as well as for our analog materials that are still being published. As well as looking towards the digital world in its instructions, RDA as a product will be released online.
Much of the information that has been disseminated about RDA has focused on its content—the instructions catalogers will need to follow when creating records for resources, and the conceptual models that serve as its foundation. I come to RDA from a different perspective—that of project manager, i.e., one whose role is to coordinate the activities of a number of different groups who are collectively contributing to the creation of RDA.
To begin with, what is a project? Basically, it is a defined activity with a beginning, middle, and an end. An appropriate library analogy would be to compare it to a multi-volume set rather than a serial. A project is something that does not continue indefinitely. It does not have limitless resources, either financial or human. Lastly, there is some sort of product at the end of a project, be it conclusions from research, a finalized activity, or something more substantive—like an online product.
From a project manager’s perspective, therefore, the goals of the RDA project are:
- To coordinate the activities of the committees directly involved with the project
- To ensure that the content of RDA is developed within a specific time frame and within a specified budget so that
- RDA as a product will be ready for release in the first quarter of 2009, and will meet the needs of its market.
So who is responsible for RDA? People who are aware of the mechanisms for handling AACR2, its updates and the creation of RDA are most likely familiar with the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR (the JSC). The JSC is comprised of six individuals representing the American Library Association’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), the Australian Committee on Cataloguing, the British Library, the Canadian Cataloguing Committee, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP, in the United Kingdom), and the Library of Congress. The JSC and the RDA Editor are responsible for creating RDA content.
As illustrated in the organizational chart, there are three other committees that play instrumental roles in RDA’s development. The first is the Committee of Principals (CoP) whose membership includes representatives from the American Library Association, the British Library, Canadian Library Association, CILIP, the Library of Congress, and the Library and Archives Canada. The CoP has overall administrative responsibility for the RDA project. The second is the Fund Trustees, the committee responsible for administering and providing financial support for the project. The third is the Co-Publishers representing ALA, the Canadian Library Association, and CILIP. The Co-Publishers hold the copyright to RDA. Most recently, these four groups worked closely together when considering the JSC’s proposal to extend RDA’s time line in order to include a final constituency review.
Providing communication about RDA to those interested in tracking its progress is essential. As project manager, I work closely with the RDA Outreach Group in developing channels of communication. (The Outreach Group is a separate committee and is comprised of representatives from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.) Communication can take a number of different forms: e-mails, monitoring the RDA listserv (RDA-L), developing and revising the RDA FAQs found on the JSC website, and arranging and coordinating presentations for various organizations.
In addition to comments about RDA content, the comments we have heard primarily concern the online product, its cost and functionality, the desire for an RDA print product in addition to RDA Online, and RDA orientation and training. Because the JSC is still writing RDA, answers to these issues are in the formative stages. For instance, the request for proposal (RFP) for RDA Online software will be submitted to vendors in April 2007. As a result, the institutional or personal price of RDA is unknown at this time. However, we can say that there will be different pricing structures for different size institutions and types of users.
Understandably, many institutions anticipate adopting RDA and want to know how training and implementation activities will be handled. Again, it is difficult to develop specific training sessions at this point because RDA has not yet been finalized. There is no question, however, that all libraries from the national libraries on down will need a period of time after RDA’s release for orientation and training. The CoP and JSC in particular are very much aware of users’ concerns and have already begun to plan for RDA implementation. This topic will again be discussed in April 2007 when the CoP and JSC meet jointly.
There is no question that working on the RDA project is both exciting and challenging for everyone directly involved. A number of organizations in addition to those previously identified have a high level of commitment to see RDA succeed. These include the British Library, the Library of Congress, the Library and Archives Canada, and the National Library of Australia. A reality that is often lost in the heavy discussions and articles issued on the RDA process is that the group with the most time-consuming responsibility, the JSC, is composed of volunteers who are making an extraordinary commitment to ensure that RDA succeeds—in spite of their full-time day jobs.
Two URLs can be useful to you in keeping informed of RDA activities and drafts.
- Have a look at a prototype of RDA Online.
- Review detailed information about RDA, RDA drafts, and RDA-L on the JSC web site.
ALA Recruitment Assembly Report
Manuel Urrizola, ALCTS Representative to the ALA Recruitment Assembly
The ALA Recruitment Assembly met on Monday, January 22, 2007, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Sixteen representatives and interested parties attended.
