ALCTS Programs at Annual 2017

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Dorri McWhorter

ALCTS and LLAMA Presidents' Program: The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value

Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Dorri McWhorter 
Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Businesses and their role in society are often defined by an organizations’ tax status as a “for profit” or “non-profit”. However, every business is a social enterprise, whether they know it or not, and has a role to advance society. With social entrepreneurship on the rise, the convergence of for profit and non-profit business models is imminent. How do we create social impact and a world where everyone has value?

Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. McWhorter was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation.  In Spring of 2015, the YWCA launched its own e-commerce site, called the YShop, which provides carefully curated goods and services from businesses that support the mission of the YWCA.

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, McWhorter prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is also active in the accounting profession as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Chicago Finance Exchange, Chicago Child Care Society and Search Inc. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter is a member of the Mayor's Commission on a Safer Chicago and served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team.  She received her bachelors in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her masters in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Sponsored by Elsevier


Audiovisual Materials and Issues with Degradation and Storage

Saturday, June 24, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Film, video, and audiotape are increasingly at risk for physical degradation due to poor storage environments and their chemical properties, known as "inherent vice." These vulnerability issues continue to gain attention. Likewise, knowing preservation best practices of analog objects is growing in importance, especially as digitization isn't a feasible option for many institutions. This panel will discuss the science of this deterioration and ideal vs. practical solutions for storage through case studies and discussions. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists

Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library

Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

This program will feature a panel of librarians involved in the provision of digital scholarship services. Their presentations will highlight a range of opportunities for technical services' contribution to this emerging field of librarianship. The speakers will provide case studies that will stimulate ideas between digital scholarship librarians and individuals in areas such as collection assessment and metadata services around ways to collaborate in support of new forms of faculty and student scholarship. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group, and ALCTS CaMMS

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Technical Services

Saturday, June 24, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

When we think of social justice in libraries, we often imagine inclusive public services and collections in outward-facing spaces for research and community learning. Yet, it’s critical for social justice to permeate throughout an entire organization. Speakers from libraries and other cultural heritage institutions will share the ways archives, technical services, preservation, and collections strategy staff have promoted diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their daily work. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Indian Library Association

Enhancing Discovery of Unique Collections: Get Ahead of the Game

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Collections of unique materials may be invisible to the library user if they are not adequately cataloged. This presentation will cover best practices for providing access to unique collections through the application of cataloging standards, facets and controlled vocabularies. The presenters will discuss how they implemented these practices to meet user needs when cataloging a large collection of tabletop games. Attendees may easily translate these methods to other unique collections. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

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

Finding the Right API for You: A Technical Services Workflow Perspective

Sunday, June 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

In this program speakers will discuss how they are using APIs to improve and automate cataloging, acquisition, and other workflows in technical services. APIs being discussed will be both open source and vendor-specific. A general overview of API will be provided. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-Sponsored by the Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group and the ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group.

How to Be an Influential Librarian - Leading and Mentoring from Wherever you Are

Saturday, June 24, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Librarians in any stage of their career can learn to be influential leaders in not only their own organization, but the library world as a whole. Attendees will learn how to build and leverage strong mentor/mentee relationships, both formal and informal, allowing them to connect and influence from either role. By focusing on interpersonal and communication skills, attendees will be able to effectively support their colleagues and organization by leading from wherever they are. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the New Members Round Table and the LLAMA Mentoring Committee

Measuring the Performance of Approval Processes

Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Many libraries work with vendors to facilitate the acquisition of content in multiple formats. As the nature of collections have changed, traditional approval procedures have been adapted at both ends to meet customer needs. Vendors provide valuable services that save libraries time and money by preventing duplicate orders, managing format preferences, and profiling new books to suggest appropriate content for collections. But how do libraries and vendors measure the performance of approval services? Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Metadata Migration: Managing Methods and Mayhem

Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

System migrations are inevitable. Migration can come in the form of moving data from one content management system to another, upgrading software, or switching from vendor-based to open source systems. Metadata migration is easier with project planning, defined workflows, and using specific tools and techniques. This program will explore best practices, tools, and case studies in metadata migration, with an emphasis on practical knowledge that can be applied for librarians dealing with their own metadata migration projects. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group and the CAMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group

New Library Management Systems: Are They Giving Us the Data We Need?

