Event Preview: Annual 2011

ALCTS Preconferences, Forums, and Programs in New Orleans

To learn more about these events and registration information, see the ALA Annual Conference Web site. In addition, the Conference Scheduler (formerly known as the Event Planner) contains information on every Conference session. The Conference wiki is now housed within the Conference Scheduler. Consult these resources for events, registration, and other information related to attending the conference.

ALCTS Forums and Programs

Friday, June 24

CCS Executive Committee Forum

3:30–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 243

Turning Catalogers into Semantic Web Engineers, or, Out of the Catalog Drawer and onto the Internet Highway

The Semantic Web often enters into discussions about the future of cataloging and the purpose of RDA. To meet users’ expectations catalogers must become Semantic Web engineers so the library catalog will get out of the drawer and onto the Internet highway. Speakers will address issues to consider as we approach the entrance ramp.

Speakers and Topics

Bibliographic data in the Semantic Web: What Issues Do We Face in Getting it There?
Gordon Dunsire, Head of Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR), Strathclyde University
Library catalogs use the bibliographic record as the unit of metadata, while the Semantic Web focuses on the metadata statement of a single bibliographic attribute. Dunsire will discuss some of the issues arising from this paradigm shift, as well as the technical, legal, and economic barriers likely to be encountered in transforming legacy records into library linked data.

Encoding Bibliographic Data - The Things and Strings of the Semantic Web
Karen Coyle, Independent Consultant
Coyle will discuss moving bibliographic data toward linked data on the semantic web. In “Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata” she noted libraries’ future “must include the transformation of the library’s public catalog from a stand-alone database of bibliographic records to a highly hyperlinked data set that can interact with information resources on the World Wide Web.” In “RDA Vocabularies for a Twenty-First-Century Data Environment, “she noted “With Web-based data, we can use the vast information resources there to enhance our data by creating relationships between library data and information resources. This will increase not only opportunities for users to discover the library and its resources, but also the value of the data by allowing its use in a wide variety of contexts.”

RDA and the Semantic Web
Ed Jones, Assistant Director, Assessment and Metadata Services at National University
Does RDA play nice with the Semantic Web? If so, how? What RDA elements should be linked, and at what level of granularity? Some MARC fields might not lose information if they were treated as single elements, while others might benefit from greater analysis and control at a more granular level. If something cannot be controlled, is it necessary to identify it separately?

Saturday, June 25

Future of Acquisitions: Planning For Change in an Ever-Changing Environment

8–10 am, Morial Convention Center, Room 391

What synergies do you see between acquisitions skills sets and new services that didn't exist in the past? How are you positioning your department to leverage your skills over the next three to five years? As many of our traditional tasks are automated and outsourced many acquisitions staff are retooling existing skills to participate in new resource sharing services and digital repository tasks, to name a few. Join us to explore the future of acquisitions. This program is sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section.


  • Rick Anderson, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Collections, University of Utah
  • Dracine Hodges, Assistant Professor and Interim Head, Monographs Department, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Pam Matthews, Acquisitions Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library

On Beyond Zebra: Taking RDA beyond MARC

10:30 am–Noon, Morial Convention Center, Rooms 393-394

The Dr. Seuss book On Beyond Zebra unveils the alphabet that starts after Z. This panel highlights experiences and ongoing discoveries of those who are going “on beyond zebra” bravely defining new RDA frontiers. Explore further afield than MARC. Discover RDA-related developments in the interesting worlds of Dublin Core, linked data, ONIX, and beyond.


  • Gordon Dunshire, Deputy Director, Centre for Digital Library Research University of Strathclyde
  • Jean Godby, Research Scientist, Metadata Schema Transformations OCLC
  • Jane Greenberg, Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jennifer Bowen, Co-Executive Director, eXtensible Catalog Project, University of Rochester Libraries Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Slicing & Dicing: Usage Statistics for the Practitioner

10:30 am–Noon, Morial Convention Center, Room 392

Got statistics? What now? Come and hear three different perspectives on analyzing print and electronic statistics to provide meaningful data to stakeholders. Attendees will get a down and dirty look at usage statistics from the trenches of data gathering to the glorious heights of informed decision making. Speakers will share insights from the areas of approval plan analysis, consortium data management, and library administration.


