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The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting applications for the Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 19, 2016 and December 16, 2016. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 25, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Sunday, April 24 kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Established in 2010, Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates the recipient of the 2016 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award, Bonnie Parks. Presented by the Continuing Resources Section (CRS) of ALCTS, this award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest and is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 25 during the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando.

The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Jim Mouw, associate university librarian for collection services at the University of Chicago, to receive the 2016 HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. The award will be presented on June 25 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Library Services in Learning Management Systems

by Julene Jones on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 08:11 am

ALCTS webinar: Library Services in Learning Management Systems

ALCTS webinar: Library Services in Learning Management Systems

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 AM Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, and 2 PM Eastern time.

 

Description:

 

The learning management system (LMS) has become a standard part of the higher education infrastructure, both for online and face-to-face courses.  Continuing growth in online course offerings and the mobility of digitally connected students make the LMS essential for sharing course content and enabling communication among faculty and students.  Along with instructor-created assignments and instructional modules, faculty add library-licensed content, open access and open educational resources, and other published sources to their LMS courses.  Often this leads to questions related to copyright management, content licensing, and the role of the library in these efforts.  This webinar will provide an overview of existing LMS systems and their capabilities.  We will then address considerations of content provision within the LMS, including the application of Fair Use exemptions, the TEACH Act, and systems that can be added to the LMS that help manage copyright and licensing issues.  Finally we will discuss the role of librarians as consultants on content discovery and using licensed and copyright-protected educational materials.

 

Learning outcomes:

 

Participants will

 

  • leave with an understanding of the LMS market and the common features of these systems that are relevant to sharing content with students; and

  • be introduced to key concepts in copyright related to sharing different types of content, from library-licensed resources to OER.

 

Who should attend?

 

Librarians working in collection development, electronic resources in libraries, licensing and rights management, and digital services.   

 

Presenters:

 

John J. Burke is Director of the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University. John is a past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and current board member of OhioNET. He holds an M.S. in library science from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. in history from Michigan State University. John has worked in public services, instruction, collection development, website design, and systems. He has published and presented nationally. John can be reached at burkejj@miamioh.edu.

 

 

 

Beth E. Tumbleson is Assistant Director of the Gardner-Harvey Library, Middletown regional campus of Miami University. She earned her M.S. in library science from Simmons School of Library Science and M.A. in church history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also earned a B.A. from Dickinson College. Beth has worked in academic, high school, and corporate libraries. She works in distance library services, instruction, collection development, and academic integrity. She has published and presented nationally. Beth can be reached at tumbleb@miamioh.edu.

 

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129  

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

 

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/11/01/17

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, ALCTS Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

 

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 2

by Julene Jones on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 06:37 am

ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 2

ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 2

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

 

This session is part 2 of the two-part series Introduction to Python and PyMARC.

 

 Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 1, October 18, 2017

 Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 2, October 25, 2017

 
 Description:    

 

This series will provide a detailed overview of how to use the Python programming language, and specifically the PyMARC library of code, to transform library metadata and make technical services workflows more efficient. Viewers will learn how to get started using Python, how to write a simple PyMARC script, and how Python and PyMARC can be used to automate workflows and metadata management. Session 2 will include a detailed, scenario on how to write a PyMARC script to parse MARC records, as well as how to create MARC records from non-MARC metadata using PyMARC.

 

Learning outcomes:

 

By the end of the series, participants will:

-Understand the resources needed to install Python on a computer or workstation

-Understand the basic syntax of Python and PyMARC

-Understand how to run a Python script against a MARC record or set of MARC records and generate output

-Understand how Python and PyMARC can be applied to various technical services workflows

-Understand how to write a basic Python and PyMARC script

 

Who should attend?

 Technical services and library systems / information technology staff; beginner programmers working in libraries or with library data; catalogers; metadata specialists; and institutional repository managers.

 

Presenter: Lauren Magnuson is Head of Collection Management and Technical Services at California State University San Marcos and Development Coordinator for the PALNI Library consortium.  Her interests include PHP, Python, analytics, data visualization, and open source technology in academic libraries. She is the author of several book chapters related to library information technology. Lauren has an MA in Information Science and an M.Ed in Educational Technology. She tweets occasionally from @lpmagnuson.

 

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Registration Fees:  

 

Single webinar: ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129  

 Series of two: ALCTS Member $69 ; Non-member $95 ; Group rate $206  

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

 http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/101817 (for Session 1)

 http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/102517 (for Session 2)

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event. 

