ALCTS Programs at Annual 2018

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Michael Twitty

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ALCTS President's Program: Dining from a Haunted Plate

Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Michael Twitty 
Author and culinary historian

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. 

Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by as one of the twenty greatest food bloggers of all time, and named one of the “Fifty People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living and one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by Twitty has appeared throughout the media, including on NPR’s The Splendid Table, and has given more than 250 talks in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in Ebony, the Guardian, and on He is also a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, a TED fellow and speaker, and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The Cooking Gene was recently awarded the 2018 James Beard Award for Writing and was named the 2018 James Beard Book of the Year. Twitty lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Following his presentation, Twitty will be signing copies of The Cooking Gene and Preservation Week posters.

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Culinary Cooperation               

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Hands across the water!!  Hurricane Katrina didn’t keep us down! Come learn how the collaborative efforts of the Boyd Library of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the New Orleans Public Library have helped each organization recover and thrive since the waters receded. We’re the only public/independent culinary library partnership in the country. You’ll learn how both libraries support NOLA’s rich culinary and beverage history, as well as hearing from the private donor whose generosity helped get the Boyd Library out of boxes and onto shelves. | More                                                                                                                                              

ABC's of Cataloging & Discovery for School Librarians

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

For the librarian who’s responsible for it all and short on time—learn tips on the basics of a catalog record and utilizing subject vocabularies to maximize discovery.                                                                                                                                     

School librarians and library media specialists are often in a position responsible for all aspects of their library. Facing limited time and resources often means that entering items into the catalog is done as quickly as possible and records aren’t reviewed or updated. However, learning a few simple edits will allow you to use existing resources to greater effect. Even when purchasing records, it is important to understand what to ask for, and what to reject. In this session, we will review and clarify the basics of the catalog record and demonstrate how utilizing consistent vocabularies empowers patrons to easily find what they need. You don’t need to be a cataloger to put the catalog to work for you—using resources you already have in an effective way will preserve time for other duties! | More

Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This program will introduce participants to Linked Open Data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level presentations on its application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem. Potential topics include metadata analysis and evaluation, Linked Open Data visualizations, entity reconciliation, and ontology alignment/mapping. By exploring beyond Linked Data theory, this program will give participants an in-depth view into the current state of the Linked Open Data movement within cultural heritage communities. | More

License Review and Negotiation 101

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Libraries continue to purchase or subscribe to large amounts of electronic content. Almost all of these materials have a license that governs usage and libraries must take care to ensure that they aren’t tossing away rights, are in compliance with institutional polices, state laws, and more. Beyond that, licenses also offer the best opportunity for libraries to lock in prices and guarantee favorable permissions for their patrons. This session will provide librarians charged with reviewing, negotiating, and processing licenses with fundamental information that will ensure they not only understand the contents of a license but are also able to successfully complete the licensing life cycle from start to finish. The contents of the program will be presented form the point of view of both a librarian and non-librarian lawyer working in University procurement office. Attendees will benefit from learning what librarians and their institutional partners (contracts offices, business offices, office of general counsel) look for in agreements. | More    

Meet me in the Middle: Charting a Path for an Influential Career

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

From mid-level managers to library directors, mid-career library workers can be found at many different levels with a library's organizational structure. Join a panel of mid-career library workers from academic and public libraries as they talk about their career goals, career paths, and the lessons they've learned about being influential leaders in their own libraries and in the wider world of library work. | More

Endangered Government Information: Strategies to Protect Government Collections

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

During a time of political and budgetary uncertainty, the U.S. governmental agencies, their libraries, and the information they produce are under threat. What lessons can we learn from the closure of Canadian government libraries, archives, and research collections? Panel experts suggest scalable strategies that will ensure U.S. government collections are preserved, accessible and discoverable for future generations. | More

New Directions in Non-Latin Script Access

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Until recently, provision of access to non-Latin script materials in library catalogs has been restricted by practices that favored converted Latin-script text over the original script and limited the number of scripts that could be used. Experimentation with new models of description and access in a linked data environment and OCLC's full implementation of Unicode in WorldCat could lead to dramatic improvements in the near future. Speakers from the Library of Congress, OCLC and Yale University will explore where we're coming from and where we're headed in an exciting period of change for access to non-Latin resources. | More

System Migrations from an Acquisitions Perspective

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Next-generation Library Services Platforms offer an appealing array of acquisitions functionality, from new APIs to integrated e-resource workflows and better reporting. But first comes the system migration, and the devil is in the detail(s). In this program, librarians from three institutions will discuss their firsthand experiences with migrations, emphasizing the needs and expectations of acquisitions departments. Topics covered will include early planning, database cleanup, project management, and challenges for consortia. | More

Biggest Bang for the Buck: Buying High-Impact Textbooks to Support Student Success