  • Rick Burke, Executive Director, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
  • John McDonald, Library Administration, Claremont College
  • Annette Day, Head, Collection Management, North Carolina State University Libraries

This program is sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section’s Research and Statistics Committee, and is cosponsored by RUSA CODES Collection Development Planning and Assessment Committee. Contact Xan Arch (mailto:archx@reed.edu) for more information.

Sound Bytes: Audio Metadata Standards in Slightly More than Six Seconds

10:30 am–Noon

Do you work with digital audio materials? You're in luck! New audio metadata standards are coming soon. Get a sneak peek from those who are actively developing them, and learn how they can enhance your description and long-term preservation of digital audio materials. The session will be in three parts:

Metadata is key to long-term access and preservation of digital information. While this need is well understood, the existence and use of standards is not. The Preservation Administrators Interest Group formed a Taskforce, under the leadership of Janet Gertz, Head of Preservation, Columbia University Libraries, to collect and disseminate existing standards for audio collections management. The presentation begins by defining metadata as it pertains to sound recordings, looks at current practice and options, and demonstrates how the use of standards makes your life easier and sets you on the path to sound file management nirvana.


  • George Blood, Safe Sound Archive
  • Michael T. Casey, Associate Director for Recording Services, Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University
  • Jane Otto, Media and Music Metadata Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries

This program is sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/mgrps/ig/ats-nrmc.cfm).

Leading Technical Services in 2011

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 391

With a new generation of technical services leaders entering the field and a growing number of leadership positions opening; how can potential leaders prepare for leadership responsibilities? What can national level networking bring to their success? Join a panel of three prominent technical services leaders from a variety of libraries as they impart reflections on their career in librarianship and provide advice to others in the profession.


  • Marlene Harris, Former Director, Public Services Division, Alachua County Library District (Florida)
  • Anne McKee, Program Officer for Resource Sharing, Greater Western Library Alliance
  • Peggy Johnson, Associate University Librarian for Access Services, University of Minnesota

This program is sponsored by the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee.

Continuing Resources Section Holdings Forum

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 355

Universal and Repurposed Holdings Information: Emerging Initiatives and Projects
What volumes or issues of a journal have been published? Are they indexed with abstract? Who holds that journal, and what volumes or issues are held? Has anyone preserved it? Publishers, A and I services, libraries, and researchers often find their work interrupted, perhaps even stopped, by the lack of holdings information around a title. Whether the question concerns retrospective print content, born digital or digitized content, the answer to these questions is not easily found. The forum will explore the current demand for universal publication history as well as new initiatives seeking to collect holdings information and preservation details.

Speakers and Topics

  • David Lawrence (SafetyLit database Editor) and Yvette Diven (SerialsSolutions) will discuss the need for universal holdings information and Ulrich Web edition
  • Peter Burnhill/Regina Reynolds will discuss PEPRS (Burnhill will prepare the presentation and is unable to attend; his paper will be delivered by Regina Reynolds)
  • OCLC staff will discuss the OCLC Pilot to use the holdings format to mark archiving commitments

PARS Two Thumbs Up: A Preservation Film Festival

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 342

Interested in learning more about how to preserve your library and archival materials? Looking for some fun and effective tools for training your patrons and staff? Just need a break from conference craziness? Join us for a selection of preservation-related film and video shorts that will entertain and educate. Take home helpful handouts that will lead you to additional resources.

Sunday, June 26

Planning for the Worst: Disaster Preparedness and Response in High-Density Storage Facilities

8 am–Noon, Morial Convention Center, Room 343

While disaster planning in libraries is well established, very few libraries have plans specific to the challenging environment of high-density storage. Simple activities such as removal and tracking of materials become more complicated by barcoded storage trays on 30+ foot high shelves. This program will focus on current disaster research ranging from fire protection and recovery, recovery in shared repository environments, case studies of recovery from water disasters, and perspectives on recovery from non-water events.

