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On May 3-4, 2016, the ALCTS e-Forum “I’m Lost: The Future of Cataloging and Metadata Management for the Rest of Us” discussed various questions regarding the direction of cataloging and metadata management in libraries today. Special...

May 7, 2016

ALCTS is partnering with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries on a digital badging pilot that will help advance one of ALA’s strategic focus areas—professional and leadership development—in ALA’s new strategic plan....

February 26, 2016

Every year ALCTS sends a list of questions to the ALA presidential candidates. In 2016 there are three candidates for president, all of whom responded thoughtfully to our questions. Their responses (in alphabetical order) follow: Christine Lind Hage Why...

February 24, 2016

An ALCTS e-forum on the topic of “Career Progression in Cataloging and Metadata” was held February 16-17, 2016. Lisa Robinson (Michigan State University) and Stacie Traill (University of Minnesota) served as facilitators. The forum offered...

February 19, 2016

On January 27-28, 2016, the ALCTS e-Forum entitled “How Library Technical Services Can Support OER Initiatives” provided participants an opportunity to discuss a number of areas where library technical services can impact such programs. The...

February 12, 2016

“Standards for Digital Images” was the topic of an ALCTS e-forum held on November 17-19, 2015, with facilitators Ann Caldwell and Felicity Dykas. Participants shared questions, experiences, and ideas, with discussion on a wide-range of topics...

December 22, 2015

This ALCTS E-Forum provided an opportunity for technical services librarians to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running a discovery layer from a technical services perspective. The discussion kicked off with a brief survey of the number of...

December 22, 2015

“Leaving Library Services Behind"  was the topic of an e-Forum on retirement held October 13-14, 2015. Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about the ‘graying’ of the profession and concerns are expressed from...

November 9, 2015

In support of its new strategic plan, ALCTS designed its 2015 Emerging Leaders project to develop a mentorship framework for its members—as well as sections, committees, and other groups—to use in their own professional mentoring experiences....

October 14, 2015

On September 23-24, 2015, ALCTS held the e-Forum “Hire Right the First Time” which was hosted by James Kelly, Brian Staples, and Terri Schell. This two-day conversation focused on ways that libraries could improve their hiring process to...

October 2, 2015

The goal for this e-forum, held September 1-2, 2015, was to elicit feedback from members and non-members about the new ALCTS strategic plan. The e-forum facilitators prompted discussion on some of the major areas of the plan, including promoting ALCTS...

September 30, 2015

Before Annual began, ALCTS hosted the Rev Up to ALA Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt. During the week of Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, individuals were asked to snap photos of people, places, and things in their home town and around their library....

September 3, 2015

The ALCTS Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony took place at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, California on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Mary Page, ALCTS President, presided Hugh Atkinson Award Recipient: Brian E. C....

September 3, 2015

ALCTS outgoing presidents are responsible for submitting an annual report. Following is 2014-2015 ALCTS President Mary Page's annual report: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Annual Report 2014–15 Mary Page, 2014...

September 3, 2015

At the recently concluded ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, my term as intern to the ALCTS Board of Directors ended. Interns normally serve for a one-year term and their job is to take the minutes. As you know, the ALCTS Board meets for two sessions...

July 14, 2015

The ALCTS e-Forum “So You’ve Got Your MLS. Now what?” was held on May 11–12, 2015 and hosted by Vicki Gruzynski and Erin Leach. An archive of the forum can be found here. Topics discussed included: mentoring, the job search...

June 16, 2015

The ALCTS e-Forum “Sustainable Preservation Programs” was held on April 22 and 23, 2015 and hosted by Peter Verheyen, Melissa Tedone, and Whitney Baker. An archive of the conversation can be found here.   The discussion was opened with a...

May 16, 2015

Every year ALCTS sends a list of questions to the ALA presidential candidates. In 2015 there are four candidates for president, all of whom responded thoughtfully to our questions. Their responses (in alphabetical order) follow: Joseph Janes Why did you...

March 12, 2015

Each year, members of the American Library Association have the opportunity to vote for who will lead the association in the coming years. Elections open Tuesday, March 24. All eligible members will be sent an e-mail with voting instructions. Included on...

March 9, 2015

My very good friend, mentor and colleague Pamela Bluh retired in August from her position as Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law....

February 19, 2015

To get you in the mood for Midwinter while you still have this tune in your head:   On the first of Midwinter my E D gave to me: a Forum with Lots of A V   On the second of Midwinter my E D gave to me: 2 Subtle Stares and a Forum with...

January 12, 2015

The ALCTS e-Forum “Open Access: What does it Mean for ALCTS and LRTS?” was held on October 6 and 7, 2014. The first day of discussion opened with background information on ALCTS’ Open Access (OA) statement and ALA’s institutional...

November 21, 2014

The ALCTS e-Forum “Shared Print Repositories” took place on September 16 and 17, 2014 and was led by Sherri Michaels (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Marie-Elise Waltz (Center for Research Libraries). An archive of the discussion is...

September 26, 2014

Since its inception in 1959, the Library Materials Price Index (LMPI) has been providing librarians with valuable, reliable sources of data to assist them in the creation and development of library materials budgets. The first price indices were published...

