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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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Online Doc Slide Presentations for the 2017 ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) Meeting: The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) presented as its theme this year, Preparing for the Transition to the Linked Data Environment

by Andrew Sulavik on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) presented as its theme this year, Preparing for the Transition to the Linked Data Environment:
What is Being Recommended, What is Being Done, and What You Can Do.

The presentations were held at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The group met on Saturday, June 24th, from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) presented as its theme this year, Preparing for the Transition to the Linked Data Environment:
What is Being Recommended, What is Being Done, and What You Can Do.

The presentations were held at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The group met on Saturday, June 24th, from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.

Adopting linked data as a replacement for MARC has been a long-term goal for the library community. For years now the library world has been steadily moving toward integrating library catalogs and MARC records into the web (i.e., through linked data), where users are most likely to begin their searches for information. One way to achieve this is through the addition of globally unique identifiers, URIs, to bibliographic and authority records.

Progress toward introducing URIs into MARC bibliographic and authority records is rapidly picking up pace. The URI task force sponsored by the PCC is releasing its best practices recommendations report this Spring, vendors are offering services to upgrade records to include URIs, and individual institutions are devising ways to incorporate URIs into their records. Three panelists will speak about the importance of introducing URIs into MARC records and practical ways to achieve this goal for your library community.

Presenters:
Jackie Shieh, Resource Description Coordinator (George Washington University, and Task Group Chair of the URI task force sponsored by the PCC

PCC Task Group on URIs in MARC (Task Group) was charged to investigate feasibility of globally unique identifiers in the form of HTTP URIs in existing library system to prepare MARC data transitioning to a linked data environment. The Task Group began its work in October 2015. For the last twenty months, the Task Group submitted two discussion papers to MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), which were accepted as proposals in 2016. At the annual in Chicago, the Task Group will submit two more papers to MAC. Jackie Shieh, as Chair of the URI Task Group, will share and highlight the Task Group’s efforts.

Nate Cothran, PMP, Vice President, Automation Services
Backstage Library Works | Provo, Utah & Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
801-342-5697 | nate@bslw.com

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. To date, Backstage has worked with and on behalf of libraries with respect to enriching bibliographic and authority records with URIs. We have learned, we have revised, and we have struggled in certain areas. We would like to share lessons learned as a vendor and some next steps to consider.

Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access at Boston University
Boston University Libraries joined the LibHub project organized by Zepheira in February 2016 to explore publishing the Libraries' bibliographic records in linked data format to a web site indexed by Internet search engines like Google and Bing. BU developed a process for enhancing the bibliographic records with URIs from multiple authority sources including the Getty thesauri, Wikidata, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, and VIAF. Jack Ammerman will describe that project, the impact on referral traffic to the Libraries' discovery system (Primo), and current efforts to become consumers of their own linked data in the Primo user interface and other web sites.

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Online Doc Call for Proposals: ALCTS Programs at the 2018 Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting

by Kevin Clair on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites you to submit a program, preconference or symposium proposal for upcoming 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

The ALCTS Program Committee welcomes topics that are of current and ongoing interest to the ALCTS membership, including acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, collection management, continuing resources, preservation and reformatting. Proposals will be reviewed by the ALCTS Program Committee and proposal submitters will be contacted shortly following Annual Conference 2017.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites you to submit a program, preconference or symposium proposal for upcoming 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

The ALCTS Program Committee welcomes topics that are of current and ongoing interest to the ALCTS membership, including acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, collection management, continuing resources, preservation and reformatting. Proposals will be reviewed by the ALCTS Program Committee and proposal submitters will be contacted shortly following Annual Conference 2017.

To propose an event, please submit an online proposal form using the links provided in this message.