A panel discussion will focus on:

  • Overview of the findings of the soon-to-be-completed FM Global study of fire protection in library high density/high bay storage
  • Perspectives on the disaster planning and recovery process as a member of a shared, regional high-density repository (RECAP)
  • Experiences from a small water disaster in the Library of Congress' Collections Storage Facility at Ft Meade, MD, in 2009
  • High Density Storage disaster planning and response for non-water disasters such as earthquakes and mold outbreaks
  • Testing the effects of activated fire suppression systems in high-density storage environments and planned prioritization for optimal material removal


  • Roberta Pilette, Head of Preservation, Yale University Library
  • Janet Gertz, Director, Preservation and Digital Conversion Division, Columbia University Library
  • Beatriz Haspo, Collections Officer, Library of Congress
  • Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
  • Laura Larkin, Special Collections Conservator, and Heather Tennison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jennifer Hain Teper, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Moderator)

Vendor Plans for Implementing RDA Forum

10:30 am–Noon, Riverside Hilton, Versailles Ballroom

RDA will have an impact, not on only cataloging workflows, but on integrated library systems. New MARC fields and terminology will need to be added to system indexes. OPACs will need to be configured to display new bibliographic information to users. The RDA Toolkit is being designed to allow linking from third-party software like integrated library systems. What are ILS vendors doing to accommodate these changes? A panel of 3-5 vendors will discuss their plans. Scheduled speakers include: Ann Arthur (Sirsi Dynix), John Espley (VTLS), Galen Charlton (VP, Data Services at Equinox Software, Inc.), Todd Walker (Principal Developer, Destiny Project, Follett Software Company), Troy Linker (ALA Publishing) and Nannette Naught (VP, Information Management Team, Inc.).

Continuing Resources Section Standards Update Forum

10:30 am–Noon, Marriott New Orleans, Studio 7

The forum will present news on developments affecting continuing resources management. The session will feature reports from the NISO SERU Working Group and the PIE-J Working Group and a panel discussion on how the standards process works.

Judy Luther of Informed Strategies, co-chair of the NISO SERU Working Group, will discuss SERU and its progress. A revision of SERU (Shared Electronic Resources Understanding) is under development to address e-resources other than journals. The new draft has gone out for preliminary comment. Luther will speak to the intent of the revision and will address questions about SERU and its use.

The PIE-J (Presentation and Identification of E-Journals) Working Group seeks to develop a recommended practice that will provide guidance on the presentation and identification of e-journals, particularly in the areas of title presentation and bibliographic history, accurate use of the ISSN, and citation practice, in order to assist publishers, platform providers, abstracting and indexing services, knowledgebase providers, aggregators, and other concerned parties in facilitating online discovery, identification, and access to publications.

Open Source Electronic Resource Management Systems: CORAL and ERMes

10:30 am–Noon, Morial Convention Center, Room 391

Electronic resource management systems need to be flexible, evolving and affordable to tame the complex and ever-changing electronic resource management landscape. Two such systems are ERMes and CORAL, developed by libraries for libraries and made freely available. ERMes runs in Microsoft Access and is suitable for small and medium libraries. Released in summer 2010, CORAL, is a modular, web-based system. Presenters will discuss the development, use and future plans for each system.


  • Galadriel Chilton, E-Resources Librarian, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • William Doering, Systems, Catalog and Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
  • Benjamin J. Heet, Senior Technical Consultant/Analyst, University of Notre Dame
  • Robin Malott, Electronic Resources Technical Consultant, University of Notre Dame

This program is cosponsored by RUSA-CODES.

RDA Update Forum

1:30–3:30 pm, Hilton Riverside, Versailles Ballroom

The national testing of RDA has been completed and the data analyzed. Please join us to learn more about the outcome of the test, the national libraries’ implementation decision, and discussion about potential impact on PCC cataloging. Scheduled presenters include: Beacher Wiggins (Library of Congress), Chris Cole (NAL), Jennifer Marill (NLM), John Riemer (Chair PCC), a representative from OCLC, and Troy Linker (ALA Publishing).

PARS Forum

4–5:30 pm, JW Marriott, Rosalie Room

Preservation of Modern Digitally Printed Materials
Daniel M. Burge, Image Permanence Institute, will present findings from three years of research into the deterioration of digitally printed materials, with recommendations on their care. Everyone is welcome.

In a 2009 survey of libraries, archives and museums the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) discovered that most cultural heritage institutions currently have digitally printed documents, graphic objects, and/or photographs within their collections, expect that these portions of their collections will accelerate in growth, and that some of the items in their care have already begun to decay. Through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, IPI has created a new web site devoted to providing the information and tools needed to care for digitally printed materials.

