2014 Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference 2014 logoJune 26July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV

Here's a look at ALCTS programming being prepared for ALA Annual Conference.

Virtual Preconferences

ALCTS virtual preconferences are composed of three, live one-hour sessions. Recordings will be available.


Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

June 26 (1–4:30 p.m.) and June 27 (8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)
Event Code: ALC1

Modeled on the popular six-week online course, this preconference introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including the definition of collection assessment; techniques and tools; assessment of print and electronic collections; and project design and management.

Speakers: Reeta Sinha, Resource Management Librarian, Stanford University Lane Medical Library; Cory Tucker, Head, Collection Management, UNLV Libraries

Co-Sponsors: ALCTS Continuing Education Committee; ALCTS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group, RUSA CODES

Statistics and Reports: Data-Driven Decision-Making

June 27 (8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Event Code: ALC2

Join the ALCTS Acquisitions Section's Organization & Management Committee as we explore the options for making more decisions based on discoverable statistics and reports. This preconference will seek to answer several questions:  

  • What data is collected in technical services?
  • Why is the information collected?
  • How is the data collected and what reports can be generated?
  • How can the data be used to analyze collections, workflow and positions?

Speakers include: Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of Denver; Beth Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Beth Picknally Camden, Director, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania

Streaming Media Passes the Tipping Point: Now What?

June 27 (8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Event Code: ALC3

This half-day preconference will present fascinating and unexpected trends on streaming media in libraries from a recent national survey of academic librarians and will take a deep look at acquisition support and challenges in both public and academic institutions. Join us and learn where to purchase streaming media collections, the latest trends in streaming media, how to optimize discovery, marketing and evaluate usage in an effort to prepare for the future of content at your library. 

 Speakers: deg farrelly, Media Librarian/ShareStream Administrator, Arizona State University Libraries; Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian, The Seattle Public Library; Jessica Hammond, Executive Director, National Media Market

Co-Sponsors: ALCTS Collection Managers for Public Libraries Interest Group; ; OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers); ALCTS/LITA ERM Interest Group, Catalog Form & Function Interest Group; RUSA-CODES Collection Development Planning, Education, and Assessment Committee; Video Round Table

Pricing and Registration

Preconference pricing is available on the ALA Annual Conference Ticketed Events page.

To register, complete the ALA Annual Conference registration form, and enter the preconference event code. 

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Jennifer Kahnweiler will speak at ALCTS President's ProgramThe Quiet Strengths of Introverts: ALCTS President's Program with Jennifer Kahnweiler

Monday, June 30, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Auditorium Speakers Series

The world of work is changing. It’s fast, virtual, and global. The introvert’s quiet strengths are keys to meeting the challenges ahead. Introverts (who make up half the U.S. population) can challenge the status quo, provoke new thoughts, and inspire others. Most importantly, they can be highly effective leaders, influencers, and colleagues when they build on their inherent strengths instead of trying to act like extroverts. Hailed as a “champion for introverts,” bestselling author Jennifer B. Kahnweiler will talk about how and why.

Kahnweiler has identified six key strengths of introverts and maps out a process for raising your quiet influence quotient (QIQ). Her books, The Introverted Leader:Building on Your Quiet Strength and Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, have sold more than 50,000 copies and are translated into ten languages. An executive coach, she speaks internationally and has appeared on HuffPost Live and in Forbes, Time, Bloomberg Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. She draws on her experience as an elementary school counselor, university administrator, federal government program director, career coach, and as a learning and development professional with leading organizations such as GE, AT&T, NASA, Pfizer, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Turner Broadcasting and the CDC. 

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Sponsored by Elsevier 

International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally - Part One

Saturday, June 28, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Libraries have the potential to make major contributions to the Semantic Web, but are still emerging as global participants. RDA implementation and the BibFrame initiative have drawn fresh attention to the promise and potential of linked data. What are the international developments in linked data, emerging from libraries and other memory institutions? Come hear our speakers address current projects, opportunities and challenges. Part Two takes place from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.; it is not necessary to attend both.

Speakers: Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist, OCLC; Jodi Schneider, Centre de Recherche; Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services, The British Library; (Moderator) Theo Gerontakos, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

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International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally - Part Two

Saturday, June 28, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Libraries have the potential to make major contributions to the Semantic Web, but are still emerging as global participants. RDA implementation and the BibFrame initiative have drawn fresh attention to the promise and potential of linked data. What are the international developments in linked data, emerging from libraries and other memory institutions? Come hear our speakers address current projects, opportunities and challenges. Part One takes place from 8:30 -10:00 a.m.; it is not necessary to attend both.