Call for Proposals

ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 21-26

  • Preconference – One or two-day interactive training workshop held at Annual
  • Preconference Proposal Form | Submission Deadline: August 11, 2017
  • Program – One-hour educational sessions held at Annual. Log into the ALA system to begin your online proposal.  Anyone can submit a proposal, regardless of membership status. When completing the proposal form, be sure to select the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) to have your proposal reviewed by ALCTS.
  • Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter) | Submission Deadline: August 25, 2017

ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, February 9-13

  • Virtual Symposium - Two or three one-hour virtual sessions held prior to Midwinter
  • Virtual Symposium Proposal Form | Submission Deadline: September 27, 2017

Proposal and Event Planning Information

Additional information about submitting a proposal can be found using these links:
 
General ALCTS Event Planning Information
ALA Program Proposal Process Information
Program Submission Information Packet
 
Questions & Comments

Please send any questions or comments about submitting a proposal to:
 
Kevin Clair (kevin.clair@du.edu) – ALCTS Program Committee Co-Chair
Hayley Moreno (morenoh@oclc.org) – ALCTS Program Committee Co-Chair
Julie Reese (jreese@ala.org) – ALCTS Continuing Education & Program Manager
 
Sincerely,
Kevin Clair & Hayley Moreno
Co-Chairs, ALCTS Program Committee

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Online Doc ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group Program at ALA Annual 2017

by Andrew Sulavik on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 08:29 am

ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) at ALA Annual Chicago

Date:  Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: PALM, the MONROE ROOM

 

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) is offering three presentations on the following theme:

 

Preparing for the Transition to the Linked Data Environment:

ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) at ALA Annual Chicago

Date:  Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: PALM, the MONROE ROOM

 

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group (CMIG) is offering three presentations on the following theme:

 

Preparing for the Transition to the Linked Data Environment:

What is Being Recommended, What is Being Done, and What You Can Do to Include URIs in Your MARC Records

 

Adopting linked data as a replacement for MARC has been a long-term goal for the library community. The library world has been steadily moving toward integrating library catalogs and MARC records into the web (i.e., through linked data), where users are most likely to begin their searches for information. One way to achieve this is through the addition of globally unique identifiers, URIs, to bibliographic and authority records.

 

Progress toward introducing URIs into MARC bibliographic and authority records is rapidly picking up pace. The URI task force sponsored by the PCC is releasing its best practices recommendations report this Spring, vendors are offering services to upgrade records to include URIs, and individual institutions are devising ways to incorporate URIs into their records. Three specialists in this endeavor will speak about the importance of introducing URIs into MARC records and practical ways to achieve this goal for your library community.

 

Presenters:

 

Jackie Shieh, Resource Description Coordinator (George Washington University, and Task Group Chair of the URI task force sponsored by the PCC.

 

She will share and highlight the PCC Task Group’s most recent efforts and discussion papers on URIs in MARC. The task Group was charged to investigate feasibility of globally unique identifiers in the form of HTTP URIs in existing library system to prepare MARC data transitioning to a linked data environment. It began its work in October 2015, and over the last twenty months has submitted two discussion papers to the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), which were accepted as proposals in 2016. At the annual in Chicago, the Task Group will submit two more papers to MARC.

 

Nate Cothran, PMP, Vice President, Automation Services, Backstage Library Works

 

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. To date, Backstage has worked with and on behalf of libraries with respect to enriching bibliographic and authority records with URIs. We have learned, we have revised, and we have struggled in certain areas. We would like to share lessons learned as a vendor and some next steps to consider.

 

Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access at Boston University

 

Boston University Libraries joined the LibHub project organized by Zepheira in February 2016 to explore publishing the Libraries' bibliographic records in linked data format to a web site indexed by Internet search engines like Google and Bing. BU developed a process for enhancing the bibliographic records with URIs from multiple authority sources including the Getty thesauri, Wikidata, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, and VIAF. Jack Ammerman will describe that project, the impact on referral traffic to the Libraries' discovery system (Primo), and current efforts to become consumers of their own linked data in the Primo user interface and other web sites.

 

The (CMIG) provides a forum for libraries that wish to discuss the various issues involved in cataloging, classification, authority control and metadata application after the initial cataloging has been performed, including its impact on discovery. It provides a forum for exchanging information and discussing techniques, new developments, and problems with managing the data integrity of library catalogs and related discovery tools.

 

Kimberly Edwards, Co-Chair, 2016-2017

kedwar13@gmu.edu

Andrew Sulavik, Co-Chair, 2016-2017

Andrew.sulavik@howard.edu

Amber Seely, Co-Vice Chair, 2016-2017

amber.seely@hcpl.net

Victoria Troemel, Co-Vice Chair, 2016-2017

victoria.troemel@gmail.com

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Online Doc ALCTS celebrates 60 years in 2017

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 09:43 am

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving the Past,” ALCTS members support library practices and standards while looking forward to create innovative programs and research within the field of technical services.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving the Past,” ALCTS members support library practices and standards while looking forward to create innovative programs and research within the field of technical services.

