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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Knowledge Management Section organized a rich program during the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Wrocław, Poland. IFLA Knowledge Management Section...

November 4, 2017

An ALCTS e-Forum on the “Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development” was held October 25–26, 2017. Marija Markovic (Independent Consultant) and Steve Oberg (Wheaton College) served as facilitators. Markovic began the first day...

October 28, 2017

On September 5–6, 2017 Violet Fox and Elizabeth Shoemaker co-hosted an ALCTS e-Forum on "Power That is Moral: Ethics in Cataloging." This e-Forum was intended to further the discussion that began at the ALA Midwinter CaMMS Forum, Power...

September 20, 2017

The ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee announces the approval and release of a white paper, “A Brave New (Faceted) World: Towards Full Implementation of Library of Congress Faceted Vocabularies.” The full text of the white paper ...

September 12, 2017

More than 100 people filled the room for the program “Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library” held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The program was co-sponsored by...

September 6, 2017

An ALCTS e-Forum on "The State of e-Books in Libraries" was held on August 15–16, 2017 and provided an opportunity for the library community to come together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of providing e-books to users. Mariah...

August 29, 2017

“Show Me the Data! How Libraries Support Research Data Management Plans and Data Sharing Requirements” was held on Sunday, June 25, 3:00-4:00 pm, and featured two speakers discussing the library’s role in supporting research data...

August 21, 2017

The Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of ALCTS sponsored this forum, “Power That Is Moral: Creating a Cataloging Code of Ethics,” which was held on Sunday June 25. The forum was divided into three sections, discussed below....

August 19, 2017

The ALCTS Preconference “Cataloging and Metadata for the Web: Meeting the User Where They Are” was held on Friday, June 23, 2017. There were 63 attendees, approximately half were from academic libraries, while the rest were from public...

August 19, 2017

The ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee decided to do something a little different this year at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference with its “Affiliates Showcase.” Instead of putting out a call for presentation submissions from affiliate groups,...

August 19, 2017

Benjamin Abrahamse (Ben), Cataloging Coordinator, Acquisitions & Discovery Enhancement, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, and Chair, ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, Cataloging Committee, hosted the forum jointly sponsored by the...

August 19, 2017

This year’s Preservation & Reformatting Section (PARS) Forum was held on Sunday, June 25, and featured reports on two innovative programs. The session was introduced by Chair Kris Kern, who briefly announced the two segments and their presenters...

August 18, 2017

The second annual Preservation in Action (PiA) event was held on Friday, June 23, 2017. The day-long preconference was sponsored by the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation...

August 18, 2017

In this program speakers discussed how they are using APIs to improve and automate cataloging, acquisition, metadata enhancement, and holdings maintenance workflows in technical services. Some of the terminology included in the program are: API:...

August 18, 2017

The Library of Congress BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework Initiative) Update forum was held on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Five speakers from the Library of Congress, OCLC, Stanford University, and Zepheira gave attendees an...

August 18, 2017

On June 25, 2017 the LLAMA Technology Community of Practice sponsored the ALA Program, “ILS Migration Stories: Naked Data and Change Management.” This panel presentation was delivered by Elizabeth Novicki, Leland Deeds, Julene Jones, and John...

August 18, 2017

The Preservation Showdown, first introduced to the American Library Association as an ALCTS program in 2015, has become a highly-anticipated annual event, shedding light on various aspects of preservation issues or actions through the use of a debate...

August 18, 2017

This session was directed toward library or museum staff members tasked with responsibilities for audiovisual collections. It provided basic and intermediate level information about these materials and their challenges, and addressed concerns about care...

August 17, 2017

More than 100 attendees listened to three speakers at this program share their own experiences and offer advice to librarians who want to be influential leaders. The program was held on Sunday, June 24, and co-sponsored by the Library Leadership &...

July 25, 2017

Moderated by Sally Krash from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Shared Analysis Tools for Print Retention Programs” featured four speakers who represented geographic diversity as well as diverse experiences. Emily Stambaugh from the...

July 25, 2017

The program on “Transitioning Technical Services: Training Staff to Meet Evolving Needs” was held on Sunday, June 25 in McCormick Place. It was co-sponsored by the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group, the...

July 25, 2017

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Participants Meeting was held on Sunday, June 25 in McCormick Place. The theme was “The Future of Subject Access in a Linked Data Environment Panel Discussion.” The PCC Chair Matthew Beacom (Head...

July 25, 2017

“Redesigning Technical Services for the 21st Century Library” was held during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference on June 24. It was co-sponsored by the ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group and the Technical Services Managers...

