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ALA Annual Conference 2019

Virtual Preconferences

Advocating for Your Department and Library

Tuesday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 5 | Register

Libraries are continuing to evolve not only technically, but also politically. Due to the current political climate, it is becoming more important for libraries to advocate for the values that they stand for, including code of conduct, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This two-day pre-conference will explore different ways libraries can be influential for advocating for their services as well as their values. | More

Presenters: Emily Drabinski, Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Angela Galvan, Library Electronic Resources Manager, Brown University Library

Registration for the virtual preconference is $69 for ALCTS members for both sessions or $43 for one session; $95 for non-ALCTS members for both sessions or $59 for one session; and $206 for groups for both sessions or $129 for one session. Fees include access to the live presentation as well as unlimited access to the recorded presentation.

Library Project Management 101

Tuesday, June 11 – Wednesday, June 12Register

This two-day Virtual Preconference will provide an in-depth look at the basics of project management.

Session 1 will consider what we mean by a ‘project’ and discuss the different types of projects there are. It will explain the different stages of starting, planning, implementing and closing a project and introduce some common terminology used in project management. Attendees will also become familiar with different project management methodologies and names such as Prince 2, Agile, Critical path and Integrated project management. ​

Session 2 will discuss the make up of a project team and what the team needs to be effective. Who are the various stakeholders that might work with the project team? What considerations might we need to make in order to create effective working practices? Attendees will be introduced to the role of technology within project management and discuss different tools and their uses.

Presenter: Lisa Jeskins is Deputy Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and was involved with the LILAC Conference for nine years. Lisa has 15 years’ experience working in libraries and is now a freelance trainer, coach, and consultant providing dynamic and interactive training and facilitation for information professionals from across the UK.

Registration for the virtual preconference is $69 for ALCTS members for both sessions or $43 for one session; $95 for non-ALCTS members for both sessions or $59 for one session; and $206 for groups for both sessions or $129 for one session. Fees include access to the live presentation as well as unlimited access to the recorded presentation.

Preconferences in Washington, D.C.

Kick off this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference with preconferences from ALCTS. Join your colleagues on Friday, June 21 for an array of exciting programming.

Better Networking for Disasters: Improving Participation and Coordination for Disaster Response and Recovery of Cultural Heritage

Friday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC1 | Register

Using last year’s hurricane season in Puerto Rico as a case study, this session will bring together individuals and organizations involved in disaster response and recovery of cultural heritage. It aims to explore ways to improve coordination and increase engagement of ALA members, in disaster response and recovery. This mix of formal presentations, moderated panels and a breakout session for the audience is designed to inspire collaborations that extend beyond the current modes of working. More | Register

Presenters: Brenna Campbell (moderator), Preservation Librarian, Princeton University Library;  Hilda Teresa Ayala Gonzalez, Librarian, Biblioteca General, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez;  Lori Foley, Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation, FEMA;  Jonathan Connors, Deputy Director, Northeast, Clay Hunt Fellow, Team Rubicon;  Cecilio Ortiz, Associate Professor, Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico;  Rebecca Kennedy, Owner/Private Practice, Curae Collections Care;  Jessica Unger, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work (FAIC);  Johnny Lugo Vega, Cultural Heritage Conservation Scientist/Lecturer Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Co-sponsors: ALA International Relations Office, BMS CAT, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work (FAIC)/ National Heritage Responders (NHR), and the ALCTS Preservation Administration and Reformatting Section (PARS).

Change Management in Libraries and Technical Services

Friday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC2 | Register

This preconference will begin by exploring change management as a concept for individuals, organizations, and institutions. Additional speakers will focus on the particulars for instituting change inside of libraries and tech services departments. Participants will be able to articulate what change management is, identify ways to lead change regardless of position or rank, and will learn to manage their own and others’ responses to change through examples and case studies specific to libraries. More | Register

Presenters: Janetta Waterhouse, Director of Technical Services and Library Systems, University of Albany;  Jenny S. Bossaller, Program Chair, Library and Information Science, University of Missouri;  A.J. Million, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan;  Erin Leach, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, University of Georgia Libraries;  Catherine Soehner, Interim Executive Director, Associate Dean for Research and User Services, University of Utah Libraries;  Caroline Muglia, Co-Associate Dean for Collections, Head, Resource Sharing & Collection Assessment, University of Southern California Libraries;  Denise Pan, Associate Dean, Collections and Content, University of Washington Libraries

Co-sponsor: Elsevier, LLAMA, the Library Leadership & Management Association, ALCTS CMS Continuing Education Committee, and RUSA Professional Development Committee.

Preservation in Action 

Friday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC3   SOLD OUT

Join Preservation in Action for an engaging opportunity to help preserve cultural heritage in Washington, DC and gain practical experience! Participants will take part in a day-long preservation project at a local cultural institution. The project, which will be led by preservation experts, will provide hands-on training in the care and handling of various materials. No experience is required. Registration is required as space is limited. | More

Featured Events

ALCTS President's Program: Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Marcia Chatelain

Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. for its President’s Program featuring Dr. Marcia Chatelain. Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, Dr. Chatelain is the author of the 2015 book, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration and the chapter, “The Politics of the Drive-Thru Window: Chicago’s Black McDonald’s Operators and the Demands of Community” in Building the Black Metropolis: African American Entrepreneurship in Chicago.  | More



ALCTS Awards Ceremony

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join your colleagues as we honor those who have served ALCTS. 

ALCTS Programs

View the full listing of ALCTS Programs at ALA Annual 2019

Post-ALA Technical Services Recap/Dine Around at Farmers and Distillers

Monday, June 24, 2019, 5:30 pm 

Organized by DC/SLA and co-sponsored by ALCTS and DCLA, this dine around will engage attendees in discussions surrounding technical services, RDA, and video streaming, as well as provide an opportunity to catch up on highlights from the conference and network with colleagues. This event is intended for technical services professionals attending ALA and any DC-area professionals looking to network. Space is limited to 15 people and the cost per person is $15-$25 for entrees. To learn more and RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Mason.