Letters From ALCTS
From the Profession
Letters from ALCTS
From the Editor
As I prepared my column for the June issue of ANO, I thought back on the year and how much I enjoyed working with President Pamela Bluh, the ALCTS Board of Directors, and the various committee, interest/discussion group chairs. Many of you will be transitioning out of these roles following the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. I look forward to working with President-Elect Dina Giambi, and new board members and new chairs.
There have been transitions within ALCTS as well as on a personal level for me. I recently moved from Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at my place of employment to Head of Technical Services, which consists of a combined unit of acquisitions and cataloging functions. I have a long career as a cataloger and have much to learn about acquisitions. In addition to a fantastic staff, I have numerous resources at my fingertips courtesy of ALCTS (for which I am extremely grateful!).
One transition that has recently taken place in our organization is the transition from discussion groups to interest groups. This will give groups more flexibility, including the ability to offer programs and produce publications. See the article “ Discussion Groups Transition to Interest Groups” in News from ALCTS. My colleague Dale Swensen, Chair of the Organization and Bylaws Committee, and his fellow committee members prepared a document that outlines the changes and explain what they entail.
Switching gears, I would now like to bring to your attention some information late breaking information. If you have not already heard this information elsewhere, be aware that:
- ALA’s Task Force on Electronic Member Participation is conducting a brief survey regarding electronic participation in association business. The survey is available via the ALA Member Blog.
- ALA had developed a wiki to be the depository for presentations and handouts from Annual events: presentations.ala.org.
- The ALCTS member reception, held after the awards ceremony for the last few years, has been cancelled for this year.
- ALCTS will be represented on the exhibit floor in the ALA Pavilion. Members can volunteer to staff it.
Lastly, please see the News section for a listing of forums and programs as well as interest group topics for meetings that will take place at the 2008 ALA Annual Meeting. I should note that there were errors in the ALA final schedule:
- the Cataloging and Classification Section Forum will take place on Monday, June 30, 8–10 am, not Friday, June 27, 8–10 pm;
- the Council of Regional Groups Forum was omitted from the schedule and will take place on Sunday, June 29, 8–10 am in the Paradise Pier Hotel, Room Pacific C/D. More information on this program is available in the News section.
I have also included ALA events that will take place at Annual, as well as a link to OCLC events.
I hope to see and meet some of our members in Anaheim. If you are unable to attend the conference, program and forum reports, plus interest/discussion group reports, and division annual reports will be available in the August issue of ANO.
Letters from ALCTS
From the President
In my first ANO column as president I wrote: “We are at a critical point in our organizational development. The profession is changing and in order to be competitive and relevant in the future, ALCTS must change as well.” This year, the first steps in this process occurred when the ALCTS Board reaffirmed the policy that vests committees with the authority and responsibility to carry out the association’s work. By stressing accountability and empowerment, the environment has been created in which conditions conducive to change flourish and the culture of the association can be re-shaped. The individual silos that have characterized the association’s stratified structure are being replaced with a flexible, horizontal organizational model that highlights accessibility and openness.
As I began preparing this, my last President’s column for ANO, the truism “time flies when you’re having fun” immediately sprung to mind. The year is nearly over—and what a year it has been! In July 2007, we were recalling the excitement of the ALCTS 50th anniversary celebration. During the fall, our attention was focused on the Library of Congress Working Group for the Future of Bibliographic Control (LCWG for short). Winter brought with it the launch of the long-awaited strategic planning database. In the spring of 2008, the results of the membership surveys based on The 7 Measures of Success revealed that ALCTS is a pretty remarkable association!
Over the course of the last twelve months:
- the recommendations in the LCWG report were analyzed and action items identified which ALCTS is well suited to address
- an electronic discussion forum— firstname.lastname@example.org—was launched to provide a platform for short, intense discussion of topics of immediate interest
- membership is stable
- the conversion of discussion groups to interest groups enables greater spontaneity in responding to changing industry trends and conditions
- the development of new web courses and a series of webinars addresses members’ desire to access content locally
- attention was focused on learning more about the varied ALCTS constituencies and on raising the profile of the sections by highlighting their activities
Your support and enthusiasm made my term as ALCTS president a wonderful, enriching experience. It has been enormously encouraging to participate in the transition to a more nimble, responsive organization. Marvelous colleagues and enduring support from Charles, Julie and Christine made every minute of the past twelve months satisfying. Now, another conference season and a new year are around the corner. I anticipate it will be fun-filled as well as full of new opportunities that move us closer toward the goal of becoming a truly remarkable association.
Letters from ALCTS
From the Office
Re-organization and Adaptability
One year ago, my ANO article was on “Structure,” as in the structure of ALCTS. At the end of that I wrote the following:
So you are wondering when I’m getting to my point. Well, now. If as I mentioned in April that we are the masters of our own design, then we are also masters of our own structure. No one, in ALA or outside, has told us how to organize ourselves, so we are free to re-invent. And we have done so with some success. I however want to challenge each and every one of you, member, committee chair, section chair, Board member, everyone, to examine this structure we created way back in 1957 and shifted a bit in 1989 and in the nineties. Is it the structure that will advance us into the future? Are we what we should be, or maybe it is time to do a little “rehab.” I am not going to give you a laundry list of possibilities but would rather you seriously consider whether we could compete as we are.
How things have changed and not changed. This past spring, you, the voting members of ALCTS, passed overwhelmingly a bylaws revision moving discussion groups to interest groups. The change might seem a bit cosmetic to some, but the nature of the change is not. With one revision, ALCTS both expanded opportunities for its members and simplified its structure.
Over the last several months, many of you took the “7 Measures” survey that was adapted for our use. It is still available if you have not taken it. If you read the summary about organizational adaptability, you will get an idea of both what faces us in a complex organization like ALA and a specific need to police ourselves regardless of what ALA does or imposes on us.
So the challenge is what? Flatten the organization? Get rid of the bureaucracy? Re-define and re-purpose the sections? Streamline our processes and procedures? Move more to virtual governance/business?
Proposed Challenge #1
Flatten the organization. This has merit, but what does it mean? For example, I could see if we eliminate multiple steps to approve programs and publications, but how much oversight are the governing groups of programs and publications willing to give up? All programs could go directly to the program committee, bypassing the sections. All publications could go to the publications committee, bypassing the sections. But would this really help? The sections, for example, perform an important filtering/development function for both programs and publications (also for CE, but that is still in it infancy). How would the increased workload on the division committees further confound the problem, slow it down, and stall it? The challenge then, is how can we make the process faster and more responsive, maybe rather than bypassing steps? We do not talk a lot about facilitating the process, and maybe it is time to start. Or does it mean something more drastic, like moving to a model such as that used by PLA with clusters?
