ALCTS Virtual Preconference Explores Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Metadata

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/05/2017


Brooke Morris

Communications Specialist

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will kick off its ALA Annual programming with the two-day, virtual preconference “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7. This virtual event, which will be held prior to the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, will provide a venue for attendees to engage with colleagues and presenters, leaving them with the tools necessary to implement what they’ve learned in their libraries.

“Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata” will offer a platform for attendees to discover how metadata creators are developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view. In addition, attendees will learn ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their own metadata. Programming for this two-day, virtual event includes session one, “Outreach and Inclusivity in Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories,” on Tuesday, June 6, which will feature the presentations “Digital Project as Community Outreach: A New Way of Approaching Metadata” and “Doing Justice to the Humanities: Increasing Inclusivity with More Specific Subject Description.” Session two, which will be held on Wednesday, June 7, will feature “Metadata Creation and Remediation in Zine and Digital Library Collections” and will focus on the presentations “Towards Counter-Cultural Competencies: Mutual Metadata Creation and the Zine Union Catalog Project” and “We Don’t Use Those Words Anymore: Describing Yesterday’s News Today.”

Registration for this virtual preconference is $69 for ALCTS members for both sessions or $43 for one session; $95 for non-ALCTS members for both sessions or $59 for one session; and $206 for groups for both sessions or $129 for one session. Fees include access to the live presentation as well as unlimited access to the recorded presentation. For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034.

To learn more and register for these preconference events, and view other ALCTS programming at ALA Annual 2017, visit the ALCTS Conference webpage.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.