Sunday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

New library management systems are merging the traditional functions of a library catalog with functions of electronic resource management systems and more libraries are moving to these new systems. Librarians using two major library management systems will discuss their experience using their system for managing and retrieving data. Vendor representatives from the same major systems will discuss how the systems were designed to manage data. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Personalizing Assessment: Making Collections Data Work For You

Saturday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

This session brings together librarians, ebook vendors, and collection development service providers in a wide-ranging discussion on the changing landscape of monograph acquisitions. Shannon and Clarke will discuss their assessment process of combining, analyzing, and visualizing print and ebook usage data with Tableau and R to make better-informed ordering decisions. Kari and Kim will provide an overview of trends in the market, including library purchasing patterns and acquisition models to meet libraries’ needs. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group (AMVIG) and the ALCTS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group

Preservation Showdown: Audiovisual Edition!

Sunday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Two teams will go head to head to debate the statement "The preservation of analog audiovisual media is the single most important preservation issue facing libraries (and archives and museums) in 2017." Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Video Round Table (VRT), 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. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists and Video Round Table (VRT)

Redesigning Technical Services for the 21st Century Library: A Case Study From The University of Alabama Libraries

Saturday, June 24, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

Selection, acquisition and processing of library resources dramatically changed over the past decade resulting in the need to improve efficiency and focus on measurable outcomes. Restructuring technical services operations became necessary. Personnel changes provided the opportunity to completely restructure what had been two departments and a unit into one cohesive department. A workflow analysis was completed, processes and procedures were examined and streamlined in support of meeting user expectations and new modes of content delivery. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group and the Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

Shared Analysis Tool for Print Retention Programs

Monday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Shared print retention programs are faced with the challenge of managing large data sets and creating data visualizations for analysis and retention models. This panel will discuss tools used by four shared print retention programs – the HathiTrust Shared Print Program, the East Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST), the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), and the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL) Shared Print Trust. Tools covered: local/existing database, AGUA, Gold Rush, and Green Glass. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Show Me the Data! How Libraries Support Research Data Management Plans and Data Sharing Requirements

Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Research data management is essential in the research enterprise. Many grant agencies now require data management plans to be included in grant proposals. Data management plans specify how research data will be stored and shared to ensure data is handled and preserved appropriately. Processes and options can be daunting, but they needn’t be. Hear how libraries are well-positioned to assist researchers with these requirements from librarians actively involved in data management initiatives at their institutions. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Streaming Video and Graphic Novels from an Acquisitions Perspective: Unusual Workflows

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Acquisitions units depend on a degree of consistency from vendors in order to operate efficiently in a production-oriented environment. However, not all content-providers are accustomed to catering to the needs of library clients. Join us as we discuss the challenges posed by streaming video and graphic novels from an acquisitions perspective. Two librarians will identify the issues, describe what has worked for them, and discuss how to build upon existing library-vendor partnerships to better meet user needs. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Transitioning Technical Services: Training Staff to Meet Evolving Needs

Sunday, June 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The landscape of technical services is constantly evolving, moving from print to digital, manual to automated, MARC to BIBFRAME. One result of this changing landscape is the need for staff to develop new skills in order to address the expanding knowledge gap. This program will provides strategies for designing and implementing training programs. In particular, learn how to build upon the traditional cataloging expertise in your institution to bring your staff into a linked data environment. Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Co-sponsored by the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging IG, the Heads of Cataloging Dept Interest Group, and the Linked Library Data Interest Group (LITA / ALCTS)

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