Proposed Challenge #2
Get rid of the bureaucracy. Maybe this is linked to #1. I am always interested in hearing ideas about how we can streamline the structure to make it more “nimble and flexible.” I just have not heard many that greatly improve the “bureaucracy” without either harming the organization, fall outside what we can control, or would take a massive “re-think” of who we are and what we do. The latter is not a bad idea either in its own right and I believe that sooner than later, we are going to have to do just that. “Bureaucracy” is not bad in itself. It gives us the means to get things done in an orderly manner. It is when bureaucracy takes over that we run into trouble. How much can we eliminate and still function? I do not know.
Proposed Challenge #3
Re-define and re-purpose the sections. Over the last year, this conversation has started. Serials has changed to Continuing Resources, in name. Now PARS, in terms of its structure. Acquisitions has held discussions. The bylaws were one of the forces that held us back on this. A big change was made a year ago, taking the section names and charges out of the bylaws so they could be more easily changed without a member vote. More can be done, however. PARS, for example, is looking at what committees are needed, and what IGs are worthwhile. There has been talk of merging sections as was done in the ‘80s and ‘90s to form our current organization. We do have a great advantage over some other divisions in that we can essentially see ourselves not only as job based but also content based in our organization. This means that if we look at cataloging as cataloging and not catalogers, we have already expanded CCS’ influence and potential. Same is true with the other sections. Some think this is revolutionary and a huge departure from our past, but I am not so sure.
Proposed Challenge #4
Streamline our processes and procedures. We have made huge strides in eliminating a lot of unnecessary procedures and processes, but as noted, there is always more work to do. This one in particular fits with the others and might not be seen as a separate issue, although I know it is. Again, we are part of a larger organization and some of our policies and procedures reflect that larger organization. We cannot ignore ALA, but we do have a certain freedom to conduct our own business as we wish.
Proposed Challenge #5
Move more to virtual governance/business. We have done well in this area, but the need for face-to-face interaction will not go away completely. Speaking of the Board, there are many discussions that are just more successful in person. Much can be done virtually and we should be pursuing that more diligently in all committees and groups. I am hopeful that the forthcoming online communities that will be unveiled in October by ALA may help that. We will also be under tremendous pressure to move to virtual participation if our own members cannot travel to conferences as they have in the past. It seems to me that 2009 provides a good opportunity to explore some alternatives in conducting our business and our governance.
I purposely separated out some challenges I think we need to address in the coming year or two. We do have a goal in our strategic plan for organizational excellence. However, once the challenge is identified, how are we going to accomplish the task?
Calendar of Upcoming Events
American Library Association Annual Conference
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, InterLibrary Cooperation and Networking Section Preconference on Collaborative Digitization
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
7th International Joint Information Systems Committee & the Coalition for Networked Information (JISC/CNI) Conference
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Las Vegas, Nevada
Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL), Zambia Library Association
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Program: A Race Against Time: Preserving Our Audiovisual Media
International Conference on the Application of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2008)
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Québec City, Montreal, Canada
Rethinking Access to Information: Evolving Perspectives on Information Content and Delivery (IFLA Satellite Session)
Post Falls, Idaho
IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Section: Science Policies and Science Portals: Progress and Activity From Around the World
Québec City, Canada
São Paulo, Brazil
Tilburg, The Netherlands
San Francisco, California
Alice Springs, Australia
Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) National Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
International Symposium on the History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East
San Jose, California
St. Pancras, London, England
Annual Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum
Manchester, New Hampshire
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) 2008 Conference: Outside the Box
Auckland, New Zealand
January 5-9, 2009
M ANOa, Hawai'i
August 23–27, 2009
My ALCTS Experience: Norm Medeiros
Norm Medeiros, Haverford College
I just finished reading “Reflections on Cataloging Leadership” ( Library Resources and Technical Services 52, no. 2, 2008) which documents the remarkable service and achievements of ALCTS giants Sheila Intner, Janet Swan Hill, Regina Reynolds, and William Garrison. Although my ALCTS experience pales in comparison, throughout the years it has provided me no less personal and professional reward.
I joined ALCTS about ten years ago while working in an academic medical library. My supervisor suggested I get involved with ALCTS since the Medical Library Association did not have as broad an array of technical services’ opportunities. Attending those early ALA conferences, I remember feeling very distant from the inner workings of ALCTS—distant even from the outer workings of it. ALCTS members were all seemingly on a first-name basis, and they threw organizational jargon around ceaselessly. “Big Heads, SAC, CC:DA”—and who exactly was this Charles fellow?
After a couple years of submitting volunteer forms, I was appointed to the Esther J. Piercy Award Jury. My main interest at the time was cataloging, so thereafter I settled into the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) path and went on to serve as member and chair of several committees, including four rewarding years as CCS’ representative to LRTS, where I served under the superb leadership of Peggy Johnson; and as a member of the Continuing Education Task Force for LC Action Item 5.3, which afforded an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best in our field. To this day I remain grateful to Karen Calhoun for appointing me to this group. Currently I serve as chair of the Publications Committee, where again I find myself in amazement of the thoughtfulness, intelligence, and dedication of the ALCTS members and staff with whom I serve. It has been a terrific experience, and I look forward to the opportunities yet to come.
Spotlight: Council of Regional Groups
Elaine Yontz, Valdosta State University
The Council of Regional Groups (CRG) fosters communication, collaboration, and continuing education among the forty-six affiliate groups of ALCTS. ACLTS affiliates are regional, state, or local technical services groups, some of which are units of regional or state library associations. CRG is a conduit of communication among these groups and between these groups and ALCTS. We seek to increase the impact of state, local, and regional groups by enabling the sharing of successful program ideas and organizational practices. Equally important, we work to make ALCTS membership more valuable by keeping association leaders aware of the needs of members and potential members who focus their activities at local and state levels. CRG works through an elected Executive Committee, appointed CRG committees, and liaisons to many ALCTS committees. A new communication tool is the ALCTS CRG wiki. Visit the CRG “work in progress” and contribute.
CRG is sponsoring a forum at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference titled “Technical Services Careers in Public Libraries: Getting Started, Building Your Career, or Making the Switch.” The forum will take place on Sunday, June 29, 8–9:30 am, in Room Pacific C/D of the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel. Carolyn Goolsby, Technical Services Manager, Tacoma Public Library, and Marlene A. Harris, Division Chief, Technical Services, Chicago Public Library, will discuss advantages and drawbacks and offer advice based on their personal experiences. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.