During the past three years IPI has performed new research to understand how these materials will respond to the common forces of decay--heat, extremes of humidity, light, atmospheric pollutants, handling and disasters such as flood. The results have led to new recommendations on how to properly care for these objects in institutional collections. These recommendations, along with many additional resources (such as descriptions of the technologies, a glossary of digital printing terms, and additional suggested reading) are now available on the DP3 Project web site (http://www.dp3project.org/). In addition, there is a simple to use interactive tool to aid librarians in developing the skills they need to confidently identify the most common types of digital prints. These new resources provide a solid foundation for librarians to ensure continued access to these materials far into the future.

Emerging Research in Collection Management and Development Forum

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 269

The purpose of this forum is to nurture new authors by giving them an opportunity to present research and receive feedback as they prepare manuscripts for publication. Proposals for the forum were refereed by the ACLTS/CMS Publications Committee.

Speakers and Topics

  • Douglas Jones, University of Arizona, “Assessment of a Fully Integrated Patron Driven Access (PDA) Model to Provide English Language Books at the University of Arizona”
  • Heather Hill, University of Western Ontario, and Jenny Bossaller, University of Missouri, “Breaking Out of the Silo: Public Library Use of Free Online Resources.”

The forum is sponsored by the ALCTS Collection Management Section

Monday, June 27

Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations (PVLR) Forum

8–10 am, Morial Convention Center, Room 287

Managing Your Future E-Book Collection
As libraries increase their e-book holdings by purchasing subject collections and installing patron demand systems, new methods of acquiring and organizing content must be considered. Issues such as duplication of content in both electronic and print forms and reliable metadata become increasingly important as libraries struggle to control costs and manage their growing e-book collections. A panel will discuss the dichotomy of selecting and organizing e-book content in a fast and growing landscape of digitized titles, and how vendors and publishers are offering more content and levels of service while keeping up with standards in an ever-changing environment.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with PVLR is encouraged to attend the PVLR planning meeting on Saturday, June 25, 4 pm, Embassy Suites, Jean Lafitte 1 Room.


  • Beth Fuseler Avery, Coordinator of Collection Development, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Melanie Schaffner, Marketing and Sales Manager, Project MUSE at the Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Michael Zeoli, Director, Global Consortia, YBP Library Services

For more information, please contact co-chairs Liz Lorbeer (mailto:lorbeer@uab.edu) or Kim Steinle. (mailto:ksteinle@dukeupress.edu)

Education and Training for Using RDA Forum

10:30 am–Noon, Morial Convention Center, Room 352

This session is for library and information school educators and anyone interested in conducting training sessions for RDA. Participants will discuss how to integrate RDA into existing coursework and training, identify documents that can assist in training, and review approaches for the effective education of library and information school students and practicing catalogers when learning RDA. Session participants are encouraged to bring documents to the session to share that they have created or have found useful when teaching RDA.

June Abbas (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma), Kathryn La Barre (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Marjorie Bloss (Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Dominican University) will serve as co-moderators for the forum.

Webinar Open House

Noon–1:30 pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Les Continents Room

Join members of the ACLTS Continuing Education Committee for a Webinar Open House. Come and experience a webinar from the perspective of an attendee, a host/presenter, and/or a member of the technical support team. Discover how effective webinars are in providing targeted, timely, professional development, get tips on developing and presenting a webinar, and experiment with GoToWebinar software.

You do not need to be a member of ALCTS to attend the Open House. Just bring your lunch—ALCTS will supply beverages.

Please contact Pamela Bluh (mailto:pbluh@umaryland.edu) if you have questions about the Open House or see http://bit.ly/kUeMtw for additional details. The Open House is sponsored by the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

Purchase on Demand through Interlibrary Loan

1:30–3:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 345

Are you interested in getting into patron-driven acquisitions but do not know where to start? Do you want to know how selectors fit into the PDA model? Would you like to see how other institutions have solved workflow issues? Would you like to hear how people have funded their PDA programs? What about assessment of PDA programs? Come learn about purchase-on-demand programs instituted through interlibrary loan. Public and academic libraries will talk about how they got started doing purchase-on-demand and what the patron response has been.


  • Jill H. Powell, Engineering Bibliographer and Reference and Instruction Librarian, Engineering Library, Cornell University
  • Roberta Schenewerk, Head of Acquisitions, Forth Worth Library
  • Doug Way, Head of Collections, Grand Valley State University

This program is sponsored by ALCTS CMDS.

