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.
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:
- Connected Learning—Keynote by Mizuko Ito
- New Roles for Engagement—Keynote by Trevor A. Dawes
- Lightning Rounds
- Poster Sessions
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 3—Register now!
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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.
- Preservation Week: Caring for Your Textiles
- Preservation Week: Care & Handling of Heritage Textile Collections
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!
Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome
Publication due 2018
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: George J. Fowler, Old Dominion University
Librarianship may be said to be facing an identity crisis. It may also be said that librarianship has been facing an identity crisis since it was proposed as a profession. With the advent of technology that lowers barriers to the access of information, the mission of a library has become indistinct. This volume will explore the current purpose of librarianship and libraries, how we become “Masters of our Domains”, develop expertise in various elements of the profession, and how we extend outward into our communities.
Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:
- What is the purpose of a library in a community? And what roles in the community best align with that purpose?
- How ought we gather and implement expertise from outside the profession?
- How can we communicate and garner support from the government, the private sector and users in order to achieve our purpose?
- How can libraries balance demands to serve other needs that detract from the library’s ability to fulfil its purpose?
- How can libraries build community around this purpose, and how ought they reach out to their communities to engage and serve them?
- How can libraries demonstrate positive impact on young generations?
- What opportunities are opened to libraries and librarians by recent and potential future technological advancements?
This will be the second volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2018.
About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series
ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues, in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners can glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.
How to submit
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send an abstract of 300 words or less as well as author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2017.
Submission deadline for proposals: May 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance sent by: July 15, 2017
Submission deadline for full chapters: October 15, 2017
Comments returned to authors: December 15, 2017
Submission deadline for chapter revisions: Feb 28, 2018
The Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is very pleased to announce a new award honoring the career and influence of Lois Mai Chan, distinguished leader, author and mentor in the field of metadata creation and standards.
The Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant is awarded to provide librarians and paraprofessionals from under-represented groups new to the metadata field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level. The grant consists of a citation and $1,000 cash and an individual registration for the ALA Annual Conference donated by Netanel Ganin. The grant is applicable towards airfare, lodging, and other ticketed events related to ALA Annual Conference attendance. The grant will be presented during the American Library Association Annual Conference each year at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting.
“We are fortunate in ALCTS that our members, such as Netanel Ganin, seek out ways to give back to the profession and our association,” said ALCTS president Vicki Sipe. “In creating the Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant, he honors Chan’s career of exceptional service by providing a career-building opportunity to librarians and paraprofessionals of under-represented groups. His generosity enriches us all.”
For over four decades, Chan was instrumental in the development of standards and best practices, writing over sixty scholarly articles and outstanding text books on cataloging and classification. She was a member of the American Library Association since 1960, serving on numerous committees including the Subject Analysis Committee, the International Relations Committee and the executive Committee of the Cataloging and Classification Section. Chan was the 1989 recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation, the highest honor in cataloging bestowed by the American Library Association, and the 2006 recipient of the Beta Phi Mu Award, presented to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship. This grant recognizes Chan’s wide ranging contributions and deep commitment to the field of library cataloging and classification.
CaMMS had previously an established award recognizing librarians for outstanding contributions to cataloging or classification in their career. However, it is important to encourage under-represented librarians and staff to further pursue their professional development. A significant part of that involvement is to attend the ALA Annual Conference in order to network and learn from their colleagues. Chan spent decades developing young librarians as a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. It is in recognition of that service that CaMMS creates an award that supports professional development and involvement by under-represented librarians and paraprofessionals in the metadata field.
The first grant will be awarded in 2018, with an application process to open in fall 2017.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that the following four ALCTS members have been awarded ALCTS Honors in 2017.
- John K. Duke, senior associate university librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Jeanne Harrell, director of collection development and acquisitions services, Texas A&M University
- Joyce McDonough, continuing and electronic resources management director, Columbia University
- Genevieve S. Owens
“The 2017 recipients of the ALCTS Honors awards exemplify the spirit of excellence in service we all hope to emulate,” said ALCTS President Vicki Sipe. “They have given of their time, creative energy and drive over many years. ALCTS is a better organization for their service, and we are all the beneficiaries of their generosity. I thank them for their commitment to ALCTS.”
ALCTS Honors are given by the ALCTS Board of Directors for outstanding contributions at all levels within ALCTS, stellar dedication to service, uncompromising commitment to excellence, willingness to accept challenges and a sustained and exemplary record of moving ALCTS forward. This award consists of a citation, and will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
Register Now for the ALCTS In-person Preconference Cataloging and Metadata For the Web: Meeting the User Where They Areby Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 04:11 pm
How can catalogers and metadata specialists use their skills to increase their libraries’ presence on the web? On Friday, June 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., join Ted Fons and a panel of librarians for a riveting discussion on this topic at the ALCTS in-person preconference Cataloging and Metadata For the Web: Meeting the User Where They Are. Based on his Library Technology Report, Ted will discuss ways in which catalogers and metadata specialists can expose their services and content on the open web right now, meeting their users where they are. In addition, panel members will share their first-hand experiences implementing the concepts and ideas discussed by Ted. Come with questions, leave with ideas.