The Affiliate Relations Committee maintains contact between ALCTS and the regional groups throughout the year, encourages the affiliation of new groups, and investigates the status of groups that are inactive or lack contact information. Each committee member is responsible for “tracking” several regional groups and keeping their contact information up-to-date. The new CRG wiki will be used to improve communication between ALCTS and the regional groups, and among the regional groups. Librarians who do not attend ALA conferences regularly will be encouraged to view CRG as a means for contact, discussion, and collaboration with ALCTS. Procedures for affiliation will be updated and simplified. CRG expects to add at least one new affiliate this year.
The Speakers’ Bureau Committee seeks experts in collection development and technical services issues for the CRG Speakers’ Bureau Directory. : The current list contains seventy-eight speakers from various locations in the United States. Speakers agree to make program or workshop presentations without charging fees beyond expenses. The Committee vets the names that are suggested for the Directory in an effort to offer speakers who are noted not only for their knowledge but also for their presentation skills. To nominate a new name for the Directory or to update Directory information, contact Lihong Zhu, email@example.com.
The Continuing Education Committee, the newest CRG committee, facilitates the delivery of continuing education to librarians and library staff outside the ALA conference setting. The committee is a communications conduit from affiliate groups to ALCTS for examples of successful training and workshops offered locally and from ALCTS to the affiliates for promotion of Association-sponsored CE opportunities. The committee works with the ALCTS Education Committee to identify CE programs with broad appeal and works with the ALCTS Office and affiliate groups to assist in scheduling CE offerings at local venues.
If you are interested in building professional communities across distance, involvement in CRG may be for you. CRG may also be for you if you want to develop your association savvy and your leadership potential. Many active CRG members have developed skills that allowed them to “move on” to other responsibilities within ALCTS and ALA. We encourage new people to volunteer for committees. For more information, contact Susan Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Topic Summary from the ALCTS AS Technology Committee
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a number of occasional summaries that will be provided by the Acquisitions Section’s Technology Committee
Tech Topic Summary: ONIX
Catherine Nelson, University of California Santa Barbara
ONIX (Online Information Exchange) is a suite of XML based metadata standards that grew out of the publishing industry's need to have a way of transmitting information about books among many different trading partners. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) in conjunction with wholesalers, online retailers, and book information services launched ONIX in January 2000. ONIX was based on EPICS (EDItUER Product Information Communication Standards) and addresses the need the book industry has to represent the book online in a richer manner. It also provides a solution for the varying format requirements for receiving data used by major book wholesalers and retailers. In addition to traditional bibliographic information, ONIX provides for the display of the jacket cover, reviews, excerpts of books, and other information that would draw readers to a book and help to sell it.
Like MARC, ONIX is a communications standard. It was originally created to get information-rich promotional material about books from publishers to booksellers. Its purpose is to standardize the transmission of product information so that everyone in the supply chain (publishers, wholesalers, retailers) is able to accept data created up stream. It is currently used by Springer, Cambridge, Simon & Schuster, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor and many others.
ONIX has been extended to include other formats. NISO and EDItUER developed ONIX for Serials. The suite of ONIX standards for Serials includes Products and Subscription (SPS), Serials Online Holdings (SOH), Serials Release Notification (SRN), and ONIX Serials Coverage Statement. According to the EDItUER website, "ONIX for Serials is best viewed as a growing ‘toolkit’ of individual and composite elements and content definitions, out of which it will be possible to construct message formats for a variety of applications." Additionally, there is also ONIX for Licensing Terms and ONIX DOI Registration Formats.
Libraries are investigating how to make use of ONIX data. For example, the Library of Congress and OCLC have written crosswalks from ONIX to MARC21. Alan Danskin of the British Library also has written a crosswalk from ONIX to UNIMARC. The Library of Congress has taken the ONIX data (such as table of contents, contributor biographical information, and publisher description of books) it receives from publishers and has linked it to bibliographic records.
ONIX provides a way to capture bibliographic, pricing and holdings information from publishers and others. It could provide a way to get this information into bibliographic utilities and library catalogs with minimal intervention from staff. For more information: Book Industry Study Group | EDItUER
IFLA Mid-Term Meeting Report
Sha Li Zhang, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Committee Meeting
The IFLA Standing Section Committee on Acquisitions and Collection Development met on March 13 and 14, 2008 for its mid-term meeting. The meeting was held at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Ms. Helen Ladron de Guevara Cox, Adviser for the State of Jalisco New Library Building Project and former Dean of the University of Guadalajara Library, coordinated the local arrangements for the committee meeting. Committee members from the United States, Mexico, and Finland attended the meeting.
At the committee meeting, a new committee secretary (Pentti Vattulainen at the National Repository Library, Kuopio, Finland) was elected. The action items of the committee’s strategic plan were reviewed and updated. The drafted guidelines on Gift Manual and Electronic Resources Manual were reviewed and will be fine tuned before they are submitted to the IFLA distributing channel. Finally, the committee reviewed preparations for its Boston Satellite Meeting and its open program in Quebec to be held in August 2008.
The Collection Development Workshop
The committee members spent a full day with their colleagues from the libraries in Guadalajara area in a workshop concentrating on issues of collection development. The workshop featured presentations from the librarians in Guadalajara and the United States. The Guadalajara library colleagues offered discussions on collection development in a library network, applications of multidisciplinary perspective on collection management, using Conspectus in collection assessment, collection building for public libraries, and digitization for the historical collections for the Jalisco State Public Library. The presenters from the United States provided an overview of issues in contemporary collection development and collaborative efforts among university libraries in California which are collecting Mexican imprints. The workshop was an excellent opportunity for librarians from Mexico, United States, Finland, and other countries to have a meaningful exchange on their current practices and share their strategies in dealing with challenges in a rapid changing landscape of collection development.
Library Construction Site Visit
It was a rare opportunity for the committee members to visit construction site of the new public library of the Jalisco State in Mexico. The new library is a part of multi-year and multi-million-dollar development called the University Cultural Center. The Center will consist of such functional facilities as a museum, performing arts, opera house, art galley, a 10,000-seat auditorium (completed), a new public library, and a commercial mall. The architectural complex is planned to be completed in ten years. The construction phase of the new public library started in fall 2006. It will include the centers of children and juvenile services, home work assistance, indigenous cultures of Jalisco, and science library; oral history lab; 24/7 reference services; a computer lab; a music practice room; community meeting rooms, and other facilities. While on the site, the committee members were able to visualize the capacity of this library building and its various layers. The library project is to be completed in two years. The library community in the Jalisco State will celebrate the opening at that time.
A Cultural Evening Event
At the invitation of Mr. Mauricio de Font-Reaulx Rojas, General Director of the University Cultural Center and a library advocate, the committee members had an opportunity to walk through the red carpet in front of the Auditorium in the complex and observe the closing ceremony of the XX III Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara. After the ceremony, the audience got to see the best award film, “14 Kilometers,” presented to the Spanish director Gerardo Olivares. The movie depicts the beautiful scene of African landscape and hardships that the young Africans had to go through (i.e., walking fourteen kilometers) to try to cross the borders of Spain for a better life. It was an educational opportunity for the committee members to reflect what they have observed in the United States on immigration issues and have a better understanding on implications of these issues. — Lynn Sipe (Committee Chair) and Sha Li Zhang (Committee member) are ALCTS representatives to the IFLA Stranding Section Committee on Acquisitions and Collection Development.
