Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference 2015 San Francisco

June 25 - June 30, 2015 in San Francisco, CA

Virtual Preconference

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services

Week of June 1, 2015. Each 90 minute session will begin at 1 p.m. Central

Although relatively new to the library scene, expectations for metadata services within and outside the library are changing. This preconference explores some of the emerging responsibilities for metadata specialists by focusing on the need for metadata consultation within the data management lifecycle, the assessment of metadata workflows situated in traditional cataloging departments, and the movement to standardize and share local vocabularies.

Three sessions:

  1. Metadata Services for Research Data Management
  2. Assessing Metadata Staffing and Workflows
  3. Techniques and Technologies for Developing Local Controlled Vocabularies

In-Person Preconferences

Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata:  Practical Applications for Library Data

Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This full-day workshop provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data. Session topics include XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows; RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME; XQuery for extracting, manipulating, and constructing library metadata; and PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.

Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us

Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This preconference workshop will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of children's materials, using RDA and MARC21.  Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. The following children's materials types will be covered: video recordings, sound recordings, video games, three-dimensional objects, kits, books with accompanying material in a special format, games, and two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards.

Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and Other Digital Content for Academic Libraries

Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Providing streaming media services is a challenge for academic libraries. The preconference will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media and other digital distribution conduits.  The program will address: acquisition models, cost issues, selection, collection development, delivery systems and platforms, standard licensing models and scenarios for various types of digital media, distribution rights, issues in acquisitions and workflow management, emerging digital resources, nontraditional, datasets, gaming.

Beyond the Looking Glass. Real World Linked Data:  What Does It Take to Make It Work?

Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Too oft of late, discussions have focused on just the technology. An "It's COOL. Library is the last man to the party. Let's just DO IT already." mentality often leads the way. Until the rubber hits the funding road, and funders require results. What beyond technology is required for success? Join us to explore ontology design and data modeling in the real world. Learn about the people, processes, metrics, and yes the technology, needed to succeed.

Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practical Guides

Friday, June 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging video recordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21, and the newly issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD, and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theater) and older video formats will also be addressed.


ALCTS President's Program

Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, addresses the effect of our digital age on our ability to do deep reading. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard as well as degrees in literature from Northwestern and St. Mary’s College. The author of more than 130 scientific publications, Dr. Wolf has written Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, which has received numerous awards and has been translated into thirteen languages. Her current research interest centers on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language, and dyslexia.

Coming to Terms with the New LC Vocabularies: Genre/Form (Literature, Music, General), Demographic Groups and Medium of Performance

The Library of Congress, ALCTS/SAC and MLA have collaborated on new vocabularies to provide genre/form access to literature, music, and "general" works as well as controlled lists of demographic terms and medium of performance terms; new MARC fields are in place for attributes of works including audience, creator characteristics, and time period of creation. Leading contributors to this work will describe the context, development, and practical application of these new vocabularies and fields.

What Drives Collection Assessment? The "Why" That Brings You to "How"

Are we completely controlled by our buildings and the need to weed? What other factors for planning lead us to assess our collections? Is it possible to individualize assessment tools for genuinely meaningful results? Learn how three very different libraries, with different objectives, approached evaluation and assessment.

To the MOOC and Beyond! Adventures in Online Learning, Copyright, and Massive Open Online Courses

As online learning proliferates, universities expect libraries to be more involved in licensing and copyright support. From Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to distance learning, continuing studies, to flipped and blended courses, content selection that engages students and supports instruction is key. However, content can have rights restrictions that limit use in open environments. Learn from librarians in the trenches about the challenges and opportunities of online learning support.

Is Technical Services Dead? Creating Our Future

Major changes have taken place within technical services within the past five to ten years. Automated workflows, a proliferation of vendor supplied services, patron centered acquisition plans, and digital preservation have impacted how we work and the career paths of our newer professionals. A panel of librarians will discuss whether there is a future for traditional  technical services, whether MARC matters with RDA and if RDA will live up to its promise, skills needed for future of technical services work, and technical services advocacy.

Audio Digitization: Starting Out Right

There are many reasons for digitizing collections, but technical and workflow issues as well as copyright restrictions on access and use of audio collections make conversion from analog formats especially complex. The success of any audio digitization venture will rely on asking the right questions before you start. Speakers will explore the challenges of planning and implementing audio digitization projects for preservation and access. Extensive examples from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project will be presented.

Data Clean-Up: Let's Not Sweep It under the Rug

Data migration is inevitable in a world in which technological infrastructures and data standards continue to evolve. Whether you work in a catalog database or a digital library, archives, or institutional repository, working with library resource data means that you will eventually be required to usher data from one system or standard to another. Three speakers working in different library contexts will share their data normalization experiences.

ALCTS Preservation Showdown

Two teams will go head-to-head in debate on a controversial topic in libraries. Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.      

International Outreach: Preservation and Cataloging

Speakers will detail their experiences with international outreach efforts. Speakers will represent preservation and cataloging activities. Jake Nadal will expand on the presentation he gave during Midwinter 2014 in an interest group meeting where he spoke about preservation efforts in Liberia.

Getting Started with Library Linked Open Data:  Lessons from UNLV and NCSU

This program will focus on the practical steps involved in creating and publishing linked data including data modeling, data clean up, enhancing the data with links to other data sets, converting the data to various forms of RDF, and publishing the data set. At each step of the process, the speakers will share their experiences and the tools they used to give the audience multiple perspectives on how to approach linked data creation.

Managing Transliteration of Bibliographic Data

The intersection of language technology with library data has the potential to open up interesting new ways of introducing users to multilingual content. Along the way, it is important to stay mindful of some of the principles that have historically underpinned the production and distribution of data in scripts other than the Latin alphabet.

Leading the Charge: Practical Management Tools and Tips for New Technical Services Managers

The transition into management in library technical services can be daunting and challenging. This lightning round program by experienced managers will present a variety of ways to build rapport and gain your staff's trust, assess current procedures and workflows without scaring off the natives, and initiate change in a positive way.

Open Source Software & Technical Services: Kuali OLE, GOKb and VuFind

Can technical services librarians influence library system development? In the open-source and community-source projects, such as Open Library Environment (Kuali OLE), Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) and VuFind, technical services librarians play lead roles in design, specifying, prioritizing, testing and implementing new software. This program will focus on the technical services librarian participation in these projects, and will show some of the technical services functionality of these products.

Enhancing Access to Literary Works for Children: LC’s Genre/Form and Audience Terms

This program will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) and explain how to use them to catalog and provide access to materials for children. LCGFT and LCDGT will be placed into the context of existing practice, and the relationships among subject headings, genre/form terms, and demographic terms will be discussed. Real-world examples and hands-on exercises will be provided.