News From ALA and the Profession

ALA Election Results

Results from the 2011 ALA Elections are now available at Congratulations to President-Elect Maureen Sullivan and others.

ALA Virtual Conference Sessions

If you are unable to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, the 2011 ALA Virtual Conference will take place July 13-14. Details and a schedule are available at:

ALA 2011 Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2011 Election

The ALA 2011 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2011 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and Councilor-at-large. The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2011 spring election. The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2011-2012, as President in 2012-2013, and as Immediate Past President in 2013-2014. The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2011 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2014 Annual Conference. More details are available at

Emerging Leaders Application Process Now Open

Applications for the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted online. Deadline for submission of the application and all references is August 1, 2011. Once an application has been submitted, people listed as references in the application will receive automated notices with appropriate links to complete statements of reference. All reference letters, letters of support, etc. should be submitted online by the same deadline, August 1, 2012. Note: The program is limited to no more than 75 participants. The application can be accessed at

From the Profession

LC, NAL and NLM Issue a Statement the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee on the implementation of RDA

The Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine have issued a statement from the Executives of the three libraries regarding the Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee on the implementation of RDA—Resource Description & Access. The statement and the executive summary of the Committee’s report and recommendations are being issued to allow interested parties sufficient time to review them before the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The full Report and Recommendations will be available prior the ALA Annual Conference on the Testing Resource Description and Access Home Page: An executive summary of the report is available at:

Transforming our Bibliographic Framework: A Statement from the Library of Congress

On June 13, 2011, the Library of Congress shared a statement from Deanna Marcum, LC’s Associate Librarian for Library Services, for its external constituents. Marcum will lead an initiative to transform LC’s services. The statement is available at

RDA Train the Trainer Webcasts now Available

LC is making available webcasts from an all-day “Train-the-Trainer” session that was offered at Northeastern University January 15, 2010, in conjunction with the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. More information is available at

Melissa Beck, Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, Named the 2011 Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles

Melissa Beck, award winnerMelissa Beck, a librarian in the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, has been named the 2011 Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles. This award recognizes excellence in librarianship, particularly as it furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA, and meets the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the university community. The award, conferred during the Association’s spring meeting in May 2011, recognized specific achievements of the Award recipient.

Beck was recognized for her leadership, innovation, and creativity in single-handedly creating, implementing, and reviewing a systematic approach to cataloging and tracking electronic resources in the Law Library. She overcame many technical, cataloging, and cultural obstacles to provide public access to over 2,000 electronic titles and electronic packages, many of which had been purchased years ago by the Library. Beck created, implemented, and documented tracking methods for cataloging e-resources to systematically provide access. She also organized procedures for identifying new titles added to e-packages and those that were dropped, since vendors do not have standard alerting services. Beck served on the UCLA Library’s Electronic Resource Management System Implementation Team, which was charged to populate the newly acquired Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager with electronic holdings, and to present the library’s licensed resources to users in a revamped public interface.