ALCTS offers five exciting Preconferences at Annual in San Francisco

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/19/2015


Julie Reese

ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


CHICAGO — Five exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Real World Linked Data to Cataloging for Kids, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, for these events.  Register through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.

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Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data
Event Code: ALC2
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This full-day workshop provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data. Session topics include XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows; RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME; XQuery for extracting, manipulating and constructing library metadata; and PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.  For detailed instructions on the software needed to participate in this event, refer to the event page on the ALCTS web site.

Speakers include: Timothy W. Cole, mathematics and digital content access librarian, University Library (Illinois); Myung-Ja (“MJ”) Han, metadata librarian, University Library (Illinois); Heidi Frank, electronic resources and special formats cataloging librarian; Christine Schwartz, metadata librarian and XML database administrator, Princeton Theological Seminary Library    

Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21
Event Code: ALC4
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This preconference workshop will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of children's materials, using RDA and MARC21.  Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA.  The following children's materials types will be covered: video recordings, sound recordings, video games, three-dimensional objects, kits, books with accompanying material in a special format, games and two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards.

Speakers include: Jay Weitz, senior consulting database specialist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Julie Renee Moore, catalog librarian for special collections and special formats, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno

Beyond the Looking Glass: Real World Linked Data. What Does It Take to Make It Work?
Event Code: ALC3
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Too oft of late, discussions have focused on just the technology. An "It's COOL. Library is the last man to the party. Let's just DO IT already." mentality often leads the way. Until the rubber hits the funding road, and funders require results. What beyond technology is required for success? Join us to explore ontology design and data modeling in the real world. Learn about the people, processes, metrics and, yes, the technology, needed to succeed.

Speakers include: Jean Godby, senior research scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Jenn Riley, associate dean, digital initiatives, McGill University Library; Nannette Naught, vice president, strategy and implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.; Steven Folsom, discovery metadata librarian, Cornell University

Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and other Digital Content for Academic Libraries
Event Code: ALC1
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The provision of streaming media services is a challenge for academic libraries. The preconference will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media and other digital distribution conduits. The program will include topics such as; selection, collection development, acquisition models, issues in acquisitions and workflow management, delivery systems and platforms, standard licensing models and scenarios for various types of digital media, distribution rights and emerging digital resources.

Speakers Include: deg farelly, ShareStream administrator/media librarian, Arizona State University Libraries; Cindy Kristof, head, copyright and document services, Kent State University Libraries; Films on Demand, Wendy Collins, vice president, digital strategy, Infobase Learning; Olivia Humphrey, chief executive officer, Kanopy; Diane Robson, UNT Media Library; Alexander Street Press speaker to be determined

Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practices Guides
Event Code: ALC5
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging video recordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21 and the newly-issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theatre, etc.) and older video formats will also be addressed.   

Speakers include: Jeannette Ho, director of cataloging, Texas A&M University Libraries; Mary Huismann, music/media original cataloger, University of Minnesota

Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site. Add the preconference to your conference registration, or register for the preconference alone.  The price of each full-day preconference is: $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members. 

To learn more about these and other continuing education opportunities, visit the ALCTS conference web site.

To propose an event for the 2016 Annual Conference or Online Learning, visit the ALCTS event planning web site.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.