I reported on:
- ALCTS/SAGE Support Staff Travel Grant
- ALCTS Membership Committee mentoring program
- UCI Libraries Career Recruitment and Outreach Program in association with the Librarians Association of the University of California, Irvine and the UCI Career Center
Other attendees reported on recruitment efforts of their division or institutions, including:
- PLA “Grow Your Own” grant program—Larry Neal
- ALA Diversity Grant—Allison Sutton
- Training Gaps Analysis and Canadian Library Association’s career recruitment website called InfoNation—Kathleen DeLong
- New Jersey Urban Libraries IMLS grant—Connie Paul
- HRDR Report—Lorelle Swader, Director, ALA Office for HR Development
- Diversity Counts Report—Denise Davis, Director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics
- Report from ALA President-Elect—Loriene Roy
- Report from ALA Presidential Candidate—Nancy Davenport
Current and future initiatives include:
- ALA website re-development plan
- ALA Library Career Recruitment Clearinghouse
- ALA recruitment video
- ACRL Poster Session
Special April 1 Message from the ALCTS Office
In what has become a tradition, the following message was issued to the ALCTS Leaders discussion list by ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt on April 1, 2007. It is reproduced here so all members can enjoy it! —Ed.
The escalation in the ALCTS President's salary recently came under attack by a group of concerned members. Current President Bruce Johnson dismissed the allegations while defending the increases citing significantly more responsibilities.
At the Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council passed a resolution banning transfats at all ALA functions at both Midwinter and Annual. An amendment that would have prevented ALA from meeting in cities that had not banned transfats was voted down. A similar resolution outlawing caffeine was soundly defeated last Annual. According to a Council spokesperson, "If ALA members could afford foie gras, we would have banned that, too.”
In a surprise move, LC has outsourced all its cataloging functions to a consortium led by Google and financed by Asian and EU investment firms. Calls to LC went unanswered.
David Letterman revealed his top ten list for National Library Week's "Come Together at Your Library" theme. Unfortunately, none of the list can be printed in this message.
Former next President, Al Gore, father of the Internet and Academy Award winner for "An Inconvenient Truth" has championed a new cause: "Inconvenient Access." A national tour is expected beginning in fall 2007. Book and film rights are under negotiation. Said Mr. Gore, "There is a crisis in scholarly publishing."
The LC Working Group on the Future of Birth Control has been established. Diana Markup of the LC Birth Control Directorate emphasized the importance of this group in continuing the broad based input into this important issue. The first meeting was held at Ortho headquarters in New Jersey. The next meeting will take place at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. The meetings are sponsored by the makers of Yaz.
Illinois Senator Barack Obama announced that due to his overwhelming welcome at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in 2005, he has decided to become a member of ALA and show his support for ALA's work in advocacy and intellectual freedom. Following Obama’s announcement, a group of supporters established an exploratory committee to look at a potential Obama candidacy for ALA President in 2008. A decision will be forthcoming.
ALA has thrown its support behind Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. ALA has committed to moving the 2016 Annual Conference to late August in Chicago. The U.S. Olympic Committee designated the "Library Book Cart Race" as a newly sanctioned Olympic event in honor of ALA's support.
The Academic Library Fantasy League's season is about to begin and team selection is in its final stages. Top selections so far are:
- Director: Bill Robnett, Olivia Madison, and Bonnie MacEwan
- Acquisitions: Trisha Davis, Dina Giambi, and Nancy Gibbs
- Cataloging: Mary Charles Lasater, Mary Dabney Wilson, and Mary Larsgaard
- Collections: Helen Reed, Linda Phillips, and Cheryl Kern-Simirenko
- Preservation: Yvonne Carignan, Lorraine Olley, and Andy Hart
- Serials: Lauren Corbett, Emily McElroy, and Jill Emery.
Of course, the rankings can change anytime so you need to get your teams set as soon as possible.
The Public League season begins June 11.
The ARL draft of new MLS graduates is underway. According to draft analyst, Kerry Bradshaw, several libraries added significant depth to their rosters. Bradshaw noted the selection of science librarians by Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, making the SEC much tougher this next year. The Big 12 including Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma State, did well picking up collection development specialists with solid credentials.
In the most recent action in the draft, Yale traded its top two picks to the University of California at San Diego for an AUL to be named later. UCSD then selected Hidecki Yashimoto, a Japanese language specialist from UCLA, and Tracey Uhlman, a metadata specialist from Drexel. With the next pick, Duke selected digital preservation phenom, Eleanor Atkins of UNC-Chapel Hill, then dealt Atkins to Rice for an archivist, music cataloger, and engineering librarian, filling much-needed spots in their lineup. Later in that round, the University of Minnesota selected Lutheran theologian and cataloger, Jennifer Pope from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a pick acquired from Iowa State. Minnesota sent ISU agriculture specialist Lee Johnson. The most important move so far involved the University of Texas-Austin who acquired highly sought after former Penn State AUL and current UNC-Greensboro Library Director, Rosann Bazirjian, and two future picks for a Head of Reference, an AUL for Administration and future considerations. To make room for Bazirjian, UT-Austin optioned an acquisitions librarian to UT-Tyler and Head of ILL to UT-San Antonio.
So far, day one of the draft has produced some real excitement.
In celebration of National Library Week, the cereal industry has created several new cereals: ALCTS Chex, Serios, Special P (for the literati), FRBR Loops, Shredded Docs, and Worm Holes.
