Deanna Marcum featured in ALCTS free webinar on metadata infrastructure

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/07/2011


CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services presents a free webinar from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 1.  The webinar, Aiming for a Robust Metadata Infrastructure for the Future, features Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services, Library of Congress, and Beacher Wiggins, director for acquisitions & bibliographic control, Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library and the National Library of Medicine have jointly determined that to achieve a viable and robust metadata infrastructure for the future, RDA--Resource Description & Access - should be in that future. This decision was not made lightly, but based on a substantive test using RDA in which 23 libraries and the three U.S. national libraries participated. This webinar will share the thoughts of LC's associate librarian for library services, Deanna Marcum, and its director for acquisitions & bibliographic access, Beacher Wiggins.  Dr. Marcum will give her reactions to reviewing and accepting the recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee. Mr. Wiggins, a Coordinating Committee co-chair, will describe the test, findings and analyses that led to the recommendation to implement RDA not sooner than January 2013.

There is no charge to attend this webinar but advance registration is required.

To register, complete the online registration form for the session you would like to attend.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4293, or For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034, or

ALCTS offers webinars covering all of collections and technical services.  Visit the ALCTS continuing education website for more offerings including a new RDA series coming this fall.