2013 Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference 2013 logoJune 27July 2, 2013 in Chicago, IL

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ALCTS Preconferences

Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: Crowdsourcing for Best Practices

Friday, June 28, 8:30a.m.–4 p.m.

Techniques for electronic resource management (TERMS) is a crowdsourcing experiment that has been designed to encourage worldwide librarians to share their best practices and workflows of electronic resource management freely. We invited interested librarians via social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & a wiki. Come learn how this experiment worked and participate in the development of capturing the best practices of electronic resource management. The TERMS Library Technology Report will be made available to attendees.

Speakers include:

  • Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian, Portland State University
  • Graham Stone BSc, DipILS, MCLIP, FHEA, Information Resources Manager, Computing and Library Services, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate

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Shared Print Monographs: Making It Work

Thursday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

To date, shared print programs have focused largely on journals. Monographs pose a different challenge, and require new approaches. Information from circulation and holdings records can help libraries share responsibility for print collections, while enabling careful drawdown of surplus copies and protection of the scholarly record.

This preconference will highlight the experiences of several groups: Michigan Shared Print Initiative, Connect New York, Maine Shared Collection Strategy, the California State University system, and others.

Speakers include:

  • Rick Lugg, Sustainable Collection Services (SCS)
  • Clem Guthro, Colby College & Maine Shared Collection Strategy
  • Matthew Revitt, Maine Shared Collection Strategy
  • Gerry Hanley, Ph.D, Office of the Chancellor, California State University
  • Alice Kawakami, California State University/Los Angeles
  • Doug Way, Head of Collections & Scholarly Communications
  • Randy Dykhuis, Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and MI-SPI
  • Sara Amato, Systems Librarian, Maine Shared Collections Strategy
  • Andy Breeding, Sustainable Collection Services
  • Emily Hutton-Hughes, Colgate University and Connect NY
  • Debra Bucher, Vassar College and Connect NY
  • Dr. Barbara Cockrell, Western Michigan University and MI-SPI

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Introduction to RDF and Ontologies for the Semantic Web

Thursday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Linked Data and Semantic Web applications hold potential for expressing bibliographic data in ways more flexible, powerful, and openly sharable than MARC. While RDF provides the underlying data model, RDFS, OWL, and SKOS provide the basis for creating vocabularies and "ontologies," machine-actionable models that bring structure to RDF.  This workshop provides a beginner's level introduction for non-IT librarians to the structures that make Linked Data and Semantic Web applications work, with a primary focus on ontologies as models of the entities in a knowledge domain and the relationships among those entities.  It includes examples from cultural heritage metadata communities.

Steven J. Miller, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

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RDA: Back to the Basics

Friday, June 28, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Designed for the cataloger, student, or anyone who has a solid understanding of AACR2 and MARC, this preconference will cover the transition to RDA. Speakers will concentrate on the differences between the two cataloging codes and use examples from various formats providing practical hands-on exercises. Implementation strategies will be discussed. Resources to begin the transition process will be highlighted. This back-to-the basics workshop is for those new to RDA and those requiring refresher training.

Speakers include:

  • June Abbas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Oklahoma
  • Christopher Cronin, Director of Technical Services, University of Chicago Library
  • Christine Oliver, Coordinator of Cataloguing and Authorities, Collection Services, McGill University Libraries
  • Mark K. Ehlert, Minitex Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Digitization, Cataloging & 15 Andersen Library, Metadata Education (DCME)
  • Luiz Mendes, Electronic Resources Librarian, California State University, Northridge
  • Georgia Fujikawa, Vice President Operations, SkyRiver
  • Cynthia M. Whitacre, Manager, WorldCat Quality & Partner Content Dept., OCLC Online Computer Library Center

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Virtual Preconferences

Loan Agreements for Exhibits Materials: The Basics

June 18–20, 2013

Increasingly, libraries are loaning collection materials to other institutions for exhibit, Unlike museums, libraries are often unprepared for this complicated process. This virtual preconference will lay down the basic elements of a loan agreement, including legal and financial expectations of both parties and the care and preservation of the borrowed item. A case study will offer advice and tips on creating a loan agreement from scratch, as well as direct participants to existing resources.

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Shared Collection Development: Collaborative Models for Digital Collections

June 10–June 11, 2013

This two-day virtual preconference provides an overview of collection development for shared electronic resource collections.

The first session (90 minutes) describes a consortium eBook demand-driven acquisitions project from the perspective of a library vendor and the consortium. The second session (one hour) addresses special considerations related to developing and licensing shared electronic resource collections.