From left to right:
Nadia Zilper (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Sha Li Zhang (University of North Carolina -Greensboro), Glenda Lammers (OCLC), Lynn Sipe (University of Southern California), Helen Ladron de Guevara Cox (Guadalajara, Mexico), Pentti Vattulainen (Kuopio, Finland), Judith Mansfield (Library of Congress), Julia Gelfand (University of California-Irvine), and Barbara Robinson (University of Southern California).
From left to right:
Sha Li Zhang (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), Helen Ladron de Guevara Cox (Guadalajara, Mexico), Julia Gelfand (University of California-Irvine), Pentti Vattulainen (Kuopio, Finland), Glenda Lammers (OCLC), Lynn Sipe (University of Southern California), Judith Mansfield (Library of Congress), Barbara Robinson (University of Southern California), and Nadia Zilper (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).
2008 Election Results
Election results are now available for ALCTS officers and councilors. Congratulations to the winners.
- Vice-President/President-Elect (2008–2011): Mary Case (University of Illinois—Chicago)
- Director at Large (2008–2011): Rebecca Mugridge (Pennsylvania State University)
- Councilor (2008–2011): Diane Dates Casey (Governors State University, Illinois)
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Katharine Farrell (Princeton University)
- Member at Large (2008–2011): Marsha Clark (City University of New York)
Cataloging and Classification Section
- Chair (2008–2010): Mary Woodley (California State University - Northridge)
- Member at Large (2008–2011): Ann Caldwell (Brown University), Robert Ellett (Joint Forces Staff College, Virginia)
- SPECIAL ELECTION for CCS Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Qiang Jin (University of Illinois–Urbana)
Collection Management and Development Section
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Kathy E. Tezla (Carleton College, Minnesota)
- Member at Large (2008–2011): Reeta Sinha (YBP)
- Secretary (2008–2011): Harriet Lightman (Northwestern University)
Continuing Resources Section
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Connie Foster (Western Kentucky University)
- Member at Large (2008–2011): Ann Fath (Getty Research Institute, California)
Council of Regional Groups
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Susan Mueller (University of Idaho)
Preservation and Reformatting Section
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2008–2011): Karen E.K. Brown (SUNY-Albany)
- Member at Large (2008–2011): Emily Holmes (Columbia University)
ALCTS Members Elected to ALA Council
- Deborah S. DeGeorge, University of Michigan Libraries
- Barbara A. Genco, Brooklyn Public Library
- Wei Jeng-Chu, Worcester Public Library, Massachusetts
- June A. Pinnell-Stephens, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, Alaska (retired)
- Julie Su, San Diego State University Library
- The proposed bylaw change “That ALCTS adopt the term ‘Interest Group’ to apply to groups at any level in the Association currently designated as ‘Discussion Group’” also passed.
Annual ’08 Conference Preview
The following list is arranged by scheduled program day and time.
To learn more about these events and registration information, see the ALA Annual Conference Web site and the Annual Conference Wiki is is full of everything you need to know about attending Annual and it is prime real estate for promoting your event. Add your event information right away.
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 ( AACR), 2nd edition 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–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, and 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: Don 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; and Lisa Macklin, Emory University.
Acquisitions Organization and Management Committee
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.
The speakers are: Aline Soules, California State University, East Bay; Mary Gilbert, Towson University; and Carolyn Morris, Coutts Information Services.
CCS Forum: International Authority issues: The TIME is NOW for Non-Roman Scripts in the Name Authority File
The Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) Forum will take place on Monday, June 30, 8–10 am, Marriott Anaheim, Salon F.
- Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress) will give a short presentation on the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) and an update on the LC work for non-Roman scripts in the Name Authority File.
- Robert Bremer (OCLC) will discuss the technical dimensions of the project to add non-Roman scripts to existing authority records.
- Diane Brooking (University of Washington) will discuss local planning for Cyrillic scripts.
- Celine Cheung (City University of Hong Kong) and Maria Lau (Chinese University of Hong Kong) will give a short presentation on the Hong Kong Chinese Name Authority File.
Editor’s note: This forum was incorrectly listed in the ALA final schedule as taking place on Friday, June 27, 8–10 pm
Catalog Form and Function Interest Group Forum
Building a "next generation" catalog, or planning for one? Come to the forum "Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces” sponsored by the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group and hear from three librarians who have recently navigated such a transition at their own organizations and can help you visualize the some of the promise and pitfalls of catalog redesign!
The speakers are:
- Charley Pennell, Principal Cataloger for Metadata, North Carolina State University Libraries
- Mary Charles Lasater, Authorities Librarian, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
- Cheryl Gowing, Director, Information Management and Systems, University of Miami
The forum will take place on Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm in the Marriott Anaheim, Platinum Room 6.
There will be an election for a new Vice Chair/Chair Elect at the end of the meeting. Interested parties may contact Laura Akerman, Chair ( email@example.com) or Charley Pennell, Vice Chair/Chair Elect ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
CRS 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–12 noon, in the Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom A.
CRG Forum: Technical Services Careers in Public Libraries: Getting Started, Building Your Career, or Making the Switch
The CRG Forum will take place on Sunday, June 29, 8–10 am in the Paradise Pier Hotel, Room Pacific C/D.
The forum will cover the following topics: What do you need to do to prepare for a career in Technical Services in public libraries? What do you need to do to advance your career in Technical Services in public libraries, once you are there? If you are interested in switching from academic to public library Technical Services, what can you expect? If you are thinking about a Technical Services career, what is it really like to work in a public library?
Speakers: Carolyn Goolsby, Technical Services Manager, Tacoma Public Library, and Marlene A. Harris, Division Chief, Technical Services, Chicago Public Library, are both experienced Technical Services librarians with careers spanning public libraries, academic libraries and vendor service, will explore the perils, pitfalls, and pleasures of public library Technical Services. An in-depth question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Creating the Future of the Catalog and Cataloging
The ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS), the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG), and the LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group are sponsoring this program, which will take place on June 29, 8 am–12 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.
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, web searching, etc., to create valuable services for information users? This program will present views of the future of catalogs, cataloging, and catalogers.
- 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; and
- Diane Hillman, Cornell Digital Library Research Group.
Robert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University, will serve as the program moderator.
Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know
The ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) is sponsoring this program, which will take place on June 28, 4–5:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.
