Event Preview: Midwinter 2011

ALCTS Symposia and Forums in San Diego

To learn more about these events and registration information, see the ALA Midwinter Meeting web site. In addition, the Annual Midwinter wiki is also available. Consult it for events, registration, and other information related to attending the conference.


The Administrator, RDA and the Future Catalog: Issues, Viewpoints, Alternatives

Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 8:30 am to 5 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 04.

RDA is on the horizon. How will you implement it? What are the issues you need to pay attention to: Staffing? Budget? The catalog itself? Will RDA influence the future catalog? What might the future catalog be? This one day symposium examines the issues surrounding implementation of RDA and the future catalog. If you are a director, assistant director or department head or anyone interested in the impact of RDA, you do not want to miss this discussion.


  • Tim Strawn, Director, Information Resources and Archives, California Polytechnic State University -San Luis Obispo
  • Olivia Madison, Dean of the Library, Iowa State University
  • Linda Barnhart, Head of Metadata Services, University of California, San Diego
  • Molly Tamarkin, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, Duke University
  • Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean for Electronic Resources and Information Technology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Chris Cole, Associate Director for Technical Services, National Agricultural Library

Registration is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members, and $99 for students and retired members. Registration information for the ALCTS Midwinter symposia can be found on the ALA Midwinter Meeting page.

ALCTS thanks OCLC for their support of this symposium.

Beams & Bytes: Constructing the Future Library Architectural and Digital Considerations

Friday, January 7, 2011 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, San Diego Convention Center, Room 04.

Changing user expectations and the relentless shift to the digital medium are rapidly influencing library structures and services. Libraries are evolving to create and deliver new services, modifying their collecting patterns, and striving to meet new user demands. This day-long symposium will focus on the physical and digital infrastructure of libraries, conceiving and creating services to meet user needs and expectations, transforming collections and access, and how all of this will affect the people who work in libraries. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative activities during the event.

Speakers and topics include:

  • “Library Space: Dimensions of the Imagination” Michael Miller, Dean of Library Services, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Architectural Considerations for the 21st Century Library Jeffrey M. Hoover, Architect, Tappe Associates and Denelle C. Wrightson, Director of Library Architecture, PSA-Dewberry
  • User Experience Design for the New Library John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Services, Darien Public Library, Darien, Connecticut
  • From Academic Library to Academic Commons at Occidental College Robert Kieft, College Librarian, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
  • Digital Stewardship in the 21st Century Library: The Penn State Experience Michael Giarlo, Digital Architect and Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator, Penn State University Libraries, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Parallel Library Universes: A Case for Feverish Pink Paint and Virtual Vortexes Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Registration is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members, and $99 for students and retired members. Registration information for the ALCTS Midwinter symposia can be found on the ALA Midwinter Meeting page.

ALCTS thanks Oracle for their support of Beams & Bytes.


ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section Executive Committee Forum

The ALCTS CCS Forum will take place on January 7, 2011, 3:30–5:30 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 26 A/B.

The Forum will open with an introduction by CCS Chair Shelby E. Harken who will provide a report on the Task Force on Cooperative Cataloging.

The Forum will then consist of three sessions:

  • Legal issues involving cataloging provided by outside vendors that come with restrictions. Speaker: Joan Chapa, MARCIVE. Libraries working in a cooperative environment face legal issues in obtaining, using, and sharing records from various sources. What are the issues regarding use of various types of records supplied by MARCIVE (national library bib and authority records, AV Access, GPO, ERIC)?
  • SkyRiver versus OCLC. In a cooperative environment, can there be ownership? Speaker: Nancy Fleck, Michigan State University In cooperative cataloging, can there really be ownership? A well known issue is SkyRiver versus OCLC, but on a broader level it is open source/unrestricted use versus restricted use. How do restricted use records versus not restricted affect user access, interlibrary loan, cataloging work flows, NACO work, making library policy decisions, sharing records in a consortia or union catalog?
  • Standards in a cooperative environment. Who gets to set them? Speaker: Becky Culbertson, University of California, San Diego There have been many efforts over many years to formulate cataloging standards. Why do we do this? Who benefits?—Users? Catalogers? What generates them? How are they maintained? How do they fit in with "cataloger's judgment"? The whole purpose of agreeing on cataloging standards, we believe, is so that a significant corpus of libraries will benefit from not having to do significant editing of these records.

Contact Shelby E. Harken, ( shelby.harken@und.edu) Chair, CCS Executive Committee, for more information.

RDA Update Forum

The RDA Update Forum will meet on January, 7, 2011, 1:30–3:30 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 26A/B.

RDA testing has been completed. Please the join the RDA Programming Taskforce for an informal panel discussion with a select group from the RDA test partners. Representatives from academic, museum, school libraries, ILS vendors and LIS faculty testers will present lively and informative discussion of their individual experiences and issues encountered during testing, as well as the insights they gained. Beacher Wiggins will also give a brief update on the status of the testing of RDA by the national libraries and other testing participants. Sally McCallum, Troy Linker, and Glenn Patton will also be available to answer questions related to RDA.

Caveat: As results from testing will not be available at this point, results will not be discussed during the panel, which consists of:

  • Penny Baker, Collections Management Librarian, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Massachusetts)
  • Christopher Cronin, Director of Metadata and Cataloging Services, University of Chicago Library
  • Richard Hasenyager, Director of Library Services for the North East Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Karen Anderson, Authority Control Librarian, Backstage Library Works
  • Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science Program, University of Denver
  • Kathryn La Barre, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In addition, join the RDA Programming Taskforce Planning on Saturday, January 8 from 10:30 am to noon in MAR Business Ste. 2. if you are interested in helping the taskforce develop future programs related to RDA.

