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Annual ‘08 Conference Preview

ALCTS Preconferences and Programs

The following list is arranged by scheduled program times; see the ALCTS Events Schedule by date/time and by group in this issue for locations of these events.

To learn more about these events and registration information, see the ALA Annual Conference Web site. Consult and post to the annual wiki for information on events, registration, and many other conference topics.


Thursday, June 26

Electronic Serials Cataloging (SCCTP)

8:30 am–5 pm

This workshop is a basic training course for cataloging electronic serials distributed via the Web, designed for those with previous serials cataloging experience. It is based on the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition ( AACR2) and its Library of Congress Rule Interpretation. CONSER policies and practices, and the MARC21 format with regard to electronic serials cataloging. The workshop will include instruction and hands-on experience in cataloging electronic serials. Speaker:

  • Margaret Mering, Principal Serials Catalog Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27

Metadata and Digital Library Development

8:30 am–5 pm each day

In an applied, exercise-based context, this two-day workshop introduces practicing catalogers to digital library metadata implementation considerations and prepares attendees to serve as metadata specialists in digital library projects. Topics include: introduction to digital library systems and metadata; the role of the metadata specialist in design and implementation of digital library projects; metadata enhancement and mapping. This workshop is part of the LC Cataloging Distribution Service/ALCTS “Cataloging for the 21st Century” continuing education series. Speakers:

  • Jennifer Lang, Princeton University Library
  • Barrie Howard, Digital Library Federation


Friday, June 27

Electronic Serials 101: What I Wished I'd Known Before I Got in Over My Head

8:30 am–5 pm

Electronic information has come of age, yet many organizations have yet to fully appreciate the new skill set needed to successfully cope with the complex nature of electronic serials management. This one-day preconference is designed to provide survival tips for those who find themselves drowning in e-information overload. Practical issues such as workflow, organizational structure and e-management tools will be covered, as will the roles of the various players in the e-serials information chain. Speakers:

  • Dan Tonkery, Vice President of Business Development, EBSCO Information Services
  • Robert Boissy, Manager, Vendor Relations, Springer
  • Jill Emery, Head of Acquisitions, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Tina Feick, Vice President, Customer Relations, Swets Information Services
  • Dalene Hawthorne, Emporia State University
  • Lisa Macklin, Emory University


Cataloging Cultural Objects in Libraries

A Workshop on Using the Emerging Descriptive Standard, CCO, for Cultural Works and Their Visual Images in Libraries

8:30 am–5 pm

Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images (CCO) is a published standard for describing, documenting, and cataloging cultural works (including but not limited to paintings, prints, and photographs) and their visual surrogates. This workshop will offer an overview of CCO and the evolving landscape of shareable metadata standards and will engage participants in practical exercises involving the application of CCO to the cataloging of library, archives, and digital library resources. Speakers:

  • Murtha Baca, Getty Research Institute
  • Patricia Harpring, Getty Research Institute
  • Elizabeth O'Keefe, Morgan Library and Museum
  • Jenn Riley, Indiana University


Anaheim Programs

Ebook Workflows: Selection to Access

Join the Acquisitions Organization and Management Committee for the program “Ebook Workflows: Selection to Access” on June 28, 8–10 am, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B. E-book workflows cross the organization and involve individuals with a variety of skills and responsibilities. This program is a follow-up to our successful preconference on workflow analysis but the focus is specific to ebook selection, acquisition, and access. Speakers will introduce issues regarding user behavior, e-book distribution, impacts on staffing, and one consortium's approach to e-book acquisition. Speakers will identify problems and offer potential solutions. A panel discussion will conclude the program. Speakers include:

  • Aline Soules, California State University, East Bay
  • Mary Gilbert, Towson University; and Carolyn Morris, Coutts Information Services

CCS Forum: International Aspects of Authority Control

The Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) Forum will take place on June 30, 8–10 am, Marriott Anaheim, Salon F. The Forum will explore the topic of international aspects of authority control, including the addition of non-Roman script data to authority records and an update on the Virtual International Authority File project.


Creating the Future of the Catalog and Cataloging

Explore the connections between the promise of next generation catalogs, the potential of global information networks, and what catalogers do. How may catalogers and others use new tools like WorldCat Local, the eXtensible Catalog, faceted browsing, etc., new concepts like “ambient findability” and new behaviors like social tagging and web searching to create valuable services for information users? This program will present views of the future of catalogs, cataloging, and catalogers.

This program, which will take place on June 29, 8 am–Noon, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B is sponsored by The ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS), the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG), and the LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group.

