Publish with ALCTS—Publication Topics

ALCTS invites authors to contribute publications on topics related to selecting, obtaining, preserving, and providing access to resources required by library users. Here are some highlighted suggestions:

  • Use of assessment/measurable outcomes in Technical Services
  • BIBFRAME and the future of MARC
  • Connecting with the community outside Technical Services; maintaining relationships with various constituencies
  • Continuing resources:  What is the future of serials? What are the trends?
  • Data curation, cataloging and collections issues, digital preservation: best practices, justification, and practical guidelines for implementation
  • Integration of digital collections into collection building
  • Linked Data: theory and practical applications
  • Managing electronic resources, covering issues in acquisition, access management, and cataloging
  • RDA training techniques
  • Scholarly communications and the role of Technical Services
  • Shared print collections, including how to write a collection management plan, bibliographic issues, analyzing collections across multiple institutions, retention and withdrawal policies, communication, etc.
  • Staffing optimization: reorganizing Technical Services workflows in a digital environment

Additional Possible Topics:

  • Acquisitions 
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Altmetrics 
  • Integrated Library Systems/Library Management Systems/ Library Services Platforms
  • Authority Control 
  • Metadata
  • Cataloging
  • Open Access Resources, including Institutional Repositories
  • Collection Assessment
  • Perpetual Access Issues
  • Collection Development/Management
  • Preservation
  • Discovery
  • Tools and Standards
  • Emergency Plans
  • Training and Continuing Education
  • Gifts


Editors of ALCTS Division Publications
Library Resources & Technical Services: Mary Beth Weber,
ALCTS News: Chelcie Juliet Rowell,
ALCTS Monographs: Susan Thomas,
ALCTS Publications Committee: Alison M. Armstrong, Co-chair,, Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, Co-chair,
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This list was last revised in June 2019.