Speakers: Gordon Dunsire, Independent Consultant; Reinhold Heuvelmann, German National Library; (Moderator) Sarah Quimby, Library Processing Manager, Minnesota Historical Society

Co-Sponsor: ALCTS/LITA Linked Data Interest Group

Metadata and Indicators for Open Access

Saturday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This program addresses metadata needs of open access (OA) materials and the use of visual indicators to help users determine their access rights. Presenters may discuss: use of existing or new vocabularies, schema, and other projects, such as Crossmark, Jisc’s Vocabularies for Open Access (V4OA) project, and ONIX-PL in library systems; use of OA vocabularies and schema for faculty consultation and education related to scholarly communication, author’s rights, and open access studies of OA indicator use and successes/failures. .

Speakers: Ben Showers, Head of Scholarly and Library Futures, Jisc; Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Sponsored by the Metadata Interest Group

Real Leaders in a Virtual World: Tools and Strategies for Success

Saturday, June 28, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Lead a committee in a virtual environment? Participate with colleagues a thousand miles away? Yes, it's possible, easy, and can be amazingly effective. If you've ever wondered how a virtual leader leads, what tools to use, and how committee members contribute, this program is for you. You'll hear ideas and answers to questions not only about how committee work can be done between conferences, but how to meet deadlines and accomplish goals more effectively. 

Speakers: Betsy Appleton, Electronic Resources Librarian, George Mason University; Joni Blake, Executive Director, GWLA; Jennifer Duncan, Merrill-Cazier Library Acquisitions, Utah State University; Anne E. McKee, Program Officer for Resource Sharing, GWLA

Co-Sponsors: ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG)

Technical Services Collaboration Through Technology

Saturday, June 28, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

As collaboration between Technical Services departments in different libraries increases, technology is there to help with communications. A panel will describe their experiences with different types of technology that have helped librarians to communicate effectively. Experiences include collaboration between Cornell University and Columbia University technical services operations, implementation of a shared ERM across Five College of Ohio, and the BookOps center communications with New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library.

Speakers: Jesse Koennecke, Acting Director of Acquisitions and E-Resource Licensing Services, Cornell University Library; Debra Andreadis, Assistant Director for Education & Research Services, Denison University Libraries; Charlene Rue, Deputy Director for Collection Management, BookOps, Library Services Center

Co-Sponsors: LLAMA Systems and Services Section (SASS) Technical Services and Systems Committee; RUSA CODES 

Discovering Open Access Articles: Maximum Access, Maximum Visibility!

Saturday, June 28, 3 - 4 p.m.

We hear about Open Access everywhere--green or gold, embargoed or immediate, available from publishers or from institutional repositories. This development raises practical questions for libraries, researchers, and students. How to ensure discoverability of OA content in unsubscribed journals through link resolvers and metadata attributes? What is the impact of OA mandates? Join the ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Committee to learn about challenges and potential solutions to make article-level content more visible. 

Speakers: Mary Ann Jones, Coordinator of Electronic Resources, Mississippi State University; Angela Riggio, Head of Scholarly Communication & Licensing, University of California, Los Angeles; Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, National Information Standards Organization (NISO) 

Co-Sponsors: RUSA MARS-MERS Committee; ACRL

Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students

Saturday, June 28, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

This program will discuss ways in which metadata experts can share expertise beyond traditional library settings. Presenters will share examples of successful metadata consulting initiatives with their constituent communities, such as training sessions, workshops, boot camps, and other venues for deploying metadata expertise outside the library.

Speaker: Lisa M. McFall, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Hamilton College; Jason Kovari, Web Archivist and Metadata Librarian, Cornell University Library

Care of Borrowed Special Collections: Playing Nice with Other People’s Toys

Sunday, June 29, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

This program will spell out the complexities of borrowing and exhibiting Special Collections from another institution, including legal issues, insurance, transportation, liability, security, display space, environmental issues, lending institution restrictions and policies, selection and publicity. Based on a recent collaboration between the Wayne State University Library System, the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at WSU and the University of Michigan's Special Collections Department, material from the Jewish Heritage Collection of UM was exhibited at WSU.