July 25, 2017

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Metadata Interest Group sponsored “Metadata Migration: Managing Methods and Mayhem” along with co-sponsors ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical...

July 25, 2017

The Eighth Annual Collection Management and Research Forum, sponsored by ALCTS and ALCTS Collection Management Section (CMS) was held at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, June 25. The forum focused on two projects. The first...

July 25, 2017

The ALCTS Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group (AMVIG) and the ALCTS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group co-sponsored a program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, June 24,...

July 25, 2017

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, describes herself as a “possibilist.” Yes, there is a red squiggly line under the word “possibilist” as I prepare this report in Word. As I read through my notes and...

July 6, 2017

On June 24th, ALCTS, the American Indian Library Association, and the Public Library Association co-sponsored the ALA Program, “Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Technical Services.” The session was comprised of four parts presented...

July 6, 2017

On Sunday, June 25th, 2017, the Acquisitions Committee of the Continuing Resources Section held its annual Forum. Caroline Mills of Furman University presented “Without a Parachute: Converting to Unmediated Pay-Per-View Access to Articles Online....

July 6, 2017

The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Linked Data Forum was held on Monday, June 26, 2017, with an overflow crowd of approximately 110 people in attendance. Gordon Dunsire (Chair, RDA Steering Committee (RSC)) presented on “RDA Linked Data...

July 6, 2017

The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Forum was held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with approximately 90 people in attendance. James Hennelly (Director, RDA Toolkit) and Judy Kuhagen (3R Project Consultant) shared a presentation that updated the group...

July 6, 2017

On June 7, 2017, the second part of the ALCTS virtual preconference entitled “Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Metadata” was held. The final session of this two-part preconference, “Metadata Creation and Remediation in Zine and Digital...

June 21, 2017

On June 6-7, 2017, the ALCTS virtual preconference entitled “Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Metadata” was held. The first session of this two-part preconference, “Outreach and Inclusivity in Digital Libraries and Institutional...

June 21, 2017

The ILS Optimization e-Forum took place on January 17 and 18, 2017. Participants ranged across the spectrum with representatives from special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries, and the integrated library systems (ILSs) were equally...

June 20, 2017

“The Weeding Planner: Managing Massive Weeding Projects” focused on two themes: big picture questions and the nuts and bolts of projects. Day 1 concentrated on big picture questions. The forum began with a discussion of the motivation for...

June 16, 2017

The ALCTS 60th Celebratory e-Forum took place over two days on June 13 and 14, 2017. There were 44 individuals who contributed their memories, compliments, and thoughtful feedback about ALCTS to mark the diamond anniversary. Day one focused on what...

June 16, 2017

I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in my first National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on May 1-2, 2017, as a part of the Michigan delegation. NLLD is an annual library advocacy event on Capitol Hill organized by ALA and attended by delegations...

June 13, 2017

Power structures embedded in the metadata of library catalogs often reflect the same power structures embedded in western society, including white supremacy and racism. This problem is especially prominent in tribal college libraries where students from...

June 5, 2017

The ALCTS e-Forum on Advances in Electronic Resource Management took place on March 28-29, 2017, and was hosted by George Stachokas and Anne Liebst. Most respondents indicated that their libraries have collection development policies, although some may...

March 31, 2017

Why do equity, diversity, and inclusion matter in libraries? How are librarians integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into their technical services work? What challenges do librarians face when working with equity and inclusion? These are just some...

March 31, 2017

The CRS Acquisitions Forum was held on January 22, 2017 and the speaker presented on “Continuing Resources: Inflation, Reductions, and Us.” Damon Campbell, Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Oregon Libraries, discussed the role the...

March 31, 2017

The Preservation & Reformatting Section (PARS) Forum was held during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 21. Kris Kern, PARS Executive Committee Chair, introduced the session, which focused on oral history initiatives. She explained...

March 31, 2017

Every year ALCTS sends a list of questions to the ALA presidential candidates. In 2017 there are three candidates for president, all of whom responded thoughtfully to our questions. Their responses (in alphabetical order) follow. The 2017 elections will...

March 10, 2017

The Continuing Resources Section (CRS) Holdings Information Forum was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The forum featured two presentations in which the presenters describe their experiences using OCLC’s Collection Manager at the University of...

February 27, 2017

The 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting RDA Tech Forum held on January 23 was not a forum in the strict sense of the word. Rather it followed the format of a town hall-type meeting and was led by James Hennelly, Director of RDA Toolkit. 3R Project The discussion...

February 27, 2017

The Library of Congress BIBFRAME Update forum was held during the 2017 Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 22, at Georgia World Congress Center. Five speakers from the Library of Congress, Stanford University, Index Data, and OCLC gave the attendees an...

