Midwinter 2010

Symposiums and Forums

Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library

The ALCTS Symposium “Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library” will take place on Thursday, January 14, 8:30am–5pm in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 252 A/B.

Collections and access to information are the bread and butter of libraries. The digital environment has introduced new materials, new partners and new user expectations into the information arena. Distinguished speakers address such issues as recruiting students into information-related professions, information-seeking behaviors of those living in the digital age, emerging initiatives related to information access and techniques institutions may employ in adapting to new information ecologies. Learn how to facilitate the delivery of information and gain understanding of an environment of constantly evolving genres and increasing quantities of information. Exchange ideas with each other, the speakers and a panel of experts.


  • Margaret Ashida, Project Director, Empire State STEM Education Initiative, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Kevin Guthrie, President, ITHAKA
  • John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III, Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School, and co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
  • John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT), University of Michigan and Executive Director, Hathi Trust


  • Ann Wolpert, Director of Libraries, MIT
  • Jenny Levine, Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide, ALA who blogs as The Shifted Librarian
  • John Yemma, Editor, Christian Science Monitor

Find more information online.

And Now for Something Completely Different: Our Future from Outside the Box

ALCTS constantly monitors the environment for horizon issues, because only by doing so can we position our members to respond to such issues proactively rather than reactively. The ALCTS Symposium “And Now for Something Completely Different: Our Future from Outside the Box” will take place on Friday, January 15, 8:30am–5pm in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 252 A/B.

Several cutting-edge thinkers will prepare short opinion pieces on future trends/issues/developments that are likely to impact research, instruction and scholarly communication in the next decade. These essays will serve as the foundation for panel discussions among some of these thinkers, selected respondents and attendees on emerging roles for libraries and librarians, particularly collections and technical services librarians. This symposium will build upon the themes developed in the ALCTS Symposium “Living Digital.”

Invited essayists and speakers include:

  • Peter Brantley, Director, Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, and the author of the Shimenawa blog. He is the former Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation, prior to which he served as the Director of Technology at the California Digital Library.
  • Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives, Norwich University, writer, teacher and self-described tech geek, author of Social Software in Libraries. She is also the author of the Information Wants to Be Free blog.
  • Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly, Dean of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, sponsor of the Extensible Catalog (XC) project, and co-author of E-Book Functionality: What Libraries and Their Patrons Want and Expect from Electronic Books.
  • Daniel Greenstein, Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Programs, and Coordination in the University of California’s Office of the President. Prior to this, Greenstein was University Librarian for the California Digital Library (CDL). Before joining the CDL, Greenstein was Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation.
  • Joseph Janes, Associate Dean, Information School, University of Washington and author of the American Libraries column, “The Internet Librarian.” Previously, he was the Founding Director of the Internet Public Library; Thomas Leonard, Kenneth and Dorothy Hill University Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism. Leonard is Immediate Past-President of the Association of Research Libraries.
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President of Alexander Street Press, publisher of scholarly digital collections in the humanities and social sciences. In 2008, Rhind-Tutt was a contributor to CLIR’s No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.
  • David Weinberger, Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and Everything is Miscellaneous.

Find more information online.

CCS Forum

Year of Cataloging Research Kick Off

To kick-off the year of Cataloging Research (2010), the CCS Forum will be devoted to presentations and discussion about cataloging research as well as examples of current research. The CCS Forum will take place on Friday, January 15, 3:30–5:30 pm at the Boston Convention Center, Room 104A/B. Qiang Jin, Chair of the Cataloging and Classification Section, will serve as moderator.


  • Michele Cloonan, Dean, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will discuss Simmons’ up-and-coming Ph.D.s and how important the program is to foster an understanding of the need for cataloging research.
  • Sandy Roe, Editor, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, will discuss the importance of cataloging research, and how CCQ supports cataloging research.
  • Martha Yee, Cataloging Supervisor, UCLA Film & Television Archive, will discuss the RDF model to build in ways for encoding the relationships between topics and their subdivisions that conveys more information than the MARC subfield codes v, x, y, and z provide.
  • Daniel Joudrey, Arlene Taylor and Tina Gross will present “The Effect of Controlled Vocabulary on Keyword Searching.” Their research explores the need for LCSH and other controlled vocabularies to enhance keyword searching and retrieval in today's catalog.

