ALCTS delivers two Midwinter symposia for Denver

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Directore, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

October 7, 2008

Join your colleagues for two exciting and timely symposia from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on Thursday, Jan. 22, and Friday, Jan. 23, just before the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Registration is now open so sign up while space is available.

On Thursday, Jan. 22:

“Implementing an Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges”

Has your institution begun to develop, or is it considering developing, an institutional repository? If so, will there be a role for the library? Whether you answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to this question, join us to consider the challenges, pitfalls and promises of establishing and supporting an institutional repository. Outstanding presenters discuss the legal and access issues, various IR platforms and models providing attendees the means to make informed decisions on the introduction of an institutional repository.

Speakers include: Greg Tananbaum, Consulting Services at the Intersection of Technology, Content & Academia; Georgia Harper, University of Texas at Austin Libraries; Leah Vanderjagt, University of Alberta Libraries; Marilyn Billings, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jessica Branco Colati, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries; Bob Gerrity, Boston College Libraries; Robert Tansley, Google, Inc.

ALCTS thanks Berkeley Electronic Press for its generous support of this symposium.

On Friday, Jan. 23:

“Breaking Down the Silos: Planning for Discovery in Library 2.0”

Today, libraries face many choices when trying to optimize resources discovery for their users. Our information resides in separate silos, yet users want an integrated, intuitive and interactive discovery experience. Products have been developed that attempt to deliver that experience. How can libraries evaluate the options: next generation catalog interfaces, federated search engines, link resolvers? How do they choose which will be the best fit? Our speakers will help you through the maze providing you with worthwhile tools for your own decision-making.

Speakers include: Robert Wolven, Columbia University; Roy Tennant, OCLC Programs and Research; Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library; Jill Grog,

University of Alabama Libraries; Kristin Antelman, North Carolina State University.

Panelists: Don Barlow, Westerville Public Library; John Meador, Binghamton University, State University of New York; David Lee King, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library; Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester.

ALCTS thanks Innovative Interfaces, Inc. for their generous support of this symposium.

Registration information:

Advance Registration for each one day symposium: ALCTS member: $199.00; ALA member $249; Non-Member $299; Student/retired member $99

Special two day registration price: ALCTS member $339; ALA member $419; Non-Member $499; Student/retired member $198

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ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.