2009 Annual Conference

July 9–15, 2009 in Chicago, IL


Cataloging Digital Media Back to the Future! (Thursday)

Sponsored by ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section. Cosponsored by OLAC. This preconference workshop provides practical information on the descriptive cataloging of diand get energized for an overview of descriptive cataloging of digital media. Some hands-on exercises will be provided. The following digital media types will be covered: DVD-Video, Blu-Ray Discs, DVD-Audio, DualDisc, DVD-ROM, Playaways, and Streaming Media. This preconference highlights the recent cataloging guides published by OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.) (DVD, Playaways, and Streaming Media). There will be a presentation of future trends of cataloging digital media, especially with regard to RDA.


  • Jay Weitz, Senior Consulting Database Specialist, OCLC
  • Robert Ellett, Lecturer, School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University
  • Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts, Metadata & Multicultural Services Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.    

Streaming Media and Proliferating E-Books: Acquiring and Managing Emerging Formats (Thursday)

Sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section. Cosponsored by OLAC. Streaming media and e-books present unique ordering, licensing, and long-term management challenges. In this preconference for technical services staff and managers in libraries of all kinds, you will learn how to integrate electronic books into acquisitions workflows. We will also explore streaming and other emerging media as growing areas of content with new roles for technical services. Regardless of format, copyright, licensing and delivery are key considerations to plan into your processes.


  • deg farrelly, Librarian for Communications and Women Studies, Arizona State University at the West;
  • Cris Ferguson, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, Furman University;
  • Jesse Holden, Coordinator of Technical Services, Millersville University;
  • Nathan D.M. Robertson, Director of Information Policy and Management, University of Maryland School of Law.    

Metadata Standards and Applications: for 21st Century Catalogers and Metadata Librarians (Thursday and Friday)


This two-day preconference explores metadata standards and applications for bibliographic control in the 21st century. The goal is to relate what participants already know about library catalog metadata to digital library metadata, preparing them to apply current knowledge to new areas. Rather than being a workshop for learning metadata creation, this preconference presents fundamental concepts and exercises designed to provide participants with a solid foundation for meeting new application challenges in today's rapidly-changing metadata landscape. ALCTS thanks OCLC for their support of this preconference.


  • Steven Miller, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
  • Jennifer Lang, Electronic Resources Cataloging Coordinator, Princeton University Library.    

RDA, FRBR, and FRAD: Making the Connection (Friday)

Sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section. This preconference concentrates on the role of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) in Resource Description and Access (RDA). The necessity of understanding these new conceptual foundations is key to the transition to the future cataloging environment. Participants will hear from a panel of experts on FRBR and FRAD attributes and relationships, new terminology and concepts, and participate in practical hands-on exercises.


  • Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress;
  • Robert Maxwell, Metadata & Special Collection Cataloging Dept. Chair, Brigham Young University;
  • Tom Delsey, RDA Editor, JSC;
  • Glenn Patton, Director, WorldCat Quality Management, OCLC.    

Manipulating Metadata: XSLT for Librarians (Friday)

Cosponsored by LITA. This full day workshop is designed to introduce participants to XSLT for manipulation of metadata and other sets of data. Instruction will cover the basics of XML and XSLT as well as more advanced commands and control structures. With particular focus on use of XSLT for working with metadata in a library context, this hands-on workshop will allow participants to practice the principles discussed by the instructors.


  • Frances Knudson, Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  • Christine Ruotolo, University of Virginia Library.


The Open Knowledge Commons and Library Collections: The Other Scan Plan

Workflow Tools for Automating Metadata Creation and Maintenance

Look Before You Leap: Taking RDA For a Test-Drive

Collection Development 2.0: The Changing Administration of Collection Development

Conserving and Stabilizing Materials for Digitization

Leadership Development in Transition: Steering the Ship from the Helm and Deck

Swingin' With the Pendulum: Facing Cancellations in the Age of E-Journal Packages

Re-Thinking Staff Resources in the E-Serials Environment

E-Books: You Bought Them? Was It Worth It?

New Selectors and Selecting in New Subjects: Meeting the Challenges

Catalog Use and Usability Studies: What Do They Show and How Should This Evidence Affect Our Decision-Making?

Collecting for Digital Repositories: New Ways to Disseminate and Share Information

Managing Preservation without a Preservation Librarian

Resuscitating the Catalog: Next-Generation Strategies for Keeping the Catalog Relevant

Electronic Resource Management Systems: The Promise and Disappointment

Going Global! Finding Non-English Language Specialists

ALCTS President's Program:
Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage

The Power of XML to Enhance Work Flow and Discovery