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.

Authority Control

Challenges posed by loading RDA compliant authority records.

Environments where large record sets are loaded to a local catalog.


Establishing and maintaining cataloging standards in a consortium.

Collection Assessment

Collection Management

Approval plan pros, cons, and alternative approaches.

Challenges of building and maintaining collections for electronic-only libraries.

Integrating of digital collections (purchased and/or locally created content) into collection building.

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

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?

EJournal Content – Pay Per View Models.

Ejournal MARC record quality.

Ejournal licensing trends and management.

Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) – current status.

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, globe 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.

Data Curation

Cataloging and collections issues.

Data Sets

How are data sets being integrated into collections?

How is locally developed content being handled?

Digital Preservation

Best practices, justification and practical guidelines for implementation.

Digital Projects and Metadata

Including locally developed terms and controlled vocabularies.

Disaster and Emergency Plans

Including Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

Discovery Layer

Considerations for selection, implementation, and optimal use,  including RDA implementation.

Institutional repositories

Rights issues, particularly with prepublication articles, current and former student theses and  dissertations.

Linked Data

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

Patron/Demand Driven Acquisitions

Perpetual Access Issues

RDA Training Techniques

Scholarly Communications and the Role of Technical Services

Shared Print Collections

How to write a collection management plan.

Bibliographic issues.

Analyzing collections across multiple institutions.

Retention and withdrawal policies.

Communications aspects.

Staffing Optimization

Effective use of student assistants in technical services, including digital projects.

Reorganizing workflows in a digital environment.

Re-examining positions, particularly vacancies, to meet emerging and future needs.


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?

Succession Planning

Training and Continuing Education, Value

Webinars, web courses, and other methods.

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This list was last revised in March 2014.