Exciting preconferences from ALCTS during Annual Conference in Las Vegas

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/28/2014


Julie Reese

Continuing Education Manager



CHICAGO — Exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Fundamentals of Collection Assessment to Streaming Media, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27, for these events.  Register through the 2014 ALA Annual Conference website.   

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

Event Code: ALC1

Thursday, June 26, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Friday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Modeled on the popular six-week online course, this preconference introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including the definition of collection assessment; techniques and tools; assessment of print and electronic collections; and project design and management.

Speakers: Cory Tucker, head, Collection Management, UNLV Libraries; Reeta Sinha, resource management librarian, Stanford University Lane Medical Library

The cost: $338 for ALCTS members; $399 ALA for members, $99 for retired members and student members, $469 for non-members.

Statistics and Reports: Data-Driven Decision-Making

Event Code: ALC2

Friday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This preconference will seek to answer several questions: What data is collected in technical services?  Why is the information collected? How is the data collected and what reports can be generated? How can the data be used to analyze collections, workflow and positions? Join the ALCTS Acquisitions Section, Organization & Management Committee as we explore the options for making more decisions based on discoverable statistics and reports.

Speakers: Michael Levine-Clark, associate dean for scholarly communication, University of Denver; Kari Swanson, chief acquisitions librarian, Yale University; Beth Bernhardt, assistant dean for collection management and scholarly communications, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The Cost: $219 for ALCTS members; $269 for ALA members; $99 for Retired members and Student members; $319 for non-members.


Streaming Media Passes the Tipping Point: Now What?

Event Code: ALC3

Friday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. – noon

This half-day preconference presents fascinating and unexpected trends on streaming media in libraries from a recent national survey of academic librarians and takes a deep look at acquisition support and challenges in both public and academic institutions.   Join us and learn where to purchase streaming media collections, the latest trends in streaming media, how to optimize discovery, marketing and evaluate usage in an effort to prepare for the future of content at your library.

Speakers: deg farelley, media librarian/ShareStream administrator, Arizona State University Libraries; Kirk Blankenship, electronic resources librarian, The Seattle Public Library

The cost: $119 for ALCTS members; $144 ALA members; $49 retired members and student members, $169 non-members.

Visit the ALCTS events and online learning webpages for more professional development opportunities.  If you are interested in developing a continuing education event for ALCTS, please contact Felicity Dykas, chair of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee, dykasf@missouri.edu.


ALCTS is a divison of the American Library Association