RUSA, ALCTS offer plethora of collection development programs at Annual Conference

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

March 17, 2009

CHICAGO—Both new and seasoned collection development professionals will find programs of interest at this summer’s ALA Annual Conference.

Half a dozen programs sponsored by the
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and the
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) offer information on future trends in collection development, selection techniques for specific genres of literature or segments of library patrons and basic collection development skills. Librarians in all types of libraries will benefits from the ideas and solutions offered by these programs. Program participation is free for all ALA Annual Conference registrants.

Collection development programs offered include:

Outsourcing Collection Development: Collaboration is the Key

Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Sponsored by RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)

Outsourcing collection development has come a long way in the last 10 years. A panel representing public libraries, academic libraries and relevant vendors will address the evolution of outsourcing, how the traditional role of the collection development librarian has changed and the effectiveness of newly developed collaborative models illustrating library-vendor relationships.

Collection Development 2.0: The Changing Administration of Collection Development

Saturday, July 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sponsored by ALCTS CMDS, RUSA CODES and RUSA STARS

Collection development is undergoing revolutionary changes. In the last few years, most libraries have made major changes in the way they manage collection development. This program will help clarify what new approaches some libraries have taken and why, their consequences (both intended and unintended) and what some of those thinking about these issues see on the horizon.

Speakers include Rick Anderson, associate director for scholarly resources and collections, University of Utah; Martha White, director of library experiences, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Jonathan Nabe, collection development librarian, sciences and technology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; and Steven Harris, panel moderator, Director of Collections and Acquisitions Services, University of New Mexico

Things That Go Bump in the Stacks: Whole Collection Advisory for Paranormal Fiction

Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Sponsored by RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) and PLA

Come discuss best practices for helping patrons find paranormal materials they can really sink their teeth into. Explore this genre-spanning market with this program that focuses on understanding the appeal of the genre and helping fans find materials throughout the library. Neil Hollands, librarian and author of “Read On…Fantasy Fiction,” will moderate a panel of authors and experts discussing best practices, including bestselling author Charlaine Harris (the Southern Vampire series, the Aurora Teagarden series), Charlie Huston (Joe Pitt series), and Marjorie Liu (Dirk and Steele series, Hunter Kiss series).

Collection Development: Decision-Making with Data

Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Sponsored by RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) and ALCTS CMDS

What do materials selectors in academic, public and school libraries need to know, and where can they find data to inform their decisions? Librarians who did not take a collection development course or who have been asked to select materials in unfamiliar subject areas or formats will benefit from this overview program, which will review sources of readily-available data and provide tips on how to use it effectively for collection development.

New Selectors and Selecting in New Subjects: Meeting the Challenges

Sunday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sponsored by ALCTS CMDS and RUSA CODES

Are you challenged by a new collection development assignment? Or are you responsible for training new librarians in collection development? Librarians are increasingly thrust into new roles as selectors in unfamiliar disciplines or liaisons to unrelated academic departments and community groups, yet we often assume these roles with little to no training and/or subject background. This program explores the changing environment of collection development and offers strategies for preparing for new challenges.

Speakers include Jeff Kosokoff, director, Ginn Library & Information Technology, The Fletcher School, Tufts University Arro Smith, technical services manager, San Marcos Public Library Linda Phillips, professor and head, Scholarly Communication, The University of Tennessee Library; and moderator Harriet Lightman, Head, Academic Liaison Services, Northwestern University Library.

Beyond ¡Hola!: Spanish Reference Resources for Non-Spanish Speakers

Monday, July 13, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Sponsored by RUSA Reference Services Section (RSS)

Do you have the right tools to help a Spanish-speaker looking for information in your library? Do you know how to purchase the right titles for your Spanish-speaking population? As Latinos become more active library users, what can libraries do to help them become more informed citizens? Join us as we discuss reference resources, Web sites and collection development for this group of patrons. Panel members include Jacqueline Ayala, co-author of “Serving Latino Communities,” and Elissa Miller, associate director of collections at the Washington, D.C., Public Library.

Participation in any of these programs is included with annual conference registration. Register for the Annual Conference using the
online registration form, by calling 1 (800) 974-3084, or by downloading a
printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form. A complete listing of these and other relevant programs can be found at the RUSA and ALCTS websites.

Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA or ALCTS to your ALA membership at

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is also a division of ALA. Its members are dedicated to acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification and preservation of all kinds of library materials.