The anniversary celebrations kick off at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 19-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. Join us for the ALCTSfest reception on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Other ALCTS events include the Friday symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections and the Monday ALCTS forum Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!. Visit the ALCTS Midwinter event site for more information about ALCTS programs at the Midwinter Meeting, and use the online scheduler to find all ALCTS interest group and committee meetings.

The new ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles. The call for mentors and mentees for the first cohort is open through Mar. 17, 2017.

In May, ALCTS will launch the online ALCTS Exchange, a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online continuing education event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

You can help ALCTS celebrate its diamond anniversary in 2017. The $60 for 60 Fund accepts unrestricted gifts for new and ongoing initiatives in such areas as leadership development, standards, advocacy, and international relations. Donations help secure the future growth of ALCTS, its services and programs, and its members. All gifts to ALCTS are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by applicable laws.

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Online Doc ALCTS announces new mentoring program

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 09:32 am

ALCTS is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

ALCTS is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles.

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of mentors and mentees. The application deadline Mar. 17, 2017, with the mentor and mentee pairing process to be completed by May 12, 2017. The actual mentoring program for the first cohort will begin Jun. 1, 2017 and end Apr. 30, 2018.

The development of the ALCTS Mentoring Program started with an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader project in 2015. This team project resulted in a poster session and accompanying document, “Developing a Mentoring Program for 21st Century Librarians,” that were presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Further work was done on a program proposal by the ALCTS New Members Interest Group, including holding an online chat session for member feedback in October 2015. In July 2016, final development of the mentoring program was assigned to the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee.

Additional information about the ALCTS Mentoring Program will be forthcoming. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact Regina Gong, chair of the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee.

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Online Doc Learn about the enabling innovation in the era of the cloud at ALCTS President’s Program in Orlando

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 04:18 pm

Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare and Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies, at Georgetown University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’s Program “Enabling Innovation in the Era of the Cloud -- A Syllabus’” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. 

Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare and Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies, at Georgetown University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’s Program “Enabling Innovation in the Era of the Cloud -- A Syllabus’” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. 

As new digital tools and business models emerge over the next decade, cloud technology combined with broadband wireless, sensors, Big Data and machine learning will transform how we interact with information and will fundamentally change the way we interact with the world and each other. But only if organizations are ready to embrace the opportunities they provide. 

Dr. Nelson will provide a tutorial on how to create a culture of innovation in your organization.  In addition, ALCTS President Norm Medeiros, Haverford College, ALCTS President’s Program Chair October Ivins, Ivins eContent Solutions, and Dr. Nelson will engage in a discussion with the audience on how new digital technologies will transform library services and programs.

Dr. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million websites. Prior to joining CloudFlare, he was a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, a senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government and director of Internet technology and strategy at IBM.

Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Nelson was director for technology policy at the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce and spur development and deployment of new technologies. Before that Dr. Nelson was the special assistant for information technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's science advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce and information policy.

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Online Doc Call for Book Chapters – Textbooks and Academic Libraries

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 04:18 pm

Proposal call: chapters for an ALCTS publication on collecting/managing textbooks in Academic Libraries
Proposal submission deadline: April 1st, 2016
Publisher: Association of Library Collections & Technical Services
Editor: Chris Diaz, Collection Management Librarian at National Louis University  

The Association of Collections & Technical Services is seeking proposals for case studies, literature reviews, research, and essays on how academic libraries are responding to the demand for textbooks.

Proposal call: chapters for an ALCTS publication on collecting/managing textbooks in Academic Libraries
Proposal submission deadline: April 1st, 2016
Publisher: Association of Library Collections & Technical Services
Editor: Chris Diaz, Collection Management Librarian at National Louis University  

The Association of Collections & Technical Services is seeking proposals for case studies, literature reviews, research, and essays on how academic libraries are responding to the demand for textbooks.