And finally for this update. In honor of the ALCTS 50th Anniversary, renowned serialist, Susan Davis, declared herself to be 50.
Looking Ahead: Calendar of Upcoming Events
Editor's Note: If you would like to submit a report on any of these conferences for publication in ANO, please contact the editor, Mary Beth Weber
6.7 & 8
6.20 & 21
7.12 & 13
Annual Conference Watch
Olivia Madison, Chair, ALCTS 50th Anniversary Committee
The ALCTS 50th Anniversary Conference and Dinner are now just three months away. This special celebration of our first fifty years is a unique event and one in which I think we all will want to participate.
The conference theme, "Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services," really summarizes what challenges will be facing in the not-too-distant future.
The conference committee has assembled a wonderful group of speakers including Richard Lanham, David Lankes, Susan Nutter, and Stephen Abram. The closing panel, moderated by Carol Pitts Diedrichs, represents the broad spectrum of ALCTS interests with Nancy Gwinn, Peggy Johnson, Karen Calhoun, and Brian Schottlaender. What better group to usher ALCTS into our next 50 years?
I urge you to register today and join us for the fun and festivities and a great learning experience. The conference takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21, and the Gala 50th Anniversary Dinner is on June 21, 2007 in Washington, D.C. Conference information is on the ALCTS Anniversary web site. The conference is $250 and includes breakfast, lunch and a reception. The dinner is $75.
We could not have asked for a better location for these events. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is on Pennsylvania Avenue close to the White House and hotels. The dinner will take us on a spectacular cruise up the Potomac River to Georgetown, providing a view of all of Washington’s sights on the way. Do not forget that through March 30, a room at the Hotel Washington is available for the ALA Conference rate of $175. To take advantage of the ALA Conference rate, call the hotel directly at 1-800-424-9540 (9 am–8 pm weekdays and 9 am–4 pm weekends) and indicate that you are with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services room block. But hurry; this special rate is good only until March 30.
We are fortunate that many of our corporate friends have provided ALCTS with very generous donations to support the conference and the dinner: OCLC, Innovative Interfaces, EBSCO, Elsevier, Amazon.com, Swets, Preservation Technologies, and individual contributions through the ALCTS $50 for 50 Years Campaign.
I am looking forward to these grand events and greeting all of you. Please show your support for ALCTS and thank our sponsors by registering for the conference and dinner.
Join us in Washington for our Gala Golden Anniversary Celebration!
Thursday, June 21–Friday, June 22, 2007
Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification: An ALCTS/PCC Workshop
(8:30 am–5 pm)
This two-day preconference presents authoritative training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC). Includes background on the development and structure of LCC, on the components of call numbers, and guidance in the use of essential tools. Emphasis is on application of LCC in areas most often used by generalists, including schedules H, N, and P. The workshop concludes with a session on local classification decisions and on proposing class numbers through Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO).
Speakers: Steven Arakawa, Yale University; Lois Chan, University of Kentucky, School of Library & Information Science; Paul Frank, Cooperative Cataloging Team, Library of Congress; Lori Robare, University of Oregon.
Comprehensive Series Training: An ALCTS/PCC Workshop
(8:30 am–5 pm)
This two-day preconference will present authoritative, standardized training in the decisions associated with series. The training will cover all aspects of series use both in the bibliographic record and in authority records. Lecture, discussion and hands on exercises will cover the need for control of series headings, treatment options, how to read the authority record, how to record series in bibliographic records, basic authority control workflow, and creating and maintaining series authority records.
Speakers: Rachel Wadham, Brigham Young University; Valerie Bross, UCLA; Judy Kuhagen, Library of Congress; Iris Wolley, Cornell University; Mark Scharff, Washington University in St. Louis ; Steven Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Friday, June 22, 2007
ALCTS Technical Services Management: Generational and Workflow Issues
Morning Session (8:30 am–Noon)
Managing the Multigenerational Workplace: Practical Techniques
Lead your library with a people-savvy vision that nurtures collaboration and communication! Building on the well-attended “Managing Across the Generations” program at ALA Annual 2005, this half-day preconference will use presentations and small group brainstorming sessions to provide attendees with tips and techniques they can use to enhance intergenerational relationships in the library workplace. You will have an opportunity to discuss real-life scenarios and solutions applicable to your workplace. The future of libraries depends on "people" knowledge.
Speaker: Pixey Anne Mosley, Director of Access Services, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Afternoon Session (1:30–5 pm)
Workflow Analysis, Redesign, and Implementation: Integrating the Complexities of Electronic Resources in the Digital Age
The proliferation of electronic content no longer allows for simple workflows. Functional workflows now cross the organization and involve individuals with a variety of skills and responsibilities. Would you like to learn about a proven set of tools that create more dynamic and flexible workflows that save money and that optimize your productivity to enhance access? This half-day preconference will outline 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; Celeste Feather, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, Ohio State University.
