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ALA Annual Conference 2017- Chicago

Virtual Preconference

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata

Held during the week of June 5 with each session beginning at 1:00 pm CT

How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? Are our library catalogs and digital libraries equitable?  This virtual program provides a venue for sharing ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.

Potential topics could include:

  • Strategies for evaluating inclusivity or exclusivity of metadata
  • Tools and educational resources for developing inclusive metadata
  • Strategies for working with diverse communities 

Preconferences in Chicago

Kick off this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference with preconferences from ALCTS. Join your colleagues on Friday, June 23 for an array of exciting programming.

Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions 

Friday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: To come

Have you wanted to create a digital collection at your institution, but believe you lack the resources and know-how? This preconference is designed to help smaller institutions with limited resources begin or reinvigorate a digitization program that will endure. Four presentations will focus on each step in the digital lifecycle, including selection, metadata creation, access, and digital preservation. By the end of the day, you will have the tools to jumpstart your institution's digital initiatives.

Speakers Include: Jaime Schumacher, Director, Scholarly Communications, Northern Illinois University, Founders Memorial Library

Registration Fees: $219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non-Member

Registration will be available through the ALA Annual Conference site starting February 2.  Please check back at that time for a link to register.

Cataloging and Metadata For the Web: Meeting the User Where They Are

Friday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  event code: To come

How can we as catalogers and metadata specialists use our skills to increase our libraries’ presence on the web? Based on his Library Technology Report, Ted Fons will discuss ways in which we can expose our services and content on the open web right now, meeting our users where they are. A panel of librarians will share their first-hand experiences implementing the concepts and ideas discussed by Ted. Come with questions, leave with ideas.

Speakers Include: Ted Fons, Principle Consultant, Third Chapter Partners; Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Library, Montana State University; Sharon Day, Director, Branch Services & Collections, Edmonton Public Library; Susan Allen, Director of Technology Services, Worthington Libraries; Erica Findley, Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, Multnomah County Library; Jim Hahn, Orientation Services & Environments Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Qiang Jin, Cataloging Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Registration Fees: $219 ALCTS Member; $269 ALA Member; $319 Non-Member

Registration will be available through the ALA Annual Conference site starting February 2. Please check back at that time for a link to register.


ALCTS and LLAMA Presidents’ Program

Dorri McWhorter

Join ALCTS and LLAMA for a Presidents’ Program featuring Dorri McWhorter, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dorri became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. Dorri is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. | more