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, ALCTS Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Event ALCTS e-Forum: The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

by Jeremy Myntti on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 02:48 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

ALCTS e-Forum: The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

October 24-25, 2017

 

Moderated by Marija Markovic and Steve Oberg

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Journal subscriptions typically take up a majority of collection budgets for libraries, yet journals often get less attention than monographs and other library resources in terms of collection development. This e-Forum will focus on sharing best practices for selection and ongoing evaluation for this important component of library collections. Among other topics, we will cover developing criteria to evaluate journal renewals, the role of usage statistics in those decisions, communication with faculty or other constituents, analysis of packages, and more.

 

Moderators

Marija Markovic is an independent consultant who has worked solely in the corporate library environment in content management and copyright compliance roles. She has experience in implementing continuing e-resource collection and copyright strategies in global company settings. Marija completed her MSLIS and MA degrees at the University of Illinois.

 

Steve Oberg is serving for the second time as NASIG President (www.nasig.org) and works as Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (IL). Since 2002, he has taught classes on technical services as well as e-resources management in the iSchool at Illinois. He has worked in large academic libraries, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, liberal arts colleges, and a library systems vendor. Steve's MSLIS is from the University of Illinois.

 

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

 

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

by Jeremy Myntti on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 02:46 pm

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

Session 5: November 6 - December 15, 2017

This six-week online course is a basic primer for library acquisitions concepts common to all library materials formats. It covers:

  • Goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials in all formats;

  • Theoretical foundations and workflows of basic acquisitions functions;

  • Financial management of library collections budgets;

  • Relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.


This course provides a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

In FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials. In many libraries, selecting and acquiring materials may be done in the same department—in the smallest libraries perhaps even by the same person. In larger libraries, selection may be done by a collection development department and/or designated subject specialists, while a separate department acquires the selected materials.  In essence, acquisitions is a business operation, bringing materials into the library and licensing access to library collections and resources.

Who Should Attend:  As a fundamentals course, FOA is tailored for librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field; and librarians and support staff from other library units and library school or LSSC students who want to know more about acquisitions.  Although FOA focuses on the acquisition of monographs in various physical formats, it covers key components of acquisition and licensing processes for all library materials, in all formats, in all types of libraries.

This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Because success in acquisitions depends on ability to collaborate, negotiate, and be flexible to work out win-win solutions with others, this course includes collaborative and social elements.

Instructors

  • Eleanor Cook, Assistant Director for Discovery & Technical Services Academic Library Services, East Carolina University

  • Michelle Flinchbaugh, Acquisitions and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian, UMBC Library

  • Donna Smith, Assistant Head of Technical Services, Northern Kentucky University

  • Jennifer Arnold, Director, Library Services, Central Piedmont Community College

  • Kate B. Moore is Coordinator of Electronic Resources at Indiana University Southeast.

  • Christina Hennessey is Cataloging Librarian at Loyola Marymount University in California.

Registration Fees:  $139 ALCTS Member and  $169 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse/foa/ol_templ

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to web courses, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Continuing Education Program Officer at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 1

by Julene Jones on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 08:21 am

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

 

This session is part 1 of the two-part series Introduction to Python and PyMARC.

 

Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 1, October 18, 2017

Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Session 2, October 25, 2017

 

Description: This series will provide a detailed overview of how to use the Python programming language, and specifically the PyMARC library of code, to transform library metadata and make technical services workflows more efficient. Viewers will learn how to get started using Python, how to write a simple PyMARC script, and how Python and PyMARC can be used to automate workflows and metadata management. Session 1 will focus on an introduction to the Python programming language, a walkthrough of core functions and syntax in the PyMARC library, and provide 2-3 example use cases of how PyMARC and Python can be used in technical services.

 

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the series, participants will:

-Understand the resources needed to install Python on a computer or workstation

-Understand the basic syntax of Python and PyMARC

-Understand how to run a Python script against a MARC record or set of MARC records and generate output

-Understand how Python and PyMARC can be applied to various technical services workflows

-Understand how to write a basic Python and PyMARC script

 

Who should attend?

Technical services and library systems / information technology staff; beginner programmers working in libraries or with library data; catalogers; metadata specialists; and institutional repository managers.

 

Presenter: Lauren Magnuson is Head of Collection Management and Technical Services at California State University San Marcos and Development Coordinator for the PALNI Library consortium.  Her interests include PHP, Python, analytics, data visualization, and open source technology in academic libraries. She is the author of several book chapters related to library information technology. Lauren has an MA in Information Science and an M.Ed in Educational Technology. She tweets occasionally from @lpmagnuson.