Friday, June 22, 2007 (8:30 am–5 pm)
What They Don't Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education, and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging
This preconference 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. Panel members will share their professional viewpoints and personal experiences related to the changing technical skills, education requirements, cataloging and bibliographic access competencies and employers’ expectations for catalog librarians in the twenty-first century.
Speakers include: 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 & 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; Matthew Beacom, Metadata Librarian, Yale University.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 (10:30 am–Noon)
Collecting for Institutional Repositories: All the News That's Fit to Keep
So you have an institutional repository (IR)? Chances are your administration is excited; the publicity, marketing and development opportunities are apparent. But what should be deposited in an IR? Who should be soliciting and submitting items? How will you address issues of copyright? At this panel presentation discussion, you will hear from colleagues who have successfully tackled these issues as they develop and evolve their collection policies and procedures for IR management.
Speakers: Joseph J. Branin, Director, The Ohio State University Libraries, (Moderator); Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean for Public Services & Collection Development, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester; Jim Ottaviani, Coordinator, Deep Blue, University of Michigan Library; George Porter, Engineering Librarian, California Institute of Technology.
ALCTS Events Schedules
Authority Control Interest Group
Please join the LITA/ALCTS CCS Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) for its program at ALA Annual "Authority Control Meets Faceted Browse” on Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3:30 pm at the Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom North.
The program will explore the following topics: What is faceting? Why is it re-emerging in use? Where can I see it in action? This program is intended to introduce the audience to facet theory, showcase implementations that use faceted approaches for online catalogs, and facilitate discussion on the relationship between structured authority data and this type of navigation.
Speakers: Kathryn La Barre (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Charley Pennell (North Carolina State University); Mary Charles Lasater (Vanderbilt University); and Casey Bisson (Plymouth State University).
ACIG will conduct its regular business meeting following the program. The business meeting is open, and those interested in becoming involved in the interest group are encouraged to attend.
ALCTS will hold a special open house where everyone can take a fresh look at their own ALCTS experience regardless of your perspective. First-time conference attendees and other guests are invited to learn about the work ALCTS does and the many professional development opportunities ALCTS offers. New members who are not yet active within the division are also encouraged to attend to meet active members and learn about areas where they may contribute. Lastly, this is a great opportunity for long-time, active members to interact with new faces and get new ideas.
This new event will be held Friday, June 22, 7-9 pm in the Washington Convention Center, room 151A. Dessert and beverages will be served.
On the Internet, the user experience is out-of-control, and findability is the real story. Access changes everything. Users select sources, find who and what they need, when and where they want. Peter Morville explores the future present in mobile devices, search algorithms, digital libraries, and findable objects. He challenges us to think differently about information use in a digitized and networked environment. Reflect on libraries and librarians in an age of search—and findability.
Speakers: Peter Morville, President of Semantic Studios, Author of Ambient Findability, Adjunct Faculty at University of Michigan. Elsevier sponsors the President’s Program. See his blog at findability.org.
New committee appointees, newly appointed committee, discussion and interest group chairs: the ALCTS New Leaders Orientation is the place to meet ALCTS executive staff and current ALCTS leaders to learn about your responsibilities and opportunities as you take on your roles.
Following brief presentations from the division committee chairs, editors of the ALCTS Newsletter Online ( ANO) and Library Resources and Technical Services ( LRTS), ALCTS President Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect Pamela Bluh, and ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt, there will be an opportunity to meet informally with the presenters. The session will take place from 8–10 am on Sunday, June 24 in the Embassy Suites D.C. Convention Center, Capital A/B. Contact Katharine Farrell for more information.
Interested in learning more about international issues related to library collections, technical services and standards and ALCTS representation on IFLA Section Standing Committees? Join the ALCTS International Relations Committee (IRC) at on Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am–12:30 pm during the ALA Annual Conference. We will hear about plans for the August 2007 IFLA Conference in Durban, South Africa from current ALCTS representatives to IFLA Sections, and discuss what the IRC can do to facilitate their activities.
IRC's new charge was handed down in 2004 and confers greater responsibility. The committee can now coordinate international relations within the division, reach out with counterpart groups of librarians abroad, and encourage ALCTS participation (collective and individual) in international conferences and other related activities. Contact Wanda Dole for more information.
Calls for Participation
Reporters Needed to Cover ALCTS Events
Volunteers are needed to write summary reports on ALCTS preconferences and programs in Washington, D.C. which will be published in the August issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online. Both seasoned reporters and novices are welcome. Your contributions will enable all members to benefit from reading about the events our division is sponsoring at the Annual Conference.
If you would like to be a reporter in Washington, D.C., this is what you need to do:
- Select an event from the list of ALCTS Programs and Preconferences in this issue.
- Contact the editor, Mary Beth Weber, and indicate the event you would like to cover. You will receive a reply to let you know if a report is needed for that event. One friendly suggestion: Include alternate choices in case the one in which you are most interested happens to be taken.