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ALCTS Programs

Confessions of a Digital Packrat: ALCTS President's Program

Monday July 1, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

How do you let go of digital data when every word of every book might be the one piece of evidence you need to make a dictionary entry complete? What does it mean for transformative uses like lexicography when there are so many different digital storehouses available (with varying degrees of difficulty)? What makes a digital collection attractive to packrats like me?

Erin McKean is the founder of Wordnik.com and the former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press. In her spare time she writes, sews, blogs, and writes books about dresses, including The Secret Lives of Dresses (Grand Central, 2011) and The Hundred Dresses (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Speaker: Erin McKean

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The "Twilight" of AACR2 and the "Breaking Dawn" of RDA

Sunday June 30, 1–2:30 p.m.

As darkness falls at the end of 2012, will you be ready for Team RDA? We will take the work ‘Twilight’ and catalog it through its different manifestations. Want to see how the ‘Twilight’ board game would be cataloged in RDA? How about the DVD? Come learn about the similarities and differences between AACR2 and RDA using the work 'Twilight'.

Speakers: Ric L. Hasenyager, Jr., Director for Library Services, North East Independent School District; Dr. Barbara Schultz-Jones, Associate Professor, College of Information, Department of Library and Information Science (LIS), University of North Texas

Managing Projects: From Ideas to Reality

Saturday June 29, 1–2:30 p.m.

This presentation of basic project management concepts and how they can be applied in technical services to increase effectiveness by introducing the five areas of project management: Initiate, Plan, Execute, Control, and Close. In addition, the program will discuss criteria for selecting projects appropriate for project management tools.

Speakers will address how these tools and techniques have been used in technical services departments. In addition, visual displays of actual project graphs will be displayed.

Speakers: Robin Buser, Certified Project Maanager and Supervisor of Technical Services, Columbus State Community College; Boaz Nadav-Manes, Director of Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services, Cornell University Library; Adam Smith, Information Technology, Cornell University Library; Diane Marshbank, Acquisitions Director, Chicago Public Library

ALCTS Affiliates Showcase

Saturday June 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

What’s going on at the local level? Some of the programs presented by ALCTS affiliate members at state, regional or other local conferences or meetings are highlighted in the ALCTS Affiliates Showcase. This showcase covers a variety of topics of interest to ALCTS members, such as preservation, digitization and workflow issues. Come see what your colleagues are talking about.

Speakers: Julie Garrison, Associate Dean, Research & Instructional Services, Grand Valley State University Libraries; Rebecca Mugridge, Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems, University of Albany, SUNY; Patrick Roth, Head of Systems and Technology, Grand Valley State University Libraries; Doug Way, Head of Collections & Scholarly Communications, Grand Valley State University

A Tale of Two Libraries: Data Evaluation through the Eyes of an Academic Librarian and a Public Librarian

Saturday June 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Attendees at this session will hear how two librarians, one from a public library and one from an academic library use ebook data reports at their respective libraries. Each librarian will discuss ebook data from each of their respective institutions and the stories they tell from this data for funding support and development of ebook programs. Come and hear how the same statistical information can be interpreted and presented in different ways.

Speakers: Adam Wathen, Collection Development Manager, Johnson County Library; Ellen Safley, Director of Libraries, University of Texas - Dallas

Perspectives on DDA in a Consortial Environment

Sunday June 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Consortial DDA purchasing has the potential for sharing costs and collections across libraries, but there are also unique challenges for both librarians and vendors. Librarians from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries consortium and OhioLINK will discuss their experiences with setting up consortial DDA programs.

Speakers: Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, Penrose Library, University of Denver; Dan Gottlieb, Associate Dean for Collections & Technical Services, University of Cincinnati, Karen Wilhoit, Associate University Librarian for Collections, Wright State University

Grow Your Own: Succession Planning in Your Library and the Profession

Saturday June 29, 1–2:30 p.m.

Could selecting and developing your future leaders based on their potential make a difference for your library? What could your library gain from ensuring continuity of values and knowledge of organizational history? This panel will explore the concept of succession planning within libraries and the profession, with a special focus on technical services, from the perspectives of administration, professional leadership at the national level, and the library leadership of the future.

