ALCTS Forums at the ALA Midwinter Meeting

At each ALA Midwinter Meeting, a number of forums are presented by ALCTS groups. This year is no exception.

Continuing Resources Standards Forum

Predatory Publishing and the ISSN Center’s Response

Saturday, January 25 in Room 117 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

To begin the forum, Nettie Lagace (Associate Director for Programs, NISO) will provide a short update about the new and updated Recommended Practices for PIE-J, KBART, and Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). Following this update, the session program will focus on predatory publishing. Rick Anderson (Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, University of Utah) will provide an overview of the concept of “predatory publishing,” explaining the background, the manifestations of predation that are out there currently, and some of the controversies surrounding Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers. Regina Romano Reynolds (Director, U.S. ISSN Center and head of the ISSN Section, Library of Congress) will follow with a discussion of how the U.S. ISSN Center and the international ISSN Network are dealing with this issue.

Holdings Forum

BIBFRAME and the Future of Holdings Information

Saturday, January 25, in Room 203 B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Our first speaker, Rebecca Guenther, will discuss the BIBFRAME initiative and the effects it will have on the communication of holdings information. The Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) is an effort to provide a foundation for the future exchange of bibliographic description. It develops a model and ontology for describing bibliographic data, addressing both future data exchange and a transition path for existing MARC 21 bibliographic data. The framework is a linked data model that defines information entities - relating to bibliographic description, holdings, and authority. The intention is to enable the rich metadata available in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to be part of the global web of data. BIBFRAME is in development and at this time the holdings focus is on the "obtain" function of bibliographic data, rather than prediction. This presentation will summarize the BIBFRAME Data Model in general and how holdings information fits into it by using BIBFRAME Annotations and RDF Classes HeldMaterial and HeldItem. It will illustrate various common scenarios and describe the properties in the BIBFRAME vocabulary relevant to holdings.

Rebecca will be followed by Diane Hillmann, who will discuss her research and share her thoughts on the future of holdings data. Of all the MARC 21 formats, Holdings was the one most clearly designed for machine manipulation. It is granular, flexible, and intended to be used at either a detailed or summary level. It has sometimes frightened potential users because it looks complex (even where it isn't), and in its "native" form is not particularly human friendly. Some of the complexity arises because there are both display and prediction aspects in the encoding, and not all library systems have developed predictive serial check-in systems supported by MARC Holdings. Some of the bibliographic metadata efforts now going forward ignore the existing MARC Holdings, sometimes in favor of simpler solutions based on the perception of the waning need for predictive check-in for digital subscriptions. Not much effort has been expended to bring the MARC Holdings format forward into the discussions about changing requirements and re-use of existing standards. As part of this presentation, Diane will review the effort to put the MARC21 Bibliographic Format into a very granular RDF expression, creating the possibility of lossless mapping. In this context, what can be done to follow that model for MARC Holdings, and what would that look like?"

Ed’s note: If you’re interested in BIBFRAME, be sure to check out the LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group meeting on Sunday as well.

An ALCTS Forum

Fair Use and DRM in Libraries: Beyond the United States:

Sunday, January 26, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120 A from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Sponsored by the ALCTS International Relations Committee

Fair use and digital rights management (DRM) seem to push in opposite intellectual-property directions. Fair use (also known as flexible limitations and exceptions) exists to various extents in many countries, allowing reuse of copyrighted material without permission in situations that have not been specifically anticipated in statutory law. Digital rights management and anti-circumvention laws are often perceived as undermining a range of user rights in copyright, such as first sale rights of purchasers, including libraries. What do fair use and DRM look like on the international scene? Join the ALCTS International Relations Committee for a discussion with experts.

Speakers include:

  • Janice T. Pilch, Copyright and Licensing Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries: "The Proposed WIPO Treaty on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives"
  • Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law Library: “The Past, Present, and Future of Flexible Copyright L&E's”
  • Michele Casalini, Managing Director, Casalini Libri s.p.a.

Collections and Scholarly Communication Forum

Researcher Networking and Profile Systems: Library Collections and Liaison Opportunities

Sunday, January 26 in Room 121 B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by ALCTS Collection Management Section and ACRL Science & Technology Section.

Researcher networking and profile systems such as VIVO, Symplectic Elements, Elsevier's SciVal Experts, and Harvard Catalyst Profiles present interesting opportunities for libraries as they continue to address the evolving information needs of their constituents. Such systems might offer librarians and libraries opportunities for extensive new engagement with campus research environments including increased participation in team-based research projects, and further development of born-digital collections of scholarly materials through the leveraging of existing library collections and of campus academic support infrastructures. Speakers will discuss their experience working, and in some cases developing, profile systems at their institutions, addressing library-related benefits and challenges associated with their implementation.

Speakers include Paolo Mangiafico, Coordinator of Scholarly Communication Technologies, Duke University Libraries; Griffin M Weber, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Chief Technology Officer of Harvard Medical School and Director of the Biomedical Research Informatics Core at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; and Steve Adams, Life Sciences Librarian at Northwestern University (NU).

CaMMS Forum

Discussing the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME)

Sunday, January 26 in Room 121 B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Three speakers will discuss MARC tags to BIBFAME Vocabulary: a new view of metadata.

Sally McCallum, Chief of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress

McCallum will discuss the BIBFRAME Vocabulary and the model and direction it is going, with reference to the MARC model and familiar MARC tagging, illustrating that while the fundamental purpose is the same (describing resources for retrieval by end users) the BIBFRAME model will pull bibliographic data toward the web.