Attendees will walk away from this program with a broad and dynamic view of linked data and its role in the success and evolution of libraries; an understanding of how the everyday work of catalogers and metadata specialists impact for the users’ experience; and practical methods to implement to enhance access to libraries’ data. Participants will also learn about metadata topics they choose and that are important to them.
The event code for this full-day preconference is ALC2. Preconference pricing is as follows:
- $219 for ALCTS members
- $269 for ALA members
- $319 for nonmembers
For more information, including schedule details, please visit www.ala.org/alcts/events/ac/2017/catalogingmetadata.
Register Now for the ALCTS In-person Preconference Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutionsby Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 04:00 pm
Have you wanted to create a digital collection at your institution, but believe you lack the resources and know-how? On Friday, June 23, ALCTS presents the in-person preconference program Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions. Join your colleagues from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for this preconference event which is designed to help smaller institutions with limited resources begin or reinvigorate a digitization program that will endure. Four presentations will focus on each step in the digital lifecycle, including selection, metadata creation, access, and digital preservation. By the end of the day, you will have the tools to jumpstart your institution's digital initiatives.
The event code for this full-day preconference is ALC3. Preconference pricing:
- $219 for ALCTS members
- $269 for ALA members
- $319 for nonmembers
For more information, including schedule details, please visit www.ala.org/alcts/events/ac/2017/digitalprograms.
Explore the exciting programs, discussion forums, and virtual poster sessions from the ALCTS Exchange
With stimulating programming, including discussion forums and virtual 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. Programs include:
- Connected Learning—Keynote by Mizuko Ito
- New Roles for Engagement—Keynote by Trevor A. Dawes
- Centering the Margins of the Scholarly Record: Librarians, Social Justice, and Scholarly Communication
- Preserving Connections: Connecting to Communities Through Preservation Programming
- Skill Building for Effective Use of Multidimensional Measurements in Collection Assessments
- The Technical Services Toolkit: A Guide for New and Emerging Leaders
In addition to these sessions, the ALCTS Exchange will offer engaging discussion forums and virtual poster sessions. For up-to-date details on sessions, be sure to check the ALCTS Exchange website as new information is being added regularly.
Want to register your group or institution? Groups watching the event together from one access point will receive single (1) user access to the live stream over all four days and unlimited user account creation on the ALCTS Exchange event site. Institutions with a maximum of six (6) concurrent user access points receive access to the live stream over all four days and unlimited user account creation on the ALCTS Exchange event site.
Group and institutional members are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content. To learn more, contact the registration staff at email@example.com or call 312-280-4293. Register your group or institution today.
At the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) endorsed the “Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians.” The Cataloging Competencies Task Force of the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group was commissioned to define a baseline of core competencies for LIS professionals in the cataloging and metadata field. The Task Force was chaired by Bruce J. Evans, assistant director for delivery services at Baylor University.
The "Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians" defines competencies in broad terms to acknowledge the wide variety of work performed by cataloging and metadata professionals in libraries of all types and sizes, regardless of developments in standards or technologies. The document is useful to managers and supervisors in their hiring, assessment, and review decisions, to library and information science students in making informed educational and internship choices and to library and information science educators for curriculum and course development.
In creating the competencies, the Task Force acknowledges that metadata professionals are responsible for advancing diversity issues within the broader information community. Metadata creators must possess awareness of their own worldviews, and work at identifying where those views exclude other human experiences. Development of inclusive metadata standards or best practices is a competency that should be developed over the course of a career.
Metadata creation competencies for specialized library communities, such as serials, audiovisual, music and rare and special collections, are not covered in the document. However, specialized metadata communities are encouraged to build on these competencies.
On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Cataloging and Metadata for the Web: Meeting the User Where They Are.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills required to increase libraries’ presence on the open web. Register through the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website. The price to register is: $219 for ALCTS members; $269 ALA for members; $319 for non-members. Event Code: ALC3.
This informative preconference discusses ways in which one can expose library services and content on the open web, meeting library users where they are. A panel of librarians will share their first-hand experiences implementing the concepts and ideas discussed in the Library Technology Report “Improving Web Visibility: Into the Hands of Readers.” This event is intended for professional and paraprofessional cataloging and metadata staff at academic, public and specialty libraries.
This preconference is presented by:
- Ted Fons, principle consultant, Third Chapter Partners
- Kenning Arlitsch, dean of the library, Montana State University
- Sharon Day, director, Branch Services & Collections, Edmonton Public Library
- Susan Allen, director of technology services, Worthington Libraries
- Erica Findley, cataloging/metadata librarian, Multnomah County Library
- Jim Hahn, orientation services & environments librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Qiang Jin, authority control team leader, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034.
See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including a preconference on building digital collections at small institutions, as well as an interactive preservation event.