- Attend the program or preconference and take good notes!
- Write a brief report (300 words for programs, 500 for preconferences) including names of speakers, topics covered, and whatever other information you deem important, such as: major points of emphasis, conclusions reached, or audience response.
Submit the report to Mary Beth Weber no later than July 31, 2007.
Help ALCTS Celebrate 50 Years—Volunteers Needed for Annual Events!
This is a special year for ALCTS that will offer many new and unique opportunities. The volunteer form will be available May 4 and four types of volunteers will be sought:
- ALCTS booth staff: Members will meet with visitors and guests and talk knowledgeably about ALCTS membership and activities (two people for each one-hour shift). In addition to serving as a gathering point for promoting ALCTS membership and activities, the ALCTS booth (#4147, located in the Technology Pavilion of the exhibit hall--in the back corner of the hall, very near the Internet room) will also serve as the site for many ALCTS 50th Anniversary events. Plans are underway to feature author book signings, ALCTS award recipients, and interest and discussion groups, among other themes. New and long-time members of ALCTS are encouraged to volunteer. Duties include greeting existing and potential ALCTS members, answering questions about ALCTS, and enjoying the festivities.
- ALA Pavilion staff: ALCTS ambassadors will represent ALCTS at the new ALA Pavilion (ALA’s area on the exhibit floor) by meeting with visitors and talking knowledgeably about ALCTS activities. (one person is needed for each one-hour shift)
- Your ALCTS Experience—An Open House: ALCTS ambassadors and member experts who enjoy talking about their ALCTS experience and wish to make new connections will be on the look out for attendees who are looking for specific information. (Friday, 7 to 9 pm)
- ALCTS concierges: Friendly, helpful ALCTS members who facilitate gatherings like the member reception, awards ceremony, and forums (as needed). Distributing programs or flyers is often included. Most often, an ALCTS concierge is a member who has planned to attend an event and wants to help while there.
The volunteer form will be available May 4. After submitting the form, a volunteer organizer will contact you with details. Organizers include:
- ALCTS booth staff: Charles McElroy, Anne Campbell Moore, Natalie Sommerville
- ALA Pavilion: Christine Taylor
- Open House: Becky Ryder
- Concierges: Cynthia Clark
2007 Award Winners Announced
The following ALCTS members have received awards and will be honored at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all the award winners!
Best of LRTS
Jim Stemper, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Susan Barribeau, Electronic Resources Librarian for Collection Development, University of Wisconsin Libraries in Madison, have won the 2007 Best of LRTS Award for their article, "Perpetual Access to Electronic Journals: A Survey of One Academic Research Library’s Licenses," published in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), vol. 50, no 2 (April 2006): 91-109.
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of ALCTS. The authors receive $250 and a citation in recognition of their work.
Leadership in Library Acquisitions
The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Nancy Gibbs, Head of Acquisitions, Duke University, to receive the 2007 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award.
The Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award, sponsored annually by Harrassowitz, is given to a librarian to recognize contributions and outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 gift.
Margaret Mann Citation
Robert Wolven, Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control, Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2007 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS. The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice.
Sage Support Staff Travel Grants
Six library support staff have been awarded a 2007 ALCTS/SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant. These grants provide airfare, three nights’ hotel and conference registration for the individuals to attend the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. Those receiving the travel grant this year are:
- Monica Claassen-Wilson, Program Assistant for Collection Development, Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas;
- Julia Merkel, Preservation Specialist, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia;
- Audrey Pryce, Children’s Literature Cataloger, Bank Street College of Education, New York, New York;
- Nancy Slate, Assistant Librarian, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, Bloomfield, Colorado;
- LaShawn Wilson, PART Moderator, Cataloging Department, Auburn University, Alabama;
- Siu Min Yu, Library Associate II, Government Publications, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Esther J. Piercy Award
Robert L. Bothmann, electronic access/catalog librarian, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the winner of the 2007 Esther J. Piercy Award. The Esther J. Piercy Award was established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, the editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967. It is given to recognize the contributions to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The recipient receives a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.
CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award
Julia Blixrud, the Association of Research Libraries, is the winner of the 2007 CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Blixrud’s contributions have influenced virtually every aspect of serials work from cataloging to publishing to access. This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.
First Step Award
Paula Webb, Serials/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, is the recipient of the 2007 First Step Award–A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Serials Section. John Wiley & Sons sponsors this $1,500 grant which offers librarians new to the serials field an opportunity to broaden their perspective by attending an ALA Annual Conference and by encouraging professional growth through participation in ALCTS Serials Section activities.
Blackwell’s Scholarship Award
The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2007 is awarded to the late Ross Atkinson for his article, “Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 50, number 4 (October 2007): 244-251.
The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author of the year’s outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries. Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the American or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. Carole Atkinson, on behalf of her late husband, has designated the scholarship be given to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston.