Have Metadata, Can Collaborate: Putting the MARC21 583 Field to Use in Cooperative Preservation Efforts

1:30–3:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 342

Presenters will showcase developments in the use of the MARC21 583 field to record and share conservation and preservation actions. New interfaces, macros, and procedures which demonstrate forward-looking approaches to documenting preservation will be described. Harvard’s Schlesinger Library will show how macros and local standardization can optimize effort within a single system. UCLA Library will discuss MARC21 583 in conjunction with WorldCat Local Holdings Records to support collaborative print archiving and preservation.

There are many benefits to recording conservation and preservation actions using standardized encoding and terminology: identifying materials within a library system that have received or need treatment, as well as facilitating the sharing of information about preservation and conservation actions between libraries. Presenters will review the overall national guidelines for recording such information in the MARC21 583 "Action Note" field, and describe the reasons for the development of terminologies and systems at Harvard and UCLA to supplement that framework. Technical services librarians and preservation administrators who are keenly interested in exploiting technological solutions to facilitate cooperative collection management will benefit from this presentation of the use of the 583 field with WorldCat Local Holdings Records to share information in regional print archive projects, new systems for recording conservation treatment information, and macros developed at Harvard's Schlesinger Library that allow conservation staff to create MARC data easily.


At the end of this program, participants will have a better understanding of how the national standard of Preservation and Digitization Actions (PDA) terminology can be used to record and share preservation and conservation actions in the MARC21 583 field; the potential of metadata recorded in this field to facilitate cooperative work at the local, regional, and national levels; why and how institutions develop terminology to supplement PDA; and how to facilitate coding by preservation and conservation staff who are not trained MARC catalogers.


  • Amy Benson, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Initiatives, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University
  • Heather Caldwell, Head, Conservation Services, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
  • Deborah Funkhouser, Head of Collection Services, Published Materials, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University
  • Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library

This program is sponsored by ALCTS PARS.

Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum

1:30–3:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 275

Plan on attending the CRS Cataloging Committee Update Forum to learn about updates and new developments from around the continuing resources cataloging community.

Consultants for Technical Services: What Do They Do and How Can They Help?

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 274

Have you always wondered what consultants can do for technical services operations? Come to this program to find out. A panel consisting of consultants and of librarians who have employed consultants will discuss the work of consulting and the results that can be expected.


  • Ruth Fischer, Partner, R2 Consulting, LLC
  • Ruth T. Kinnersley, Director of Library Services, Waggoner Library, Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Andrew White, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, Stony Brook University
  • Lila (Angie) Ohler, Head of Acquisitions, University of Maryland

Children's Cataloger's Sandbox: Using the Tools of Cataloging Correctly for Kids 5th Edition

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 285

Let's make a play date! Please come and play in our sandbox! Do you need help in your cataloging of children's materials? Ask our experts for input! The new edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids is ready to provide answers. Bring your questions, thoughts and issues and talk to the authors of the book. The book has new material and updated chapters; learn how to use the new edition to solve your cataloging problems.


  • Julianne Beall, Dewey Section, Library of Congress
  • Joanna Fountain, Professor, Sam Houston State University
  • Debra Fritz, President, MARC of Quality
  • Joseph Miller, Vice President, Cataloging and General Reference, H.W. Wilson
  • Michelle Zwierski, Head of Cataloging, Nassau Library System

This program is sponsored by ALCTS CCS.

Monday, June 27

Journal Review Benefits Beyond the Budget: Dollars and Sense

8–10 am, Morial Convention Center, Room 353

When is a comprehensive journal review more than a journal review? When Librarian Subject Liaisons, Technical Service Librarians, and Faculty can come together to right-size a journal collection at a leading urban research university and still manage to keep smiling. This presentation probes the usefulness of a lengthy planning process, the importance of collecting available data, and the unintended consequences (good and bad) that emerged from campus-wide and inter-departmental contact during the review.


  • Paul Beavers, Assessment Officer, Wayne State University
  • Beth Callahan, Assistant Director, Acquisitions, Wayne State University
  • Cindy Krolikowski, Public Services Librarian, Wayne State University
  • Diane Paldan, Serials Librarian, Wayne State University

This program is sponsored by ALCTS CMDS and RUSA-CODES.


