Publish with ALCTS—Publication Topics
ALCTS seeks authors for its publications, which include the well-respected, peer-reviewed journal, Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS); ALCTS News (formerly ALCTS Newsletter Online); ALCTS Monographs (formerly ALCTS Paper Series); and a collection of white papers on hot topics, z687: Creating the Future of Technical Services.
Authors are needed for the following topics that have been suggested by ALCTS members:
Use of assessment or measureable outcomes in technical services
Qualitative assessment methods and methodology
Challenges posed by loading RDA compliant authority records
Environments where large record sets are loaded to a local catalog
Creating batch MARC records
Domain analysis (testing the fitness of catalogs and RDA for search and retrieval; how to determine what information different domains need to see in catalogs for better search and retrieval)
BIBFRAME: How will it work with serials?
Implications for collection management and technical services
Approval plan pros, cons, and alternative approaches
Challenges of building and maintaining collections for electronic-only libraries
Cost and budget issues.
Integration of digital collections (purchased and/or locally created content) into collection building
Legacy print collections
Weeding print serials
Weeding reference: developing an effective and balanced project.
Connecting with the community and maintaining relationships outside technical services, both within the library and externally with the public, faculty, staff, students, and others.
Consortial Purchasing, E-books, and Databases
Access to electronic resources (OPAC vs. A–Z list).
Cataloging continuing resources in special collections: Are they cataloged differently?
Defining a new work for a serial. Understanding this would help in creating more meaningful cataloging rules for serials with title changes.
Education for continuing resources in cataloging. What sorts of classes or workshops are most helpful for understanding continuing resources?
Ejournal Content – pay-per-view models
Ejournal licensing trends and management
Ejournal MARC record quality
Electronic resource management systems (ERMS) – current status
ISSN in a linked data and RDF world
Managing ebook collections that function like aggregators
Managing electronic series, covering issues such as acquisition and access management, including the analysis (or lack thereof) of individual series parts
Print vs. electronic continuing resources:
- What is the future of serials?
- What are the trends: subject based gap, global based gap, electronic vs. print in purchase decisions.
RDA and continuing resources. How does RDA affect how we catalog and define continuing resources?
Reasons for title changes in nonacademic serials. This topic has been addressed for academic serials, but not for nonacademic serials
Cataloging and collections issues
How are data sets being integrated into collections?
How is locally developed content being handled?
Best practices, justification, and practical guidelines for implementation
Digital Projects and Metadata
Locally developed terms and controlled vocabularies
Disaster and Emergency Plans
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
Considerations for selection, implementation, and optimal use, including RDA implementation
Issues regarding use of non-Roman characters in discovery layers or catalogs
Core competencies, research and applications
Managing bundled serial packages
New trends and issues
ILL and acquisition partnerships: shared workflows regarding document procurement, and short-term loans
Next generation library management systems
Rights issues, particularly with prepublication articles, current and former student theses and dissertations
Use of non-MARC metadata in discovery layers (or multiple metadata formats used together, e.g., MARC21, EAD, DDR)
Open Access Resources
Integration into collection management and technical services workflows
Open Source Integrated Library Systems
Acquisitions and workflows for PDA fiscal management covering mediated purchases, auto purchases, and short-term loans
Perpetual Access Issues
Workflow, management, and technical issues
Preservation, Cultural Policy (Local, National, International)
RDA Training Techniques
Scholarly Communications and the Role of Technical Services
Shared Print Collections and Repositories
How to write a collection management plan
Analyzing collections across multiple institutions
Retention and withdrawal policies
Needs for new roles and services
Staff Organization & Optimization
Reorganizing technical services staff; retraining staff
Effective use of student assistants in technical services, including digital projects
Reexamining positions, particularly vacancies, to meet emerging and future needs
Reorganizing workflows in a digital environment
Best practices for collecting, maintaining, and presenting e-resource statistics
Have Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) and Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) offered the comprehensive standard set of statistics needed by libraries?
Streaming Audio and Video Collections (Both third-party and locally developed)
Training and Continuing Education, Value
Webinars, web courses, and other methods
Editors of ALCTS Division Publications
- Library Resources & Technical Services: Mary Beth Weber, lrtseditor at lists.ala.org
- ALCTS News: Rebecca Mugridge, alctsnews at lists.ala.org
- ALCTS Monographs: Susan Thomas, alctsmonographs at lists.ala.org
- z687: Creating the Future of Technical Services: Pamela Thomas, z687 at lists.ala.org
- Sudden Selector's Guides: Helene Williams, alcts-ssg at lists.ala.org
- Additional contact: Mary Miller, Chair, ALCTS Publications Committee, memiller a umn.edu
For more information about ALCTS publications see: www.ala.org/alcts/resources
This list was last revised in March 2015.