ALCTS Interest Groups discuss important issues at Midwinter

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

January 5, 2010

CHICAGO - At the upcoming Midwinter Meeting, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) in Boston presents a wide variety of important issues through its Interest Groups. This is just a sampling of what you can attend. Join your colleagues for these presentations and discussions.

New Members Interest Group

The first meeting of this new interest group is the place for exchanging information and discussing issues of interest to new ALCTS members. 10:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, January 16, Westin Waterfront, Lewis Room. Chair and moderator: Keisha Manning.

Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group

“Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution,” 8 – 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 159. Library technical services have been undergoing radical changes and are facing new challenges due to shrinking budgets, staffing reductions, new e-formats and technology. Shifting priorities and seeking innovative approaches and workflows are critical in meeting these challenges.

CRS Costs of Continuing Resources in Libraries Interest Group

“Open Access: Entitlement, Opportunity, or Peril?,” 4 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 157C

Current tough economic times are forcing libraries to explore

alternatives to conventional publishing access models. Many institutions

(like MIT) have expressed strong support for Open Access while others (like

University of Maryland) have proceeded more cautiously. Speakers:

Terry Owen, coordinator for the Digital Repository at the University of

Maryland (DRUM); Ellen Finnie Duranceau, scholarly publishing & licensing consultant at MIT; Alex Crhstoforou, membership accounts manager, BioMed Central

E-Resource Interest Group

“In the ‘Know”: E-Resource Knowledge Base Management and Best Practices,” 10:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Jan. 16, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 253A. Speakers: Charlotte Keys, director, University Library Technology Services

Tufts Univesity; Sarah Tusa, coordinator of collection development & acquisitions Mary & John Gray Library, Lamar University; Christine Stohn, SFX product manager,

Ex Libris; Jason Price, head of collections & acquisitions, Claremont Colleges

Automated Acquisitions In-Process/Control Systems Interest Group

A presentation of R2 Consulting’s recent research with the Library of Congress Project on the Creation and Distribution of MARC Records in North America. 10:30 a.m. – noon, Sunday, Jan. 17, Westin Waterfront, Grand Ballroom A.

The Library of Congress commissioned R2 Consulting to research and describe the North American marketplace for cataloging records, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. The scope of this project is broad, including data gathered from all types of US and Canadian producers, distributors and consumers of MARC records. Speaker: Ruth Fischer, of R2.

Digital Conversion Interest Group

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, Intercontinental Boston, Rose Kennedy III.

The challenges and solutions of born-digital audio/video formats conversion to modern formats is the topic. Learn how the University of Pennsylvania Libraries partnership with Kirtas Technologies resulted in making more than 200,000 titles available for scan-on-demand and purchase. Speakers:
Chris Lacinak
, founder and president of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions;
Adam Corson-Finnerty
, director of special initiatives & board relations, University of Pennsylvania Libraries;
Lotfi Belkhir
, CEO and founder of Kirtas Technologies

Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

10:30 a.m. – noon, Sunday, Jan. 17, Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy Room.

Michigan State University has amassed a growing body of digital information. The MSU Archives & Historical Collections embarked on a digital curation planning project designed to ensure the trustworthy preservation, management, and stewardship of the university's digital assets and intellectual property. Speakers:
Cynthia Ghering
, director, Michigan State UAHC and
Lisa Schmidt
, electronic records archivist and team leader, Michigan State University Digital Curation Planning Project.

Metadata Interest Group

8 – 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, Westin Waterfront, Otis Room

Featured speakers:
Roy Tennant
, OCLC Research, on a "metadata mashup" involving three different types of metadata.and
Jennifer Bowen
, University of Rochester, on the eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project, which has developed an open-source platform for automating the processing of metadata in any XML-based schema.