8–10 am, Morial Convention Center, Rooms 388–90

ALCTS is pleased to feature the recently published Ithaka Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors, offering a strategic analysis on the state of the library to help library leadership plan for the future. Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit strategic consulting and research service for the academic and cultural heritage community, surveyed over 200 library administrators from United States-based four year colleges and institutions who weighed in on issues related to the strategies they are pursuing for their libraries, the management of library collections, the development of new digital collections, and the creation of new services to meet changing user needs. Roger C. Schonfeld, Director of Research, Ithaka S+R, who co-authored the report with Mathew Long, will discuss the findings.

ALCTS President's Program

10:30 am–noon, Morial Convention Center, Rooms 388–90

Libraries are often considered as cultural heritage institutions, and appropriately so. At the same time, many of their functions are essential to economic growth and wellbeing, and they are important economic entities in their own right. I am both an academic economist and a university librarian, and my remarks will combine these perspectives, considering libraries (both academic and more generally) both as producers of value and as entities whose behavior is subject to the laws of supply and demand.

Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, is the featured speaker. His most recent academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.

“Libraries are often considered as cultural heritage institutions, and appropriately so. At the same time, many of their functions are essential to economic growth and wellbeing, and they are important economic entities in their own right. I am both an academic economist and a university librarian, and my remarks will combine these perspectives, considering libraries (both academic and more generally) both as producers of value and as entities whose behavior is subject to the laws of supply and demand.”

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems.

ALCTS Events

ALCTS 101: What is ALCTS, and How Can I be involved?

7:45–9 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 245

Join us for an invigorating evening of ALCTS fun! Participate in the speed-networking portion of the evening and learn about what ALCTS is and does. Meet and network with new and veteran ALCTS colleagues and friends. New members, prospective members, or reinvigorated members will all enjoy this event! Professional technical services colleagues will be available to provide feedback on your resume and job search questions. Be sure to bring your resume, if you’d like some feedback.

ALCTS 101 participants will be eligible for prizes, including free ALCTS membership renewals (limited to members of 5 years or less), free ALCTS webinars, and Starbucks gift cards for the ALA student chapter with the most attendees!

Hope to see you there! This event is sponsored by the ALCTS Membership Committee and the ALCTS New Members Interest Group. Contact Deborah Ryszka, (mailto:debbie@UDel.Edu) Chair, ALCTS Membership Committee, for more information.

Other Programs of Interest

Friday, June 24

ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Preconference: Outreach through New Partnership: Strategies and Successes

8:30 am–2 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 344

(requires registration)

Topics and Speakers

Rural Library Initiatives in China: Forging Partnerships and Adding Value to Communities
Jo Bell Whitlatch, Faculty Emeritus, San Jose State University; and Board of Directors, Evergreen Education Foundation
Two case studies will be presented: the ICT Training for Farmers Project of Tianzhu Evergreen Library, Tianzhu County, Gansu Province, and the Oral Health Education Project of Tongwei Evergreen Library, Tongwei County, Gansu Province.

Advocacy in Transylvania…Strategies with Bite
Peter Pearson, Library Strategies Consultant and Toni Garvey, Library Strategies, Consultant Representative of the IREX Romania staff; Representative from the Romanian Economic Task Force
IREX and Library Strategies are currently working with the Romanian Economic Task Force and the National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries in Romania to create advocacy plans for a pilot group of county libraries. These advocacy campaigns will serve as models for the other Romanian county libraries.

Training Library Staff in Kurdistan – Iraq
Amed Demirhan, Director, University of Kurdistan – Hawler Library
This presentation is about the University of Kurdistan – Hawler Library (UKHL) and the Ministry of Higher Education of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) - Iraq Joint Training Program for library staff in higher education libraries. The purpose of this training was to enhance the abilities and raising the level of the skills and knowledge of the local workforce of the library staff in Kurdistan Federal Region of Iraq.

Village Library Collection Development Project
Binh Le, Associate Librarian, Penn State Abington
The Library and Education Assistance for Vietnam ( LEAF-VN), established by Vietnamese descent librarians living in North America in 1998, has carried out many library projects in assisting Vietnamese libraries and librarians to improve their library services. This presentation discusses the planning and implementation of The Library and Education Assistance for Vietnam Village Library Collection Development Project.

