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ALA and FOLUSA Agreement

Effective immediately, the American Library Association (ALA) and Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), have agreed that FOLUSA will provide executive management for the Association of Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) for a period of twelve months ending August 31, 2008, with the expectation that FOLUSA and ALTA will seek to combine into an expanded division of the ALA on August 31, 2008. Find more details online in an ALA press release.

Working Group on Digital Library Guidelines Survey

The IFLA-World Digital Library Working Group on Digital Library Guidelines is collecting suggestions from the profession which will be used to prepare a chapter on metadata decisions for the Digital Library. The guidelines will be developed for use by libraries and other cultural institutions worldwide. Input is currently being solicited via an online survey. The survey seeks to investigate different issues, levels, and concerns regarding metadata and controlled vocabularies that need to be addressed in the guidelines. More information about this research is available from Marcia Zeng.

Calls for Proposals

IFLA Cataloguing Section Call for Papers

The IFLA Cataloguing Section invites proposals for the section's programme in Québec. The session topic is "Sharing Standards: Cooperation with Other Actors." The section is seeking papers on the cooperation and the sharing of standards and metadata between publishers, museums, archives and others.

Send a detailed abstract (one page or at least 300 words) of the proposed paper and relevant biographical information of author(s)/ presenter(s) by December 15, 2007 to Anders Cato, Chair, Cataloguing Section. Note that proposals should be for items that have not been previously published elsewhere.

Successful proposals will be identified by January 31, 2008. Full papers are due by April 15, 2008 and should be no longer than twenty pages.

17th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference

The 2008 North Carolina Serials Conference Program Planning Committee invites proposals and suggestions for presentations on any aspect of the serials industry or serials management. These topics are of particular interest:

  • Managing staff from multiple generations
  • E-Learning and ensuring remote access to serials/resources
  • Organization/workflow changes
  • Recruitment and training
  • E-Books
  • RDA

Proposals are welcome from all members of the serials profession, including faculty and library staff in all types of libraries, plus publishers, vendors, and systems developers. Students are also encouraged to submit proposals. Submit proposals by email in a document attachment to Beth Bernhardt. The submission deadline is October 31, 2007.

The conference theme is “What’s in a Name? From “Serials” to “Continuing Resources,” and will take place April 10–11, 2008 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

The Planning Committee for the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge is seeking proposals on all aspects of library acquisitions and collection management. The submission deadline is December 30, 2007. Submit proposals of 200 words or less to Richard Brumley. Check the web site for additional information on the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge.

Electronic Resources & Libraries 2008

The Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) Conference Program Planning Committee invites proposals for the Electronic Resources & Libraries 2008 Conference in March 19–21, 2008, with preconference sessions on March 18. The conference will take place at the Global Learning and Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Presenters receive a 25 percent reduction in registration cost.

Find conference track descriptions on the event web site. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2007. Please direct questions about proposals to Bonnie Tijerina or Elizabeth Winter. Please direct questions about preconferences to Xan Arch. Conference details are available on the conference web site.