For immediate release | November 14, 2016

ALCTS to host its first online interactive forum in May 2017

CHICAGO — In May 2017, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will hold its first-ever fully online event the ALCTS Exchange. Part of the upcoming 60th anniversary of ALCTS, the ALCTS Exchange celebrates the excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation and technology with four days of interactive synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Attendees will engage with an array of presenters facilitating valuable discussions on stimulating themes and topics from various segments of the library sphere.

“The ALCTS Exchange will be an exciting, fully online, interactive experience offering a new model for communication and the exchange of ideas in librarianship,” says ALCTS President Vicki Sipe. “We encourage participation from those involved in diverse areas of the profession, including non-ALCTS members, as the ALCTS Exchange will offer presentations, panels, and activities across the full range of library expertise—collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation and technology. We welcome all to register and experience something new.”

This four-day virtual event is unlike any other ALCTS online learning program in that it employs a range of presentation formats including virtual poster sessions and lightning rounds. Presenters will address session themes involving changes in existing workflows, creative problem solving, developing connections that impact the experiences of library users, and building skills in preparation for leadership or management roles in the library. Presenters will also delve into key aspects of the ALCTS Exchange themes in unique, “out of the box” presentations. What’s more, presenters will engage their audiences through live session polling, pre-event assignments and discussion boards that facilitate conversations between presenters and attendees.

“The ALCTS Exchange is a premiere event for ALCTS and will provide its attendees with a rare, career-changing experience,” states Karla Strieb, chair of the ALCTS Exchange Working Group. “Operating in a fully virtual environment, the ALCTS Exchange is not recordings of speakers in meeting rooms but rather a unique interactive professional forum that allows ALCTS to serve new audiences and offer participants an engaging opportunity for professional growth without the travel.”

Registration for the ALCTS Exchange is now open. Early-bird registration for this four-day virtual event is $249 for ALCTS individual members; $319 for ALA individual members; $359 for non-members; $99 for ALA student members; and $595 for groups. After March 1, 2017, registration rates will increase—please visit the event registration web page for full registration details.

For more information on the ALCTS Exchange, please visit the ALCTS Exchange website. You can also connect with the ALCTS Exchange on Facebook and Twitter using #ALCTSx17.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international, member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.

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Brooke Morris

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Brooke Morris