ALCTS offers two symposia at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2016

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/14/2015


Keri Cascio

Executive Director



CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents two symposia on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

“Re-envisioning ‘Technical Services’ to Transform Libraries: Identifying Leadership and Talent Management Practices” will explore how libraries can recruit and cultivate staff that can serve as both leaders and contributors and provide insight into talent management, including identifying and nurturing leaders; succession planning; promoting diversity; and connecting staff with the best training options throughout their careers. Keynote speakers are Keith Webster, dean of university libraries and director of emerging and integrative media initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University and Jenica Rogers, director of libraries, State University of New York at Potsdam.  Other featured speakers are Meredith A. Taylor, Provost’s Office, UT Austin and co-author of the "ARL Spec Kit on Talent Management," who will also lead breakout sessions, and Sylvia Hall-Ellis, adjunct professor at San Jose State University. A trio of case studies to support early, middle and advanced career stages will be offered by Jacob Nadal, ReCAP; Elyssa M. Gould, University of Michigan Law Library; and Angela Kinney, Library of Congress. The Program Committee will report preliminary research results on their survey of talent management attitudes and practices in three types of academic libraries.  This stimulating program will provide insights to managers in a variety of library settings and roles.

“Strategize Me! Personal Career Planning” is an engaging half-day session that invites participants to explore ways to energize their career paths by giving them tools, ideas and a renewed sense of focus. Through personal hands-on work and small group discussions, participants will be empowered by their own personal planning and through brainstorming with colleagues. Confirmed speakers are non-profit cultural leadership consultants Anne Ackerson, co-author of "Leadership Matters," and Linda Norris, co-author of "Creativity in Museum Practice."

Registration is through the ALA Midwinter site. Add a symposium to your meeting registration, or register for a symposium alone. Registration for the Midwinter meeting is not required. The price of the full-day symposium is: $219 for ALCTS and ALISE members (use special code ALCTS2019); $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members. The price of the half-day symposium is: $109 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2016); $159 for ALA members, $224 for non-members.

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

To propose an event for Online Learning, visit the ALCTS event planning web site.

For questions or comments related to these events, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.