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ALCTS Events


Friday June 25, 7:30-9pm, Washington Convention Center, 146C Note: The ALCTS New Members Interest Group meeting on Saturday, June 26, 10:30 am–12 noon, is cancelled and replaced by this event.

Plan on attending ALCTS 101, an event hosted by the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG), in conjunction with the Membership and Leadership Development Committees, at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference.

The following ALCTS section members will talk briefly about their section and how you can become involved:

  • Cynthia Whitacre, ALCTS President-Elect
  • Marlene Harris, Council of Regional Groups (CRG)
  • Karen Darling, Acquisitions Section (AS)
  • Lynda Wright, Continuing Resources Section (CRS)
  • Gina Minks, Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS)
  • Reeta Sinha, Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS)
  • Amy Jackson, ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG)

The program will also include small group networking opportunities with the speakers listed above, ALCTS interest group representatives, and other ALCTS leaders.

Event highlights:

  • Prizes: New ALCTS members (five years or less) will be eligible to win a free ALCTS membership renewal.
  • Networking: Meet ALCTS members and section leaders
  • Join us for an informal happy hour after this meeting. Details will be announced at the meeting.

For more information contact Amy Jackson or Keisha Manning, Co-Chairs, New Members Interest Group or Deborah Ryszka, Chair, ALCTS Membership Committee.

ALCTS President’s Program: Got Data? New Roles for Libraries in Shaping 21st Century Research

Monday June 28, 10:30 am–12 noon, Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B

Research in the Information Age is driven by digital data. Libraries are emerging as critical partners in the curation, access, use, re-use, and preservation of research data. Digital stewardship, and the requisite cyber-infrastructure, economic models, and policies required to administer and protect research data, present both new opportunities and challenges for 21st century libraries. In this talk, we describe the emerging role for Libraries as stewards of valued digital research collections.


  • Francine Berman, Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

ALCTS Awards Ceremony

Plan on attending the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 27, 5:30–7pm at the Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom South/Central. Congratulations to all the winners!

Other Events of Interest

Special Tour of the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress

The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress will host a special tour of all Divisions of the Preservation Directorate including Conservation (Book and Paper labs), Reformatting, Deacidification, Binding and Collections Care and an overview of the Preservation Research and Testing Labs on Monday, June 28, 1–3pm. The tour will take place at the Library of Congress Madison Building and RSVP is required. A more complete tour of the Research and Testing Labs is available on Saturday June 26.

Attendance is limited; RSVP by email to if you wish to take the Monday tour. The deadline for RSVP is June 22. Additional directions and information will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email.

ISSN Forum

The U.S. ISSN Center invites all serials publishers, vendors, and other members of the ISSN user community to an ISSN Forum on Saturday, June 26, 1:30–3:30pm at the Madison Hotel, Constitution Room.


  • Linda Geisler, Head, ISSN Publisher Liaison Section (ISSNPL), will provide a basic overview of how to request an ISSN, including recommended procedures to follow.
  • Regina Romano Reynolds, ISSN Coordinator, will give a presentation on the Linking ISSN, provide information about the U.S. ISSN Center’s test of new international guidelines for assigning ISSN to integrating resources, and seek input about a proposed change in the ISSN Networks policy for assigning ISSN to reproductions.

Karl Debus-Lopez, Chief of the U.S. and Publisher Liaison Division and Vice Chair of the ISSN Governing Board, will introduce the session. Time will be provided for discussion and questions, including time for individual consultations after the session ends.

Preservation Forensics and Document Optical Archaeology at the Library of Congress

Saturday June 26, 1:30–5:30 pm Note: This program will take place off-site at the Library of Congress. Registration required. Attendance is limited to the first 200 participants to RSVP by email to

The Library of Congress Preservation Research and Testing Division has methods of accessing information from documents invisible to the unaided eye, revealing hidden writing on manuscripts, degradation mechanisms in film and CDs, and unheard sound on damaged recordings, recovering lost information. Linking these techniques increases access through creation of a “digital cultural object”. “Scripto-spatial imaging” is a GIS system for documents and manuscripts. A tour of the Preservation Lab will follow the program. This program is sponsored by PARS and the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress.


  • Eric F. Hansen, Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress
  • Fenella G. France, Research Program Liaison and Research Chemist, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress
  • Lynn Brostoff, Research Chemist, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress

Call for Bloggers

The Metadata Interest Group (MIG) is looking for bloggers to report on selected sessions on the Metadata Interest Group's Blog. See the recommended list of sessions. If you would like to blog any of the sessions, please contact Kristin Martin with your name, e-mail address, and preferred session.

Election Results 2010

Election results are now available for ALCTS officers and councilors. Congratulations to the winners.

2010 ALCTS Award Winners

Plan on attending the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 27, 5:30–7pm at the Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom South/Central. Congratulations to all the winners!

Susan Matveyeva Awarded Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund

Susan Matveyeva is the 2010 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund." The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for Matveyeva to attend her first international conference in Madrid, Spain.

The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions to international library service.

Susan Matveyeva is planning to attend the Fifth International Conference on Open Repositories hosted by the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT) and the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain. At the conference she will present a paper titled “Automated Submission of Metadata to DSpace using Excel and XML”. Attending this conference will benefit the repository’s service to the Wichita State University students, faculty and staff because Matveyeva will be able to implement best practices learned at the conference to the University’s research and learning digital environment.