News

From ALCTS

ALCTS Technology Update

New Facebook Page and URL

The Facebook group for ALCTS has migrated to a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alcts, where we have begun posting ALCTS events and news. The ALCTS Twitter feed posts directly to the Wall. We hope to incorporate more Facebook features like causes (perhaps for Preservation Week) as we progress through the fall and into 2011.

Multiple admins are allowed, so if you’re interested in learning what ALCTS is doing on a daily basis and wish to help promote ALCTS activities and resources, please contact the office at alcts@ala.org. Have a look at the page even if you are not into social networking. You can view the page without registering for an account.

Did You Know? ALCTS Tweets

In addition to the main feed at ALCTS ( http://twitter.com/alcts), ALCTS_CE ( http://twitter.com/ALCTS_CE) pushes information about ALCTS-related continuing education and ALCTS_CRG_CE ( http://twitter.com/alcts_crg_ce) lists educational opportunities all over the U.S. with ALCTS Affiliate groups.

Recent Updates to ALA Connect

Jenny Levine and other ALA Information Technology & Telecommunication Services (ITTS) staffers are constantly evaluating and improving Connect along with other big projects like creating file repositories and the improved conference scheduler. (Read Jenny’s detailed report—complete with screen shots!—in her September 3, 2010 post on the ITTS blog. Keep an eye on this blog (itts.ala.org/news) for regular news about improvements to all kinds of electronic resources at ALA.) The following improvements have been made to enhance the ALA Connect experience:

  1. Changed Connect email notifications to HTML, which allows styles (bold, italics, lists) that make messages easier to read.
  2. While they’re working on a module for group-based repositories this fall, they’ve provided the PCLZip module, which allows downloading of a bunch of attachments as a single zip file. You can still download each attachment separately.
  3. You’ll now receive an email notification when someone friends you on the site.
  4. You can now attach files to comments. This should work on any type of content that offers commenting (posts, online docs, calendar events, polls, and discussions).
  5. The “compare versions” of online documents feature now includes a direct link to the revisions page in the email notifications so that you can quickly go straight to the page on the site to see what changed.
  6. We added some extra fields to the Opportunities Exchange that will allow our awesome Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment staff to begin adding the thousands of opportunities available in the Financial Assistance for Library & Information Studies (FALIS) Directory so that they’re searchable and shareable.
  7. Position titles are now visible on working group rosters so that you can tell what each person’s role is in the group (as long as the title is noted in the member database.)
  8. The chat module has been upgraded and appears to be much more stable. A checkbox to “pause autoscrolling” has been added in case the conversation is going by too quickly for you to read. The chat feature will continue to be reviewed and improved
  9. The statistics module has been improved. ALCTS members are heavy Connect users. The following table shows the Top 5 Divisions (based on percentage of each division’s members using Connect.) Stats taken from Connect Statistics, September 21, 2010.
Percent of ALCTS members using Connect May–Sept. 2010
Months (2010) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
September (so far) ASCLA (6.5) ALCTS (5.7) LITA (4.7) (tie) ACRL RUSA YALSA (4.1)  
August ALCTS (7.3) ASCLA (6.3) LITA (6.1) (tie) ACRL RUSA (5.8)  
July ALCTS (8.7) RUSA (8.4) LITA (8.1) ASCLA (7.8) ACRL (7.4)
June (tie) ALCTS and RUSA (10) LITA (9.8) ACRL (9.4) ASCLA (9.3)  
May ALCTS (7.7) ASCLA (7.5) RUSA (7) LITA (6.6) ACRL (6.4)

News from the Office

You may notice a new, unfamiliar email address in your inbox in the next few weeks. After getting married in April, Christine Taylor (publishing, web site, & membership liaison for the past five years) has changed her name and will now be known as Christine McConnell (not hyphenated). 2010 has been quite a year for Christine, who gained a fantastic new husband, Ken (USPS letter carrier who bakes), and a super-smart stepson, Jake (computer engineering major sophomore at Ohio State). If everything works out to plan, Christine should have her new email address by October 4: cmcconnell@ala.org. The old address will continue to work for the forseeable future so that nothing falls through the cracks.

ALCTS Seeks Papers Series Editor

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is seeking an editor for its Paper Series. This is a three-year appointment and comes with a stipend to support travel to ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference. The position is available starting October 1, 2010. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and letter of interest with particular attention to your background as an editor to Mary Page at mspage@mail.ucf.edu. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2010.

The ALCTS Papers Series, moving forward, is envisioned as a group of digital publications and an occasional print publication intended to focus on issues related to technical services and collections in the broadest context. The series publishes papers from a wide range of sources including ALCTS continuing education offerings, conference programs, topic-oriented short monographic papers and opinion/issues pieces.

The ALCTS Papers Series Editor, working in close conjunction with the Program, Continuing Education and Publications Committees, sets strategic direction for the Series; identifies promising topics, authors, and programmatic events for inclusion in one of the initiatives under their editorship. The Editor also works closely with the editors of Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS) and the editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online ( ANO) identifying likely papers for their respective publishing venues and coordinating solicitation of papers.

The Editor solicits manuscripts for each initiative and is responsible for a program of multiple offerings in any given year. The Editor manages the work with the authors and contributors to produce quality and timely publications in the shortest timeframe. The Editor is responsible for the overall coordination of the manuscript editorial process. The Editor manages the publishing process of the Paper Series through an editorial board of four and the Publications Manager in the ALCTS Office. The editorial board meets at both the Annual and Midwinter conferences to discuss ideas for manuscripts and the manuscript solicitation process. The Editor is expected to attend both meetings. The Editor serves as chair of the Editorial Board. The editor provides counsel and support for authors. This requires regular and tactful communication with authors, editors, and liaisons to see the process through to completion.

The editor serves as a voting, ex-officio member of the Publications Committee and is strongly encouraged to attend meetings of the Program and Continuing Education Committees.

The editor is appointed for a three-year, renewable term and receives a stipend to support travel to the ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings. The Editor must be an ALCTS member. Experience with digital publications is preferred.

The search committee will conduct interviews by phone after the deadline. To apply for this position, send a C.V. or resume, along with a letter including information about previous editorial experience by October 15, 2010 to: Mary Page, Chair, ALCTS Papers Series Editor Search Committee, mspage@mail.ucf.edu. Email application submissions are strongly encouraged.

Awards Nominees Sought

Nominees are sought for ALCTS awards given for innovation, achievement in preservation, professional recognition in library technical services, work in continuing resources, and library technical services publications. The deadline for most awards is December 1, 2010.

See the Awards section of the ALCTS web site and the related news releases for more information. For questions, please contact the chair of the specific award jury via email (check the rosters online) or contact alcts@ala.org.