Outreach to Vulnerable Youth in Africa through Partnerships for Innovative Programming: The Lubuto Library Project
Jane Meyers, President, Lubuto Library Project, Inc.
The Lubuto Library Project, Inc. (www.Lubuto.org) constructs beautiful, indigenously-styled open-access libraries stocked with a comprehensive collection of well-chosen books. Lubuto Libraries serve as safe havens and are the center for Lubuto’s programs, which offer discovery and joy through reading, music, art, drama, computers and other activities. The presenter will discuss the ongoing development of this project.

Creating Collections through Collaboration: An Innovative Digital Library Project in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Laurie Kutner, Information and Instruction Services Librarian, Library Associate Professor, University of Vermont, Project Director, Monteverde Institute Digital Library Project.
The proposed presentation will focus on a successful cross-cultural and cross-institutional collaborative model that addressed a need for the Monteverde community in Costa Rica to have easy access to locally-produced research-based information, the digital collections contain unpublished research documents produced by area international study programs focusing on local sustainable community development, community health, and tropical ecology.

The registration fee is $75 includes lunch at a restaurant and materials. Use the following link to register for the preconference: http://alaannual.org/content/irrt.

Changing Standards Landscape Forum

Noon–4 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 277

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will host a free half-day workshop “The Changing Standards Landscape.” The theme is “E-books: Intersections Where Libraries and Publishers Can Learn from Each Other.” This program will explore how both the publishing and library communities are facing the new digital marketplace, with a special focus on the standards that underlie the e-book supply chain.


  • Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director
  • Angela Bole, Deputy Executive Director, BISG
  • Phil Madans, Director, Publishing Standards and Practices, Hachette Book Group
  • Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project, Internet Archive
  • Michael Cairns, Managing Partner, Information Media Partners

A detailed agenda is available on the NISO web site along with a link to an online registration form. Although this forum is free, prospective attendees are asked to register for logistics and planning purposes. To register for this event, please e-mail nisohq@niso.org.

PCC Trainers’ Meeting

2:30–4 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 333

A new format for future meetings will be implemented at this meeting. In addition to NACO Program training, the meeting will also address training issues for all four PCC Programs.

The PCC Trainers’ Meeting will address RDA training issues that affect all four PCC Programs: BIBCO, CONSER, NACO, and SACO. This is an opportunity for all PCC members to contribute suggestions, share experiences and expectations, and participate in the development of training that affects all four PCC Programs. Regardless of the RDA implementation decision by the national libraries, the PCC is faced with a hybrid environment that includes cataloging completed under two codes, AACR2 and RDA. A complete agenda will be available after the national libraries announce their RDA implementation decision.

Saturday, June 25

LITA Standards Interest Group

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 287

Speakers and Topics

  • Todd Carpenter, Managing Director of NISO, will give an update on NISO activities.
  • Jason Price, Claremont Colleges Library and E-resource Package Analyst/Consultant for SCELC, will present on KBART. (See Price’s article in Serials Librarian, vol. 60 issue 1-4 (2011) "Making E-serials holdings data transferable: Applying the KBART recommended practice").
  • Harry Kaplanian, Director of Product Management at Serials Solutions, will discuss NISO's newest initiative, ESPReSSO (Establishing Suggested Practices Regarding Single Sign-On)

Marliese Thomas, incoming chair of the LITA Standards Interest Group, will be looking for volunteers for chair-elect of the LITA Standards Interest Group. Contact Anne Liebst (mailto:liebsta@lindahall.org) for more information.

Sunday, June 26

You Can’t Always Get What You Want but Sometimes You Can Get What You Need: Special Collection in Tough Economic Times

1:30–3:30 p.m., Morial Convention Center, Rooms 356–57

The Rare Book and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), with cosponsorship by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), invite you to the 2011 Conference Program at the American Library Association's Annual Conference:

How have rare book and special collections libraries weathered the global financial crisis of 2008? Presented at the end of the second full fiscal year in which libraries have absorbed budget cuts, layoffs, and job and wage freezes, a panel of special collections library administrators will compare notes on their experiences during this period and will discuss whether the economic downturn might have resulted in positive, as well as negative, developments for their institutions.