Banks/Harris Preservation Award
Walter Henry is the winner of the 2007 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L. P., recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and /or archival materials.
Henry, the lead analyst in the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, is known internationally as the moderator of the Conservation DistList and the creator and administrator of Conservation OnLine (CoOL), indispensable tools for communication and dissemination of knowledge within the field. A visionary in the modernization of the communication patterns of our profession, Henry launched both the DistList and CoOL at the forefront of technological developments. When he started the Conservation DistList in 1987, only one other library listserv existed. Henry created CoOL using WAIS and then Gopher servers even before the Web became available in 1994.
Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Libraries, is the recipient of the 2007 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and honors the recipient with $3,000 and a citation. The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a 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.
Schottlaender’s contributions to the profession and to ALCTS consist of a wide variety of leadership roles including president of ALCTS and the Association of Research Libraries. He led both organizations through a strategic planning process that positioned them for a stronger future. He has contributed to the advancement of cataloging through his role in the formation of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and, through his dedication and leadership; he has played a critical role in moving the cataloging code into the twenty-first century. His contributions have been recognized by the Margaret Mann Citation and the Best of Cataloging & Classification award.
ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation
Given to CLOCKSS, the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services, or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections. The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred.
CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS, is the inaugural recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation. The citation will be presented to Victoria Reich, director of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University Libraries.
The mission of CLOCKSS, a non-profit partnership between publishers and libraries, is to develop "a distributed, validated, comprehensive archive that preserves and ensures continuing access to electronic scholarly content." CLOCKSS is based on the technology of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) Program.
DIGIPRES: New PARS Discussion List
PARS' new discussion list, DIGIPRES, is dedicated to digital preservation and invites you to join. For purposes of clarity, a working definition of digital preservation is included in this invitation: “Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to information in digital formats over time.”
Announcements made on the listserv will cover topics such as: newly published papers and reports, grants received, certification efforts, conferences and training opportunities, grant opportunities, relevant job openings, and internships. Subscribe to the new list at the ALA Mailing Lists Service page. Click on the Subscribe button in the left hand column.
ALCTS Communication Toolkit
ALA's collection of shiny new tools for connecting, communicating, sharing, learning, and producing is waiting for ALCTS members. It should come as no surprise to tech services librarians that over the past eighteen months ALA's ten-member IT department has implemented and rolled out at least six new or updated software packages all while managing the transfer of the entire ALA web site to a new system, along with their regular duties. Learn what these hardy, harried individuals are up to and track projects on the ITTS Update blog.
Some ALCTS members have jumped right in to try out these flexible, functional (and fun?) tools. Following is a rundown of these tech tools including who's using them, how they're being supported, and how to begin.
Online Communities are private online spaces, accessible via a web browser, where members of groups (i.e., committees, task forces) can post announcements, share and archive documents, maintain a group calendar, engage in discussion via threads or online chat, and link to any site on the web.
Any ALA member can log in to the main ALA community using a personal member number and password, just like logging in to the main ALA web site. Only ALA Member and Customer Service can help with questions about or changes to passwords. Contact them at 1-800-545-2433.
Does Your Committee Need a Community is a flyer (Word doc.) that explains how to request an online community and get training with the software.
For those already using the software, give feedback on your experience on a new wiki just for that purpose. Online Communities Enhancements is intended to collect user thoughts and suggestions for improvements to be used when working with the vendor during upgrades. Users can also track the progress of the upgrades.
Blogs are web sites that combine text, images, and links to other sites and media related to its topic. Blogs are known mainly as a home for personal journals, but ALCTS and other ALA groups are finding a variety of uses for the software. There's a lot to see and read on the blog of ALA blogs.
The first ALCTS blog, Digiblog, was used to generate discussion on ideas from the Midwinter Symposium "Definitely Digital: Exploring the Future of Knowledge." The Metadata Blog by the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group contains content from programs at Midwinter in Seattle.
Wikis “are web sites that allow visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring."
ALA's wikis wiki, aka "readwriteconnect," shows the varied collaboration, discussion, and work that ALA members are doing via wikis. The conference wikis have proved popular, although a search of the Annual 07 wiki for "alcts" returns very few results as of this writing. ALCTS members can access the wiki, create an account, and add information about events and activities any time. CC:DA is experimenting with a private wiki for conducting their very complicated, detailed work.
This Just In . . . Sympa
Sympa is the robust discussion list management software that's just been implemented. All of ALA's lists have been transferred and users may notice a change in the subject line of messages, which will appear as all lower case. Find all of ALA's lists on the ALA Mailing Lists Service page.
To access a list, request a password from Sympa by simply clicking "Send me a password." Your password will come to you in an email message and once you have it, you can log in and begin.
