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ALCTS-LITA Metadata Standards Committee Formed

ALCTS and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), with the support of Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) are progressing with the formation of the ALCTS-LITA Metadata Standards Committee.

The ALCTS-LITA Metadata Standards Committee will play a leadership role in the creation and development of metadata standards for bibliographic information.  The committee will review and evaluate proposed standards; recommend approval of standards in conformity with ALA policy; establish a mechanism for the continuing review of standards (including the monitoring of further development); provide commentary on the content of various implementations of standards to concerned agencies; and maintain liaison with concerned units within ALA and relevant outside agencies.

ALCTS and LITA are now working together on the logistics of launching the joint committee. RUSA will also participate via a voting liaison member.

The initial ALCTS members of the ALCTS-LITA Metadata Standards Committee are:

  • Jenn Riley, Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (co-chair)
  • Kevin Clair, Metadata Librarian, Pennsylvania State University Libraries
  • Bonnie Parks, Technology & Catalog Librarian, W.W. Clark Memorial Library, University of Portland
  • Amy Rudersdorf, Director, Digital Information Management Program, State Library of North Carolina.

While continuing many of the best traditions of ALCTS, the new Metadata Standards Committee will enable us to contribute in new ways to the developing information environment. The new committee will begin its work at the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.

ALCTS Technical Services Advocacy Resources Task Force Created

In October, ALCTS President Carolynn Myall announced the formation of the Technical Services Advocacy Resources Task Force. This task force will assemble a collection of resources, available through our website, to help ALCTS members demonstrate and articulate the value of functions in ALCTS’ areas of coverage, historically known as technical services. The formation of the task force is one of the ALCTS Board’s initiatives to fulfill recommendations of last year’s Advocacy Task Force, chaired by Mary Beth Weber.

The members are:

  • Louise Ratliff, UCLA, chair (from original ALCTS Advocacy TF);
  • Dracine Hodges, Ohio State University;
  • Roberta Winjum, Vanderbilt University;
  • Paul Lightcap, Salem (Or.) Public Library; and
  • Kris Kern, Portland State University.

ALCTS Advocacy Coordinating Group Formed

Members of a new division-level committee, the ALCTS Advocacy Coordinating Group, were named recently. The purpose of the group is to enable ALCTS to play an effective role in policy development, and bring our members’ expertise to many pertinent policy discussions, for the benefit of library service. Establishing the group is one of the ALCTS Board’s initiatives to fulfill recommendations of last year’s Advocacy Task Force, chaired by Mary Beth Weber. The committee charge, specific tasks, and membership are below.

  • Olivia M. A. Madison, Iowa State University Libraries, chair
  • Joyce McDonough, Columbia University Libraries
  • Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Oklahoma State University Library
  • Sarah Simpson, Tulsa (Okla.) City-County Library, virtual member
  • Reeta Sinha, Lane Medical Library, Stanford University

Ex officio:

  • Eleanor Cook, Joyner Library, East Carolina University (ALCTS representative, ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group)
  • Duncan Stewart, University of Iowa Libraries (ALCTS representative, ALA Legislative Assembly)

Charge:

The ALCTS Advocacy Coordinating Group is charged with enabling the Association to play a proactive and effective role in policy development, in order to enhance ALCTS’ contribution to the advancement of the profession and the improvement of library services.

Specific tasks:

  • Continuously scan the environment for policy discussions and decisions falling with ALCTS’ areas of interest.
  • Provide Association-wide coordination to ensure that ALCTS identifies opportunities for involvement and responds promptly to issues of concern.
  • Pursue partnerships to leverage ALCTS’ influence in policy-making.

Membership:

  • Chair.
  • Four members-at-large.
  • Two voting ex officio members:
    • ALCTS representative to the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group.
    • ALCTS representative to the ALA Legislative Assembly.

Regina Gong selected ALCTS Emerging Leader

Regina GongRegina Gong, manager of Library Technical Services and Technology, Lansing (Mich.) Community College, has been selected as the ALCTS sponsored Emerging Leader for 2012–2013. Each year, ALCTS sponsors one Emerging Leader who has chosen collections and technical services as a career and is a member of ALCTS.

In her current position, Gong coordinates and manages the technical services work at the library, including cataloging, acquisitions, e-resources management and resource sharing. In addition, she serves on the library’s budget, web improvement and department improvement committees, as well as the Lansing Community College Judicial Board. She volunteers her time as a teacher in St. Martha Parish in Okemos, Mich., and is a member of the Lansing Chinese Association, helping new Chinese students adjust to college life.

Regina is a member of ALCTS, ACRL and LLAMA. She is active in the Michigan Library Association. In 2009, Regina was the recipient of an ARL Career Enhancement Program fellowship, working in the Content Management Core Group at the University of Arizona library. 

She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of the Philippines and her library degree from Wayne State University.

After her year in the Emerging Leader Program, Regina will serve a one year term as intern to the ALCTS Board of Directors.

ALA Launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?”

To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit, a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.

Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance on ways to use the media templates, as well as ALA talking points, e-book data, and public service announcement scripts.

To view the communications toolkit, visit www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ebooktoolkit. All questions about the media toolkit should be sent to Jazzy Wright, press officer of the ALA Washington Office, at jwright@alawash.org.