ALCTS Programs at Annual 2016

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Dr. Michael R. Nelson

ALCTS President’s Program: Enabling Innovation in the Era of the Cloud - A Syllabus

Monday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.  (Add to Conference Scheduler)

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Dr. Michael R. Nelson
Public Policy, CloudFlare and 
Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies, at Georgetown University
Dr. Michael R. Nelson is the featured speaker at the ALCTS President’s Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. As new digital tools and business models emerge over the next decade, cloud technology combined with broadband wireless, sensors, Big Data and machine learning will transform how we interact with information and will fundamentally change the way we interact with the world and each other. But only if organizations are ready to embrace the opportunities they provide.
Please join us for this intriguing President's Program that will provide a tutorial on how to create a culture of innovation in your organization.  In addition, ALCTS President Norm Medeiros, Haverford College, ALCTS President’s Program Chair October Ivins, Ivins eContent Solutions, and Dr. Nelson will engage in a discussion with the audience on how new digital technologies will transform library services and programs.
Dr. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than two million websites. Before joining CloudFlare, he was a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, a senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government and director of Internet technology and strategy at IBM. Prior to this position, Dr. Nelson was director for technology policy at the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce and spur development and deployment of new technologies. In addition, Dr. Nelson was the special assistant for information technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's science advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce and information policy. 
Sponsored by Elsevier

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words: Data Visualization for Collection Assessment

Sunday, June 26, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

While a number of presentations and webinars have talked about data visualization for library assessment in general, there have been few such presentations focusing on data visualization for collection assessment data. This presentation will focus on using data visualization tools to tell meaningful stories about a number of library collection assessment projects. We will demonstrate how to visually analyze collection data by creating interactive dashboards using Tableau software. Examples of visualizations include 1) comparing usage of print monographs purchased through approval plan and discretionary order, 2) serials cancelation data, and 3) correlations among faculty citation, electronic usage, and impact factors. By using visualizations, librarians can better understand their data, and more effectively communicate stories with internal and external stakeholders. In addition to showcasing collection analysis visualizations, we will discuss practical steps librarians can take to include visualization techniques in their analysis. We also created and will share a template using Tableau that other libraries can use to duplicate our visualizations.

Sponsored by ALCTS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group

Co-sponsored by RUSA CODES Collection Development Planning Education and Assessment Committee

Circulating STEM Kits for Youth: Getting to the ROOT of the Matter

Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Whether you don't have a maker space or simply want to extend your STEM programming, circulating STEM kits are a great way to offer fun learning experiences to families. But they also present a challenge when it comes to selection, cataloging, and maintenance. Hear the what, why, and how of circulating STEM kit collections at various libraries, from conceptualizing and cataloging the collection to daily upkeep, and get hands-on experience with a variety of kits.

Digital Preservation Education: Choosing The Options That Are Right For You

Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Preserving digital objects is a critical function for libraries and information organizations of all types and sizes. IT specialists, preservation administrators, and administrators all have an important role to play in managing the digital preservation program. The objective of this session is to bring together a panel of experts to discuss what kinds of preservation education are available and how to choose what type and how much is appropriate for librarians within a variety of institutions.

Sponsored by PARS Executive Committee

Co-sponsored by ACRL Professional Development Committee

Diverse and Inclusive Metadata: Developing Cultural Competencies in Descriptive Practices

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.

Sponsored by ALCTS Metadata Interest Group

Co-sponsored by Black Caucus ALA; REFORMA; American Indian Library Association (AILA); Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)

Don’t Just Roll the Dice: Simple Solutions for Circulating Game Collections Effectively

Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This program will show you some tips and tricks for preserving and processing a table top game collection for efficient circulation. Come see the results of a year long research project that evaluated several preservation and processing techniques for extending the life of a game collection. Learn which preservation techniques keep your game looking new and what type of circulation records and procedures minimize lost pieces.       

Co-sponsored by ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Tracing Book History in Circulating Collections

Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Maintaining user access to the content (principally in the form of text) is usually the primary concern as libraries move into digitized and shared print collections. Individual physical copies of books, however, may have unique features of historical or bibliographic interest, and the artifactual value of collections needs to be addressed when low-circulation materials are moved off site, weeded, or represented by digital surrogates. There is a risk of losing historical evidence as well as user access to materials for browsing and serendipitous discovery.

Book Traces @ U.Va. offers an innovative program model for mitigating this risk by enhancing metadata to make unique volumes more easily discoverable. Book Traces seeks to identify pre-1923 volumes in circulating collections that have value as historical artifacts due to modifications by their former owners (such as marginalia, inserts, and detailed inscriptions), enhancing user access to this archive of reading history. The Book Traces @ U.Va. program model could also be used to identify other unique characteristics of individual volumes, and our experience has lessons for libraries developing shared print collaboratives.

One component of the program is a relatively low-cost survey of the collection that creates opportunities to engage with library users, clean up the stacks and catalog, enhance metadata, preserve ephemeral evidence, and get to know the collection better.

Book Traces @ UVA is funded by a CLIR Hidden Collections grant.