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Is textbook affordability a problem for your students? In addition to supporting OER initiatives, what can libraries do for students who struggle with textbook costs? We’ll discuss a textbook lending program for high-impact courses that accounted for 56 percent of print circulation. Compared with the downward trend of physical materials circulation, textbook use increased 46 percent to 100,000 circulations annually. Heavy use of textbooks demonstrates a compelling need to provide this support. | More

Integrate and Consolidate: The New Tech Services at Consortia and Universities

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

As libraries strive to achieve organizational efficiencies and deliver more consistent and robust user experiences, many are moving toward increasingly centralized support for collections, technology, operations, and discovery. This program will highlight the experiences of two consortia and their approaches to shared infrastructure and services: LOUIS, a 47-member consortium supporting college, university, and special libraries across the state of Louisiana; and the California State University Libraries, which recently implemented a shared library services platform. Speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the cooperative environment, and strategies for fostering collaboration and promoting effective operations among member institutions. | More

Intercultural Competence in Knowledge Representation

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m

Knowledge organization systems (KOS), including vocabularies and classification systems, represent our world of knowledge and information resources. Inclusion or exclusion of topics, terms, and the choice of “authorized” terms all affect resource representation and access. Studies have documented areas of bias or marginalization, such as non-dominant religions, gender, race, non-dominant cultures, and indigenous cultures. Intercultural awareness and competence is important for professionals working with KOS to help reduce and avoid misrepresentations. This presentation will discuss preliminary findings from a recent study on the intercultural awareness and competence of professionals who develop, maintain, or apply KOS. | More

Managing change (and an ILS migration) like a Get out the Vote (GOTV) Campaign

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

At the University of Southern California (USC), I approached a major change management project by employing the methodologies, principles, and tactics that I honed as a political organizer on Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaigns. In 2017, USC underwent an ILS migration that will serve as a case study in this ALCTS program for identifying and training leaders, project management, development of collaborative timelines, and utilizing high and low tech methods of communication and interaction. | More

Collaborative Collection Development: Increasing Equity in Times of Austerity

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

As libraries are faced with declining budgets, some are considering cooperative collection development as a strategic way of spending funds and sharing resources. Several Illinois libraries have started small-scale collaborative collection projects that require minimal commitment from libraries, but increase the number of unique titles that can be shared among Illinois libraries. This session will describe several strategies for initiating and assessing simple but effective cooperative collection development projects. While the project took place at academic and research libraries, the strategies are applicable to any library setting. | More

New Research in Collection Management and Development

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Join the ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee for updates on the newest research in collection management and development in libraries. This program will showcase two projects submitted by collection practitioners from all types of libraries and selected by the Publications Committee for presentation. | More

Documenting OUR History through Storytelling

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jeanne Drewes, chair of the PARS Oral History Working Group, will lead the discussion along with a member of the American Folk Life Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress. Learn how AFC has developed and expanded their website to enable a wider audience. Learn how the PARS working group is capturing the early history of library preservation for the AFC occupational series. Experts in interviewing will share ideas and methods to best capture stories. These ideas can be used for family history, or other professional interviewing. Expect to come away with ideas and solid methods to help you in interviewing and capturing the stories you want to hear and save. Everyone has a story to tell, but asking the right question to hear the story is what is needed as an interviewer. | More

How Metadata Enables or Inhibits Discovery and Access to Diverse Communities and Concepts

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Metadata Standards Committee is studying how organizations whose primary mission includes a focus on metadata approach issues of diversity, inclusion and accessibility as part of schema design, implementation and use. This session will report on the results of a survey completed by the MSC in the Fall 2017 and will include audience interaction to discuss the issues raised in this research. | More

Preservation Showdown: Environmental Edition

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

The Preservation Showdown, first introduced to the American Library Association as an ALCTS program in 2015, has become a highly-anticipated annual event, shedding light on various aspects of preservation issues or actions through the use of a debate model to highlight their pros and cons. This year’s topic looks at the impact of ideal storage environments on collections and sustainability efforts. Two teams, composed of members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Library Storage Discussion Group, will debate a resolution that is relevant to all libraries, especially those focused on cost savings or environmental sustainability: “Preservation environments are not sustainable,” bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters. | More

When Crisis Comes: Rapidly Acquiring, Describing, and Preserving Community-created Digital Collections

Monday, June 25, 2018, 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

The question is not if natural or human-made emergency will come to your community but when. This program discusses urgent, crisis-related acquiring, describing, and preserving of community created digital collections, taking into account legal, logistical, and organizational approaches for rapid digital collecting. Librarians from the University of Virginia will share their experiences documenting events such as their university president’s ousting and reinstatement, a high-profile publication about an alleged sexual assault on campus, and a white supremacist rally and counter-protests on University grounds, and will lead an interactive conversation with the audience about developing best practices for rapid digital collecting. | More