From ALA

john attig and matthew beacom at ala annual 2004 (image courtesy jsc web site) John Attig Appointed JSC Representative

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 Preconference on Pre-Twentieth Century Cartographic Materials

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.


Video Round Table Gala at ALA Annual

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

Presenters Sought for Connexion User Group Meeting at ALA Annual

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.


University of Michigan Offers Degree in Preservation of Information

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.


Collaborative Digitization Program Merges with Bibliographical Center for Research

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.


WorldCat Registry Debuts

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 Leaves LAMA

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.