CMDS Forum

A Changing Section for a Changing Profession

The CMDS Forum will take place on Sunday, January 17, 4–5:30pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253A. The focus of the forum is to present to the membership and to others who are interested in becoming involved with CMDS, the section’s plans for reorganizing its current structure to mirror the shifts that have occurred in the profession in managing collections, including establishing policies and procedures, budgeting, selecting and evaluating resources, and strategic planning in all types of libraries. Contact Kathy Tezla, Chair, CMDS for more information.

Cataloging Committee Update Forum

The CRS Cataloging Committee Update Forum will be held on Monday, January 18, 1:30-3:30pm at the Hilton Boston FD in the Kellogg Room. Representatives of the CONSER Program, the ISSN Program, and the Continuing Resources Section's liaison to CC:DA will present news and updates. The second part of the program will be a presentation by ISSN Director Regina H. Reynolds, Library of Congress, who will present findings from the RDA Testing group regarding serials records in RDA. Contact Christopher Walker, CRCC Chair, for more information.

Committee on Holdings Information Forum

Holding Information for E-Books

The CRS Committee on Holdings Information Forum, “Does Holdings Information Have Any Relevance to Electronic Books?” will take place on Saturday, January 16, 4–5:30pm Westin Waterfront in the Webster Room.

The forum will explore holdings standards for electronic books, the role of holdings information and issues in managing electronic books, and the similarities and differences between managing holdings information for e-journals and e-books.


  • Katherine Klemperer, ONIX SOH for e-books
  • OCLC representative (to be announced)
  • Maria Stanton, SerialsSolutions

Contact Julie Su for more information.

CRS Forum

Standards Update

The CRS Standards Update Forum will take place on Sunday, January 17, 10:30am–12 noon at the Westin Waterfront, Harbor Ballroom I. A topic and speakers will be announced at a later date. Contact chair Cecilia Genereux for more information.

PARS Forum

Preservation Week at Your Library

The PARS Forum will take place on Sunday, January 25, 4–5:30pm in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 702. The program is titled “Pass it On!: Leverage Library Interest using ALCTS Preservation Week.” This ninety-minute forum shares experiences from programs to inspire participation in Preservation Week 2010 (May 9–15) and in future years. Learn how the widespread interest in family and local history and personal collections (photographs, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, film and video, quilts, costumes, artworks, and more) can help you build preservation and library awareness, reach new audiences, and further community ties.

A panel of experienced speakers will draw connections to highly effective ideas (including ALA resources) that can be adapted to a preservation theme as a lead-in to audience discussion and brainstorming. A packet of materials will provide ideas, examples of PR and outreach tools, copyright-free templates, and Web and print resources for creating an awareness campaign and follow-up for library users in any kind of library.


  • Jill Rawnsley, Consultant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Michele Stricker, Consultant, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Donia Conn, Workshop Program and Reference Coordinator, Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Massachusetts
  • Others to be announced

Contact PARS chair Karen E. Brown for more information.

RDA Update Forum

The RDA Update Forum will take place on Sunday, January 17, 1:30–3:30pm in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253A. The text of RDA is now available and will soon be undergoing testing. Those interested in learning more on this topic are strongly encouraged to attend. Scheduled presenters include:

  • Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress, who will discuss RDA testing in national libraries.
  • Sally McCallum, Library of Congress, to provide an update on MARC/MARBI work.
  • Don Chatham, ALA Publishing, to discuss product development progress.
  • Glenn Patton (OCLC), who will talk about the work that OCLC is doing in support of the National Libraries’ testing project.

Contact June Abbas, Chair, RDA Update Forum, for more information.