Speakers: Keri Cascio, Director of Innovative Technologies and Library Resource Management, Linda Hall Library; Jenny Emanuel, Digital Resources & Reference Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Stanley Wilder, University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Tools for Creating and Managing Embedded Metadata

Saturday June 29, 10:30–11:30 am

A practical discussion of tools currently in use by metadata librarians and other library professionals for creating new metadata and for manipulating existing embedded metadata in a variety of formats. Potential tools may include Jhove, bwf meta edit, avi meta edit, and formats like xmp and re vtmd. The presenters will discuss unique uses of the tools and standards and how individuals and institutions integrate these tools into their content creation and management workflows.

Speakers: Kyle Banerjee, Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University; Rachel Jaffe, Metadata/Catalog Librarian, Binghamton University Libraries

Multiple Identities: Managing Authorities in Repositories and Digital Collections

Saturday June 29, 4:30–5:30 pm

This program will discuss existing implementations of authority control in repositories and digital collections. Presenters will demonstrate current working models and workflows of controlled access points outside of traditional cataloging systems, potentially including linked data schemes and research id registries.

Speakers: Donald A. Brower, University of Notre Dame; Banurekha Lakshminarayanan, University of Notre Dame; Natalie K. Meyers, University of Notre Dame; David T. Palmer, HKU Libraries

The Research Footprint: Libraries Tracking and Enhancing Scholarly and Scientific Impact

Saturday June 29, 8:30–10 a.m.

Increasingly, libraries are building services designed to assess and improve the impact of their institutions' research activities. This is an increasingly important, but complex task as more and more scholarship is digitally shared and accessed through traditional and non-traditional pathways. This program will offer knowledge about:

  • The data and expertise libraries are using to track and enhance research dissemination.
  • Library programs built upon this data and expertise.

Speaker: Rush G. Miller, The Hillman University Librarian, Director of the University Library System and Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Cathy Sarli, Scholarly Communications Specialist, Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine; Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine; Jason Priem, Impact Story, UNC Royster Scholar, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publish with ALCTS!

Saturday June 29, 8:30–10 a.m.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offers a wide variety of publishing options including its peer-reviewed journal Library Resources & Technical Services, the ALCTS Newsletter Online, ALCTS Monographs, and the Sudden Selectors’ Series. This program will offer an overview of the ALCTS publishing program presented by a panel of ALCTS Publications editors and will provide potential authors with concrete advice for getting their work published with ALCTS.

Speakers: Mary Beth Weber, Editor, Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS); Alice Platt, Editor, ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO); Helene Williams, Editor, Sudden Selector’s Series; Jeanne Drewes, Editor, ALCTS Monographs; Dina Giambi, Chair, ALCTS Publications Committee

Staff Retooling: Adapting to Change in Technical Services

Sunday June 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Retirements, new technology, and electronic formats have forced academic libraries to look creatively at job responsibilities for librarians and paraprofessional staff in technical services. A panel of librarians will discuss their experiences adapting to these changes and challenges.

Speakers: Anne Elguindi, VIVA Associate Director, George Mason University; Jack Montgomery, Professor, Coordinator, Collection Services, Western Kentucky University Libraries; Kari Schmidt, E-Resources Librarian & Interim, Co-Director Information Delivery Services, American University Library

ALCTS Forums

RDA Update Forum

Sunday June 30, 1–2:30 p.m.

The Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) and the RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force (TF) are cosponsoring the ALA Annual RDA Update Forum. Panelists will provide updates to RDA as well as resources to consult for future updates after implementation. Scheduled presenters include: Beacher Wiggins (Library of Congress), Phil Schreur (Chair, PCC), Glenn Patton (OCLC), John Attig (JSC update), and Troy Linker (ALA Publishing).

Vendor Update Forum

How Will RDA Impact Your System?: A Forum Of Vendors Discussing Implementation Plans

Sunday, June 30, 8:30–10 a.m.

Now that Resource Description and Access (RDA) has been implemented in the U.S. national libraries, it is time to hear from the vendors that design our integrated library systems and bibliographic utilities. What changes will they make to accommodate changes introduced in RDA? How will these changes impact library staff workflows and ultimately the library user's experience? During this session, vendors discuss their development plans and timelines for implementing required changes. Representatives from ILS Vendors (TBD) will present their plans and will entertain questions and comments about their proposed system changes.

RDA Implementation Stories and Strategies

Sunday, June 30, 3–5:30 p.m.

Attendees will be regaled with stories about the implementation of RDA. Storytellers will include representatives from multiple contexts including academic, school and public libraries, as well as international training. Each will discuss their individual implementation of RDA and compare and contrast experiences between their different environments. Come and share your experiences.