Midwinter 2010

Interest Group Topics

Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Group

The CCS/MAGERT Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Group will not meet during its regularly scheduled timeslot to enable participants to attend the SACO At-Large meeting on Sunday, January 17, 11am–12 noon at the Convention Center, Room 257A.

The SACO At-Large meeting will focus on a special topic of cartographic materials and cataloging related issues. Paige Andrew has been asked by John Mitchell, Library of Congress, to deliver a presentation about his web site. The goal is to use the web site as a foundation for teaching online map cataloging courses. Contact chair Carolyn J. Kadri for more information.

Automated Acquisitions In-Process/Control Systems Interest Group

The Automated Acquisitions In-Process/Control Systems Interest Group invites you to a presentation of R2 Consulting’s recent research associated with the Library of Congress Project on the Creation and Distribution of MARC Records in North America. The group will meet on Sunday, January 17, 10:30 am–12 noon at the Westin Waterfront in Grand Ballroom A.

In response to the report prepared by the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, the Library of Congress commissioned R2 Consulting, LLC to research and describe the North American marketplace for cataloging records, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. The scope of this project is broad, including data gathered from all types of US and Canadian producers, distributors, and consumers of MARC records. Ruth Fischer, of R2 Consulting will provide an overview of their research and lead what we expect to be a lively discussion. It should be understood that R2 will not be speaking for the Library of Congress, but about their findings only. The final report is available online.

Contact co-chairs Sharon Marshall and Michael Zeoli for more information.

Book and Paper Interest Group

The Book and Paper Interest Group (BPIG) will meet on Saturday, January 16, 4–5:30pm in the Marriott Copley Place, Nantucket Room. The meeting will start with three short updates:

  • Deborah Nolan, Library Binding Institute (LBI), will provide an update on the newly published Library Binding Took Kit.
  • There will be an update from Library of Congress (speaker TBA) on their new initiative to test the permanence of recycled paper.
  • Brian Baird, Bridgeport Bindery, will discuss the new PUR adhesives that binderies will consider using.

The BPIG co-chairs will then lead an open discussion on how preservation professionals are dealing with the budget impacts stemming from our nation's economic downturn:

  • Have you implemented new workflows or changed existing ones in light of budget cuts?
  • Has your institution stopped some long term practices to defer costs?
  • Have you developed low- or no-cost training/travel ideas?
  • Have other ideas that would help stretch budgets or tips on how to successfully propose these ideas to your administration?

Bring your ideas and suggestions to the BPIG meeting. The co-chairs are looking for creative, out-of-the-box ideas that anyone might implement. Contact co-chairs Karen Brown and Beth Doyle for more information.

Copy Cataloging Interest Group

Chair Tatiana Barr and Vice-Chair Meg Mering invite all members of the Copy Cataloging Interest Group and others with an interest in copy cataloging to join them in Boston on Saturday, January 16, 10:30am–12 noon in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 258 A/B. Speakers to be announced. Contact Tatiana Barr for more information.

Digital Conversion Interest Group

The PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group will meet on Saturday, January 16, 1:30–3:30pm at the Intercontinental Boston in Rose Kennedy III.


  • Chris Lacinak, Founder and President of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
  • Adam Corson-Finnerty, Director Of Special Initiatives & Board Relations, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • Lotfi Belkhir, CEO and Founder of Kirtas Technologies

The challenges and solutions of born-digital audio/video formats conversion to modern formats will be addressed. Learn how the University of Pennsylvania Libraries partnership with Kirtas Technologies resulted in making over 200,000 titles available for scan-on-demand and purchase. This is the first step in a board program to “monetize content” from Penn’s 6,000,000 volume collection. Contact chair Janet Ahrberg for more information.

Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

The meeting, focussed on digital curation, will take place on Sunday, January 17, 10:30 am–12 noon at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy. A short business meeting will follow the speakers.

Like other research universities, Michigan State University has amassed a growing body of digital information—some of which only exists in digital form. Without an active, well-considered plan for managing and preserving these resources, they will eventually become inaccessible due to the ever-changing nature of technology.

The Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) recently embarked on a digital curation planning project designed to help ensure the trustworthy preservation, management, and stewardship of the university's digital assets and intellectual property. Project activities will include a campus-wide survey followed up by in-depth interviews of select units that may be accompanied by inventorying and appraisal of digital assets.

Anticipated outcomes of the project include broad guidelines for electronic records appraisal, metadata, and file naming conventions that may be applied university-wide. The project is also expected to support the establishment of an institutional repository at the university.

Speakers will be Cynthia Ghering, Director, Michigan State UAHC and Lisa Schmidt, Electronic Records Archivist and Team Leader, Michigan State University Digital Curation Planning Project. Contact chair Randy Roeder for more information.

Metadata Interest Group

The Metadata Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 17, 8–10am in the Westin Waterfront, Otis Room for a program.

Featured speakers include:

  • Roy Tennant, OCLC Research, will discuss a "metadata mashup" involving three different types of metadata. His presentation will illustrate the selected process, discuss the challenges faced, and share lessons learned about how to mashup several metadata streams effectively and extract useful information from the result.
  • Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester, will discuss the eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project, which has developed an open-source platform for automating the processing of metadata in any XML-based schema.

MIG will hold its business meeting (9:30–10am) following the informal presentations. Contact chair Joanna Burgess for more information.

New Members Interest Group

The ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) will provide a forum for exchanging information and discussing issues of interest to new ALCTS members. The first meeting of ANMIG will take place on Saturday, January 16, 10:30 am–12 noon at the Westin Waterfront in the Lewis Room. Established in September 2009, the group will serve as a vehicle to create a feedback mechanism for new members while helping them build a knowledgebase of the organization and its resources.

Information gained from the ANMIG will be used as a basis for discussion of ALCTS programs/services initiatives via ALCTS committees and groups, and how these services impact new members. Contact the chair, Keisha Manning, for more information.

Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

The Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group will meet on Saturday, January 16, 8–10am. The discussion will focus on “Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution.” Library technical services have been undergoing radical changes and are facing new challenges due to shrinking budgets, staffing reductions, new e-formats and technology. Shifting priorities and seeking innovative approaches and workflows are critical in meeting these challenges.

The discussion will cover topics such as aligning technical services with library initiatives, applying new technologies to improve workflows, leveraging cooperation across institutions, retooling technical services staff and collaborating with other departments within the library. Contact chair Annie Wu for more information.