ALCTS “Interactive Futures” Conference features Richard Lanham and other speakers

Contact: Charles Wilt


For Immediate Release
March 26, 2007

ALCTS “Interactive Futures” Conference features Richard Lanham and other speakers

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a conference, “Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services," on Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue close to the White House.

Richard Lanham, professor emeritus, UCLA, and author of the “Economics of Attention,” (U. of Chicago Press, 2006) will give the opening session address. Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries at North Carolina State University and David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies and author of the recent study, "Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation", are plenary session speakers. The “End-notes” speaker is Stephen Abram, vice president of Innovation, Sirsi/Dynix, whose collected writings are available through ALA Editions.

Richard Lanham: "The Two Markets: Libraries in an Attention Economy"

Lanham will speak on the ‘attention economy,’ where it is not information which is in short supply but the human attention needed to make sense of it.

Visit his website at More on Richard Lanham at

David Lankes: “Collecting Conversations in a Massive Scale World”

David Lankes’ presentation outlines some of the issues and opportunities for libraries in the ‘massive scale environment’ as well as presenting a new way of organizing library materials: as conversations.

More about David Lankes:

Stephen Abram: "Social Libraries: The Librarian 2.0 Phenomenon"

Abram’s talk addresses the role of the library, its evolution and traditions in the social web: Library 2.0, RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, MySpace, and do library staff have the right skills and competencies.

For more information on Stephen Abram: and

After the three plenary session speakers, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the presentations and how the issues and insights the speakers offer will affect the future of technical services. These sessions, led by an outstanding group of facilitators, provide a forum to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Participants will leave with an active agenda for the future. Library school students will act as recorders for each break out session and the notes of the discussion will be shared with the participants.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has a stellar line-up of events to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Registration is now open for the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Conference, Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21, and the Gala 50th Anniversary Dinner on June 21, 2007, in Washington, DC. Click the ALCTS Conference/Dinner Registration link to join your colleagues in these exciting and fun events.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.