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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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Discussion New ALCTS Web Course Explores Fundamentals of Metadata

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 04:40 pm

ALCTS is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata.This course was developed and will be instructed by Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis & Design at the University of Virginia Library, and Jennifer Roper, Interim Senior Director for Collections Access & Discovery at the University of Virginia Library.  

ALCTS is pleased to announce the release of a new web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata.This course was developed and will be instructed by Ivey Glendon, Manager for Metadata Analysis & Design at the University of Virginia Library, and Jennifer Roper, Interim Senior Director for Collections Access & Discovery at the University of Virginia Library.  

The Fundamentals of Metadata will examine similarities and differences between cataloging and metadata; descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata schema; content standards and controlled vocabularies; approaches to metadata creation and transformation; and metadata project design. 

Upon completion of this six-week course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand different types of metadata, content standards, and controlled vocabularies and their fit for purpose
  • Describe content using a metadata schema, content standard, and controlled vocabulary of their choice
  • Understand reasons and methods for metadata transformation
  • Design a metadata project based on real-world scenarios

2017 Session Dates

Session 1: July 24 – September 1
Session 2: October 2 – November 10

Registration Fees

$139 ALCTS members; $169 nonmembers 

To Register

Register online using the online learning registration site. Courses are listed by session date. Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in. 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.

Note: This course is limited to 25 students per session, and sessions are expected to sell out quickly. Register today.

For questions or comments related to this or other ALCTS events, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Meetings Manager, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.

View a complete listing of ALCTS Fundamentals Web Courses.

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Discussion ALCTS Publishing Releases Sudden Selector’s Guide on Government Publications

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 04:36 pm

ALCTS Publishing has released its latest publication from the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Government Publications. Authored by Alexandra Simons and edited by Mary Feeney and Helene Williams, this new guide explores the resources and information needed to be a successful coordinator of a library’s government information collections.

ALCTS Publishing has released its latest publication from the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Government Publications. Authored by Alexandra Simons and edited by Mary Feeney and Helene Williams, this new guide explores the resources and information needed to be a successful coordinator of a library’s government information collections. With tips for understanding the Government Publishing Office and the Federal Depository Library Program, managing and marketing government document collections, and finding the best sources for online government resources, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Government Publications offers valuable information and resources for those who find themselves in the position of acquiring, organizing and maintaining government publications.

Access to government information is vital to researchers in all disciplines and more important than ever to maintain an informed citizenry. With the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Government Publications, access to this critical information is easier for librarians to obtain for their patrons.  In addition, this new Sudden Selector’s Guide provides substantial information on which government agencies have the resources you need to help your patrons, where to find a range of available government resources, and what you need to know as a federal depository librarian. This guide will be useful to librarians in any type of library for both collection development and management as well as reference purposes.

Sponsored by the ALCTS Collection Management Section (CMS) the Sudden Selector's Guide series, is designed to help library workers become acquainted with the tools, resources, people and organizations that can help them develop collections in new or unfamiliar subject areas. Other guides in the series include the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Business ResourcesSudden Selector’s Guide to Communication Studies ResourcesSudden Selector’s Guide to Chemistry Resources, Sudden Selector’s Guide to Biology Resources and Sudden Selector’s Guide to Physics Resources. Each of these guides is available in print and as a PDF in the ALA Store.

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Discussion Kick off your conference weekend with ALCTS 101--a friendly, low-key evening with light refreshments and the opportunity to win great door prizes!

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

ALCTS 101 is an informal overview of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Division. Chat with established members about ALCTS sections (cataloging, preservation, continuing resources, etc.), interest groups, navigating Annual, publishing opportunities, professional development, and volunteer opportunities. 

ALCTS 101 is an informal overview of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Division. Chat with established members about ALCTS sections (cataloging, preservation, continuing resources, etc.), interest groups, navigating Annual, publishing opportunities, professional development, and volunteer opportunities. 

All are welcome—those considering membership with ALCTS, student members, new members, and long-term members wanting to brush-up on what ALCTS can offer you!

Following ALCTS 101, the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) will hold a brief business meeting which will be open to all those interested in joining ANMIG.

Join us at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, Room Columbus A-D on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. Add this event to your scheduler today! Please note that we will end the ALCTS 101 event closer to 8:30 pm rather than 9:30 pm. 

