"And Now for Something Completely Different": An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

(312) 280-5030


For Immediate Release,

November 17, 2009

CHICAGO - Join your colleagues for “And Now for Something Completely Different: Our Future From Outside the Box,” an exciting and timely symposium from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on Friday, Jan. 15, just before the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Registration is now open, so sign up while space is available.

Cutting-edge thinkers will prepare short opinion pieces on future trends, issues and developments that are likely to have an impact on research, instruction and scholarly communication. These essays will serve as the foundation for panel discussions among many of these thinkers, selected respondents and attendees on emerging roles for libraries and librarians, particularly collections and technical services librarians. The essays will be posted to the ALCTS web site at
www.ala.org/alcts. This symposium will build upon the themes developed in the Thursday ALCTS Symposium, “Living Digital.”

Invited Essayists and Speakers (to date):

  • Peter Brantley is currently the director of the Internet Archive and the author of the Shimenawa He is the former executive director of the Digital Library Federation. He has served as the director of technology at the California Digital Library, New York University, UC Berkeley, and UCSF.
  • Meredith Farkas, head of instructional initiatives at Norwich University, writer, teacher and self-described tech geek, author of “
    Social Software in Libraries.” She is also the author of the
    Information Wants to Be Free blog.
  • Susan Gibbons, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester and sponsor of the Extensible Catalog (XC) project.
  • Daniel Greenstein is currently vice provost for academic planning, programs, and coordination in the University of California's Office of the President. Prior to this, Greenstein was university librarian for the California Digital Library (CDL). Before joining the CDL Greenstein was director of the Digital Library Federation.
  • Joseph Janes, associate dean, Information School, University of Washington is the author of the American Libraries column,
    The Internet Librarian and was the founding director of the Internet Public Library. (attendee)
  • Thomas Leonard, Kenneth and Dorothy Hill University Librarian and a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt is president of Alexander Street Press, publisher of scholarly digital collections in the humanities and social sciences. Mr. Rhind-Tutt has been responsible for the development, sales, and management of more than 300 electronic products, including SilverPlatter's range of medical databases and the Gale Group's Infotrac line.
  • David Weinberger, fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and author of “
    The Cluetrain Manifesto
    and “
    Everything is Miscellaneous.” (attendee)

Select ALA Event Code: ALC2
to register for this event.

“Living Digital: The Future of Information and the Role of the Library"

Select ALA Event Code: ALC1

Select ALA Event Code: ALC3 to attend both events at a special price.

Registration information:

Advance Registration for each one day symposium:

ALCTS member: $219.00; ALA member $269; Non-Member $319; Student/retired member $99

Special two day registration price (
Event Code: ALC3

ALCTS member $349; ALA member $399; Non-Member $419; Student/retired member $198

To register, visit the
ALA Midwinter Registration Web page a

nd complete the meeting registration form. Follow the instructions to register online, by mail, or by fax.

Note: You do not need to register for the entire Midwinter Meeting to attend this symposium.

Visit the ALCTS website for more Midwinter 2010 events:


For questions or comments, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS office at jreese@ala.org.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.