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 (i.e., "road shows", web-based training) and the impact of RDA across the stakeholders' communities.
Speakers: Barbara Tillett, Library of Congress; Glen Patton, OCLC; and Shawne D. Miksa, Chair, RDA Implementation Task Force.
Institutional Repositories: New Roles for Acquisitions
The ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) is sponsoring this program, 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, and Terry Owen, University of Maryland. Katharine Treptow Farrell is the program chair.
Leadership Development Committee
The ALCTS Leadership Development Committee is presenting the program “Succession Planning: The Future of Your Library Depends on It” on June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm, in the Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion D.
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 speakers for this program will be: Vicki Whitmell, Principal Consultant, Whitmell & Associates; Nanette Donohue, Technical Services Manager, Champaign Public Library (Illinois); and LeRoy LaFleur, Head, Arlington Campus Library, George Mason University.
Making the Switch from Print to Online: Why, When and How?
The ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) is sponsoring this program, which will take place on June 29, 1:30-3:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.
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.
Speakers: Judy Luther, Informed Strategies; Tim Bucknall, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Rick Anderson, University of Utah; Noella Owen, Springer Verlag; and Kim Steinle, Duke University Press. Selden Durgom Lamoureux is the program chair.
Metadata Mashup: Creating and Publishing Application Profiles
The Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group is sponsoring this program, which will take place on June 28, 1:30–3:30 pm, in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 204B.
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: Melanie Feltner-Reichert, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Arwen Hutt, University of California at San Diego; and Jennifer O'Brien Roper, University of Maryland. John Chapman, University of Minnesota Libraries, is the program chair.
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, which will take place on June 28, 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.
Speakers: 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; and Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program; User Services Coordinator, WESTPAS. Tom Clareson, Program Director for New Initiatives, PALINET, will serve as the program moderator. Karen Mokrzycki is the program chair.
ALCTS President's Program: From Here to Eternity: The Challenge of Managing Oscar's Very Special Collections
The ALCTS President’s Program will take place on June 30, 10:30 am–12 noon, Marriott Anaheim, Salon F.
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. Cindy Hepfer is the program chair.
PVLR Forum: Branding: Claiming the Reader’s Mind Space
The Producer Vendor Library Relations Forum will take place on Monday, June 30, 8–10 am in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213C. In an increasingly competitive environment, publishers, aggregators, consortia, distributors, search engines, and libraries must all seek to maintain and/or increase name recognition among their users. Branding initiatives are expensive, but in terms of continued relevance and commercial success, they are crucial to all entities in the chain. How do these organizations approach the task? Are there ways to cooperate rather than compete? What is the effect of branding on the reader experience? Come hear what publishers, vendors and libraries are saying about this topic in an open forum where the follow-up discussion is sure to be provocative.
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–12 pm, 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.
Speakers: Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-Resource Access and Management Services, EBSCO Information Services, and Clinton Chamberlain, Coordinator for Electronic Resource Acquisitions, University of Texas Libraries. Gary Ives, Coordinator of Electronic Resources, Texas A&M University Libraries, will serve as the program moderator.
RDA Update Forum
The RDA Update Forum will take place on June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm, at the Marriott Anaheim, Salon E.
Serving the Whole Community: Multilingual Access in Public Libraries
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.
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: Mary Catherine Little, Queens Borough Public Library; Pat Fahrenthold, Chief of Technical Services, San Francisco Public Library; Lisa Elliott, Project Manager, Language Sets, OCLC; and Shelley Ekeroth, County of Los Angeles Public Library. David Miller, Curry College, and Sally Smith, King County Library System (Washington State).
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 on June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm, 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 print on demand options, as well as what libraries should consider when binding print-on-demand materials.
Speakers: 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. Debra S. Nolan is the program chair.
Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group
Join the Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group for the discussion topic “Many-to-Many: the Growing Complexity in Library-Vendor Relationships.” The group will meet on Sunday, June 29, 1:30-3:30 pm in Disney’s Grand Californian, Trillium C.
The typical visit to a library by a vendor has changed dramatically over the past decade. Long gone are the days when a vendor representative met only with the Heads of Acquisitions and Collection Development. The breadth and depth of services now involve conversations with Cataloging, Serials, Systems, Administration, E-Resources, Subject Liaisons and others. More and more often, vendors also interact with staff members—who may or may not have the same perspective and experience as librarians and administrators. On the vendor side, librarians may be dealing with multiple customer service contacts for invoicing, approval profiles, cataloging services, training for Web systems, eBook programs, licensing, etc. In many cases, additional partners such as eBook aggregators, ILS vendors and cataloging providers add further complexity. Coordination and communication in both directions become more important and more difficult. Join us to explore these issues from both library and vendor viewpoints.
Contact Rick Lugg email@example.com for more information.
Cataloging Norms Discussion Group
The meeting will begin with Jina Choi Wakimoto’s (Faculty Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services Department, University of Colorado at Boulder) presentation “Scope of the Library Catalog in Time of Transition." There has been a flurry of healthy discussions and debates about the future of cataloging and the catalog, from FRBR and RDA on cataloging rules (focus on content) to next-generation discovery interfaces on the catalog (focus on carrier). A segment that is not receiving as much attention is the scope of the library catalog. This presentation offers an opinion on the scope of the catalog in a research library, the role of catalogers in this time of transition, and some practical approaches that catalogers can take to reposition the catalog.
Elaine L. Westbrooks (Head of Metadata Services, Cornell University Libraries) will then present “Access, Fear, and Change: Bringing Catalogers along in the Non-MARC Metadata Arena.” According to On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, the future of cataloging will be shaped by the way in which we redefine bibliographic control and the bibliographic universe. Redefining these critical concepts would require library administrators and catalogers to abandon the prevailing system of cataloging. For administrators, the use of fear to instigate change (while ignoring the shortcomings of MARC encoding and the poorly constructed integrated library systems) within technical services has been a widely implemented yet largely ineffective approach, hence a paradigm shift away from fear to use of positive incentives for change is necessary. For the cataloger, the shift from perfecting the MARC record has taken place in many institutions. However, the sense of accomplishment that could be gained from creating access and facilitating discovery requires a paradigm shift that would highlight the connection between the cataloger and the end user. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss methods by which this paradigm shift can be cultivated within research libraries to begin thinking about a new system of cataloging which can be less resource intensive and one that focuses on the user.
The final presentation is “A California Adventure: WorldCat Local and Next-Generation Cataloging” presented by John Riemer (Head, University of California Los Angeles Library Cataloging and Metadata Center) and Linda Barnhart (Head, Metadata Services Department, University of California San Diego Libraries). WorldCat Local implementation could bring major technological and sociological changes to cataloging work. The University of California Libraries released their union catalog on the WorldCat Local platform on May 27, 2008. John and Linda will present some of the key lessons learned from the implementation process as well as their thoughts about how this new product moves the profession toward next-generation cataloging.