You’re also invited to the ALCTS 102 - The After Party! Join your colleagues and head over to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, BIG Bar, immediately following ALCTS 101 in the same hotel. An RSVP is appreciated for headcount purposes, but not required! Visit this link to let us know if you can make it: https://goo.gl/forms/ICnOoEiRyuuKQhx22.   

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Discussion Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library - Program at Annual

by Andrea Wirth on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 03:11 pm

Please join us for "Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library," being held Saturday, June 24, 8:30-10:00am in McCormick Place, W185A.  The panel of speakers will demonstrate how digital scholarship librarians and individuals in areas such as collections and metadata services can collaborate in support of new forms of faculty and student scholarship.  
 

Please join us for "Creating the Future of Digital Scholarship Together: Collaboration from Within Your Library," being held Saturday, June 24, 8:30-10:00am in McCormick Place, W185A.  The panel of speakers will demonstrate how digital scholarship librarians and individuals in areas such as collections and metadata services can collaborate in support of new forms of faculty and student scholarship.  
 
Please see the attached handout for additional details and find the speakers' complete abstracts  on the ALA Conference Scheduler.

Andrea Wirth                         

Digital Scholarship Librarian

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

andrea.wirth@unlv.edu     

Norm Medeiros

Associate Librarian for Collection Management & Metadata Services

Haverford College

nmedeiro@haverford.edu

 

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange Presentation on the Decolonization of the Catalog Now Available as Open Access

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 03:52 pm

Power structures embedded in the metadata of library catalogs often reflect the same power structures embedded in western society, including white supremacy and racism. This problem is especially prominent in tribal college libraries where students from tribal nations must routinely situate their information needs within the context of these oppressive ontologies. This compromising of Indigenous ways of knowing contradicts the mission of tribal colleges and undermines tribal sovereignty.

Power structures embedded in the metadata of library catalogs often reflect the same power structures embedded in western society, including white supremacy and racism. This problem is especially prominent in tribal college libraries where students from tribal nations must routinely situate their information needs within the context of these oppressive ontologies. This compromising of Indigenous ways of knowing contradicts the mission of tribal colleges and undermines tribal sovereignty. As a result, decolonization of the catalog—rebuilding vocabularies to honor Indigenous knowledge and culture—is critical. 

During the 2017 ALCTS Exchange in May, Hannah Buckland, director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College, discussed how tribal college librarians confront the barrier that exists with current cataloging constructs and provided ideas for connecting local metadata with user needs in her presentation “Decolonizing Catalogs in Tribal College Libraries.” Due to the significance of this topic, ALCTS is releasing this presentation as open access and making it available on the ALCTS YouTube Channel. Explore the issues surrounding this pertinent topic in this compelling presentation

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Discussion Chelcie Juliet Rowell appointed new ALCTS News Editor

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 03:37 pm

The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the purpose to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association. Her term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. 

The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the purpose to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association. Her term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. 

Chelcie is digital scholarship librarian and history liaison at Boston College’s O’Neill Library. She has been a member of ALCTS since 2012, and is currently serving as Intern to the ALCTS Board of Directors after finishing her year as the 2015-16 ALCTS Emerging Leader. She is also a current member of the Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) Editorial Board. Chelcie previously served on the ALCTS President’s Program Committee, the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award Jury, and was co-chair of the PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group. While in graduate school, she served as president of the University of North Carolina Information & Library Science Student Association (ILSSA) and was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service to the School Award. 

“Chelcie brings to the editor position enthusiasm for ALCTS, managerial aptitude and a vision for expanding community engagement through a strong digital communication strategy,” said Maria DePalma Collins, chair of the search committee. “Her focus on telling the stories of the organization and extending the publication's reach through social media will ensure that ALCTS News will continue to connect and grow the ALCTS community.”

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Discussion ALCTS Virtual Preconference Explores Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Metadata

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 04:06 pm

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will kick off its ALA Annual programming with the two-day, virtual preconference “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata” on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CT.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will kick off its ALA Annual programming with the two-day, virtual preconference “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Metadata” on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CT. This virtual event, which will be held prior to the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, will provide a venue for attendees to engage with colleagues and presenters, leaving them with the tools necessary to implement what they’ve learned in their libraries.

“Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata” will offer a platform for attendees to discover how metadata creators are developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view. In addition, attendees will learn ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their own metadata. Programming for this two-day, virtual event includes session one, “Outreach and Inclusivity in Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories,” on Tuesday, June 6, which will feature the presentations “Digital Project as Community Outreach: A New Way of Approaching Metadata” and “Doing Justice to the Humanities: Increasing Inclusivity with More Specific Subject Description.” Session two, which will be held on Wednesday, June 7, will feature “Metadata Creation and Remediation in Zine and Digital Library Collections” and will focus on the presentations “Towards Counter-Cultural Competencies: Mutual Metadata Creation and the Zine Union Catalog Project” and “We Don’t Use Those Words Anymore: Describing Yesterday’s News Today.”

Registration for this virtual preconference is $69 for ALCTS members for both sessions or $43 for one session; $95 for non-ALCTS members for both sessions or $59 for one session; and $206 for groups for both sessions or $129 for one session. Fees include access to the live presentation as well as unlimited access to the recorded presentation. For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at jreese@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034.

To learn more and register for these preconference events, and view other ALCTS programming at ALA Annual 2017, visit the ALCTS Conference webpage.

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange 2017: Last Chance to Take Advantage of Regular Registration Rates

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Today is the last day to register at regular registration rates—hurry and register today!

Today is the last day to register at regular registration rates—hurry and register today!

The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a four-day, fully online, virtual forum. Presentations and activities include:

Regular registration rates are $274 for individual ALCTS members; $369 for ALA Individual members; $409 for non-members; $99 for student members; $645 for groups; and $1,045 for institutions. Registration rates increase after todayRegister now!

For more details on daily program sessions, please view the ALCTS Exchange Program Schedule.

Follow the ALCTS Exchange on social media: #ALCTSx17

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Discussion Don't Miss out on the 2017 ALCTS Exchange: Regular Registration Ends May 3

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 01:22 pm

May 3 is your last chance to register for the 2017 ALCTS Exchange before rates increase—hurry and register today!

May 3 is your last chance to register for the 2017 ALCTS Exchange before rates increase—hurry and register today!

With thought-provoking and engaging presentations, panel discussions, lightning rounds, and poster sessions, the ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a four-day, fully online, virtual forum. Presentations and activities include:

For more details on daily program sessions, please view the ALCTS Exchange Program Schedule.

Regular registration rates are $274 for individual ALCTS members; $369 for ALA Individual members; $409 for non-members; $99 for student members; $645 for groups; and $1,045 for institutions.

Registration rates increase after May 3Register now!

Connect with ALCTS Exchange

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Discussion Preservation Week 2017

by Miriam Nelson on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

Preservation Week 2017 has been full of wonderful free programming that you will be able to access all year long. But it’s not over yet! Keep engaging with us on Facebook (@preservationweek) and Twitter (@PreservationWk) and using #preswk.

Preservation Week 2017 has been full of wonderful free programming that you will be able to access all year long. But it’s not over yet! Keep engaging with us on Facebook (@preservationweek) and Twitter (@PreservationWk) and using #preswk.

We’ve been thrilled to have Franklin Habit as our 2017 honorary chair. He’s been rallying for us on Twitter and helping Preservation Week connect to a larger community of people with a special passion for textiles.

With Franklin’s help we’ve added to our textile preservation tips with this special series of Ask Donia posts.

We’ve had two wonderful textile focus webinars that will support public outreach as well as smaller institutions caring for textile collections. As always these webinars are archived and freely available anytime, including all handouts offered by the presenter.

We have also had a wonderful opportunity to explore some peer focused programming with Miriam Centeno and Ann Marie Willer. Our two Preservation colleagues gave a fantastic presentation at Midwinter titled Diversity and Inclusion in Preservation, and agreed to reprise it as a special video for Preservation Week. The video and an accompanying trailer can be found on the ALCTS YouTube channel:

We are also thrilled that Miriam and Anne Marie have agreed to engage in the topic further by hosting a Q&A on Facebook Today, Thursday April 27th at 2PM EST.

On behalf of the PARS Preservation Outreach Committee thanks to all for making Preservation Week 2017 a resounding success. Pass it on!

 

 

 

 

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