2009 Midwinter Symposia Announcements

Implementing an Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges, Thursday, January 22, 2009

Has your institution begun to develop, or is it considering developing, an institutional repository? If so, will there be a role for the library? Please join us to consider the challenges, pitfalls and promises of establishing and supporting an institutional repository. An outstanding panel of presenters will discuss the legal and access issues as well as various IR platforms and models that will provide attendees with the means to make informed decisions regarding the introduction of an institutional repository.


  • Greg Tananbaum, Consulting Services at the Intersection of Technology, Content and Academia
  • Georgia Harper, Scholarly Communications Advisor, University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Leah Vanderjagt, Digital Repository Services Librarian, University of Alberta Libraries
  • Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Jessica Branco Colati, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Project Director, Alliance Digital Repository
  • Bob Gerrity, Director of Library Systems, Boston College Libraries
  • Robert Tansley, Engineer, Google, Inc.

ALCTS thanks Berkeley Electronic Press for their generous support of this event.

Midwinter Symposium: Breaking Down the Silos: Planning for Discovery in Library 2.0, Friday, January 23, 2009

Libraries today face many choices when trying to optimize resources discovery for their patrons. Much of our information resides in separate silos, yet patrons want an integrated, intuitive, and interactive discovery experience. Many companies have developed products that attempt to deliver that experience. How can libraries evaluate the options: next generation catalog interfaces, federated search engines, link resolvers? How do they choose which will be the best fit?

Speakers include:

  • Robert Wolven, AUL for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University
  • Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Programs and Research
  • Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University Library
  • Jill Grog, Electronic Resources Librarian/Associate Professor. University of Alabama Libraries
  • Kristin Antelman, Associate Director of the Digital Library, North Carolina State University


  • Don Barlow, Director, Westerville Public Library, Westerville, Ohio
  • John Meador, Director of University Libraries, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • David Lee King, Digital Branch and Services Manager, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
  • Jennifer Bowen, Director of Metadata Management and a principal investigator for the eXtensible Catalog Project, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

ALCTS thanks Innovative Interfaces, Inc. for their generous support of this event.

Registration is required for both events. Advance registration is available via the ALA conference website.

Advance registration:

Division/RT member: $199.00; ALA member $249; Non-Member $299;

Student/retired member $99

On-site registration:

Division/RT member: $249; ALA member $299; Non-Member $349;

Student/retired member $99

There is a special discounted rate for both symposia:

Division/RT member $339; ALA member $419; Non-Member $499;

Student/retired member $198