ALCTS forums at Midwinter in Seattle

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2006

ALCTS forums at Midwinter in Seattle

CHICAGO - As part of the inauguration of its 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2007, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) presents a series of forums at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The ALCTS Forums encourage open discussion of timely topics covering a broad range of ALCTS’ interests from cataloging to collections to a celebration of our 50 years.

ALCTS 50th Anniversary: Creating Our Future - The ALCTS Presidential Experience

Sponsored by the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Committee

Monday, January 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., W Seattle Downtown, Great Room I

Moderated by Bruce Johnson, ALCTS president, 2006-2007, with former ALCTS presidents - Karen Horny, 1980-1981, Judith P. Cannan, 1986-1987, and Janet Swan Hill, 1997-1998

Former ALCTS presidents discuss their terms in office, reflecting on issues from the past and their application to the future of our association and our profession. Combining reminiscences with insights, this forum will provide a context for the changes that have occurred in collections, technical services, and libraries as a whole during the history of ALCTS. Our leaders’ rich experiences will help us take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

Ripped from the Headlines: An ALCTS Forum. What will library stories be in the future?

Monday, January 22, 8 -10 a.m., W Seattle Downtown, Great Room I.

Dina Giambi, University of Delaware, moderator.

Part One:

“New Library Facilities No Longer Needed as Resources are Digitized”

Richard AmRhein, dean of Library Services, Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources, Valparaiso University, will offer insights into a successful campaign for a new library as featured in the recent Wall Street Journal article “Libraries Beckon, But Stacks of Books Aren’t Part of the Pitch.”

“Libraries Weed Print Collections, Offer Electronic Access Only – Users in an Uproar”

Mary Abdoney, science librarian, Robert Lee Telford Science Library, Washington and Lee University, will discuss the withdrawal from the Science Library of the print science titles that are part of JSTOR.

Will headlines such as these become common place?

Part Two:

The second part of the session will consist of a discussion of the controversial statements featured in the ALCTS “Definitely Digital” Symposium held on Friday, January 19.

RDA Forum: ALCTS series on the changes to the cataloging rules in conjunction with the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR.

Saturday, January 20, 4 -6 p.m., Sheraton, Grand Ballroom B

Non-English Access: based on the recently released report and sponsored by the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sheraton, Metropolitan B

Beth Picknally Camden, moderator, and chair of the ALCTS Non-English Access Task Force

The Future of Cataloging: Continues ALCTS’ role as facilitator in the discussion prompted last spring by actions taken by the Library of Congress. Sponsored by the Cataloging and Classification Section.

Sunday, January 21, 8 – 10 a.m., Grand Hyatt, Princess Ballroom

Disaster Recovery: A continuing discussion of disaster preparedness from the ALCTS Preservation Section sponsored by the Preservation Discussion Group.

Sunday, January 21, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Westin, Grand Ballroom III

PVLR Open Forum: Libraries and University Presses Working Together?

Monday, January 22, 8 am - 10 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 201.

Want to know more about how libraries are collaborating with university presses? How are roles changing and what are the new publishing opportunities for libraries? In this, the second of two forums devoted to the state of the university press, the ALCTS Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group will bring together distinguished representatives from libraries and presses for an open discussion of their strategies for success.

Collecting E-resources Use Data: Outsource or In-House?: a timely forum sponsored by the Collection Assessment Committee of ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section

Monday, January 22, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt, Princess II

You’re invited to a forum discussion on a comparison of the ScholarlyStats product versus homegrown e-resources use databases. Collection managers will share their personal experiences on gathering assessment data in their libraries.

ALCTS Discussion and Interest Groups offer more opportunities for conversation and exchange of ideas. Check the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO) in December for up-to-date information on these and all the events at Midwinter. ANO is available on the ALCTS web site:

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