Robert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University, will serve as the program moderator. Speakers include:

  • Martha Yee, Cataloging Supervisor, UCLA Film and Television Archive
  • Jennifer Bowen, Head of Cataloging, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
  • Tim Spalding, Creator of LibraryThing
  • Diane Hillman, Cornell Digital Library Research Group


Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know

This program will take place on June 28, 4–5:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B and is sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS).

Libraries, archives, and museums, among others, need to prepare for the release of Resource Description and Access ( RDA) in 2009. This new standard differs from AACR2, and incorporates concepts from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD). This program focuses on this functionality, as well as implementation strategies, issues (e.g., necessary infrastructure, re-thinking cataloging workflows, timelines), and education (e.g., road shows, web-based training) and the impact of RDA across the stakeholders’ communities. Speakers:

  • Barbara Tillett, Library of Congress
  • Glen Patton, OCLC
  • Shawne D. Miksa, Chair, RDA Implementation Task Force.


Institutional Repositories: New Roles for Acquisitions

The ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) is sponsoring this program (Katharine Treptow Farrell is the program chair), which will take place on June 30, 1:30–3:30 pm, in the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Grand A.

Content types and sources are expanding faster than ever before. As the advent of electronic resources drove radical change in acquisitions, so too is the ingestion of digital content changing work of acquisitions staff. Learn about the next new frontier for acquisitions. Speakers will provide brief overviews and context, and will then discuss the technology, workflow and policies of acquiring content for institutional repositories; and define some new staff roles, such as copyright negotiating and rights management. Speakers:

  • Maureen P. Walsh, Ohio State University
  • Terry Owen, University of Maryland

Succession Planning: The Future of Your Library Depends on It

Chances are that your library, like many others, is facing key leadership vacancies and the resulting loss of institutional knowledge and expertise. Preparing the next generation of leaders requires more than a hope and a prayer. Succession planning is the tool de force that libraries need to move forward with confidence. Understanding its key concepts will give you a foundation for building a reservoir of talent ready to respond to the challenges facing your library.

The ALCTS Leadership Development Committee will present “Succession Planning: The Future of Your Library Depends on It” on June 28, 10:30 am–Noon, in the Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion D.

Program speakers will be:

  • Vicki Whitmell, Principal Consultant, Whitmell & Associates
  • Nanette Donohue, Technical Services Manager, Champaign Public Library (Illinois)
  • LeRoy LaFleur, Head, Arlington Campus Library, George Mason University


Making the Switch from Print to Online: Why, When and How?

Planning on going e-only? Four panelists will examine the issues of switching from print to online from different viewpoints. Two publishers will describe challenges associated with maintaining print and online, and when and under what conditions they would choose to provide e-only. Two librarians will discuss decision-making strategies associated with dropping print and moving to e-only.

The ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) is sponsoring this program (Selden Durgom Lamoureux is the program chair), which will take place on June 29, 1:30–3:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B. Speakers include:

  • Judy Luther, Informed Strategies
  • Tim Bucknall, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Rick Anderson, University of Utah
  • Noella Owen, Springer Verlag
  • Kim Steinle, Duke University Press


Metadata Mashup: Creating and Publishing Application Profiles

Application profiles are documents used to define metadata elements and policies for a particular metadata implementation. They have emerged as a solution to documenting the often complex synthesis of multiple metadata standards. This session, intended for librarians building, organizing or describing digital collections, will provide examples of current work and guidance on creating and publishing application profiles. Speakers will address issues of the mixing of metadata standards in light of RDA and other metadata developments. Speakers include:

  • Melanie Feltner-Reichert, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Arwen Hutt, University of California at San Diego
  • Jennifer O'Brien Roper, University of Maryland

The Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) is sponsoring this program (John Chapman, program chair), which will take place on June 28, 2008, 1:30–3:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.


P(l)anning for Gold: Preservation Models in California and the West

The ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are co-sponsoring this program (Karen Mokrzycki, program chair), which will take place on June 28, 2008, 1:30–3:30 pm, in the Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom B.

Preservation collaboration in California and the West is yielding rich results. Learn how an expandable network model is working to meet the challenges created by large distances between population centers. Speakers will describe the purpose, organization, services and future of the California Preservation Program (CPP) and WESTPAS, Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Services, which covers 15 states and territories. Current initiatives to preserve California's vast moving image and recorded sound collections will be described. Tom Clareson, Program Director for New Initiatives, PALINET, will serve as the program moderator. Speakers include:

  • Susan Hildreth, California State Librarian, California State Library
  • Gary Kurutz, Curator of Special Collections, California State Library
  • Barclay Ogden, Head, Preservation Department, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program; Program Coordinator, WESTPAS
  • Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program; User Services Coordinator, WESTPAS


ALCTS President's Program

From Here to Eternity: The Challenge of Managing Oscar's Very Special Collections

The ALCTS President's Program will feature the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Its collections include relevant working books and periodicals plus numerous special collections containing 10 million photographs, 30,000 posters, and huge numbers of movie scripts, scores, and production and costume designs. These internationally obtained materials exist in a variety of formats. Issues revolving around collection development, acquisitions, preservation, technology, legal rights, and metadata will be explored. Speaker:

  • Dr. Linda Harris Mehr, Director, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The ALCTS President’s Program (Cindy Hepfer, program chair) will take place on June 30, 10:30 am–Noon, Marriott Anaheim, Salon F. Read more about Dr. Mehr in this issue of ANO.


