ALCTS Programs at Annual 2015

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ALCTS President's Program: Three Short Stories about Deep Reading in the Digital Age

Monday, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Moscone Convention Center - 3014-3016 (W)

Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

Join us for this exciting President's Program, when Professor Wolf will explore three short stories: 

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    the transition from a literary to a digital culture—with its concomitant effects on the changing reading brain;
  • the beauty and the threats of the digital milieu on the next generation of readers; and
  • the role of stewardship played by the library in the preservation of deep reading in our culture.

Sponsored by Elsevier.

Coming to Terms with the New LC Vocabularies: Genre/Form (Literature, Music, General), Demographic Groups and Medium of Performance

Monday, 1–2:30 p.m. MCC - 2003 (W)

The Library of Congress, ALCTS/SAC, and MLA have collaborated on new vocabularies to provide genre/form access to literature, music, and "general" works as well as controlled lists of demographic terms and medium of performance terms; new MARC fields are in place for attributes of works including audience, creator characteristics, and time period of creation. Leading contributors to this work will describe the context, development, and practical application of these new vocabularies and fields.

What Drives Collection Assessment? The "Why" That Brings You to "How"

Monday, 8:30–10 a.m. MCC - 2002 (W)

Are we completely controlled by our buildings and the need to weed? What other factors for planning lead us to assess our collections? Is it possible to individualize assessment tools for genuinely meaningful results? Learn how three very different libraries, with different objectives, approached evaluation and assessment.

To the MOOC and Beyond! Adventures in Online Learning, Copyright, and Massive Open Online Courses

Sunday, 3–4 p.m. MCC - 2014 (W)

As online learning proliferates, universities expect libraries to be more involved in licensing and copyright support. From Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to distance learning, continuing studies, to flipped and blended courses, content selection that engages students and supports instruction is key. However, content can have rights restrictions that limit use in open environments. Learn from librarians in the trenches about the challenges and opportunities of online learning support.

Is Technical Services Dead? Creating Our Future

Sunday, 8:30–9:30 a.m. MCC - 2003 (W)

Major changes have taken place within technical services within the past five to ten years. Automated workflows, a proliferation of vendor supplied services, patron centered acquisition plans, and digital preservation have impacted how we work and the career paths of our newer professionals. A panel of librarians will discuss whether there is a future for traditional  technical services, whether MARC matters with RDA and if RDA will live up to its promise, skills needed for future of technical services work, and technical services advocacy.

Audio Digitization: Starting Out Right

Sunday, 1–2 p.m. MCC - 2005 (W)

There are many reasons for digitizing collections, but technical and workflow issues as well as copyright restrictions on access and use of audio collections make conversion from analog formats especially complex. The success of any audio digitization venture will rely on asking the right questions before you start. Speakers will explore the challenges of planning and implementing audio digitization projects for preservation and access. Extensive examples from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project will be presented.

Data Clean-Up: Let's Not Sweep It under the Rug

Saturday, 1–2:30 p.m. MCC - 2022 (W)

Data migration is inevitable in a world in which technological infrastructures and data standards continue to evolve. Whether you work in a catalog database or a digital library, archives, or institutional repository, working with library resource data means that you will eventually be required to usher data from one system or standard to another. Three speakers working in different library contexts will share their data normalization experiences.

ALCTS Preservation Showdown

Saturday, 4:30–5:30 p.m. MCC - 2001 (W)

Two teams will go head-to-head in debate on a controversial topic in libraries. Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.      

International Outreach: Preservation and Cataloging

Saturday, 1–2:30 p.m. MCC - 2024 (W)

Speakers will detail their experiences with international outreach efforts. Speakers will represent preservation and cataloging activities. Jake Nadal will expand on the presentation he gave during Midwinter 2014 in an interest group meeting where he spoke about preservation efforts in Liberia.

Getting Started with Library Linked Open Data:  Lessons from UNLV and NCSU

Sunday, 8:30–9:30 a.m. MCC - 2002 (W)

This program will focus on the practical steps involved in creating and publishing linked data including data modeling, data clean up, enhancing the data with links to other data sets, converting the data to various forms of RDF, and publishing the data set. At each step of the process, the speakers will share their experiences and the tools they used to give the audience multiple perspectives on how to approach linked data creation.

Managing Transliteration of Bibliographic Data

Saturday, 8:30–10 a.m. MCC - 3010 (W)

The intersection of language technology with library data has the potential to open up interesting new ways of introducing users to multilingual content. Along the way, it is important to stay mindful of some of the principles that have historically underpinned the production and distribution of data in scripts other than the Latin alphabet.

Leading the Charge: Practical Management Tools and Tips for New Technical Services Managers

Sunday, 8:30–9:30 a.m. MCC - 2003 (W)

The transition into management in library technical services can be daunting and challenging. This lightning round program by experienced managers will present a variety of ways to build rapport and gain your staff's trust, assess current procedures and workflows without scaring off the natives, and initiate change in a positive way.

Open Source Software & Technical Services: Kuali OLE, GOKb and VuFind

Monday, 1–2:30 p.m. MCC - 2022 (W)

Can technical services librarians influence library system development? In the open-source and community-source projects, such as Open Library Environment (Kuali OLE), Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) and VuFind, technical services librarians play lead roles in design, specifying, prioritizing, testing and implementing new software. This program will focus on the technical services librarian participation in these projects, and will show some of the technical services functionality of these products.

Enhancing Access to Literary Works for Children: LC’s Genre/Form and Audience Terms

Saturday, 8:30–10 a.m. MCC - 2016 (W)

This program will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) and explain how to use them to catalog and provide access to materials for children. LCGFT and LCDGT will be placed into the context of existing practice, and the relationships among subject headings, genre/form terms, and demographic terms will be discussed. Real-world examples and hands-on exercises will be provided.