Fall webinars announced by ALCTS

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/09/2010

Contact:

Charles Wilt

CHICAGO - Fall webinars from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) bring to your desktop a wide range of topics from RDA to institutional repositories and Sears Subject Headings to digital preservation. Priced for affordability ($39 for ALCTS members, $49 for non-members and just $99 for groups), the webinars are suitable for beginners as well more experienced library staff. Registration is now open, so sign up now to secure your spot for the webinar you want to attend. Register for any of the webinars at ALCTS Events.

Introduction to RDA presented by Robert Ellett
Sept. 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. EDT

This introductory webinar on the proposed cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), highlights the critical differences between the current cataloging rules (AACR2) and RDA. Designed as a primer for both front-line catalogers and library administrators in all types of libraries, learn how bibliographic and authority records will change when RDA is implemented. Note: This webinar will not cover FRBR, on which RDA is based, nor will the RDA Toolkit interface be demonstrated.

Using Web 2.0 Applications in Technical Services presented by Julie Swierczek
Sept. 29, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

This webinar builds on the lively e-forum discussion Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Technical Services Work held in May 2010. Participants will see how blogs, wikis, tagging, RSS feeds, instant messaging and Google applications can be used to facilitate communication and streamline workflows in technical services. Learn how to overcome some of the pitfalls in adopting new technologies, including technolust, and examine techniques for encouraging employees to adopt new technologies.

Buying Library Materials on the Out-of-Print Book Market presented by Robert Holley
Oct. 6, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

The out-of-print market offers advantages to libraries that are willing to tap into this source of millions of books. Dr. Holley explains how the distinctions between the print and out-of-print marketplace are blurring. Learn how the out-of-print market offers potential cost savings and allows libraries to build retrospective collections and replace missing items. In some cases, purchasing the out-of-print book may be a cost-effective substitute for interlibrary loan. A second session on Maximizing Revenue from Selling Withdrawn Books and Unwanted Gifts will be presented on Oct. 27, 2010. Contact ALCTS for package pricing.

Package Deal for Oct. 6 and 27 webinars: SAVE $16. $62 for ALCTS members, $82 for non-members and $182 for groups.

Ahead to RDA Series:

What Cataloging Managers Need to Know about RDA presented by Chris Cronin
Oct. 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT
RDA: Benefits for Users and Catalogers presented by Christine Oliver
Nov. 3, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

Training for FRBR and FRAD presented by James Ascher
Dec. 1, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT
FRBR Basics presented by Robert Maxwell
Dec. 15, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

Catalogers, librarians and staff department heads who will be planning RDA implementation, and library directors who need to understand the benefits and importance of implementing RDA, should register for the Ahead to RDA Webinar Series. Watch for an announcement on details about these sessions or visit the ALCTS website, www.ala.org/alcts.

Special Ahead to RDA series registration fee:
ALCTS member: $39 each webinar, any two webinars for $66 (save $12), all four webinars for $120 (save $36)

NonNon-member: $49 each webinar, any two webinars for $86 (save $12), all four webinars for $160 (save $36)

GrGGroup rates: $99 each webinar, any two webinars for $178 (save $20), all four webinars for $346 (save $50)

Maximizing Revenue from Selling Withdrawn Books and Unwanted Gifts presented by Robert Holley
Oct. 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

This webinar will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of four methods of selling withdrawn books and unwanted gifts—book sales, sales to dealers, consignments to Internet vendors and selling directly on the Internet. The session will provide tips for maximizing revenue and minimizing staff costs. Many libraries could increase revenue, some significantly, by understanding the various options.

This webinar is a companion session to Buying Library Materials on the Out-of-Print Book Market scheduled for Oct. 6, 2010. Contact ALCTS for package pricing.

Package Deal for October 6 and 27 webinars: SAVE $16, $62 for ALCTS members, $82 for non-members and $182 for groups.

Introduction to Sears Subject Headings I presented by Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Nov. 10, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

Do you use bibliographic records with Sears Subject Headings either in technical services or references services and want to better understand the headings? Did you miss studying Sears in library school and want to broaden your subject understanding? Sears Subject Headings are widely used in bibliographic records in small public and school libraries, especially for children and youth. Take this one-hour webinar to understand how Sears organizes subject categories and hierarchical subject subdivisions. Get tips on using Sears in your own library. Even if you have never taken a cataloging class, this webinar will introduce you to the principles of the Sears, including natural language use and direct order of topics. The subject structure and four types of headings are covered: topical, form, geographic, and proper names. You will understand why Sears Subject Headings are used as a model “for the creation of headings as needed.”

This session is meant to be followed by the Dec. 8 session Introduction to Sears Subject Headings II. Contact ALCTS  for info on package pricing.

Register for the November 10 and December 8 sessions: SAVE $16, $62 for ALCTS members, $82 for non-members and $182 for groups.

Digital Preservation: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts presented by Cathy Martyniak and Emily Gore
Nov. 17, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

This webinar discusses the fundamentals of digital preservation. Learn how to define digital preservation, discuss significant threats to digital materials, describe tools for addressing these threats, explain three key concepts of digital preservation and be able to identify sources for further information on the topic. Intended audience members are library staffers with responsibilities for digital projects and those interested in getting an introduction of the basics of digital preservation.

Introduction to Sears Subject Headings II presented by Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Dec. 8, 2010 at  1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT

Do you want to understand more complex constructions of Sears Subject Headings used in bibliographic records? Do you want to understand Sears better for catalog record creation, to evaluate your vendor records, or for searching subjects in your catalog? Take a closer look at Sears Subject Headings! This webinar focuses on using Sears and constructing headings in your own library. Challenging subjects are covered. The use of the 20th edition and other online tools is explained. This webinar will also compare and contrast Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Sears Subject Headings.

This session is meant to follow up on the Nov. 10 session Introduction to Sears Subject Headings I. Contact ALCTS for info on package pricing.

Register for the Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 sessions: SAVE $16, $62 for ALCTS members, $82 for non-members and $182 for groups.