Removing the Fence: Merging Print and Electronic Serials Workflows

The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS) is sponsoring the program “Removing the Fence: Merging Print and Electronic Serials Workflows,” which will take place on June 28, 10:30 am–Noon, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.

Workflows developed by libraries to support electronic resources are frequently ad hoc and separate from long-established print workflows. However, many of the administrative tasks relevant to the electronic are not easily separable from the print, and appropriate print-related workflows may already exist that can more efficiently support the electronic. This program examines the convergence of print and electronic workflows from the viewpoints of the subscription agent, the system provide, and the library.

Gary Ives, Coordinator of Electronic Resources, Texas A&M University Libraries, will serve as the program moderator. Speakers include:

  • Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-Resource Access and Management Services, EBSCO Information Services
  • Clinton Chamberlain, Coordinator for Electronic Resource Acquisitions, University of Texas Libraries


RDA Update Forum

The RDA Update Forum will take place on June 28, 10:30 am-Noon, at the Marriott Anaheim, Salon E.

Serving the Whole Community: Multilingual Access in Public Libraries

The population of North America continues becoming richer and more diverse, linguistically and culturally. As this process continues, the need for multilingual access through library catalogs and other services has moved well beyond the major urban centers, in addition to multilingual collection development. What are the multilingual needs of public library users today? How are they being met, what is needed, and what developments can we look forward to? Speakers include:

  • Mary Catherine Little, Queens Borough Public Library
  • Pat Fahrenthold, Chief of Technical Services, San Francisco Public Library
  • Lisa Elliott, Project Manager, Language Sets, OCLC
  • Shelley Ekeroth, County of Los Angeles Public Library
  • David Miller, Curry College
  • Sally Smith, King County Library System (Washington State)

The ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section and the Public Library Association Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries Section are co-sponsoring this program, which will take place on June 28, 1:30–3:30 pm, Disney Paradise Pier, Pacific B.

Serials Standards Update Forum

The Serials Standards Update Forum, which is sponsored by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS), will take place on June 29, 10:30 am–Noon, in the Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom A.


Staying Alive: Books Through Print-on-Demand Technology

The ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the LITA Technology and Access Committee are co-sponsoring this program (Debra S. Nolan, program chair) on June 28, 10:30 am–Noon, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 304A/B.

Books can be available in a matter of seconds through print on demand technology. Librarians can opt for in-house or outsourced versions of this technology. This session will address the print-on-demand market, who is involved, what publishers are doing, in-house and outsourced printon-demand options, as well as what libraries should consider when binding print-on-demand materials. Speakers include:

  • Brian Baird, Vice President of Library Services, Bridgeport National Bindery
  • Lynn Terhune, POD and USR Administrator, John Wiley and Sons
  • Gary Frost, University of Iowa and
  • Beth Wladis, Head of Access Services, New York Public Library.


ALCTS Events Schedules

By Group | By Day

ALCTS 101: Write Here

First-time conference attendees and other guests are invited to learn about opportunities for getting involved in ALCTS; specifically ALCTS publishing. 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. This special open house will be held Friday, June Friday, June 27, 7–8:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201C. This gathering will focus on publishing opportunities offered by ALCTS membership and participation.

ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Awards Reception

Join us for the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 29 at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Rooms A-C, 5–6 pm. The ceremony will be immediately followed by the Awards Reception, 6–7 pm, on the Tiffany Terrace and Patio. Learn more about ALCTS awards and this year’s recipients.


New Leaders Orientation

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 Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-Elect M. Dina Giambi, and ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt, there will be an opportunity to meet informally with the presenters. The session will take place on Sunday, June 29, 8–10 am in the Sheraton Park Hotel, Palm Ballroom.

Reporters Needed to Cover ALCTS Events

Volunteers are needed to write summary reports on ALCTS preconferences and programs that will take place at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California in June 2008. The reports, which carry a byline, 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 Anaheim, this is what you need to do:

  • Select an event from the list of ALCTS Programs and Preconferences (see the next news item) 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, 2008.