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; ALCTS Monographs; and white papers and “think pieces” for ALCTS News.
Authors are needed for the topics below, which have been suggested by ALCTS members. Some topics are broad while others are very specific.
  • Licensing and negotiation
  • Monitoring health of vendors
Authority Control
  • Challenges posed by loading RDA compliant authority records
  • Environments where large record sets are loaded to a local catalog
  • Authority control
  • BIBFRAME: How will it work with serials? 
  • Cataloging workflows and the university archives
  • 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)
  • Preparing for linked data, or linked data projects
  • RDA
  • RDA training techniques 
  • XML
  • Vocabulary/subject headings
Collection Assessment
Collection Development/Management
  • Approval plan pros, cons, and alternative approaches
  • Challenges of building and maintaining collections for electronic-only libraries
  • Collection policies
  • Cost and budget issues
  • Customized vs. standardized collection development
  • Digital Humanities
  • E-books
  • Integration of digital collections (purchased and/or locally created content) into collection     
  • Building
  • Legacy print collection management 
  • Purchase on demand
  • Scholarly communication
  • Shared print collections
  • Streaming media collections (both third party and locally developed)
  • Weeding print serials
  • Weeding Reference: developing an effective and balanced project
International collaboration and implications for collection management and technical services
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
Continuing Resources
  • 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?
  • E-journal Content – Pay per view models
  • E-journal licensing trends and management
  • E-journal MARC record quality
  • Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) – current status
  • ISSN in a linked data and RDF “world”
  • Managing e-book 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
  • Negotiating renewals
  • Open Access Resources
  • 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)?
  • Purchase on demand
  • 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
  • Review and cancelation projects
  • Statistics Counter
  • Usage Statistics (best practices for collection; workflow, Counter compliant, non-standard types)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Weeding
  • Workflow
Data Curation
Cataloging and collections issues
Data Sets
  • Assessment, including usage statistics
  • Collecting
  • How data sets are integrated into collections
  • How locally developed content is managed
  • Perpetual access (locally produced and commercial)
  • Platforms for access
Digital Projects and Metadata
  • Metadata for digital archives projects
  • Locally developed terms and controlled vocabularies
Disaster and Emergency Plans
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
Discovery Layer
  • Considerations for selection, implementation, and optimal use, including RDA implementation
  • Customization
  • Issues regarding use of non-Roman characters in discovery layers or catalogs
  • Usage statistics
Electronic Resources
  • Best practices for collecting, maintaining, and presenting e-resource statistics
  • Core competencies, research and applications
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) and Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI): Have they offered the comprehensive standard set of statistics needed by libraries?
  • Managing bundled serial packages 
  • Acquisitions
  • Managing 
  • Tax policy/policies in general
  • Trends and issues
  • ILL and Acquisition Partnerships: Shared workflows regarding document procurement, short term loans, etc.
  • Lending e-books
  • Purchase on demand programs
  • Video policies on ILL
  • Next generation library management systems - Consortial implementations
  • Open Source ILS
Institutional Repositories
  • Analytics
  • Data backup – hosted vs. local
  • Managing
  • Policies
  • Rights issues, particularly with pre-publication articles, current and former student theses and dissertations
  • Scanning
  • Use of non-MARC metadata in discovery layers (or multiple metadata formats used together—e.g., MARC21, EAD, DDR, etc.)
  • Transforming metadata from one standard to another: tips and tricks; add FAST and the cataloging workflow in relation to non-catalogers
  • Vendor relationships and partnerships to facilitate better, complete, and enhanced metadata, particularly with respect to Knowledge Bases and Batchloads
Open Access Resources
Integration into collection management and technical services workflows
Open Source Integrated Library Systems
Patron/Demand Driven Acquisitions
  • Managing a PDA program from a cataloging perspective
  • Acquisitions and workflows for PDA/DDA fiscal management covering mediated purchases, auto purchases, and short term loans
Perpetual Access Issues
Predatory Publishing
  • Audiovisual preservation - workflow, management and technical issues
  • Cultural Policy (Local, National, International)
  • Digital preservation: best practices, justification and practical guidelines for implementation
  • Evolving technology
  • Managing costs
  • Workflow
Scholarly Communications and the Role of Technical Services
Shared Print Collections/Repositories
  • Analyzing collections across multiple institutions
  • Bibliographic issues
  • Communications aspects
  • Retention and withdrawal policies
  • Writing collection management plans
Technical Services Departments and Organization
  • Developing and working in cross-departmental positions (Examples: Metadata and Discovery Specialist or Data Research and Acquisitions Librarian)
  • Effective use of student assistants in technical services, including digital projects
  • Needs for new roles and services
  • Reexamining positions, particularly vacancies, to meet emerging and future needs
  • Reorganizing and retraining staff
  • Reorganizing workflows in a digital environment.
  • Skills needed
  • Succession planning 
  • Training within and outside the department
  • Use of assessment or measurable outcomes in technical services
  • Workflow analysis
Tools and Standards
OpenRefine, MarcEdit, Omeka, Trello, XML, RDF,, etc.
Training and Continuing Education, Value
Webinars, web courses, and other methods
Using LibGuides to promote metadata services; Project management for technical services for librarians
Editors of ALCTS Division Publications
Library Resources & Technical Services: Mary Beth Weber,
ALCTS News: Chelcie Juliet Rowell,
ALCTS Monographs: Susan Thomas,
ALCTS Publications Committee: Alison M. Armstrong, Co-chair,, Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, Co-chair,
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This list was last revised in November 2017.