A question and answer session will follow the presentations.
ALCTS/MAGERT Cartographic Materials Cataloging Discussion Group
Join the Cartographic Materials Cataloging Group on Sunday, June 29, 8–10 am in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203B for its discussion “One Record or Two: How to Provide Access to Digital Copies.”
With the increase in libraries creating and acquiring digital maps that are often copies of print maps comes the question of the best way to provide access. Should there be one record for both or separate records or some other variant? Come hear all aspects of the discussion and share your ideas. Other topics may be discussed if time permits.
Contact Susan Moore firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group
The Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 29, 1:30-3:30 pm in Room 205A at the Anaheim Convention Center. Among the topics that may be discussed include developing eBook collections, building open access collections, collection development for digital repositories, electronic collection evaluation tools, digital first policies, retiring paper collections, repurposing stacks, and more. Please join us to learn more about what your colleagues are doing in these areas of collection development, and how they are handling the issues that we all contend with on a day-to-day basis.
For more information, contact Brian Quinn, Chair, Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group email@example.com.
Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Discussion Group
The Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Discussion Group will meet on Saturday, June 28, 1:30-3:30 pm in the Sheraton Park Hotel Garden Room. At this time, possible discussion topics include, but are not limited to:
- Scholarly Communication: Crisis or Opportunity for Collection
- Reinventing Collection Development in a Digital Library Environment
- Reference Sources in Print: An Endangered Species?
- What Do We Want Publishers to Know about Academic Library Collections today?
- How Different is Collection Development from Collection Management at Your Library?
- Conducting Annual Journal Reviews; The Status of E-books in Academic Libraries.
Academic collection development librarians are invited to participate in the discussion of their choice, share best practices, and learn about how your colleagues are approaching these issues of concern to us all. If there are any topics that you would like to have discussed please contact the discussion group chair, Debbi Smith, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org vice chair, Julia Gelfand email@example.com.
Copy Cataloging Discussion Group
The ALCTS CCS Copy Cataloging Discussion Group will meet on Monday, June 30, 10:30 am–12 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 208A. The meeting topic is “Copy Cataloging: Challenges of Training and Cataloging for the New Generation of Library Interfaces.”
Please join us for a very interesting session with the following speakers:
- Nancy Gibbs, Head Technical Services/Acquisitions, Duke University Libraries
- Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technology Research, Vanderbilt University Library
- Judy Mansfield, Chief, Arts and Sciences Cataloging Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access (ABA), Library of Congress
Following the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
For more information, contact Isabella Marqués de Castilla, chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic Resources Interest Group
The Electronic Resources Interest Group’s meeting topic is “ERMing for a Consortium: Are We There Yet?” Are there successful Electronic Resources Management systems (ERMs) implementation models for a consortium? What are vendors doing to improve their systems to be deployed at the consortium level? What works and what does not? What needs to be done for libraries to explore this option to integrate and implement an ERM at a consortium level? What is the needed functionality? The program provides three perspectives on the topic: the vendor, the consortium, and the librarian.
Join panelists Jeff Aipperspach (Serials Solutions), Rick Burke and Tommy Keswick (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium), Ted Fons (Innovative Interfaces Inc.), and Angela Riggio (UCLA) on Saturday June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm in the Disneyland Hotel, Adventure Room for what promises to be an interesting and informative discussion.
FRBR Interest Group
The ALCTS FRBR Interest Group will meet on Friday, June 27, 10:30 am–12 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203B. The meeting will be followed by a brief business meeting to elect a Vice-Chair/Chair-elect for the next year. Send agenda items to Rich Greene email@example.com.
Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group
The Heads of Cataloging Discussion Group will meet on Monday, June 30, 8–10 am in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 207 D. Everyone interested in cataloging management issues is invited to attend this session.
The discussion topic will focus on the state of cataloging education, hiring, and on-the job training as viewed by experienced catalog librarians. The program consists of following presentations:
- Catalogers’ Recruitment and Training at a Major Vendor: Pam Newberg (University of Northern Colorado)
- Employers’ Changing Expectations for Catalogers as Reflected in Position Descriptions, 2000–2008: Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis (University of Denver)
- Cataloging Training for the Future: Robert Ellett (San Jose State University)
In addition to discussing topics of current interest, there will be an opportunity to share vacancy announcements in the group.
Journal Costs in Libraries Interest Group
The ALCTS CRS Journal Costs in Libraries Interest Group invites you to attend “Pricing Book and Journal Backlist Content as an Electronic Resource” on Sunday, June 29, 4—5:30 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 221 A.
As electronic resources are becoming the format of choice in many libraries, publishers are retrodigitizing older content previously available only in print. Publishers will share their approaches and concerns, while a librarian will represent the library’s perspective of needs in models for providing and pricing backlist content.
Rick Anderson, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Collections, University of Utah, Marriott Library; Heather Ruland Staines, Global eProduct Manager SpringerLink; and Lois Smith, Communications Director, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society are the speakers.
Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies, on A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU), published as part of NISO's Recommended Practice series, will provide an update at the end of the meeting.
Library Binding Discussion Group
The Library Binding Discussion Group will hold a joint meeting with the Physical Quality and Treatment Discussion Group on Sunday, June 29, 1:30—3:30 pm Discussion topics include the following: follow—up from the “Staying Alive: Books through Print on Demand Technology” program, updates on Book Cloth testing, an update on the Linen Cortina Conservation Buckram, changes in discussion groups to interest groups, and a discussion of topics for future meetings. If time permits, the following topics will also be discussed: thesis printing on demand, and changes in collection policies. Be sure to attend the “Staying Alive: Books through Print on Demand Technology” program on Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am–12 pm.
LITA/ALCTS/CCS/Authority Control Interest Group
Join us for the program “You Know FRBR, But Have You Ever Met FRAD?” To improve search and retrieval experiences for users, the data modeling concepts of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records): work, expression, manifestation, and item, have been incorporated into RDA and elsewhere. FRBR has been extended to both name and subject authority data through the work of FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data) and FRSAR (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records). Speakers will describe the status of this work to date. The meeting will take place on Sunday, June 29 1:30&8211;4:30pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 210 A/C.
Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group
The Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) will hold its Annual discussion and business meeting on Sunday, June 29, 8–10 am (business meeting from approximately 9:15–10 am) in the Disneyland Hotel, North Exhibit Hall, Meeting Room B. The topic of the discussion is “IT Support in Cataloging Departments.”