 

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Registration Fees:  

Single webinar: ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129 

Series of two: ALCTS Member $69 ; Non-member $95 ; Group rate $206

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/101817 (for Session 1)

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/102517 (for Session 2)

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, ALCTS Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

 

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Discussion Hurry and register today for the ALCTS webinar Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 02:52 pm

Enhance Your Presentations by Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level 

Need to improve the visual aspects of your presentations? Looking to build on the design skills you already have? Join instructor Tiffany Davis on Wednesday, September 27, from 1 pm to 2 pm CT for the webinar Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level, which will provide details for creating a stellar presentation.

Enhance Your Presentations by Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level 

Need to improve the visual aspects of your presentations? Looking to build on the design skills you already have? Join instructor Tiffany Davis on Wednesday, September 27, from 1 pm to 2 pm CT for the webinar Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level, which will provide details for creating a stellar presentation.

During this webinar, Davis will explore basic design elements and how you can implement these in your presentations, as well as tips for using PowerPoint and Prezi and how you can get the most out of infographics and posters. 

Registration Fees

$43 ALCTS members; $59 nonmembers; $129 groups

To Register

Register online using the online learning registration site. You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

Register by mail (purchase order or check) by completing this print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.

For questions or comments related to this or other ALCTS events, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Continuing Education Program Officer, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or mdougherty@ala.org

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Event ALCTS webinar: The ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program

by Julene Jones on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 06:54 pm

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

 

Description:    

Presenters are representatives from the three initial Centers of Excellence libraries for the Collaborative Federal Depository Program and will provide a general overview of the program while discussing some of the benefits, challenges and outcomes of developing a COE collection.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Provide an overview of the CFDP Model and how it works within the legal mandate of the Federal Depository Library Program to manage large collections of legacy print publications.

  • Demonstrate how Centers of Excellence libraries make determinations on retrospective collecting of government publications.

  • Discuss space allocation and storage of government publications.

 

Who should attend? Government Documents Coordinators, Collection Managers

 

Presenters:

Sandra McAninch, Regional Depository Librarian, University of Kentucky Libraries

Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

Bill Sudduth, Head, Government Information and Maps, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina

 

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129 ; International $43   

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/091317  

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Continuing Education Assistant at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

 

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Event ALCTS webinar: Solutions for Copyright Issues in E-Learning

by Julene Jones on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 02:17 pm

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

 

Description: Libraries are spending increasingly large percentages of their budgets on electronic resources. As online education and the use of e-resources dramatically escalate, awareness of copyright issues becomes crucial, not only in the library world but also in the academic community as a whole. Libraries struggle to ensure copyright compliance for all materials used in electronic reserves and learning management systems (LMS). In switching to ProQuest SIPX for managing and sharing digital course materials, Pepperdine predicted savings in both staff time and copyright costs. The presenters will share how Pepperdine integrated SIPX with their LMS (Sakai) to allow them to easily find copyrighted course materials and to make the materials accessible from the Sakai Courses site. Ensuring that library resources and open content are visible through e-reserves translates into helping support the teaching and learning environment and closer library collaborations with IT and faculty.

 

Learning outcomes: Following the webinar, attendees will understand:

* How to deal with copyright management challenges in the era of nearly universal adoption of learning management systems.

* How integrating a tool such as SIPX with a learning management system can make it easier to find copyrighted course materials.

 

Who should attend?

Academic Librarians and librarians struggling with copyright issues in e-learning environments

 

Presenter:

Sally Bryant has been the Head of Access Services at Pepperdine University since 2007 and was Head of Technical Services prior to that. She also is the Library Liaison to Screenwriting and Film Studies and the division of International Studies and Languages, Screenwriting and Film Studies. As an undergraduate, Sally spent a year at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from American University and an MLIS from San Jose State University.

 

Gan Ye is currently working at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Learning from potential new tools to explore scholarly impact has become a new research area for her. Her other major research interests include linked data, different system integration, cloud based systems, link resolvers and metadata management. Gan Ye holds Master degrees from McGill University, Canada and from Nanjing University, China.

 

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129 ; International $43   

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/092017

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Continuing Education Assistant at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

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Discussion ALCTS Releases New Monograph on Affordable Course Materials

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

A College Board survey reports that a student’s average costs of textbooks for a year at a public four-year university is nearly $1,300. Equally worrisome is another study’s finding that two-thirds of students will skip using a textbook because of the cost. By offering and spotlighting affordable course materials, academic libraries can prove their value while helping to create a more equitable learning experience for students.