Speakers: Cynthia Krolikowski, Coordinator of Special Collections, Wayne State University; Martha O'Hara Conway, Director, Special Collections Library, University Of Michigan; Rachael Clark, Librarian, Wayne State University; Mike Hawthorne, Associate Director, Wayne State University

E-Books: Discovering the Virtual Backlog

Sunday, June 29, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The book truck waiting to be cataloged is gone, but backlogs are not; they’re just harder to find. E-book packages can be accompanied by inaccurate title lists, front files, unavailable or poor quality MARC records, pre-published chapters, and other issues that complicate discovery and undermine the traditional technical services workflow. When this happens resources slip through the cracks creating a hidden virtual backlog. The creativity of today’s cataloger finds and makes discoverable these hidden materials.

Speakers: Sommer Browning, Head of Electronic Access & Discovery Services, University of Colorado, Auraria Library, Denver; Rhonda R. Glazier, Director of Collections Management, University of Colorado, Kraemer Family Library, Colorado Springs

Co-Sponsors: ALCTS Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group; ACRL Technical Services Interest Group; E-Resources Interest Group

Understanding Schema.org

Sunday, June 29, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Schema.org is an effort among major search engines to promote better linking of Web content through the use of metadata attributes in HTML markup, allowing for improved access to digital objects. The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee invites you to hear speakers who are active in schema.org development in libraries, and who will discuss initiatives in this area within the GLAM community which promote a broader understanding of the development of bibliographic information among these communities.

Speaker: Dan Scott, Systems Librarian, Laurentian University

Successful Outreach: Celebrating 5 Years of Preservation Week

Sunday, June 29, 1 -2:30 p.m.

A look back over the first five years of Preservation Week. Speakers will highlight successful past programs aimed at educating the public and saving our history both in academic library settings and within the local community. Learn about how and why Preservation Week came to be and take a look with us as to where it might grow in the future. Leave inspired to plan or host your own Preservation Week event!

Speakers: Jeanne Drewes, Chief Binding and Collections Care, Program Manager Mass Deacidification, Library of Congress; Patrica Selinger, Head, Preservation and Inventory Management, Virginia Commonwealth University Library; Ruth Shasteen, Instructional Assistant Professor - Post-Baccalaureate K-12 School Library Media Specialist Licensure Program, Illinois State University; Nancy Kraft, Preservation Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries

Co-Sponsors: LLAMA/PRMS Committee; PLA; Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), ACRL

Creating Sustainable AV Preservation in Academic Libraries

Monday, June 30, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

A few leading collecting institutions have developed extensive moving image and recorded sound preservation programs, and have reported their own models at professional conferences. However these prominent examples can feel overwhelming to a library or archive that is only just beginning audiovisual preservation. This presentation will give suggestions and guidelines for librarians working in between the two extremes of large-scale audiovisual preservation and zero priority being given to audiovisual materials.

Speakers: Howard Besser, Director, Moving Image Archiving & Preservation, New York University; Siobhan Hagan, Audiovisual Archivist, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library; Stefan Elnabli, Moving Image and Sound Preservation Specialist, Northwestern University Library; Steven Villereal, Audiovisual Conservator, University of Virginia Library; Hannah Frost, Manager, Stanford Media Preservation Lab, Stanford University Libraries

Co-Sponsor: Video Round Table

Articles On Demand: Library Perspectives

Monday, June 30, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Articles-on-demand, also known as pay-per-view, is an evolving acquisitions model which allows libraries to purchase article content from a variety of journals without having to subscribe to all of the individual titles involved. Different vendors offer different models and options for libraries to participate. Libraries will discuss their decision-making process, successes and challenges along the way, and their current methods for acquiring content. Articles-on-demand options from both publishers and third-party vendors will be discussed.  

Speakers: Beth R. Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, University Libraries, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Susanna Bossenga, Electronic Resources Librarian, Ronald Williams Library, Northeastern Illinois University; Mark M. England, Collection Development Librarian, University of Utah

Co-Sponsors: RUSA STARS Sharing & Transforming Access to Resources Section

Other Sessions

Affiliates Showcase

Saturday, June 28, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

You probably attended your state conference this year, but did you make it to events in other states? The ALCTS Affiliates Showcase highlights programs that were presented by ALCTS affiliate members at state, regional, or local meetings. This showcase can cover a variety of topics of interest to ALCTS members, such as preservation, digitization or workflow issues. Come see what your colleagues around the country are talking about in one, convenient place.

Speakers: Amber Billey, Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library; Cyrus Z. Ford, Special Formats Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas