ALCTS, ALA, and Industry News

Thirty percent of the ALCTS membership attended the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. We are thrilled to see so many of our membership actively engaged at the Conference.

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Get the latest news and updates by following the ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ALCTS_ARC) or mention @ALCTS_ARC in your tweets so we can retweet your events.

Schaefer Named Co-chair of the PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group

Sybil Schaefer is the supervisory archivist for web development and administration at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Previous positions include assistant professor/digital initiatives metadata librarian in the Center for Digital Initiatives at the University of Vermont and archives analyst/user services lead at Archivists® Toolkit (AT) at New York University. In 2011, she was named an ALA Emerging Leader and was awarded a Code4Lib Scholarship. She is a current member of both the Standards Committee and DACS Revision Technical Subcommittee in the Society of American Archivists. She will serve as co-chair from 2011–2013.

Volunteer for ALCTS

Summer is over and school is starting. Time to wake up to fall and a new year of ALCTS business by volunteering to serve on a committee. This first step often leads to rewarding, interesting experiences—read about member Amy Jackson’s experience in this issue of ANO.
The volunteer form (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/mgrps/howto/vol_form.xml) is ready for you to fill out. You'll need to log on to the ALA web site to access the form. ALA Member and Customer Service is happy to help if you don't have that information handy—contact them at 1-800-545-2433, press 5.

ALCTS Continuing Education Events for Fall

Four web courses and approximately thirteen webinars are available this fall. Visit the ALCTS Conferences & Events (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/index.cfm) web page for details and registration information.

eLRTS Launch Date Approaching

Library Resources and Technical Services, (LRTS), a long-standing ALCTS publication, is preparing to go online. Testing on the new eLRTS platform is ongoing. Look for it this in October!

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, 2011.

See the Awards section of the ALCTS web site (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/awards/index.xml) and the related news releases for more information. For questions, please contact the chair of the specific award jury via e-mail (check the rosters online) or contact alcts@ala.org.

2012 Annual Conference Program and Preconference Proposals Being Accepted

The ALCTS Program Committee invites program and preconference proposals for ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, California. The dates of the 2012 conference are June 21–26.

If there are programs that you would enjoy attending, this is a great opportunity to make it happen. What's missing from your ALA program experience?

If you're interested in planning a preconference or program, please complete the appropriate web form:

Appointments with the committee usually take about fifteen minutes. The committee and ALCTS staff will help refine your ideas and coordinate logistics. You don’t need to have all the details when you initially fill out the proposal form. And although programs or preconferences often originate with ALCTS sections or interest groups, they can also come from individuals or other groups

Beginning in 2012, ALCTS plans to offer in-person and virtual preconferences. (A virtual preconference would likely consist of a series of three or four webinars in the weeks leading up to the Annual Conference.) If you are interested in planning a virtual preconference, please indicate this in the “Additional Information” section of the proposal form.

More information about the planning process can be found in the “How To” section of the ALCTS web site (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/mgrps/howto/plan/index.xml). Please contact any member of the ALCTS Program Committee with questions.

People

In August, Rebecca Guenther retired as senior networking and standards specialist from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Among her many accomplishments, Guenther was a member of the Network Development on MARC Standards office, and was instrumental in the development of the PREMIS Data Dictionary. Read the Library of Congress article (http://blogs.loc.gov.14feb-youth.com/digitalpreservation/2011/07/digital-pioneer-rebecca-guenther/).

Lisa B. German was recently promoted to Associate Dean for Collections, Information and Access Services at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

Rebecca L. Mugridge-MacIntosh was recently promoted to Librarian, Head Cataloging and Metadata Services at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

Christopher H. Walker was recently tenured and promoted to Associate Librarian, Serials Cataloging Librarian in Cataloging and Metadata Services at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

OITP Offers New Publications on Digitization, E-Book Collection Development

The Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) launched a new publication series this past spring, OITP Perspectives. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications/oitpperspectives/index.xml to download the first publication in the series, “Digitizing Hidden Collections in Public Libraries” by Gwen Glazer.

Additionally, the OITP E-books Task Force, established after Annual 2010, published “E-Book Tip Sheets: Collection Development for E-Books” (http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/ebook_collection_dev.pdf) this past June. Written by Anne Behler, the goal of the tip sheet is to help librarians find sustainable collections models for both libraries and their users.

New Portal Launched

ALA’s new Transforming Libraries portal is being developed as a single location to learn about ALA’s newest strategic direction, providing “leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasingly global digital information environment.” It is developed in an effort to feed different content from various locations within ALA into one location. While it is still being tweaked, it’s already a great resource for all things ALA. Check it out at http://transforming.ala.org/.

ECIP Cataloging Partnership Program

The Library of Congress is interested in partnering with other libraries to ensure enhanced and timelier access to prepublication data for materials in the subject areas of science and technology. If your library has a special focus on collecting these materials, we would like you to consider joining the Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partnership Program.

What is the ECIP Cataloging Partnership Program? It is a national-level collaborative effort between the Library of Congress and other U.S. libraries, including the National Library of Medicine, the National Agricultural Library, academic libraries, public libraries, and special libraries. These libraries catalog forthcoming titles via an electronic program, with access to an electronic galley. In order to participate, your library must be a BIBCO member in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), or be a NACO/SACO member interested in applying for BIBCO status.

What would be the benefits of participating in the ECIP Cataloging Partnership Program? Current partners who specialize in a subject area of interest use the pre-publication information for acquisitions purposes. Their cataloging expertise assists libraries nationwide. In the subject areas of science and technology, the volume of materials published annually is growing at an exponential rate. Your library’s participation would assist in providing timely access to these important materials.

If you are interested in joining this national partnership, please contact T. Michael Womack (twom@loc.gov), CIP Program Specialist for further information.

Universities Plan to Disseminate Digitized Orphan Works

Universities including Cornell, Duke, and Michigan have announced they will allow library users to have full access to the digital text of so-called orphan works, books whose copyright owner can’t be contacted. Read more at PaidContent.org (http://paidcontent.org/article/419-move-by-universities-creates-new-problem-for-google-books-deal/).

First RDA Vocabularies Published

The following is the introduction to an announcement from the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC).

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), the DCMI/RDA Task Group (http://dublincore.org/dcmirdataskgroup/), and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the co-publishers of RDA) are pleased to announce that the first group of RDA controlled vocabularies has been reviewed, approved, and their status in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) changed to ‘published.’ Read more at http://www.rdatoolkit.org/content/221

Mountain West Digital Library Releases New Dublin Core Application Profile

The 2.0 version of the Mountain West Digital Library Dublin Core Application Profile is now available for downloading and use from the Mountain Digital Library website at http://mwdl.org, on the “About” page. This Application Profile supersedes the 2006 Metadata Guidelines for the Mountain West Digital Library and the CDP Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices for use with metadata harvested into the MWDL.

The Profile is accompanied by a set of General Guidelines for Digital Metadata, also available on the “About” page of http://mwdl.org, which offers more detailed explanations and examples on how to handle specific metadata cases and issues that have been cloudy in the past. The Guidelines are a living document that will be updated as the need arises.