ALCTS announces New Forum On Series Authority Records

Contact: Charles Wilt

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2006

ALCTS announces New Forum On Series Authority Records

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) invites everyone to attend a new ALCTS Forum on the Library of Congress Series Authority Record Decision.
The forum will take place on Friday, June 23, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Morial Convention Center, Room 386/387 at the American Library Association (ALA) 2006 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

On April 20, 2006, the Library of Congress issued a memo changing a long-standing practice of creating series authority records.
Implementation of the decision was to be May 1.

"The Library of Congress has determined that it will cease to provide controlled series access in the bibliographic records that its catalogers produce.
Its catalogers will cease creating series authority records (SARs)."

The decision met with unparalleled opposition as librarians and organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and ALCTS expressed their concerns over the decision-making process and the implications for libraries.

ALCTS, in its ongoing effort to encourage discussion on important issues such as the SARs decision, has brought together a distinguished panel of experts for this new Forum.
Moderated by Cynthia Whitacre, chair of the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS), panelists include Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress, Glenn Patton, OCLC Director of WorldCat Quality Management, and Mark Watson, chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Don't miss this exciting event at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.