In March of this year, Erin Stalberg (North Carolina State University) posted questions on the metadatalibrarians list about the existence of organizational models which combine both metadata competencies and MARC competencies. The questions elicited few answers and much interest. The meeting time will be devoted to an open discussion of issues such as technical competencies, metadata competencies, workflows which accommodate both MARC and other metadata schemas, and ways in which these skill sets can be brought into our departments and support all workflows.
The discussion leaders include:
- Erin Stalberg, Head, Metadata and Cataloging, North Carolina State University Libraries
- Myung-Ja (“MJ”) Han, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Christopher Cronin, Head of Digital Resources Cataloging, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.
Louise Ratliff, NRMIG Chair has posted information on this informal forum to the Metadata Blog (http://blogs.ala.org/nrmig.php). Comments, questions and concerns about how your organization is blending traditional and new metadata skill sets and workflows are welcome, and will be collected and included in the discussion at ALA Annual.
Preservation in Small to Mid-sized Libraries Discussion Group
Need a preservation professional? No problem! The Preservation in Small to Mid-Sized Libraries Discussion Group understands that members may have preservation responsibilities with a minimum amount of training and limited resources. It would be great if there was someone to contact with for questions or when some additional training is needed. State and regional providers are great resources for advice, training, and disaster support. Learn what services are available in your area.
This informative discussion group will feature a panel of representatives from five major preservation providers: Amigos Library Services (Amigos), Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC), North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC), the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET). Representatives will each provide a ten minute overview of their services and will answer questions. The goal is to provide a real person who may be contacted after the conference is over, or to encourage attendees to form a working relationship that enables them to provide better quality preservation at their institutions. Contact co-chairs Rachel Hoff ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Scott Reinke ( email@example.com) for additional information.
The Preservation in Small to Mid-Sized Libraries Discussion Group will meet on Sunday, June 29, 1:30—3:30 pm in Disney's Paradise Pier, Room Pacific B.
Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Discussion Group
Please plan to join us for the program “Filling the Management Void in Technical Services.”
The kick-off speaker is Bruce Evans, Bibliographic Access Unit Leader, Baylor University Libraries. Ruth Fischer, Partner, R2 Consulting LLC, and Current DG Chair, will serve as moderator. The program will take place on Sunday, June 29, 4— 5:30 pm in the Disneyland Hotel, North Exhibit Hall, Meeting Room G.
Increasing reliance on technology, continuously evolving standards, shrinking library budgets, and the upcoming wave of retirements requires technical services professionals to embrace the principles of operational management like never before. Join us as we discuss strategies and techniques for helping staff step up, accept new challenges, and take new risks. Join us in considering how to develop and enrich existing positions, increase productivity, and retain staff. What non-monetary incentives have been used successfully to motivate both veteran and novice staff members? What else can we be doing in terms of succession planning? As always, we expect this session to be lively.
Out of Print Discussion Group
Books: Rate, Medium Rare, and All Well Done. The Hidden Rarities in Your Stacks and What You Need to Know to Protect Them
Come join a lively discussion of current security issues concerning the valuable books you might not even know you have residing in your stacks. Loren Bregel from 3M Corporation will join us to alert the group to industry standards for protecting books and media from theft. We will also cover such issues as interlibrary loan and the valuing of replacement copies for lost or stolen books.
The Out of Print Discussion Group meeting will take place on Sunday, June 29 8–10am in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D.
ALCTS will hold a special open house on 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. First time conference attendees and other guests are invited to learn about the 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.
Join us for the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 29, at the Sheraton Park Hotel. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Rooms A-C, 5— 6 pm. The reception, however, has been CANCELLED. The awards which will be presented include:
- Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award
- Blackwell’s Scholarship Award
- Best of LRTS Award
- First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant
- Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
- Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
- Margaret Mann Citation
- Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award
- Esther J. Piercy Award
- Outstanding Collaboration Citation
- SAGE Support Staff Travel Grants
- 50th Anniversary Committee
- Presidential Citations
- Special Citations
- Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
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.
The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) are co-sponsoring the SPARC- Forum at the 2008 American Library Annual Conference. The forum topic is “Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There” and will give an up-close look at the recent vote by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences enabling open access to their scholarly articles in an institutional repository. Find more information online:
Prepared by the ALCTS Organization and Bylaws Committee
IG, DG … What’s in a Name? —Change!
In spring 2008, ALCTS members voted to eliminate “discussion groups,” at both the division and section level, in favor of the more flexible “interest groups.” Shortly thereafter the ALCTS Board also agreed to change the review period for division-level interest groups from three years to five years. Interest groups associated with ALCTS sections will maintain the review cycle set by the section. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind as ALCTS puts these actions into effect, becoming a more streamlined organization.
Beginning with this year’s Annual Conference, all the former Discussion Groups are reformulated as Interest Groups. There may be growing pains. While the program book and signage will still show “ABC Discussion Group” (it is now too late to make changes), the groups themselves will be transitioning to the new usage “ABC Interest Group.” All the new interest groups can do formal programming and publish, provided that they meet certain requirements. On the other hand, the group is free as well to continue operating as it currently has done.
To support the transition, the Organization and By-Laws Committee (O&B) is mounting a concerted effort to contact interest group chairs and section leaders to explain what is changing, what is staying the same, and what opportunities are now open to them. The material O&B has prepared may benefit all ALCTS members. The guides and tools developed are:
- Procedures for ALCTS Interest Groups at the Division or Section Level
- Orientation for Discussion Groups Transitioning to Interest Groups (for Section and IG Chairs)
- a list of the Division Interest Groups
- The ALCTS Committee and Interest Group Review Schedule.
In addition, references to discussion groups are being removed from the ALCTS Manual. By the time ANO appears, the O&B web page may have been updated with the support documents..
If you are an incoming chair of a group which was formerly a discussion group and have not been contacted before the conference, please contact your section chair. You may also ask for help from the Organization and Bylaws Committee.
Members are encouraged to spend some time exploring the opportunities now available so the transition to interest groups goes smoothly, and informed members can plan a nimble and creative course for the future. If you are thinking of throwing your hat in the ring as chair of an interest group, you might want to brush up on the changes.
To new interest groups we say, “Good luck” and we hope you enjoy organizational simplification and make the most of the new opportunities!
The ALCTS Programs Committee urges you to approach your colleagues and encourage them to submit program or preconference proposals for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The committee works twelve months in advance, i.e. proposals submitted and reviewed in at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim will be presented during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
The Programs Committee will meet with groups that have submitted proposals to review their submissions on either Saturday (June 28) or Tuesday (July 1) in the morning in Anaheim, and will meet again to review progress during the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.
