Midwinter Meeting 2016

ALA Midwinter Meeting logoALCTS is pleased to present the following Midwinter events. 

NOTE: A Midwinter Meeting registration is NOT required to register for an ALCTS Symposium.

ALCTS Midwinter Symposia

Re-envisioning “Technical Services” to Transform Libraries: Identifying Leadership and Talent Management Practices

Friday, January 8, 2016  |  8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.  |  event code ALC2

Join your colleagues to explore how libraries can recruit and cultivate staff who can serve as both leaders and contributors and provide insight into talent management, including identifying and nurturing leaders; succession planning; promoting diversity; and connecting staff with the best training options throughout their careers. Generously sponsored by OCLC.  |  MORE

Strategize Me! Personal Career Planning

Friday, January 8, 2016  |  8:00 a.m.12 noon  |  event code ALC1

We participate in strategic planning to chart our organization’s future, but how often in our personal careers do we stop and examine where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going? This engaging half-day workshop invites participants to explore ways to energize their career paths by giving them tools, ideas, and a renewed sense of focus.  |  MORE

Virtual Symposium: An Introduction to Library Research Data Management Services

Tuesday and Thursday, January 19 and 21, 2016  |  1–2:30 p.m.  

Part 1. The Data Life Cycle and the Landscape of Library-Led Services  |  Tuesday, January 19, 2016  |  more

Part 2. Assessing the Needs of Your Environment and Building a Sustainable RDM Services Program  |  Thursday, January 21, 2016  |  more

ALCTSfest reception at Midwinter

ALCTSfest: A MidConference Gathering

Good friends, good food, your favorite libation. The annual ALCTSfest (uh-lex fest) is that mid-conference break you need to catch up with your colleagues for lively conversation and a good time. Cash bar is provided.  ALCTSfest is generously sponsored by YBP Library Services.

Saturday 6–8 p.m., Renaissance Waterfront, Atlantic Junior Ballroom

Why ALCTS? – Midwinter Video Testimonials at ALCTSfest

The ALCTS New Members Interest Group, along with the ALCTS board, would like to hear from you. This year at ALA Midwinter in Boston, we will be filming member testimonials to hear what this community means to you. Please let us know if you are interested in sharing your thoughts on camera for 1-2 minutes. These videos will be hosted online and used to spread the word about what an amazing community this is! So please come, share your experience, and let us know – Why ALCTS?

Please sign up in advance. If you have any questions please contact ANMIG co-chairs –  Alissa Hafele  and Hayley Moreno.

ALCTS Forum: Mashcat Panel

Library cataloging and metadata people and library software and systems people have a lot in common and a lot to collaborate together on to better serve our patrons… but sometimes there have been barriers to that collaboration. Mashcat is a banner under which libraries can gather together to work past those barriers. For the ALCTS Forum, Mashcat regulars Erin Leach, Galen Charlton, Shana McDanold, and others will participate in a panel discussion moderated by ALCTS president Norm Medeiros. They will discuss ways of fostering collaboration and communication between the data and systems sides of the house.

Monday 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., BCEC Room 204AB

Midwinter Games 2016

Get in the spirit and test your ALCTS knowledge with the ALCTS Trivia Contest, starting January 4. And while you're in Boston, have even more fun by participating in the ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt!

ALCTS Trivia Contest

From Wednesday, January 4 through Friday, January 7, ALCTS will post one trivia question per day at 2 p.m. EST to both Twitter and Facebook. You have until midnight EST to follow the question link to a Google Form and submit your answer.  |  MORE

ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt

From Saturday, January 8 through Monday, January 11, score points by snapping photos of all the great people, places, and things going on around you at Midwinter in Boston. Programs, meetings, booths, authors, city landmarks, and even fellow ALA-ers are on the photo list. Score the most points and you can win one of our collection of fabulous prizes.  |  MORE


NEDCC is hosting a tour of their facilities on January 8, 2016, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. NEDCC staff will provide a guided tour of the Paper and Photograph Conservation Laboratory, the Book Conservation Laboratory, and the Digital Imaging and Audio Preservation Studios. Space is limited.  |  MORE

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