  • Ellen S. Dunlap, President, American Antiquarian Society
  • Kris Kiesling, Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota
  • Richard W. Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer Schaffner, Program Officer, OCLC Research (Moderator)

For more information, please visit: http://rbms.info/conferences/conf-docs/2011/index.shtml

PCC Participants Meeting

4–5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 243

The topic of the meeting is “Linked Data Building on Cooperative Relationships,” and Eric Miller, President of Zepheira, is the speaker. Prior to founding Zepheira, Miller led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT providing the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution linking data on the Web. He previously held a Research Scientist position at MIT where he was a Principal Investigator on the SIMILE project focused on developing robust, open source tools that improve access, management and reuse among digital resources. Before joining W3C / MIT, Miller was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and the co-founder and Associate Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

ALCTS Preconferences

RDA 201: RDA Gets Real

Thursday (8:30am–5 pm) and Friday (8:30 am–4 pm), Morial Convention Center, Rooms 255–257

(registration has closed)

How will cataloging change with RDA? Using the RDA Toolkit, this preconference will guide catalogers as they apply RDA to a variety of resources (print monographs and serials, integrating resources, electronic/digital formats, and general non-print formats). Hands-on sessions will address what is new, different, and how to deal with Media/Content/Carrier type. Strategies for communicating with IT departments and ILS vendors and how RDA, FRBR, and linked data models will move cataloging forward will be discussed.


  • Robert Bothmann, Electronic Access/Catalog Librarian, Associate Professor, Library Services, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Susan Johnson, Librarian, American College
  • Judith A. Kuhagen, Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
  • Kelley McGrath, Metadata Management Librarian, University of Oregon libraries
  • Nannette Naught, Vice President of Strategy and Implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.
  • Chris Oliver, Coordinator of Cataloguing and Authorities, McGill University Library
  • Adam L. Schiff, Principal Cataloger, University of Washington Libraries
  • Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala, Cataloging Educator and Author
  • Susan Wynne, Assistant Librarian, Original Cataloger, University of Wyoming


Participants are required to bring a laptop computer, which will be used during the sessions.

Certain basic topics will not be covered in the sessions. The following webinars/presentations on FRBR, FRAD, and RDA are recommended to prepare for the preconference:

This preconference is sponsored by Sky River.

Patron-Driven Acquisitions in Academic Libraries

Friday, 8:30 am–4 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 260

(registration required)

More libraries are utilizing patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and vendors are offering creative business models to complement traditional purchasing approaches, posing new opportunities and challenges for acquisitions. This preconference, led by experienced professionals, will guide attendees through the different models, expose them to real-life programs at libraries of varying sizes, offer strategies for set-up and ongoing management, and point out common technical services issues.


  • Rick Lugg, R2 Consulting LLC (moderator)
  • Suzanne Ward, Head, Collection Management, Purdue University Libraries
  • Doug Way, Head of Collections, Grand Valley State University
  • Robin Champieux, Vice President, Business Development, EBL
  • Annette Day, Head, Collection Management, North Carolina State University
  • Matt Barnes, Vice President Academic Sales, ebrary
  • Adam Chandler, E-Resources and Database Management Research Librarian, Cornell University
  • Boaz Nadav-Manes, Head, Acquisitions Services and Philosophy Librarian, Cornell University
  • Clare Appavoo, Director of Sales and Strategic Support, Coutts
  • Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian, University of Denver
  • Barbara Kawecki, Senior Digital Content Sales Manager, Western United States, YBP Library Services

What IS It, Anyway? Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials

8:30 am–4 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 263

(registration required)

This preconference will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). It will focus on the correct application of LC genre/form terms to works, with an emphasis on the differences between genre/form terms and subject headings. Participants will also be briefed on the principles underlying the genre/form projects being undertaken by LC’s Policy and Standards Division, and plans for further development of the thesaurus.


  • Janis L. Young, Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
  • Yael Mandelstam, Head of Cataloging, Fordham University Law Library, Fordham University
  • Beth Iseminger, Music and Media Cataloger, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

Forever is a Long Time: Preservation Planning for Digital Collections

9 am–5 pm, Morial Convention Center, Room 241

(registration required)

After more than a decade of acquiring and creating digital collections, libraries are now exploring options for assuring long term access to these digital resources. This preconference will introduce participants to digital preservation standards and best practices, digital preservation planning, how risk assessment can be used in planning, and case studies of implementable solutions. Faculty will include three leaders in digital preservation planning: Tom Clareson of LYRASIS, Katherine Skinner of Educopia Institute and Liz Bishoff of The Bishoff Group.

This program is cosponsored by ALCTS and ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)