ALCTS announces Fall/Winter Continuing Education Events

Contact: Julie Reese


For Immediate Release

August 21, 2007

ALCTS announces Fall/Winter Continuing Education Events

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce its Fall/Winter Continuing Education Events schedule. Upcoming workshops include, “Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH,” “Electronic Serials Cataloging,” “Integrating Resources Cataloging,” “Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification,” “Fundamentals of Acquisitions” and “Metadata and Digital Library Development.” More information about these and many other events is available on the ALCTS Events Web page at

“Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH,” an ALCTS/PCC Workshop will be held on October 25-26, 2006 in Philadelphia. It will be co-sponsored by PALINET. This two-day workshop presents the full subject analysis training program developed by subcommittees of the ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Standing Committee on Training. Presented by John Mitchell, this workshop benefits catalogers at all levels and individuals involved in the education and training of catalogers.

“Electronic Serials Cataloging,” an ALCTS/Library of Congress SCCTP Workshop will be held on October 29, 2007 in Chicago. This one day course is designed as a hands-on training course for cataloging electronic serials distributed through the Web. This workshop is based on Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR), 2nd edition. Presented by Margaret Mering, this course incorporates key revisions of Chapter 9, "Electronic resources" and Chapter 12, "Continuing resources" that apply to electronic serials, but is not a comprehensive course on serials cataloging. The course is also based on Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, the MARC 21 format, and CONSER specific policies and practices set forth in the CONSER Cataloging Manual and CONSER Editing Guide.

“Integrating Resources Cataloging,” an ALCTS/Library of Congress SCCTP Workshop will be held on October 30, 2007 in Chicago. This workshop is intended for experienced serial catalogers and those selected sessions for this one-day course.

“Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification,” an ALCTS/Library of Congress Workshop will be held on November 5-6, 2007 in Chicago. This two-day workshop presents authoritative training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC). This includes background on the development and structure of LCC, components of call numbers and guidance in the use of essential tools. Emphasis is on application of LCC in areas most often used by generalists, including schedules H, N, and P. The workshop concludes with a session on local classification decisions and on proposing class numbers through SACO.

“Fundamentals of Acquisitions,” an ALCTS four (4) week online course will be held October 8-November 2, 2007. This course will focus on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials; goals and methods; financial management of materials budgets; relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents and publishers. Participants will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made. The course is tailored for librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field. As it is a fundamentals course, topics are introductory in nature. Class segments are geared to cover issues of interest to staff in all types of libraries. Instructors include Virginia Taffurelli, Betsy Redman, K.D. (Katie) Ellis, Jesse Holden and Morag Boyd.

“Metadata and Digital Library Development,” an ALCTS/Library of Congress Workshop will be held on January, 9-10, 2008 in Philadelphia. In an applied, exercise-based context, this two-day workshop introduces practicing catalogers to metadata implementation considerations and processes in a digital library development context. This workshop prepares attendees to serve as metadata specialists in digital library projects.

To learn more about these events or to register, see the ALCTS Web site at: or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education & Meetings, at 50 E Huron; Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433 ext. 5034; or

Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) is a cooperative program that provides standardized training materials and trained trainers in the field of serials cataloging, through workshops sponsored by library associations, networks, and institutions.