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Search begins for ALCTS 2017 Professional Recognition Awards nominations

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service in the fields of cataloging and classification and acquisitions and for outstanding promise.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for any of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1.

New ALCTS Slogan Focuses on Conserving the Past, Building the Future

CHICAGO—On Saturday, June 25, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announced the winner of the ALCTS Slogan Contest at the 2016 ALCTS Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. Honoring the work of ALCTS in sustaining the past and establishing a solid foundation for the future of technical services, collection management, and preservation, the new slogan, Creating the Future, Preserving the Past, will be used to promote the association and its mission and goals.

New ALCTS monograph examines linked data for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Linked data is essential for sharing library collections on the open web, especially the digital cultural heritage in the collections of libraries, archives, and museums. “Linked Data for Cultural Heritage” published by ALA Editions, gathers a stellar list of contributors to help readers understand linked data concepts by examining practice and projects based in familiar concepts like authority control.

Thomson elected ALCTS President for 2017-2018

CHICAGO —Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean, Collections, Digital Scholarship and Technical Services, University of Kentucky, has been elected the 2017-2018 President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

She previously held the position of head of Acquisitions and Collection Development at the University of Houston. Thomson holds an M.L.I.S from Louisiana State University and a B.A. from Texas Woman’s University. 

New ALCTS monograph spotlights collaborative stewardship of collections

CHICAGO — Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.  As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and resources, the value of shared collections is indubitable.  “Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights the histories and experiences of several collaborations at academic libraries.

A guidebook of RDA essentials

CHICAGO — “RDA Essentials,” co-published by ALA, CLA, and Facet Publishing (CILIP) and available in the U.S. and Mexico through the ALA Store, is a concise guide to cataloging with RDA: Resource Description and Access. It specifically hones in on the needs of those seeking a simplified path to creating basic RDA records.

Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during Preservation Week®, April 24 – 30, 2016.  Meltzer joins the campaign for another year as honorary chair of Preservation Week®, a time when libraries throughout the country provide information and expertise on how to archive and preserve individual and institutional treasures.

First Step Award to Melanie Church

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 25, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Mark your calendar: Preservation Week begins April 24

CHICAGO —Sunday, April 24 kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week®, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Established in 2010, Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items.

ALCTS Virtual Preconference Coming in June

CHICAGO – June 7 and 8, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) will host a virtual preconference that will bring the conference experience to you.  We Can Do It, You Can Too! Metadata Automation For Everyone is a two-day virtual preconference that consists of two 90-minute sessions on automating descriptive metadata creation and automating legacy data cleanup projects. Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

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