College textbook prices rise every year, and students are looking for affordable alternatives, such as purchasing used copies, renting copies for a limited time, or not purchasing a copy at all. Students, faculty, and campus administrators naturally look to the library for support. Librarians are finding creative ways to help accommodate the demand for textbooks and other course materials through electronic textbook initiatives, open textbook projects, and partnerships with publishers and bookstores.

How has your library responded to this demand?

We seek proposals on strategy, assessment, implementation, communication, research, and management of library initiatives to manage textbooks, open educational resources, or other course materials, along with changes to policy or practice.

Possible chapter topics:

* What involvement do academic libraries have – or should have – in supporting textbooks?
* What successful practices has your library implemented in regards to funding, implementing, and/or managing textbook projects?
* What opportunities or challenges are presented to academic libraries with the increasing availability of electronic textbooks and course materials?
* How might academic library collections support the delivery of electronic textbooks?
* Is your library working with campus partners, such as the book store, university press, or IT department, to deliver course materials? What’s working and what’s not?
* Have programs or courses on your campus adopted open textbooks or open educational resources? If so, what worked and what didn’t?
* What effect do electronic textbooks have on student learning outcomes, retention, and/or reading experience?

Proposals should include:

* Author name(s)
* Brief author(s) bio
* Proposed chapter title
* A summary of the proposed chapter (300-500) words

Authors of selected proposals will be notified by April 15, 2016.  Full chapters are expected by August 1, 2016 (3,000-5,000 words).  Chapters should be unique to this publication – no previously published or simultaneously submitted materials.

For additional information, please contact: Chris Diaz, Collection Management Librarian at National Louis University, cdiaz10@nl.edu

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Online Doc Reminder: Calls for ALCTS-sponsored Annual and Midwinter programs due August 15!

by Kevin Clair on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 08:24 am

Hello,
 
A friendly reminder that proposals for ALCTS-sponsored programs and pre-conferences (both in-person and virtual), as well as virtual Midwinter symposia, are due next Monday, August 15. The Program Committee will meet with program planners during the first week of September to assist with developing your program ideas and identifying potential speakers, so don’t worry about having a complete speaker lineup or program agenda; all ideas are welcome.
 

Hello,
 
A friendly reminder that proposals for ALCTS-sponsored programs and pre-conferences (both in-person and virtual), as well as virtual Midwinter symposia, are due next Monday, August 15. The Program Committee will meet with program planners during the first week of September to assist with developing your program ideas and identifying potential speakers, so don’t worry about having a complete speaker lineup or program agenda; all ideas are welcome.
 
See the complete call for proposals below. If you have questions, feel free to contact the co-chairs: Kevin Clair (kevin.clair@du.edu) and Hayley Moreno (morenoh@oclc.org), or the ALCTS Office liaison, Julie Reese (jreese@ala.org). thanks!  -k
 
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The ALCTS Program Committee invites program, forum, and pre-conference proposals for the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 22-27. The committee will also accept proposals from those interested in planning virtual symposia to be held in early/mid-January prior to Midwinter 2017 in Atlanta, as well as virtual pre-conferences to be held in early/mid-June prior to Annual 2017.

To propose a program, please submit the appropriate Web form from the list below. In addition, plan to send a representative of your group to schedule a virtual appointment to be held with the committee via conference call in July (exact dates and times to be determined).

You do not need to have a completed proposal; however, it is helpful to have working titles and descriptions, as well as a general idea of speakers you may wish to invite. The Program Committee will assist in developing a theme and description, identifying potential speakers, and identifying potential groups in ALCTS and other ALA divisions who may be interested in co-sponsoring your event.

The Program Committee welcomes topics that are of current and ongoing interest to the ALCTS membership, including cataloging, acquisitions, collection development, and preservation in all formats. Programs are either 60 or 90 minutes in length. Pre-conferences may be one or two days in length. Virtual preconferences and symposia typically include an entire day of content, though they may be spread out over multiple days (e.g. two four-hour sessions over two separate days). Proposals do not need to originate with ALCTS sections, interest groups, or individual members.

Suggested topics of interest to the ALCTS membership include:

  • Scholarly communication and open access
  • Acquisitions and collection development
  • Diversity and inclusion in technical services
  • Professional development and training
  • Linked open data and the Semantic Web
  • Collaborations with library systems, applications, and developers

General information about planning an ALCTS event may be found at http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/howto/plan.

