ALCTS preconferences in Chicago address important issues

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO - Five exciting and highly informative preconferences are being offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. You can register by going to the ALA Annual Conference Web site. ALCTS members pay only $199 for one day and $339 for two days, so reserve your place by registering early.

Thursday, July 9th

Cataloging Digital Media: Back to the Future!

Bring your flux capacitor and get energized for an overview of descriptive cataloging of digital media, including DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DualDisc, DVD-ROM, Playaways and Streaming Media -- complete with some ideas of how RDA will be used in digital media cataloging. Come and join this 1.21 gigawatt program to light the way of digital cataloging! Speakers: Jay Weitz, OCLC; Robert Ellett, School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University; Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Sponsored by ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section and co-sponsored by OLAC

Streaming Media and Proliferating E-Books: Acquiring and Managing Emerging Formats

Streaming media and e-books present unique ordering, licensing and long-term

management challenges. Learn how to integrate electronic books into acquisitions workflows. Explore streaming and other emerging media as growing areas of content with new roles for technical services. Copyright, licensing and delivery are key considerations. Speakers: deg farrelly, Arizona State University at the West; Cris Ferguson, Furman University; Jesse Holden, Millersville University; and Nathan D.M. Robertson, University of Maryland School of Law.

Sponsored by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section

Friday, July 10th

RDA, FRBR, and FRAD: Making the Connection

Consider the role of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) in Resource Description and Access (RDA). The necessity of understanding these new conceptual foundations is key to the transition to the future cataloging environment. Hear from a panel of experts on FRBR and FRAD attributes and relationships and new terminology and concepts and participate in practical hands-on exercises. Speakers: Barbara Tillett, Library of Congress; Robert Maxwell, Brigham Young University; Tom Delsey, RDA Editor, Joint Steering Committee; Glenn Patton, OCLC.

Sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section.

Seating for this preconference is limited.

Manipulating Metadata: XSLT for Librarians

Designed to introduce participants to XSLT for manipulation of metadata and other sets of data, instruction will cover the basics of XML and XSLT as well as more advanced commands and control structures. Focusing on use of XSLT for working with metadata in a library context, this hands-on workshop will allow participants to practice the principles discussed by the instructors. Speakers: Frances Knudson, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Christine Ruotolo, University of Virginia Library.

Cosponsored by LITA

This preconference is being held offsite near the Sears Tower, and seating is limited.

Thursday, July 9th - Friday, July 10th

Metadata Standards and Applications: A "Cataloging for the 21st Century" Workshop

This two-day preconference explores metadata standards and applications for bibliographic control in the 21st century. The goal is to relate what participants already know about library catalog metadata to digital library metadata, preparing them to apply current knowledge to new areas. Not primarily a “hands on” workshop for learning how to create metadata, exercises are included, providing a solid foundation in current metadata concepts, standards and issues for digital libraries. Speakers: Steven Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Jennifer Lang, Princeton University Library.

Registration is open. Sign-up for these exciting pre-conferences through the 2009 ALA Annual Conference registration web site at:

One day registration fees: Advanced (by 5/22/09): $199 ALCTS Members; $249 ALA Members; $289 Non-members; $99 Full-time Library School Students. On-site: $249 ALCTS Members; $299 ALA Members; $339 Non-members; $99 Full-time Library School Students.

Metadata Standards two day registration fees:Â Advanced (by 5/22/09): $339 ALCTS Members; $389 ALA Members; $439 Non-members; $150 Full-time Library School Students. On-site: $389 ALCTS Members; $439 ALA Members; $489 Non-members; $150 Full-time Library School Students.

For more information, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education & Meetings,

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association