ALCTS Annual Conference forums in New Orleans

Contact: Charles Wilt

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2006

ALCTS Annual Conference forums in New Orleans

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) invites everyone to attend its forums at the Annual Conference in New Orleans.
ALCTS recently inaugurated a forum series, held at various times during each ALA conference, to provide its members the opportunity to hear experts discuss important topics of current concern to the ALCTS and library community.

A few of the upcoming forums for Annual Conference in New Orleans include:

ALCTS Forum:
A conversation on digital preservation

Monday, June 25, 8 - 10 am, Morial Convention Center, Room 353/355

Preservation of e-journal content has become a pressing concern as more and more libraries drop print copies of journals to rely on their electronic counterparts. On September 13, 2005, a meeting of academic librarians, university administrators, and others at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York on electronic journal preservation resulted in the document "
Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals."
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), ALCTS, and the Medical Library Association, among others, have endorsed the "Urgent Action" document.
Moderated by Robert Keift, Haverford College, presenters Gordon Tibbetts, president, Blackwell Publishing Inc. (US) and Robert H. McDonald, Florida State University, will address issues and raise questions on: How can libraries and publishers move from a philosophical understanding of the necessity of digital preservation to productive and concerted action?
What are the economic issues involved in building a secure future for a digital history?

ALCTS forum on the new catalog

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Hotel Intercontinental, LaSalle B/C

Library catalogs are beginning to incorporate features of popular search engines and to enhance users' ability to browse rich content.
This forum will explore the new catalogs at the North Carolina State University Libraries (via Endeca's ProFind) and the Howard County (Md.) Library (via Medialab Solutions' AquaBrowser Library).
Presenters include Holly Johnson, Howard County Library.

Serials standards update forum

Sunday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sheraton, Napoleon Ballroom ½

With the increasing uses of link resolvers and electronic resources management software, interoperability among standards has been in discussion among libraries, publishers and vendors. This forum will present updates on serials standards developments affecting library serials management:
ISSN revision; ONIX for Serials transactions; the Digital Library Federation's Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI); and the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI).
Presenters include Regina Reynolds, Library of Congress; Priscilla Caplan, Florida Center for Library Automation; and Tim Jewell, University of Washington Libraries.

ALCTS forum on RDA

Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Morial Convention Center, Room 295-296

Continues the discussion on the cataloging rule revisions of RDA.

Don't miss these and other exciting discussion and interest group events at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).
Check the Annual Conference Program book for locations.

ALCTS is a division of the ALA.