To subscribe to a list, go to the ALA Mailing Lists Service page, login in, and click "View all lists," which will display all of the lists that are available for subscription. Click on the name of the list you wish to join, and then click the red "Subscribe" link on the left-hand side of the page. That's it! You'll receive confirmation of the subscription via email. Once subscribed, "Unsubscribe" and "Subscriber Options" links will be available to you on that list's page for managing the subscription to that list, including digest mode.
And, Coming Soon: Improvements to the ALA Web Site
The web site is going through a rejuvenation. It has been evaluated by a usability consultant, is in the midst of an upgrade to a new content management system (Collage) and is enjoying more stability in a new server structure. Get background information on the process and decision making and track the progress of the project with the web planning retreat blog and the Web Planning Wiki.
The ALCTS web site is still scheduled for a redesign, pending the completion of the transfer to Collage. The product looks promising, as the interface can be customized to make knowledge of HTML and web design unnecessary. A wiki for basic information and best practices has been prepared: Learning Collage and should answer many questions for those planning on updating the ALA web site using the Collage Content Management System.
John Attig will succeed Jennifer Bowen as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The transition will take place around the time of the JSC meeting, which is April 16–20, 2007. Attig is coordinating the ALA response to the next Chapter 3 draft of Resource for Description and Access (RDA). Bowen has served as the JSC representative for the past two-and-a-half years.
Photo, right: John Attig (l) received a certificate for contribution to the revision of part I of AACR from Matthew Beacom (r) at the ALA Annual Conference in 2004. photo courtesy JSC's web site
MAGERT, the Map and Geography Round Table of ALA, is co-sponsoring a two-day preconference on pre-twentieth century cartographic materials with ALCTS, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), and the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in June 2007. The preconference is titled “Rare, Antiquarian, or Just Plain Old: Cataloging Pre-Twentieth Century Cartographic Resources” and will take place on June 21, 2007, 9 am–5 pm and Friday, June 22, 2007, 9 am–4 pm
The preconference will be hosted by the Library of Congress will provide an introduction to the cataloging of pre-twentieth century cartographic resources through instruction and hands-on activities with sheet maps, atlas plates, facsimiles and atlases, ranging from manuscript to printed items. The instructors will also discuss relevant characteristic aspects of cartographic resources by era. The course will cover the elements of description, with examples focusing on such issues as transcription, mathematical data, in-analytics, and supportive research. Registration will be limited to 50 participants.
Speakers: John R. Hébert, Chief, Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress; Carolyn J. Kadri, Special Collections Cataloger, University of Texas at Arlington Library; Nancy A. Kandoian, Map Cataloger, The New York Public Library; Deborah J. Leslie, Head of Cataloging, Folger Shakespeare Library; Seanna S. W. Tsung, Senior Cataloging Specialist, Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress.
The Video Round Table Gala will take place during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 5:30–9:30 pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Theatre II in Silver Spring, Maryland. There will be a screening of film clips from Florentine Films' "The War," followed by a discussion with Lynn Novick, co-director/producer and Sarah Botstein, producer.
From the Profession
The Connexion User Group meeting is tentatively scheduled to meet on June 24, 2007, 10:30 am–Noon during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (location to be determined). Individuals interested in sharing an overview of their workflow or tips to help others improve productivity are encouraged to contact Chris Grabenstatter or David Whitehair. Provide a brief overview of the information that you plan to share. Additional information about the meeting, including the agenda and registration information, will be distributed closer to June.
The University of Michigan School of Information has added a new specialization in Preservation of Information. The program provides expertise in digital and analog preservation administration, preservation digitization and reformatting, preservation planning and policy setting, and standards for digital curation. The curriculum covers collection evaluation and threat assessments, preservation policies, facilities and environmental controls, and resources and stable funding models.
The Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) became part of the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) on April 1, 2007. The digital services offerings of the merged organizations will be known as CDP@BCR. The merger enables BCR to build new service programs in the area of digitization and reach out to cultural heritage organizations in addition to bringing CDP-based training, best practices and guidelines, and consulting services to member libraries.
BCR is a nonprofit, multistate library cooperative that was founded in 1935. It serves libraries in forty-two states, Canada, and Guam. The CDP was established in 1999 as the Colorado Digitization Project and provides assistance to the cultural heritage community through best practice guidelines, workshops, and digitization grant funding.
OCLC’s WorldCat Registry, a directory for libraries and consortia and the services they provide, is now online. The Registry will help institutions manage and share data (institution type, location, URLs for electronic services, circulation statistics and population served, for example) through a single Web platform.
The Registry is not limited to OCLC members, and may be used by any institution. WorldCat Registry profiles are shared via a special Web link that provides read-only access to the most current data. Sensitive information (personal IP addresses and contact names, phone numbers or e-mail addresses) is publicly available in the Registry.
Lorraine Olley resigned as LAMA Executive Director on February 2, 2007 to become the library director at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Lorraine is a former PARS Section Chair, and has rejoined ALCTS as part of her new position.