A College Board survey reports that a student’s average costs of textbooks for a year at a public four-year university is nearly $1,300. Equally worrisome is another study’s finding that two-thirds of students will skip using a textbook because of the cost. By offering and spotlighting affordable course materials, academic libraries can prove their value while helping to create a more equitable learning experience for students. In the new monograph “Affordable Course Materials: Electronic Textbooks and Open Educational Resources,” published by ALA Editions, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and editor Chris Diaz have gathered a range of experts to describe affordable text initiatives that promise to improve student learning and student retention. Topics covered include:

  • surprising findings on the most expensive courses for textbook requirements;
  • a case study showing how LSU abandoned DDA, established requirements for e-books collections, and boosted usage to 17,000 unique titles accessed;
  • ways to build on existing procedures and relationships of print reserves to develop e-book collections for courses;
  • how to work productively with campus bookstores;
  • analysis of library programs that offered grants to faculty for developing course texts at UCLA, North Carolina State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi;
  • creating a textbook database so faculty can discover potential textbooks the library already has or could purchase in e-book format;
  • measuring textbook usage through COUNTER reports or course reserve systems; and
  • ideas for partnering with campus instructional technology and distance ed units.

Diaz is the digital publishing services librarian at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), where he manages the institutional repository and the library’s digital publishing program. He became interested in college textbooks and open educational resources when he was the collections management librarian at National Louis University (Chicago). The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has been a division of the American Library Association since 1957. Its mission is to shape and respond nimbly to all matters related to the selection, identification, acquisition, organization, management, retrieval, and preservation of recorded knowledge through education, publication, and collaboration.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.

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Discussion Sudden Selector's Guide Series Editorial Board Opening

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Are you interested in taking on an important role within ALCTS?  Consider applying to be a part of the Sudden Selector's Guide series editorial board. Applications to fill two positions on the board will be accepted through August 11. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!  

Are you interested in taking on an important role within ALCTS?  Consider applying to be a part of the Sudden Selector's Guide series editorial board. Applications to fill two positions on the board will be accepted through August 11. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!  

The ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee seeks two individuals to join Helene Williams and Mary Feeney on the editorial board of the Sudden Selector's Guide series. Editors appointed this year will serve for either a two- or three-year term in order to establish staggered appointment terms. 

Applications are due by August 11.

Editors of the Sudden Selector's Guide series report to the CMS Publications Committee. The primary responsibility of the editors is to work with authors contributing to the Sudden Selector's Guide series, from the proposal to finished manuscript stages.

Specific tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Work with authors at all stages of process to: 
    • Develop proposals that meet ALCTS and CMS guidelines for manuscripts
    • Provide feedback on and manage timeline for manuscript writing
    • Provide developmental editing
  • Seek and manage inside (CMS Publications Committee) readers
  • Seek and manage outside readers
  • Coordinate activities with other editors and ALCTS Publishing
  • Work with ALCTS Publishing on final manuscript editing and galley proof process
  • Recruit potential authors for subjects agreed upon by CMS Publications Committee
  • Meet virtually with other editors regularly (currently monthly)
  • Attend virtual CMS Publications Midwinter meeting
  • Coordinate with co-editors to ensure attendance, on a rotating basis, at the CMS Publications Committee at ALA Annual
  • Provide update reports for Midwinter and Annual meetings
  • Contribute productively to discussions of future directions and needs of the Sudden Selector's Guide series

Term of appointment is for three years and is renewable once. Until staggered appointment terms are established, initial appointment may be for fewer than three years. ALCTS provides a stipend of $1800 to support conference attendance in the third year of appointment.

Editors are ex-officio members of the CMS Publications Committee.

Required qualifications:

  • Current ALCTS-CMS member (Applications will be accepted from non-members, but appointment is contingent upon joining.)
  • Experience editing manuscripts for publication
  • In-depth selecting and collection management experience
  • Proven project management skills and a strong commitment to producing timely, quality publications
  • Track record of professional publication
  • Ability to work in collaboration with co-editors, CMS Publications Committee members, and ALCTS Publications
  • Active in professional organizations, either library or discipline-related

To apply, send a cover letter detailing your interest in serving as an editor for the Sudden Selector's Guide series and your previous editing experience, your CV, and the names and contact information of two or more references who are familiar with your work as an editor and selector/collection manager to:

Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley, Co-Chairs, ALCTS-CMS Publications Committee, Valentine.Muyumba@indstate.edu and bazelejw@miamioh.edu 

Please combine all application documents into a single PDF file and format your subject line as SSG Editor Application/your last name.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Valentine Muyumba and Jennifer Bazeley (Valentine.Muyumba@indstate.edu and bazelejw@miamioh.edu). Questions about the series should be sent to Helene Williams (helenew@uw.edu). 

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