For immediate release | September 17, 2010

ALCTS offers two exciting Midwinter symposia for San Diego

CHICAGO – Dynamite topics and great speakers will come together in San Diego for two outstanding symposia from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

On Thursday, you will hear about RDA, its impact on libraries and how it might affect the future catalog. Friday brings together building architects and digital architects to talk about the impact of digital on libraries. Join your colleagues for these two exciting and timely symposia from ALCTS on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 just before the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.

The Administrator, RDA and the Future Catalog: Issues, Viewpoints, Alternatives

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

RDA is on the horizon. How will you implement it? What are the issues you need to pay attention to? Staffing? Budget? The catalog itself? Will RDA influence the future catalog? What might the future catalog be? This one day symposium examines the issues surrounding implementation of RDA and the future catalog. If you’re a director, assistant director or department head or anyone interested in the impact of RDA, you don’t want to miss this discussion.

Speakers include Tim Strawn, director, information resources and archives, California Polytechnic State University -San Luis Obispo; Olivia Madison, dean of the library, Iowa State University; Linda Barnhart, head of metadata services, University of California – San Diego; Molly Tamarkin, associate university librarian for information technology, Duke University; Tim Bucknall, assistant dean for electronic resources and information technology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro; and Chris Cole, associate director for technical services, National Agricultural Library.

Beams & Bytes: Constructing the Future Library -- Architectural and Digital Considerations

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Changing user expectations and the relentless shift to the digital medium are rapidly influencing library structures and services. No longer just a reference and circulation desk or a static repository for books and journals, the 21st Century library is evolving to accommodate new services, collecting patterns and user demands. Both presentations and participative activities will focus on the physical and digital infrastructure of libraries,conceiving and creating services to meet user needs and expectations, transforming collections and access, as well as how all of this will affect the people who work in libraries.

Speakers include: Michael Miller, dean of library services, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; Jeffrey M. Hoover, architect, Tappe Associates, Inc., Boston, Mass.; Denelle C. Wrightson, director of library architecture, Dewberry, Dallas.;John Blyberg, assistant director for innovation and user services, Darien (Conn.) Public Library; Robert Kieft, college librarian, Occidental College, Los Angeles; Michael Giarlo, digital library architect, Penn State University; Patricia Hswe, digital collections curator, Penn State University Libraries; and Betsy Wilson, dean of university libraries, University of Washington, Seattle.

To attend the symposia, registration for each is $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $319 for non-members and $99 for students and retired members.Registration information for the ALCTS Midwinter symposia can be found on the ALA Midwinter Meeting page.

Please note that you do not have to register for ALA Midwinter in order to attend the symposium.

For more information consult the events page on the ALCTS web site at or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager, at


Charles Wilt

Executive Director

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

800-545-2433 ext.5030