September 15, 2014

by Madeline Kelly, George Mason University I always swore I would never go to Vegas. The flashing lights, the crowds of people, the prickling desert heat – to someone who cherishes the peaceful, green quiet of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Las Vegas...

August 15, 2014

By Shannon Tennant, Elon University The ALCTS President's Program at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas featured Jennifer Kahnweiler, "champion for introverts." Hundreds of librarians gathered in the room to hear Jennifer speak at 9:30 am...

July 18, 2014

On June 13, 2014, the ALCTS Board approved the following ALCTS Statement on Open Access. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Statement on Open Access Background The Internet and digital technology have profoundly changed the...

June 30, 2014

In 2013, the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, received a $1,500 Transforming Collections Microgrant from the ALCTS. Our aim was to increase access to the Abby Williams Hill Collection by digitizing...

June 25, 2014

We are all busy today, wearing many hats and constantly juggling many responsibilities. How can we find time to undertake a research project—let alone get it published? The e-forum provided answers to these questions as participants shared their...

May 27, 2014

ALCTS News interviews International Relations Committee Chair David Miller (pictured) about the committee’s work. Could you tell us a little bit about the ALCTS International Relations Committee? What is its charge and composition? The...

May 27, 2014

Congratulations are in order for one of ALCTS’ own. Julie Kane, Director of Digital Teaching and Learning/Digital Pedagogies Librarian at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia, is one of the recipients of the prestigious I Love My Librarian...

April 10, 2014

There's still time to learn how to create a Preservation Week event at your library. The recording of the February 12, 2014 webinar, "How to Host a Preservation Week Event” is available at no charge any time. Simple ways to celebrate...

April 8, 2014

Linked Data refers to practices for publishing and linking data—cataloging data; research or government data; subject heading lists and authority files; and the riches of the World Wide Web. Using linked data methods (cataloging standards such as...

March 21, 2014

Each year, members of the American Library Assocation have the opportunity to vote for who will lead the association in the coming years. Elections open Wednesday, March 19. All eligible members will be sent an e-mail with voting instructions. Included...

March 18, 2014

Authority control has been an integral part of library catalogs since the inception of the modern library. As library catalogs are being revolutionized in their construction and use, the question is often asked if it is still important. This e-Forum...

March 7, 2014

It was early, it was cold. Really, really cold. But several dozen turned out on Sunday, January 26, at 8:30am at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia to learn more about the new ALA institutional repository, ALAIR (https://alair.ala.org/). The panel showcased...

February 11, 2014

A lively discussion was held on a variety of questions and topics within the overall theme of cataloging as a public service. The e-forum messages are archived. How does cataloging support public services (reference) and the goals of discoverability and...

January 28, 2014

Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) was designed as a lightweight derivative of Library of Congress Subject Headings that would be easy to learn and work well with faceted discovery systems. It has recently drawn renewed interest following...

December 20, 2013

Do your library’s users know how the Dewey Decimal System works? The Dewey Decimal System seems inseparable from the public library, but a 2009 survey by Library Journal found most librarians believe their library users have difficulty finding...

December 20, 2013

This e-forum was two days full of exploration and sharing. We had a diverse group of librarians participating, from public libraries, large public universities, as well as smaller schools, community colleges, and private schools. From this diverse...

November 19, 2013

The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) has gone through an incredible amount of change in recent years. Much of this change has been driven by the loss of positions and resources due to declining state funding to higher education, but it has also...

November 19, 2013

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is a diverse division within which many types of librarianship exist and thrive. That being said, despite the many possible differences among us, all ALCTS members have at least one...

November 19, 2013

On October 22 and 23, 2013, Erin E. Boyd, Ruth Elder, and Laura Turner hosted the e-forum, “Technical Services Librarians with Public Services Responsibilities: How Do We Make It Work?” Participants represented a wide range of regions and many...

November 13, 2013

The ALCTS publishing program serves the information needs of ALCTS members and the broader library community in areas of expertise related to selecting, obtaining, preserving, and providing access to materials and establishes ALCTS as the leading voice in...

September 11, 2013

This streaming media e-forum, held August 27–28, 2013, explored the streaming media acquisitions process, how access is established to optimize discovery and how usage information should inform each step of the process. Seven topics emerged from the...

September 5, 2013

Pamela Bluh, University of Maryland, interviews Fundraising Committee Chair Lenore England about the committee’s work and her experiences as Chair. Lenore England’s background, her personal and professional contacts, and her calm demeanor are...

September 5, 2013

Mary Page, associate director, Collections & Technical Services, University of Central Florida, has been elected ALCTS vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the...

May 31, 2013

Award-winning author and 2013 Preservation Week Spokesperson Steve Berry headlined the Preservation Week event at the Smithsonian Libraries Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The Smithsonian event was one of many held throughout North America to celebrate...

May 6, 2013

In summer 2010, I joined Plymouth State University (PSU)’s Lamson Learning Commons as the Digital Projects Librarian. When my husband, also a faculty member at PSU, asked me less than a year later if I would be opposed to the idea of living in Japan...

April 24, 2013