February 21, 2017

The Cataloging and Metadata Management Section Forum at the ALA Midwinter 2017 meeting was held on Sunday January 23. The program featured three speakers who discussed different aspects of the practical and ethical issues in creating, maintaining, and...

February 21, 2017

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and Georgia State University Library co-sponsored a Midwinter Symposium titled “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections.” The...

February 10, 2017

On Sunday, January 22, 2017 the Continuing Resources Section Standards Forum featured presentations about the Transfer Code of Practice and about KBART (Knowledge Base and Related Tools). Transfer is a voluntary National Information Standards...

February 10, 2017

The 2017 Midwinter Meeting RDA Forum held on January 21 featured two speakers. Kathy Glennan, ALA Representative to the RDA Steering Committee (RSC), spoke about the outcomes of the RSC’s meeting in November 2016, highlighting three major topics....

February 6, 2017

For most of us at Midwinter, Monday morning is the last, tired morning of a busy conference, so it was great to attend the upbeat, feel-good ALCTS Forum before a long flight home. Dina Giambi, ALCTS President 2008-2009 and Chair of the Steering Group for...

February 6, 2017

Librarians, with all our information superpowers, continue to be vulnerable to attack by our archenemy—loss of information. A few years ago, members from ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Division (ALCTS), hoping...

December 16, 2016

During 2016 I was fortunate to be sponsored by ALCTS to participate in the ALA Emerging Leaders Program. As part of the cohort of Emerging Leaders, I glimpsed the sizable architecture of ALA, networked with awesome people, and worked together with members...

December 9, 2016

The November 2016 ALCTS e-Forum “From the Behind the Scenes to Front and Center: Social Media for Technical Services and Collection Development Librarians” considered various issues surrounding the promotion of collections content and...

November 18, 2016

On October 25-26, 2016 the ALCTS e-Forum “Thanks for Thinking of Us: Challenges and Solutions in Gifts Management” discussed various issues related to the complexities of managing gifts in libraries. Thirty-eight participants contributed...

November 2, 2016

Members of ALCTS who are appointed to IFLA Section Committees report back to ALCTS on IFLA conference activities. Following is a report from the ALCTS' representative to the IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section, Paul Hover:...

October 7, 2016

The Classification and Indexing Section held its open session on Tuesday, August 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m. during the 2016 IFLA Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The session was entitled “Reclaiming subject access to indigenous knowledge.” It was well...

October 5, 2016

The September 2016 ALCTS e-Forum “Wrangling License Agreements” featured 160 posts from 42 people over the course of the two-day event (September 27-28). Participants discussed best practices, resources, and challenges they encounter when...

October 4, 2016

Benjamin Abrahamse, Chair, Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee, and Cataloging Coordinator, Acquisitions and Discovery Enhancement, MIT Libraries, welcomed attendees and introduced the agenda. Shana McDanold, Head of Metadata Services, Georgetown...

August 31, 2016

The August 2016 ALCTS e-forum, entitled "Time and Project Management in Technical Services" kicked off on Tuesday, August 16 with a lively discussion of various problems librarians had faced in dealing with time and project management. Lack of...

August 30, 2016

On July 12 and 13, 2016, the ALCTS e-Forum “Acquiring and Managing Streaming Film Services” discussed various issues regarding the complexities of offering films in streaming format. Participants discussed many challenges in finding desired...

August 29, 2016

The ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee sponsored the Seventh Annual Collection Management and Development Research Forum at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on Sunday June 26th that focused on three research...

August 28, 2016

The Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group hosted this Forum on June 28, 2016, with speakers hailing from a public library, product vendor, academic library, and industry consultant. Paula Laurita, Director of the Athens-Limestone Public...

August 25, 2016

Agile management methods in technical services were the topic at the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Forum on Sunday June 26 at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. A trio of interesting speakers provided an introduction to agile...

August 24, 2016

On June 26, 2016, Bonnie Parks (University of Portland) coordinated the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section’s Standards Forum with two guest speakers. The first speaker was Nettie Legace of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO),...

August 23, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, Frances Harrell, Katie Risseeuw, Whitney Broadaway, and Jessica Bitely led a lively discussion regarding our inaugural Preservation in Action event. On Friday, June 24th, volunteers worked with the Orange County Regional History Center...

August 22, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS) presented their Acquisitions Forum, moderated by CRS Acquisitions Committee Chair, Alejandra Nann (University of San Diego). Anna Neatrour (University of Utah) and Liz Woolcott (Utah...