Contact June Abbas ( jmabbas@ou.edu) for more information about the RDA Update Forum or the Programming Taskforce meeting.

CRS Committee on Holdings Update Forum

The CRS Committee on Holdings Information will hold a forum on January 8, 2011, 4–5:30 pm, in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 30C.

The forum topic is “Holdings information in Electronic Content Access.” Ensuring that users can access licensed or open digital content remains a key mission for librarians and content providers. If everything works properly, a patron should be able to click on a link and almost magically be connected to the content that they need. What is behind the click? Whether this simple action builds upon data quality in a knowledgebase, the link structure behind OpenURL, or DOI-linking functionality from citations, many people and services are responsible for this magic. Come learn about the latest developments with standards projects such as KBART (Knowledgebases and Related Tools) and IOTA (Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics) and discover how CrossRef simplifies access across the internet through DOI-linking. Speakers include:

  • KBART (Speaker to be announced)
  • Carol Ann Meyer, CrossRef
  • Oliver Pesch, IOTA

Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) Forum

The CMDS Forum “Is Selection Dead? The Rise of Collection Management and the Twilight of Selection” will take place on January 9, 2011, 4–5:30 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 25C.

Collection development is undergoing a dramatic change. With the rise of collection management, collection development as we have known it is becoming a dying art. Title by title selection is rapidly being replaced by expanding approval plan coverage, aggregator packages, and "take it or leave it" big deals. Administrators are worried that traditional selection takes too much time and effort, and the growing trend toward patron-driven selection, as well as the growth of Google Books and digital repositories further challenge the traditional roles of selectors and collection development librarians.

What is the overall impact of these trends? How is our intellectual work and engagement shifting? As we work in broader strokes selecting packages and developing digital collections, what are the implications for our knowledge of our collections overall? Is the shift from collection development to collection management a process of deprofessionalization and disintermediation of the selector, or an exciting new model we should all embrace?

Moderator is Harriet Lightman, Northwestern University. Panelists are:

  • Rick Anderson, University of Utah
  • Steve Bosch, University of Arizona
  • Nancy Gibbs, Duke University
  • Reeta Sinha, Baker & Taylor/YBP

Collection Management in Public Libraries

The Collection Management in Public Libraries IG will meet on January 10, 2011, 1:30–3:30 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 24A. This interest group, co-sponsored by ALCTS CMDS and RUSA CODES, will discuss current topics of interest in collection development. Anyone interested in collection development and management is welcome to attend.

Contact Chair Bleue J. Benton ( bbenton@oppl.org) for more information.

Continuing Resources Committee on Standards Update Forum

The ALCTS Continuing Resources Committee on Standards Update Forum will take place on January 9, 2011, 10:30 am–noon at the Hilton Bayfront, Aqua 314.

Speakers and topics:

  • Dina Benson, University of Florida. Encoded Archival Context: Corporate Bodies, People and Families (EAC-CPF) metadata standard. EAC is an international standard for encoding contextual information about "individuals, families, and corporate bodies that create, use, and are responsible for and/or associated with records in a variety of ways." (For more information, see: http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/)
  • Susan Marcin, Columbia University. Proposed NISO standard Improving OpenURL through Analytics (IOTA). "IOTA is an initiative that makes use of log files from various institutions and vendors to analyze element frequency and patterns contained within OpenURL strings. The reports created from this analysis allows users to make improvements to their OpenURL strings (by increasing the number of elements passed in an OpenURL string for example) so that the maximum number of OpenURL requests resolve to a correct record." (For more information, see: http://www.assembla.com/wiki/show/oq/IOTA_FAQ)
  • Sara Russell Gonzalez, University of Florida. The VIVO Project. VIVO is an interdisciplinary national network enabling collaboration and discovery between scientists across all disciplines." (For more information, see: http://www.vivoweb.org/)

PARS Forum

The PARS Forum topic is “ARL Preservation Statistics,” which have been discontinued while ARL is undergoing investigating and restructuring. The forum will examine how the preservation statistics have been done, have they may be used, etc. The Forum will take place on January 9, 4–5:30 pm at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 30E. Speakers include:

  • Brinley Franklin, University of Connecticut and ARL Past President
  • Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director, ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs
  • A third speaker is to be determined.

The speakers will provide a good picture of ARL’s status on collecting data on preservation. There will also be discussion of a new task force to review all of the ARL statistics.

The Forum organizers also plan to have Lars Meyer, Emory University, who worked on a report about measurable and measuring preservation activities in Research Libraries, participate via Skype.


“Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives,” http://www.oclc.org/research/, issued in October 2010, brought to light the continuing issue that many special collections in libraries are yet still “undiscoverable and monetary resources are shrinking at the same time that user demand is growing.” Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research, who authored the report with Katherine Luce, will lead a program dedicated to the findings of the report at this ALCTS Midwinter Forum on Monday, January 10, 10:30 am–noon in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 28 A/B.

The report is a follow-up study updating a 1998 ARL report. Key findings were grouped into eight categories each with a set of recommendations:

  • assessment
  • collections
  • user services
  • cataloging and metadata
  • archival collections management
  • digitization
  • born-digital archival materials
  • staffing

The top three most-challenging issues according to the study were: space, born-digital materials, and digitization.

Dooley will begin the discussion with an overview of the report. Additional speakers will address the view from a participant and an overview of a specific archival project.

Continuing Resources Cataloging Forum

The ALCTS CRS Continuing Resources Cataloging Forum will meet on January 10, 2011, 1:30–3:30 pm in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 11A.

The forum will include current news from the CONSER Coordinator, the ISSN Coordinator and CRCC CC:DA representative, and a discussion about the recent RDA testing conducted by the CRCC Informal RDA Testing Task Force.