The report ALCTS and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Challenges, Actions, and Valuesand overview documents are now available on the ALCTS web site. The report was authored by Cataloging and Classification Executive Board, which was charged with developing a series of recommendations or discussion points for next steps that ALCTS should take to enhance its leadership position with respect to the changing nature of bibliographic control (cataloging and classification). Also available is an overview of the report prepared by 2006/2007 Directors-at-Large Karen D. Darling, M. Dina Giambi, and Katharine L. Walter with input from ALCTS President Bruce Chr. Johnson.
The final report of the ALCTS Task Force on Non-English Access is now available. The ALCTS Task Force on Non-English Access was formed in October 2005 and was charged to examine ALA’s past, present, and potential future roles in enabling access to library resources in all languages and scripts and in addressing the needs of users of materials in all languages and scripts through the development of library standards and practices. The Task Force was chaired by Beth Picknally Camden.
The final version of the MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors is now available. The guide was prepared for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) by Kate Harcourt, Becky Culbertson, and Kit Herlihy. On July 28, 2004, the Policy Committee of the PCC agreed that a task group should be established to develop a reference guide to data elements for machine created monographic records. Questions regarding the guide may be addressed to Carolyn Sturtevant, BIBCO Coordinator, Library of Congress.
The revised draft documentation for the CONSER standard record is now available. Implementation of the CONSER standard record is expected to begin some time after the CONSER Operations Meetings May 3–4, 2007. This will give CONSER members time to consider input from the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC), to make any changes to documentation, and to provide local training.
The goal is to provide a record that consistently ensures identification of and access to a serial title. The Working Group defined a set of required elements for every CONSER standard record. All other elements are optional and can be added as needed.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and RLG Programs have produced " Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist" (TRAC), a report that establishes a definition of a trustworthy digital repository and outlines the components to be considered and evaluated. RLG and the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) created a joint task force to address digital repository certification in 2003. The task force’s goal was to develop criteria to identify digital repositories that can reliably store, migrate, and provide access to digital collections.
The Sudden Selector's Guide to Business Resources is now available in print and online through the ALA Store. The book is intended to help the sudden selector through the first few months of a new position. It is a guide to becoming a competent selector of business resources and what this involves, such as joining associations, finding mentors, monitoring electronic discussion lists, and learning how to select materials for a collection.
The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records has announced the second draft of Functional Requirements for Authority Data. Previously titled "Functional Requirements for Authority Records," this new draft is now available for worldwide review. The deadline for submitting comments is July 15, 2007. Direct comments and questions to Glenn Patton.
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(revised Dec. 2002, effective with volume 14, 2003)
The primary purpose of the ALCTS Newsletter Online is to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association.
ALCTS Newsletter Online is issued in six numbers per annual volume. ( Note: The frequency was changed to quarterly by a board motion at the Annual Conference in New Orleans in 1999, and changed to six issues per year in 2003.)
The primary focus is news and reports about the activities of the association, its groups and its members, such as:
- Summary reports of ALCTS programs, preconferences and institutes
- Preliminary information, announcements and schedules of upcoming continuing education events
- Board, committee and discussion group reports and activities
- Candidates for office in the association
- Financial and other planning reports
- Schedules of meetings
- Announcements of new ALCTS publications
- Winners of awards given by the association
- Member updates: awards, honors, personal achievements, retirements, obituaries
- Background information on venues for meetings and continuing education events
A secondary focus is reporting activities of interest to the membership relating to practice and developments in the fields of library collections and technical services, such as:
- Announcements of upcoming activities of other ALA and non-ALA groups
- Summary reports of meetings and activities of these groups
- Announcements of new standards and standards under development
- New policies and guidelines, and their effect on ALCTS members and the profession
- Legislative updates and international activities affecting the profession
- Recent publications of interest to members
- Brief articles on "best practices" in the field
- State association activities and news
Feel free to submit news releases. ANO does not accept articles about commercially sold products.
The editor will coordinate with the ALCTS Board of Directors and the ALCTS Publications Committee regarding the general contents of each issue, as well as with the ALCTS office staff (Executive Director and others) regarding current ALCTS priorities. The editor will attempt to keep reports concise yet complete so that all members can follow the activities of ALCTS. The editor also will strive for complete coverage of the full scope of ALCTS activities and interests.
Content is due no later than the first day of the month of publication. Issues are posted on approximately the 15th of the month.
|Issue*||Ad Space Reservation||Ad Materials Due|
|October||September 25||October 1|
|December||November 25||December 1|
|February||January 25||February 1|
|April||March 25||April 1|
|June||May 25||June 1|
|August||July 25||August 1|
|*Issues will be posted approximately two weeks after the space reservation deadlines.|
|News or Events page or “In this Issue” article||$400||$360||$320|
|President, Editor, Publications, or Office page||$300||$270||$240|
|All other individual articles||$200||$180||$160|
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