Annual Conference

ALA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition due to COVID-19.

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ALA Annual Conference 2020

Virtual Preconferences - TBD 


Preconferences in Chicago, IL

Kick off this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference with preconferences from ALCTS. Join your colleagues on Friday, June 26, for an array of exciting programming.

Cataloging Non-English Materials: Guidelines, Tips and Tricks

Friday, June 26, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  |  event code: ALC1 | Register

The presenters use the collections of foreign language materials at Mississippi State University Libraries to illustrate the principles of cataloging materials in non English languages. Attention is given to various online tools available to translate these materials, where information may be obtained, the rules (both RDA and LC-PCC statements) guiding the description of these materials and highlights cases where further research is needed.

At the end of this preconference, participants will understand the rules governing the cataloging of non-English materials; utilize online tools for translation of non-English materials; and understand needed research methods for cataloging non-English materials. More | Register

Presenters: Joy DuBose (speaker), is an Assistant Professor and the Cataloger for Special Collections at Mississippi State University. Preston Salisbury (Speaker) is an Assistant Professor and Monographic Team Leader at Mississippi State University.


Critical Cataloging 101

Friday, June 26, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC2 | Register

"Critical Cataloging 101" is intended for cataloging and metadata professionals interested in exploring the ethical aspects of cataloging and incorporating inclusive description strategies into their day-to-day activities. The session will consist of presentations and hands-on exercises centering on concepts in critical librarianship as they are implemented in cataloging and metadata work. At the end of this preconference, participants will: 

  • Be able to approach cataloging activities centering on principles of critical librarianship.
  • Be aware of basics concepts of critical/ethical cataloging for authority creation and bibliographic cataloging.
  • Become familiar with tools and strategies for inclusive description through hands-on activities.

Attendees do not need any prior experience or knowledge of critical librarianship or ethical cataloging principles to attend this workshop. More | Register

Presenters: Violet Fox, Washington, DC; Treshani Perera, Music & Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian, University of Kentucky, Anastasia Chiu, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries 

Thanks to Marcive, Inc. for sponsoring this pre-conference.

Marcive, Inc.

Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis: Crisis and Routine Acquisition, Description, and Preservation of Community Created Digital Collections

Friday, June 26, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC3 | Register

When natural disasters or other crises hits a community, libraries are often at the center of efforts to collect and document the tragedy. Increasingly, that documentation comes in digital formats. Few libraries are prepared with tools and infrastructure to acquire, describe, and preserve this content. This full-day workshop will teach participants the fundamental infrastructure needed for digital collecting, low-cost tools needed to capture digital content, and provide hands-on exercises to practice an effective response.

At the end of this preconference, participants will:

  • Understand the infrastructure (staffing, tools, workflows) needed to effectively respond to an event that requires rapid or routine collection of digital content.
  • Experience hands-on practice using a variety of digital collecting tools (e.g. Twarc, Omeka, Google forms, Webrecorder, etc.).
  • Understand ethical considerations related to community-contributed content (e.g. providing clear terms of service, informed consent and privacy, potential for harm, and censoring or restricting content).
  • Assess current strengths and weaknesses in an institution’s current infrastructure for rapidly responding to digital collecting events.

**Attendees will need to bring their own laptop** More | Register

Presenters: Kara McClurken, Director, Preservation Services, University of Virginia Library, Jeremy Boggs, Head of Research and Development, UVA Library Scholars' Lab, Clemons Library, Elizabeth Mitchell, Head of Research and Development, UVA Library Scholars' Lab, Clemons Library


Preservation in Action 

Friday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC5   

Preservation in Action (PiA) is a program sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS), in support of ALA's Libraries Transform initiative. The program is intended to promote an understanding of the importance of preservation while engaging with cultural heritage collections in ALA conference locations. Join PiA for an engaging, hands-on opportunity to help preserve local cultural heritage.


Featured Events


ALCTS/LLAMA/LITA Joint President's Program 

Dr. Meredith Clark, ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Joint President's Program speaker

Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for a Joint President’s Program featuring Dr. Meredith Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Dr. Clark is a former newspaper journalist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, media and power. Her award-winning dissertation on Black Twitter landed her on The Root 100, a listing of the most influential African Americans in the country, in 2015. She's a regular contributor to's diversity column, and her research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society and New Media & Society. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at UVA, Dr. Clark spent three years as a tenure-track assistant professor of digital and print news at the University of North Texas. More | Register


ALCTS Awards Ceremony

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join your colleagues as we honor those who have served ALCTS. 

ALCTS Programs

EBSCO EDS vs. Sci-Hub: Which Do Students' Prefer? 

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Identifying Same-Work Primary Relationships Using Content-Based Methods 

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Conducting Research in Acquisitions

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | 

Expand the Horizon: Challenges and Opportunities in Working with Metadata for Unusual Content Types

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. | 

10th Anniversary of Preservation Week Celebration 

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The Technical Services Learning Organization: Transformation Through Training and Development 

Saturday, June 27, 2020  |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Description and Access in Web Archives 

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Happy Together?: Communication and Collaboration Between Technical Services and IT

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Cataloging Ethics: The Force Awakens

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  

Reviving Critical Library Processes: A Cross-Departmental Metadata Experience

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

New Research in Collection: Perspectives from Collection Management and Preservation 

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

Moving Library Collections:Perspectives from Collection Management and Preservation 

Sunday, June 28, 2020  |  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Metadata Without Borders: International Perspectives on RDA Implementation 

Monday, June 29, 2020  |  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Expectations and Realities of Streaming Video 

Monday, June 29, 2020  |  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   

What Are They Saying? How to use Interviews for Research and Assessment 

Monday, June 29, 2020  |  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Towards Relevancy: The Practice and Politics of Reimaging Library Spaces & Collections

Monday, June 29, 2020  |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

We Taught them Information Literacy Skills, But do they Actually Search our Databases?

Monday, June 29, 2020  |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


View the full listing of ALCTS Programs at ALA Annual