August 21, 2016

ALCTS offered something new this year at ALA Annual: a day-long preconference unconference entitled “Metadata Madness!!: An Unconference on Anything You Want to Learn.” Marcive, Inc. sponsored the event, and Carolyn Hansen (University of...

August 18, 2016

“Mentoring Demystified: Partners in Success” was held on June 25, 2016 and discussed mentoring in library associations. The program had five speakers and concluded with audience feedback on their thoughts about the ALCTS mentoring program. Lee...

August 17, 2016

“That bill would not have happened without a group of radical librarians ….” Mike Nelson, lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991. Mike Nelson credits a small group of vocal librarians for the provisions in...

August 16, 2016

This program was held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 and was co-sponsored by ALCTS and the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT). The three presenters from the University of North Texas (UNT) were Steven Guerrero (Media Circulation Manager), Jessica...

August 15, 2016

Designed to help researchers and writers, new and seasoned alike, in producing their next published work, the “Research, Writing, and Publishing Fair” featured six tables specializing in various aspects of the research, writing, and publishing...

August 14, 2016

Colleagues and mentors have shared their experiences of attending ALA conferences with me throughout the years, usually capturing the broad range from excitement to stress. From the time my goal was to become a librarian, I knew I wanted to experience an...

August 11, 2016

On Saturday, June 25, 2015 Rick Anderson (Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah), Meredith Babb (Director, University Press of Florida), and Micah Vandegrift (Digital Scholarship Coordinator,...

August 10, 2016

On Saturday June 25, 2016, the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group sponsored two speakers who discussed their libraries’ experiences creating culturally sensitive metadata. The first speaker was Hannah Buckland. Buckland is Director of Library Services...

August 9, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, a group of 97 people gathered to begin a dialogue about how to improve communication between technical service departments and public service departments around the issue of continuing resources—especially electronic resources....

August 8, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, three Canadian librarians, Klara Maidenberg (University of Toronto), Pamela Jacobs (University of Guelph), and Stéphanie Gagnon (University of Montréal), shared their experiences in assessing bundled purchases of databases, e-...

August 7, 2016

On June 26, 2016, four members from Highland Park Public Library (HPPL) shared their experiences with selecting, cataloging, and maintaining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) kits. Jessica Speer (Moderator, Youth Services Manager)...

August 3, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, University of Virginia (UVA) librarians Kara McClurken, Jennifer Roper, and Chris Ruotolo presented a program, in cooperation with the ALCTS Preservation & Reformatting Section, the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management...

August 3, 2016

The ALCTS International Relations Committee co-sponsored a program on June 25, 2016, entitled: “Linked Data: Globally Connecting Libraries, Archives, and Museums” with the ALCTS/LITA Library Linked Data Interest Group. Featured speakers were...

August 2, 2016

The Continuing Resource Section (CRS) Holdings Information Forum was held during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on Saturday, June 25, and featured two presentations on the challenge of configuring a discovery system for the presenters’ respective...

August 2, 2016

“Re-tooling Acquisitions for Lean Times,” a program sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) Organization & Management Committee, and co-sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging & Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Copy Cataloging...

July 20, 2016

This program was presented during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on June 27 2016 1-2:30 and sponsored by ALCTS Preservation & Reformatting Section and Government Documents Round Table. Speakers included Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress; David Walls...

July 18, 2016

This session, sponsored by the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) and co-sponsored by the CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group, was held during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on Monday, June 27, and offered a one-two punch of...

July 13, 2016

The NISO Open Discovery Initiative Update took place on Monday, June 27 during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The session was co-sponsored by ALCTS, the Library and Information Technology Association, and the National Information Standards Organization (...

July 13, 2016

On Saturday, June 25, the Preservation Showdown between members of the ALCTS Preservation & Reformatting Section and the Library and Information Technology Association took place. The debate topic, suggested at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, was...

July 12, 2016

On March 29-30, the ALCTS e-Forum “I'm Not Mobile, Can I Still Advance?” addressed several issues concerning moving up the career ladder when moving from institution to institution is not feasible. The questions prepared by the moderators...

July 12, 2016

Three expert educators took a step back for a high-level look to give us “Digital Preservation Education: Choosing the Options That Are Right for You” during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 26. Sponsored by the ALCTS...

July 8, 2016

On April 19-20, 2016, ALCTS held the e-Forum “Middle Managers in the 21st Century Library,” hosted by Xan Arch and Laura Turner. This two-day discussion focused on opportunities and challenges currently facing middle managers in library...

June 20, 2016

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is the premier organization for professionals in acquisitions, collection management, cataloging and metadata, continuing resources,...

June 10, 2016

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

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