Co-sponsored by ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS); Cataloging & Metadata Management Section (CaMMS); ACRL Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

Is the Big Deal a Good Deal? Methods and Approaches to Evaluating Bundled Content

Sunday, June 26, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

The growing costs of bundled electronic content are a significant challenge to academic library collections budgets. While ‘Big Deals’ deliver broad coverage and create efficiencies in processing, their prevalence and increasing costs beg the question – are they worth it? Join us for an overview of methodologies and approaches to evaluating the performance and value of bundled scholarly content such as eJournals, eBooks and databases.

Co-sponsored by ​ALCTS Collection Assessment Interest Group; LLAMA-MAES

Let’s Play Family Feud: A Public Services/Technical Services Dialogue

Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Sometimes communicating at work can be challenging, especially between the two “families” of Technical Services and Public Services. This program will examine those challenges, "Family Feud" style. Technical Services and Public Services panelists will reveal the most popular responses to continuing resources-related “Family Feud” questions. Following the game, each panelist will discuss in greater detail the topic of each round, and we’ll end with discussion about communication and continuing resources best practices.

Sponsored by: ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS); RUSA Reference Services Section (RSS)

Librishers and Pubraries: Explore Library Publishing and University Presses within Libraries

Saturday, June 25, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

More university presses are now part of their university library infrastructure, and more libraries are starting publication programs of their own. The business of libraries and publishers is increasingly interconnected. Libraries have supported open access, whereas many scholarly publishers have been wary about, if not hesitant to implement, open models. How are funding and sustainability achieved? What does the current library publishing landscape look like? What skills are required for staffing? Where do we go next?

Sponsored by ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publication Coordinating Committee

Co-sponsored by ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee; Library Publishing Coalition

Linked Data - Globally Connecting Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Saturday, June 25, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

In the past years, libraries have embraced their role as global participants in the Semantic Web. Developments in library metadata frameworks such as BibFrame and RDA built on standard data models and ontologies including RDF, SKOS and OWL highlight the importance of linking data in an increasingly global environment. What is the status of linked data projects in libraries and other memory institutions internationally? Come hear our speakers address current projects, opportunities and challenges.

Sponsored by ALCTS International Relations Committee

Co-sponsored by Linked Library Data Interest Group

Mentoring Demystified: Partners in Success

Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Kathryn Deiss, successful leadership trainer and consultant, will explain the essence of professional mentoring relationships for librarians in any environment at any point in their careers. Mentors and mentees will share real life experiences in the LLAMA mentoring program. ALCTS leadership will solicit feedback about the formation of an ALCTS mentoring program and the tools, training and guidance that participants might need. Come be inspired and share your thoughts and observations.

Co-sponsored by ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG); Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA); New Members Round Table (NMRT)

NISO Open Discovery Initiative Update

Monday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.

The presentation will provide an update on recent activities of the Open Discovery Initiative, including work to promote conformance statements from discovery vendors and content providers, impact of the ODI process on libraries, and the current state of interoperability among libraries, discovery platforms, and content providers via APIs and other mechanisms.
Co-sponsored by LITA; NISO (National Information Standards Organization)

Pre-coordinate vs Post-coordinate Subject Access: Pros and Cons and a Real Life Experience…

Monday, June 27, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Most catalogers assign pre-coordinated subject strings such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). However, many catalog users use keyword searching rather than browsing subject indexes catalogers provide. The first speaker will discuss the general pros and cons of pre- vs post- coordinate subject access; the second, why NLM decided to go with post-coordination internally in 1998, but continued to provide pre-coordination for subscribers to its data until 2016.
Sponsored by ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS)
Co-sponsored by ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group

Preservation Showdown

Saturday, June 25, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Two teams will go head to head in a debate on the topic: “Preserving unique digital content should be managed by the library technology unit, not the preservation department.” Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.
Sponsored by ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS)
Co-sponsored by LITA Programming Committee

Re-tooling Acquisitions for Lean Times

Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

In times of plummeting budgets, changing acquisition work, and staff reduction, tightening your belt doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Come and learn how to manage change by using formal consultations, in-house workflows assessment, and finding efficiencies and eliminating redundancy while still communicating value. 
Sponsored by ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS) Organization and Management Committee
Co-sponsored by ALCTS Acquisitions Section (AS); ALCTS CaMMS Copy Cataloging Interest Group; ACRL Technical Services Interest Group; Heads of Cataloging Interest Group

Research, Writing, and Publishing Fair

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Are you interested in publishing? Would you like to learn about a variety of opportunities to publish, resources to help you get started with writing an article or a book, and tools that will make research and writing for publication better and easier? Please join us for the Research, Writing, and Publishing Fair, where you'll have the opportunity to meet with ALCTS editors, the Library Research Round Table, learn about publishing, mentoring opportunities in ALA, and more.
Sponsored by ALCTS Leadership Development Committee
Co-sponsored by Library Research Round Table (LRRT); ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG); New Members Round Table (NMRT)

Saving Collections, Sharing Expertise: The FIPNET Collaboration Across Library Specialties

Monday, June 27, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

The Federal Depository Library Program's selective and regional depositories are facing challenges collecting, maintaining and preserving their historic collections of government publications. Challenges include re-purposing library space, fugitive publications and lack of comprehensive data management plans. The Federal Information Preservation Network is being developed by the Government Publications Office to address issues inhibiting preservation/access nationwide. This program will investigate how preservation experts and depository librarians can partner to meet the goals of Federal Information Preservation Network in ensuring the longevity of these historic collections.
Co-sponsored by Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), Program Committee