Links to proposal forms:

Programs: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/alcts-program-proposal
Pre-conferences: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/alcts-preconference-proposal
Midwinter symposia: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/alcts-midwinter-symposium-proposal
Virtual symposia and pre-conferences: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/alcts-virtual-preconferencesymposiu...

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Online Doc New ALCTS monograph examines linked data for cultural heritage

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

With its roots in computer science, linked data is unfamiliar territory for many library catalogers. But since the origins of MARC nearly 50 years ago, the value of machine-readable library records has only grown.  Today linked data is essential for sharing library collections on the open web, especially the digital cultural heritage in the collections of libraries, archives, and museums.

With its roots in computer science, linked data is unfamiliar territory for many library catalogers. But since the origins of MARC nearly 50 years ago, the value of machine-readable library records has only grown.  Today linked data is essential for sharing library collections on the open web, especially the digital cultural heritage in the collections of libraries, archives, and museums. In “Linked Data for Cultural Heritage” published by ALA Editions, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and editors Ed Jones and Michele Seikel gather a stellar list of contributors to help readers understand linked data concepts by examining practice and projects based in familiar concepts like authority control. Topped by an insider’s perspective on OCLC’s experiments with Schema.org and the Library of Congress’s BIBFRAME project, the book addresses such topics as:

  • a simplified description of linked data, summing up its promises and challenges;
  • controlled vocabularies for the web;
  • broadening use of library-curated vocabularies;
  • how the complexity of AV models reveals the limitations of retrospective conversion;
  • BIBFRAME’s triplestore data model;
  • ways libraries are helping science researchers share their data, with descriptions of projects underway at major institutions;
  • balancing the nuance within an element set with the sameness needed for sharing; and
  • the influence of projects such as Europeana and Digital Public Library of America.

Jones is associate director for library assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego. He is the author of “RDA and Serials Cataloging” and various journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has spoken on library linked data at professional conferences and deals with it as a member of the Standing Committee on Standards of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. Seikel is a tenured professor on the library faculty at Oklahoma State University. Her primary professional focus is in cataloging, and she has published several research papers in technical services journals. Currently, she chairs the ALCTS Planning Committee, and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Library Resources and Technical Services.

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 us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.

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Online Doc Call for 2017 Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive Submissions

by Julie Reese (staff) on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 04:03 pm

Please excuse cross-posting.

Submissions for the 2017 Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive sessions are now open and can be found at the link below.  Completed submissions are due no later than midnight (CST) on Sunday, July 31st.

 Link: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=MKJTMRYC

 For the 2017 Midwinter Meeting, focused proposals are specifically requested within the following broad areas:

Please excuse cross-posting.

Submissions for the 2017 Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive sessions are now open and can be found at the link below.  Completed submissions are due no later than midnight (CST) on Sunday, July 31st.

 Link: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=MKJTMRYC

 For the 2017 Midwinter Meeting, focused proposals are specifically requested within the following broad areas:

  • Learning in Libraries (e.g., connected learning, gamification, making)
  • Data Management and Use
  • Digitization and Preservation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Futuring/Trend-watching
  • The Library in the Community

These broad areas are selected  based on post-conference survey responses indicating that ALA attendees seek “skills building” opportunities, particularly in those areas needed to provide leadership in a transforming library environment and to manage complex services.  They are also informed by the work of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.

Complete proposals must include the following information:

(1)   Complete contact information for all speakers via a professional resume/CV.  If more than one person is involved, the person submitting the proposal will be considered the main contact for all subsequent communications.

  • Resume/CV should include name, current affiliation and qualifications for teaching the proposed course.

(2)   Presentation title and description (approximately 500 words). 

  • The description should outline the main points of the session and its relevance to attendees at this time.  The proposal should describe one or more active learning exercise to be included in the session.  The proposal should indicate any pre-or post-MW work expected.  Workshop presenters are urged to encourage community building among participants.

(3)   Short presentation description (not more than 100 words), for use in promotional materials.

(4)   At least three (3) learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.

  • Please indicate how you will assess achievement of learning outcomes.

(5)   Course Evaluation

(6)   Completed Session Hours Form

  • Template can be found on submission form
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