Information on the ALCTS Programs Committee is available online. How-to information on proposing and managing programs or pre-conferences is online. Direct questions to Tim Strawn, Chair, ALCTS Programs Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ALCTS News section of the CRG wiki ( http://alcts.ala.org/crgwiki/index.php?title=ALCTS) has been updated to include short entries on the ALCTS Task Group on the LC Working Group Report and the task force that submitted a response to the PCC Series Policies and Practices Discussion Paper. Appropriate external links have been made to "On the Record" and to the PCC Discussion Paper.
Should you wish other matters of immediate interest to be shared through the CRG wiki, please send items to Carol A. Hryciw-Wing, CRG Chair email@example.com.
ALA 2006–07 Annual Report Available
ALA’s 2006–07 Annual Report is available online.
Camila Alire Elected 2009–2010 ALA President
Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2009–2010 term. Alire won over J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County public schools in Annapolis, Maryland. As ALA president, Alire will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organization in the world.
Alire will become president-elect in July 2008, and will assume the ALA presidency in July 2009, following the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. She will serve a one-year term as president. | press release
Share Your Event Information on the Annual Wiki
Publicize your group’s program or meeting event! The 2008 ALA Annual Conference Wiki includes general information (accessibility, childcare, event planner, shuttle buses), a calendar and events (awards, diversity events, resources for job seekers, preconferences, presidents’ programs, programs and sessions), registration information, volunteer opportunities, the conference (traveling to and from Anaheim, tips for presentations as well as navigating the conference), and a guide to Anaheim. ALA encourages members to post information about programs, meetings, and events.
Events at ALA Annual
ALA APA Celebrates Fifth Anniversary in Anaheim
The ALA Allied Professional Association will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at 2008 ALA Annual Conference. Events include the ALA-APA Angels Reception and fundraiser, honoring thirty people and groups who have helped ALA-APA reach this point. ALA-APA is also programs at the Annual Conference on topics such as employee relations, managing union employees, and salary negotiations. | more information
Volunteer: Staff the International Visitors Center
The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Visitors Center (IVC) Committee is looking for volunteers to staff the International Visitors Center at the ALA conference in Anaheim, CA. IRRT sponsors the IVC for international librarians attending the conference. The IVC will be located near the exhibits and will be open Friday, June 27 through Monday, June 30.
IVC Volunteers assist international visitors by answering questions and giving directions at the conference (all the information you need to help the visitors will be provided). In addition to information, the IVC offers international visitors computers for email/Internet and a place to meet with friends and relax.
Working at the IVC is fun and a great way to meet a variety of people from around the world. All you need to be a successful volunteer is a smile and a helpful attitude! Please consider volunteering for a one to two hour time slot (or more!). To volunteer, please contact Jaclyn Bedoya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Leaders Poster Session
The 2008 class of Emerging Leaders will showcase its final projects during a poster session on Friday, June 2, 3–5 pm at the Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion C. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The American Library Association (ALA) 2009 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2009 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large.
The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2009 spring election. | press release
If you missed MAGERT's preconference on cataloging early maps and atlases, which was held last June at the Library of Congress prior to the Annual Library Association Conference, the workbook used in the preconference and issued to participants is now available for purchase from MAGERT for $40. It includes illustrations and cataloging examples taken from sheet maps, atlas plates and atlases, focusing on early and pre-twentieth century cartographic materials. Some of the areas covered by the workbook include elements of description, transcription, mathematical data and supportive research. The $40 price includes shipping and handling.
Send orders to: Jim Coombs, MAGERT Publications Distribution Manager, Maps Library, Missouri State University, 901 S. National, #175, Springfield, MO 65897; JimCoombs@missouristate.edu.
From the Profession
OCLC Sessions at ALA Annual
OCLC is providing sessions on a number at ALA Annual, including CONTENTdm, “The Mashed-Up Library,” a Dewey update, orphaned works, a cataloging services update, and the OCLC update breakfast. | more information and registration
JSC April Meeting Outcomes Available
Outcomes of the April 2008 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA are now available online.
The peer-reviewed journal OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives will be publishing a special issue on digitization projects that are international and collaborative. The editor is seeking innovative digitization projects that feature multiple formats (books, images, maps, 3D visualization, music, art, etc.), which involve multiple partners and collaborators from different countries and nationalities. Projects based on international grants are particularly encouraged. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots may be included.
Interested parties should submit a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article to Brad Eden, Editor, OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives ( email@example.com) by July 1. Articles are due to the editor by December 1.
OCLC is offering a digital archive service for long-term storage of originals and master files from libraries' digital collections. The Digital Archive service is designed to accommodate a variety of digital library workflows and to keep the costs of safely storing these important files within the budget of a library's digital program. The service will provide automated monitoring and reports on stored digital collections. Contact Taylor Surface firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the OCLC Digital Archive Service.
Supply and demand issues surrounding scholarly journals are the focus of the April 2008 issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report, no. 257. Articles examine the outlook for e-only journal publishing, faculty expectations for library journal collections, and a proposal from a community of scientists for a new funding approach to provide open access to the core journals in their discipline. | report
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Charles B. Lowry as Executive Director of the Association, effective July 1, 2008. Lowry is currently Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. | press release
Haworth Press, now part of the Taylor & Francis Group, notes that its journal, The Acquisitions Librarian, will change title after publication of volume 19, Nos. 37/78 (2007). The journal will continue under the new title Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Volume 20, No. 1 (2008) with the ISSN: 1941–126X and the EISSN: 1941–1278.
Bonnie Tijerina, Digital Collections Services Librarian at UCLA and an active member of ALCTS, is an international leader in electronic resources management, will take over the editorship of the newly-titled Journal of Electronic Resource Librarianship. Bonnie heads the highly successful annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, and spearheads an international network of movers and shakers in this field.
The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) has established a new mailing list for web curators and other practitioners interested in sharing information and experiences about web harvesting issues and associated quality review and archival issues. The mailing list will focus on curator tools for harvesting web material, using web archives, working with archived material, and accessing harvested material. The list is sponsored by the International Internet Preservation Consortium, is moderated by IIPC members, and is a private list open to anyone with an interest in web harvesting issues. Interested parties are invited to subscribe and encouraged to participate. | subscribe or send an email to email@example.com with your name and email address.
On May 20, 2008 the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils worldwide. The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take twelve to eighteen months that will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008–2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees. | press release
A SPARC-Science Commons White Paper Open Doors and Open Minds: What Faculty Authors Can do to Ensure Open Access to Their Work was released in April 2008. Written by Thinh Nguyen of Science Commons, the document details how the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted its university license policy on open access, discusses what other institutions may do on their own campuses, and discusses the concept of a university license and its importance. | white paper
Presentations and other materials from the Ohio Library Council 2008 Technical Services Retreat “Choosing our Tools for Tomorrow” are now available. Included are presentations by Janet Swan Hill, John Sluk, Glenn Patton, Brenda Block, and Brian C. Gray. | more information