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

Authority Control

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?

Collaborations, International

Implications for collection management and technical services

Collection Assessment

Collection Management

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

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 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

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

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

Issues regarding use of non-Roman characters in discovery layers or catalogs

Electronic Resources

Core competencies, research and applications

Managing bundled serial packages

Gifts Management

New trends and issues


ILL and acquisition partnerships: shared workflows regarding document procurement, and short-term loans


Next generation library management systems

Institutional repositories

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

Linked Data


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

Patron-Driven Acquisitions

Acquisitions and workflows for PDA fiscal management covering mediated purchases, auto purchases, and short-term loans

Perpetual Access Issues

Preservation, Audiovisual

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

Bibliographic issues

Analyzing collections across multiple institutions

Retention and withdrawal policies

Communications aspects

Skill Sets

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)

Succession Planning

Training and Continuing Education, Value

Webinars, web courses, and other methods

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This list was last revised in March 2015.