ALCTS National Conference • Jun. 20–21, Washington, DC

Wed 6.20

1:30–5 pm
Onsite registration available
Interactive Futures:
Opening session

Richard A. Lanham, speaker

4:30–5:30 pm
Poster Sessions

5–7 pm

Thu 6.21

7:30 am
Continental Breakfast

8:30 am–4:30 pm
Interactive Futures:
Plenary sessions with Dianne van der Reyden and David Lankes

End Notes with Stephen Abram

Closing Panel, moderated by Carol Pitts Diedrichs

6 pm
Gala Dinner Cruise

sponsored by OCLC

   Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services

Wednesday, June 20 • 1:30–7 pm
Thursday, June 21 • 7:30 am–4:30 pm
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Just before the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, a one-of-a-kind ALCTS Conference will take place June 20 and 21, 2007. "Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services" will engage attendees in a thought-provoking, open, and participatory exchange on the transformation of our work and the profession. Presenters and attendees will collaborate to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Participants will be enriched and energized by this experience; they will leave with an active agenda for the future.

After the three plenary session speakers, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the presentations and how the issues and insights the speakers offer will affect the future of technical services. These sessions, led by an outstanding group of facilitators, provide a forum to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Participants will leave with an active agenda for the future. Library school students will act as recorders for each break out session and the notes of the discussion shared with the participants.

Featured speakers include Richard Lanham, Stephen Abram, Dianne van der Reyden, and David Lankes. The full schedule of events (current as of March 2007) appears below.

The ALCTS Conference is conveniently located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, easily accessible from all the major downtown hotels and the Federal Triangle Metro station.

Registration Information | Housing Information | Detailed Schedule

Preregistration extended to June 13. Or register onsite.


ALCTS Anniversary Gala Dinner Cruise

Thursday, June 21
Gangplank Marina
6th and Water Streets

Boarding • 6–7pm
Set Sail • 7pm

Following the close of the ALCTS conference, the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held aboard the Odyssey Cruises ship, Odyssey III, which sails up the Potomac River past many of Washington's most popular sites.(Check out the review in Make plans to attend. Please register by June 8. Cost is $75 per person

Register Online | Register by mail, fax or email


ALCTS National Conference
Member Type
ALCTS Members

$ 250

ALA Member




   Register Online | Register by mail, fax or email

Preregistration extended until June 13. Or register onsite.

Fees include conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and breaks.

Onsite registration: Will be accepted if space is available. Call ALCTS at (312) 280-5034 to check availability after June 1.

NOTE: While we invite you to attend both the conference and the dinner, you may opt to register for only one event.    

Housing Information

Hotel Washington
515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Group Block Dates & Rates

Tuesday, June 19 $175 s/d
Wednesday, June 20 $175 s/d
Thursday, June 21 $175 s/d
Cut-Off Date: Friday, March 30

Phone Reservations

Call Toll Free #1-800-424-9540 (9 am - 8 pm M-F; 9 am - 4 pm Sat & Sun). Identify yourself as being with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services room block.

Online Reservations

Go to, click on the group reservation link on the home page and use the group booking ID # 36641.

Reservations must be made with a major credit card.

Arrivals & Departures

Check-in Time: after 3:00 p.m. | Check-out Time: before 12:00 noon

Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. In the event that a guest checks-out prior to the scheduled departure date, an early departure fee of $50 will be added to the guest's individual account. In order to avoid this charge, the guest should inform the hotel no later than 24 hours in advance.


Individual reservations can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty. If no cancellation is received and a guest does not arrive on the day scheduled, it is considered a no show and subject to a no show fee in the amount of one night room and tax.    

National Conference Details

Detailed Schedule:
ALCTS 50th Anniversary Conference
Wed 6.20 Thu 6.21
1:30 2 pm
7:30 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
2 3 pm
Opening General Session: Richard Lanham "The Two Markets: Libraries in an Attention Economy"
8:30 9:45 am
Plenary Session: David Lankes "Collecting Conversations in a Massive Scale World"
3 3:30 pm
Break and Mingle
9:45 10 am
3:30 4:30 pm
Break-out Sessions
10 11 am
Break-out Sessions
4:30 5:30 pm
Poster Sessions
Submit your presentation online today.
11 am Noon
Plenary Session: Dianne van der Reyden
5 7p m
Reception (overlaps with poster sessions from 5–5:30pm)
Noon 1:15 pm
Lunch (provided)
1:15 2:15 pm
Break-out Sessions
2:15 2:30 pm
2:30 3:30 pm
End Note with Stephen Abram "Social Libraries: The Librarian 2.0 Phenomenon"
3:30 4:30 pm
Closing Panel


Wednesday, 2–3 pm

   Opening General Session

The Two Markets: Libraries in an Attention Economy

Featured Speaker: Richard A. Lanham is an author, lecturer, and UCLA English professor emeritus. His works include: The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts. (1993, Univ. of Chicago Press) His latest work, The Economics of Attention (2006, Univ. of Chicago Press).

Thursday 8:30 & 11 am

   Plenary Sessions

Collecting Conversations in a Massive Scale World

David Lankes is an associate professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. He has authored, co-authored or edited eight books, and written numerous book chapters and journal articles on the Internet and digital reference.

Lankes’ presentation outlines some of the issues and opportunities for libraries in this massive scale environment as well as presenting a new way of organizing library materials: as conversations.”

More about David Lankes:

Dianne van der Reyden, Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress is author of The Real Versus the Virtual: Selecting Content for Digital Outreach and Preservation, Recent Scientific Research in Conservation, and Storage of Documents,

2:30–3:30 pm

   "End Note"

Social Libraries: The Librarian 2.0 Phenomenon

Featured Speaker: Stephen Abram is Vice President of Innovation, Sirsi Corporation. He is a leading international librarian and lighthouse thinker in the North American library community.

Abram’s talk addresses the role of the library, its evolution and traditions in the social web: Library 2.0, RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, MySpace, and do library staff have the right skills and competencies.

Stephen Abram: and

3:30–4:30 pm

   Closing Panel

The panel will be moderated by Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Dean, University of Kentucky Libraries. Attendees will hear from Nancy Gwinn, Karen Calhoun, Peggy Johnson, and Brian Schottlaender.