ALCTS President's Program and more at Anaheim

Contact: Charles Wilt

ALCTS Executive Director

(312) 280-5030


For Immediate Release

June 17, 2008

ALCTS President's Program and more at Anaheim

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) invites all conference attendees to the following outstanding events during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

The ALCTS President’s Program features Oscar’s library

Dr. Linda Mehr, director of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will be the featured speaker at the 2008 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services President’s Program, “From Here to Eternity: the challenge of managing Oscar's very special collections.” The President’s Program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, located in Beverly Hills, Calif., is widely regarded as the preeminent facility for the study of film as an art form and an industry. Dr. Linda Harris Mehr has been director of Margaret Herrick Library since 1982. She has spent more than 30 years in history and film-related study and work.

Council of Regional Groups forum on careers for public librarians in technical services

Want to get the scoop on the advantages and disadvantages of a technical services career in public libraries? Be sure to catch the CRG forum, Technical Services Careers in Public Libraries: Getting Started, Building Your Career, or Making the Switch, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, in Pacific C/D of the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel.

Carolyn Goolsby, technical services manager at the Tacoma Public Library, and Marlene A. Harris, division chief, Technical Services at the Chicago Public Library, will offer advice and describe from their personal experience the ups and downs, and ins and outs, of a career in technical services within the public library setting. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers after presentations by both panelists.

Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group discusses branding

“Branding : Claiming the Reader’s Mind Space” is the subject of the PVLR’s forum, beginning at 8 a.m.Monday, June 30, in room 213C of the Anaheim Convention Center.

In an increasingly competitive environment, publishers, aggregators, consortia, distributors, search engines and libraries must all seek to maintain and/or increase name recognition among their users. Branding initiatives are expensive, but in terms of continued relevance and commercial success, they are crucial to all entities in the chain. How do these organizations approach the task? Are there ways to cooperate rather than compete? What is the effect of branding on the reader experience? Come hear what publishers, vendors and libraries are saying about this topic in an open forum where the follow-up discussion is sure to be provocative. Panelists include Emily Alford, Michigan State University; Evelyn Elias, Taylor & Francis; Scott Bernier, EBSCO Publishing;

Jenny Walker, Credo Reference; and J. Michael Williams, SOLINET.

Honor your colleagues at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony

Come celebrate the recognition of the outstanding achievement of your colleagues during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony. Two new awards will be given this year: the LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award and the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management.

The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in the Sheraton Park Hotel, Park ballroom A-C.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association