2018 Annual Conference

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ALA Annual Conference 2017- Chicago

Virtual Preconference

The Road to Electronic Information Accessibility: How Do We Increase Student Success? 

Tuesday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 6

At institutions where knowledge and ideas are shared, libraries should strive to make content accessible for all their users. Libraries need to be prepared and understand the requirements that are needed to meet the accessibility needs of patrons. This two-day virtual preconference will offer attendees a holistic view on how the many parts of an organization can work together to meet both the legal requirements and the students’ requirements for success. Perspectives, challenges, and recommendations will be shared to assist libraries in providing equal opportunities for all their users. | More

Presenters include: Kasey Fleetwood, ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator & Compliance Administrator, SNHU Office of General Counsel & Compliance; Cheryl Irvin, State Authorization and Compliance Administrator, SNHU Office of General Counsel & Compliance; Elizabeth Leonard, Assistant Dean, Information Technologies and Collections Services, Seton Hall University Libraries; Demita Furnner, Director, Online Accessibility Center, Southern New Hampshire University Online Accessibility Center; Aaron Flint, IT Director of Instructional Support Services, Southern New Hampshire University ITS Instructional Support Services; and Jill Power, Senior Product Manager, User Experience and Platform, EBSCO Information Services
Emerald Publishing
The ALCTS Virtual Preconference is sponsored by Emerald Publishing.

Preconferences in New Orleans

Kick off this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference with preconferences from ALCTS. Join your colleagues on Friday, June 22 for an array of exciting programming.

Hacking Acq: Tools and Apps for Better Acquisitions Workflows 

Friday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC2

Need a better way to manage searching and order input, analyze and report data, or streamline communication between acquisitions staff and other library departments? Join the ALCTS Acquisition Section Technology Committee in a hands-on look at tools for data analysis, project management, workflow hacks, and troubleshooting using Trello, MS Access, Excel, and some locally developed tools. Come for the demos, leave with a toolkit of applications to try at your library. MoreRegister

Speakers Include: Nackil Sung, Head of Acquisitions, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Victoria Ogle, Sr. Library Associate II, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Stacy Marien, Acquisitions Librarian, American University Library; Angela Rathmel, Head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing, University of Kansas Libraries; Erika Johnson, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Management, University of San Francisco

Technical Services Assessment: Tools and Techniques that Demonstrate Value

Friday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC1

This program will share technical services colleagues' insights on how to successfully collect, format, and present data and information in a way that allows us to both leverage this data to inform internal decisions as well as highlight key achievements and successes to those outside of the department to demonstrate value. The program will also include a hands-on session where participants will explore several types of easy, free plug and play data visualization software. MoreRegister

Speakers Include: Rebecca Mugridge, Dean, University Libraries, University at Albany; Karen Snow, Associate Professor & Director, Doctoral Program - SOIS, Dominican University; Liz Woolcot, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Merrill-Cazier Library; Andrea Payant, Cataloger/Data Management Metadata Specialist, Merrill-Cazier Library; Becky Skeen, Special Collections Cataloger, Merrill-Cazier Library; Jessica Schomberg, Library Services, Department Chair & Media Cataloger/Assessment Coordinator, Minnesota State University, Mankato


This ALCTS Preconference is sponsored by Elsevier.

Preservation in Action 

Friday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC3

Join Preservation in Action for an engaging, hands-on opportunity to help preserve local cultural heritage at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans! Participants will take part in day-long preservation project. No experience is required. This program is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist via the 2018 ALA Annual registration page. |  More


ALCTS President's Program

Michael Twitty
    Photo credit: Bret Hartman

Join Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene (HarperCollins 2017), as he discusses his journey to uncover the history of Southern food in his own family. This talk focuses on his search through the lens of extensive research at libraries and archives and plantations across the South and how he translated that journey into food through museum education and historic interpretation. In tracing his family roots through food from enslavement to emancipation, from West and Central Africa to the Old South, his work invites all Southerners of all backgrounds to a complicated, uncomfortable groaning table rich in heritage and tradition in which new conversations and connections emerge. |  More









View the full listing of ALCTS Programs at ALA Annual 2018