ALCTS Division Liaison Reports: 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Representatives appointed by ALCTS to other organizations submit reports to ALCTS after the Annual and Midwinter conferences. Following are four such reports.

ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group

The Advocacy Coordinating Group met jointly with the Committee on Library Advocacy during the 2017 Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 22. The meeting consisted of a brainstorming session considering how the current political environment impacts library advocacy, an exercise targeted at producing results to help libraries negotiate the times ahead, and a visit by the candidates for the 2018-2019 ALA Presidency.

Submitted by Paul Moeller

ALA Literacy Assembly

Report: The Literacy Assembly met at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting on Friday, January 20 in Atlanta. This group has been discussing an initiative to provide library and literacy services to incarcerated and newly-released adults. This meeting was largely concerned with identifying the audience and scope of this project, which is intended to be a toolkit resource. Presently, the main concerns are defining and designing the shape of this toolkit.

A major question the assembly considered was whether the toolkit is meant to be accessed only by service providers or also by adults requiring the services, and how this might be achieved within the constrictions of access in prison libraries. In planning the project, the committee intends to explore opportunities and needs from the inside, by engaging with those providing services to the incarcerated: analyzing what they do, what the major issues are, and what needs to be provided. Through these collaborations with prison librarians, representatives from ASCLA, and other service providers, the toolkit can be developed as a platform to showcase existing programs and partnerships, assembling examples of what is already being done, how it is achieved, and what can be replicated.

A script is being created by several committee members to solicit information in order to conduct a needs assessment to help shape the path of next steps and define what the toolkit should comprise. Preliminary ideas are to address how the incarcerated and recently released can navigate information, media, technology, and cultural literacy when reentering their communities. Once the audience, scope of content, and format have all been determined, the technical aspects of creation will need to be considered to generate the actual product.

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) town hall meeting immediately followed the Literacy Assembly. This meeting included a review of activities of the office but was largely driven by a workshopping session that focused on how ALA is meeting the needs of its members. More specifically, the discussion examined what might constitute an appropriate extent of advocacy efforts in dealing with sensitive issues as we serve such diverse communities. Attendees spoke up about the role ALA does or should take on issuing resolutions relating to concerns outside library walls impacting our communities, and finding a balance of when it is appropriate for the organization to advocate. One example raised was the proposed resolution from the 2016 Annual Conference on gun violence. Regarding legislation impacting library operations, concerns were vocalized that the sections are more efficiently structured to respond to timely issues than the organization as a whole.

Submitted by Emily Creo

American Association of Law Libraries, Technical Services Special Interest Section

Programs sponsored by the AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section or of interest to technical services librarians and held at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries:

  1. Are People Even Using This Database?
  2. Harvesting Democracy: Archiving Federal Government Web Content at End of Term
  3. Promoting the Value of Technical Services at Budget Time: Practical Advice for Directors and Managers
  4. Improv(ing) Library Communication and Teamwork with Applied Improvisation
  5. Creating the Future of Discovery and Research: BIBFRAME 101 for Library Directors (and Everyone Else)
  6. Cool Tools Café
  7. #noscript: Using Recordings to Save Time and Improve Learning
  8. Search Does Not Equal Research: Implications for Discovery Layer Design
  9. Practical Magic: Capturing Institutional Knowledge
  10. Creating New Futures: Conversations on Career Transitions
  11. Sustainable Planning for a Digital Repository
  12. How to Create a Positive Culture in You Law Library (Whether or Not You’re a Manager)
  13. Mindful Meditation: Reduce Stress and Improve Your Work, Workplace, and World
  14. Contract Review: Considering the Vendor Relationship and Key Terms
  15. Managing a Legacy Collection: What Do I Do With All These Microforms
  16. Dashboards
  17. The Changing Role of Information Professionals: Opportunities in E-Discovery
  18. Numbers as Narrative: How to Create Captivating Infographics for Any Audience
  19. Creating Interactive Videos to Enhance Instruction
  20. Metrics: Redefining and Proving Value
  21. Enterprise Search Initiatives: New Opportunities for Your Organization
  22. Virtual Team Communication: Creating a Communication Plan to Foster a Culture of Trust and Collaboration

Workshops sponsored by the AALL TS-SIS during AALL 2016 or of interest to technical services librarians:

  1. Finding Time – Lean Six Sigma
  2. RDA Hugo-a-thon (CANCELLED)
  3. Linked Data and BIBFRAME in Action: From Theory to Practice

Programs and workshops sponsored by the AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section or of interest to technical services librarians and scheduled for the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (nonmembers may call AALL if interested in attendance):


  1. Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
  2. Linked Data, Your Library, and You
  3. Understanding the Human Element in Search Algorithms
  4. Introverts as Leaders
  5. Untraveled Journeys, Unmapped Destinations: Finding Your Own Path to Leadership and Career Fulfillment
  6. Deep Dive: You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data on Your Laptop
  7. How to Develop a Budget That You and Your Organization Can Live with—and Still Achieve Your Strategic Goals
  8. Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: Intersectionality and Identifying with Multiple Identities: Race, Gender, and Beyond (sponsored by LexisNexis)
  9. From Authority Control to Identity Management: Managing—Not Controlling
  10. Deep Dive: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Delivery of Legal Services
  11. Disaster Planning in an Hour
  12. Show Me the Money: Funding Professional Development
  13. The Power of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Metadata for Library Materials
  14. The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
  15. Digital Repositories, Law Libraries, and the Future of Open Access
  16. Project Management: A Critical Tool in Today's Law Libraries
  17. Law Libraries Collaborating to Steward National Legal Collections
  18. Don't Let Me Go: The Rigors of Retention
  19. Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and 20. Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
  20. Digitization Is Done—Now What? Understanding Metadata, Online Delivery, and User Experience
  21. The Human Equation: What Star Trek Teaches Us About Leadership
  22. Cool Tools Café

Workshops sponsored by AALL TS-SIS scheduled for presentation during AALL 2017 or those of interest to technical services librarians:

  1. Not Pie in the Sky: Practical Strategies for Embracing Change in Technical Services
  2. Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager

Submitted by Ajaye Bloomstone

Conference Program Coordinating Team

The Conference Program Coordinating Team met during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 21, primarily to discuss guidelines for “remodeling” the 2018 ALA Annual Conference. We also discussed the pending 2017 Annual Conference deadline for determining the efficacy of the Deep Dives, looked at the draft of proposal review guidelines and the program submission form, talked about a conference-wide program evaluation form, and discussed accessibility guidelines.

Submitted by Kurt Blythe