Michael Colby, Head of Original Cataloging and Music Bibliographer, University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis Libraries have received grant funding from the IMLS for the project: Reinventing Cataloging: Models for the Future of Library Operations. The proposed project defines a research agenda and set of activities to advance our community’s understanding of the resource description landscape and will begin to develop a roadmap that the library community can reference for planning investments and changes over the coming years. The project plans to collect data samples in several different encoding standards (MARC, DC, MODS) map and convert them into the BIBFRAME model and make them available in a next-generation discovery tool for reaction of the library community. The project will also look at the technical services workflows related to the feasibility and success of adopting the BIBFRAME model in research libraries. This presentation will introduce the goals and timeline of the two-year grant project and provide an opportunity for input at this very early stage.

Eric Miller, President, Zepheira

The web is the most successful communication platform ever conceived and is quickly evolving into the most pervasive knowledge sharing platform imaginable. Linked data enables this knowledge sharing platform by leveraging the Web as an architecture for connecting data, lowering social and technical barriers for sharing connections and accelerating social computing. This presentation will provide an overview of linked data and discuss the evolving technical, social and policy trends that are shaping the application of these technologies (such as BIBFRAME) by the library community. This talk will further demonstrate practical uses of these technologies and demonstrate how they may be used to lower costs, accelerate collaboration beyond our traditional community walls and provide new ways to support users need to discover, curate and remix relevant information.

PARS Forum

Preservation Statistics: A New Approach to the Documentation of Library Preservation Activities

Sunday, January 26 in Room 120 A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In 2012, institutions across the U.S. participated in a pilot Preservation Statistics Survey to document and analyze activities to preserve cultural heritage collections. The Preservation Statistics Survey records how these preservation programs are administered (leadership, staffing, and funding) as well as preventive preservation activities (library binding, mass deacidification, environmental monitoring, disaster planning, outreach, training), conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities, and digital preservation and digital asset management responsibilities.

The results of the pilot FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey will be presented in this PARS Forum as well as an introduction to the revised FY2013 Survey that was released in mid-January and a discussion of plans for the future of the Preservation Statistics project.

Presenters: Annie Peterson (Tulane University), Holly Robertson (Preservation Consultant) and Nick Szydlowski (Boston College Law Library).

For more details and to create your own schedule, visit the Midwinter Scheduler and click on Conference Scheduler under the What's Happening icon.

Publisher Vendor Library Relations (PVLR) Group Forum

What Drives Acquisitions in 2014?

Monday, January 27, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 203 A from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Find it in the Scheduler in the Interest Groups category

The face of acquisitions is changing—from single copy print to shared print, from print to electronic. Demand driven acquisition (DDA) has changed how we handle purchasing – and revolutionized the approval plan process. Spaces are changing too, from in-library shelving to shared space and even off-site high density storage. Publishers are becoming vendors (Project MUSE, UPSO), and with the advent of Espresso Book Machines some libraries are becoming publishers. These monumental shifts impact how we manage our work, but also significantly impact how we deliver books and e-content to our students and researchers. How do these changes impact how we acquire? And how do they impact the way vendors and publishers do business with us?

Our distinguished panel of experts will tell us about their experiences, and share some of the newest practices that can ease the pain of a constantly changing workplace.

Panelists include:

  • Julie Swann, Head, Content, Access and Delivery Services, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
  • Michael Zeoli, Vice-President, eContent Development & Publisher Relations, YBP Library Services
  • Alex Holzman, Director, Temple University Press

The Publisher Vendor Library Relations (PVLR-IG) Interest Group of the American Library Association is a long-standing interest group that seeks to create formal and informal settings for the discussion of issues and trends of interest to publishers, vendors, librarians, and others concerned with the business aspects of library collections and technical services, and to highlight best practices among our constituent groups.


How My Library Was Energized by ALCTS Publications!

Presented by the Publications Committee

Monday, January 27, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204 A from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Institutional repositories, shared collection development, and preservation are issues on which libraries are focusing their attention. Three works on these topics published by ALCTS will be discussed. The speakers will present the impact the works of authors published by ALCTS have had on their respective libraries.

Beth Bernhardt, University of North Carolina Greensboro will discuss the following publication:

Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer, editors, The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges (Chicago: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services/American Library Association, 2013)

Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress will discuss:

Elise Calvi, Yvonne Carignan, Liz Dube, and Whitney Pape, Preservation Manager's Guide to Cost Analysis (Chicago: Preservation and Reformatting Section, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services /American Library Association, 2006)

Roy Ziegler, Florida State University, will discuss:

Ross Atkinson, “Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development,” Library Resources & Technical Services, 50(2006), 244–51.

Attend this session to learn more about how three sets of authors impacted the work of other librarians and their libraries, and share your own experiences.

Continuing Resources Cataloging Forum

The ALCTS CRS Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee (CRCC) invites all catalogers & serialists to a forum at ALA Midwinter on Monday, January 27, in Room 113 C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

There will be brief updates from representatives of the ISSN Center, the Library of Congress and CONSER Program, and CC:DA. The rest of our forum will consist of a presentation by George Prager (New York University Law School) and Bob Maxwell (Brigham Young University) on the state of RDA NACO series documentation; and a talk by Ed Jones (National University) on RDA and serials cataloging, with an emphasis on legacy data and the necessity of compromise in the new world.