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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 ALCTS endorses cataloging and metadata core competencies

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 09:12 am

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

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.

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Discussion Reveal your metadata with an ALCTS preconference

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 03:37 pm

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.

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 jreese@ala.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. 

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Discussion ALCTS preconference builds digital collections at small institutions

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 03:33 pm

On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills required to build a sustainable digitization program at your library. 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: ALC2.

On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills required to build a sustainable digitization program at your library. 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: ALC2.

Have you wanted to create a digital collection at your institution, but believe you lack the resources and know-how? This preconference is designed to help smaller institutions with limited resources begin or reinvigorate a digitization program that will endure. Four presentationsl focus on each step in the digital lifecycle, including selection, metadata creation, access and digital preservation. This event is intended for smaller institutions that do not have individualized areas of expertise available to help maintain a local digital collections program.

This preconference is presented by:

  • Peggy Griesinger, metadata and cataloging librarian, George Mason University
  • Jaime Schumacher, director, scholarly communications, Northern Illinois University
  • Madeline Sheldon, member representative, Digital Technology Services, LYRASIS
  • Danielle Spalenka, project director, Digital POWRR Project

For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at jreese@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034.

See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including a preconference on exposing metadata on the open web, as well as an interactive preservation event. 

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange 2017: Registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines next week

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 03:37 pm

Hurry, registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines quickly approaching!

March 15 – Early-Bird Deadline

The early-bird registration deadline for the first-ever, fully online forum from ALCTS is March 15. Register by March 15 to save on registration costs. Learn more and register

March 17 – Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline

Hurry, registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines quickly approaching!

March 15 – Early-Bird Deadline

The early-bird registration deadline for the first-ever, fully online forum from ALCTS is March 15. Register by March 15 to save on registration costs. Learn more and register

March 17 – Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline

The ALCTS Exchange is now accepting virtual posters for two virtual poster presentation opportunities. Virtual posters highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion will be accepted until March 17. Learn more and submit your virtual poster

Newly confirmed presentations, speakers and more are being added to the ALCTS Exchange website weekly—be sure to check the site often for the most up-to-date ALCTS Exchange information. Explore the ALCTS Exchange

Part of a group or institution that wants to attend the ALCTS Exchange? Register at the group or institutional rate for maximum savings. Register your group or institution today

The ALCTS Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the four days of presentations, panels, and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange 2017: Register as a group and save!

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Early-bird registration ends March 15. Register your group or institution today.

Register as a group or institution and save on registration costs

Early-bird registration ends March 15. Register your group or institution today.

Register as a group or institution and save on registration costs

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. The ALCTS Exchange is designed to facilitate engagement of site-based groups that wish to promote collective learning and seek optimal savings.  

Group Registration Includes:

  • Single (1) user access to the live stream over all four days.
  • Unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Members of the group are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content.

Groups can purchase additional users for the live stream at a rate of $125 per user. To learn more, contact the registration staff at registration@ala.org or call 312-280-4293.

Institutional Registration Includes:

  • Up to six (6) user access to the live stream over all four days.
  • Unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Members of the institution are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content.

Institutions can purchase additional users for the live stream at a rate of $125 per user or $495 per five users. To learn more, contact the registration staff at registration@ala.org or call 312-280-4293.

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Discussion ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. 

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017. 

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. 

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Researchers are invited to present interim findings at the News You Can Use Diversity Research Grant Update held each ALA Midwinter Meeting and are asked to publish findings in a publication of their choosing within one year of completing their project. 

Proposals are currently being accepted for one year research projects that will be undertaken July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including ALA membership number, the Principle Investigator should hold ALA membership), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, and a budget plan and timeline on the provided template. 

For a complete list of criteria and proposal instructions, please visit: www.ala.org/research/larks/diversity

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email diversity@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433 ext. 5048.

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange Call for Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline Extended to March 17

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

The ALCTS Exchange virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future. We are especially interested in highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion.

The ALCTS Exchange virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future. We are especially interested in highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion.

The ALCTS Exchange will include two poster presentation opportunities:

  • A poster lightning round session on May 11, wherein each presenter will have five minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A discussion forum. 
  • A virtual poster collection and discussion forum available to Exchange registrants. File formats are not limited to static documents and presenters are encouraged submit videos and other types of media files. If you would like to submit a recorded video for the virtual poster collection, the ALCTS office will be available to assist with your recording.

Allowable file formats for live lightning round presentations include:

  • Handouts/Downloadable materials: PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, ZIP
  • Multimedia (Video and/or audio): SWF, MP3, MP4, F4V
  • Presentation Slides: PPT, PPTX, JPEG, GIF, PNG

We want to hear what you’ve been up to, and learn from your experience. The lightning round session and virtual poster collection are an excellent opportunity to share work and projects that are just getting started or still evolving.

The ALCTS Virtual Exchange Working Group strongly encourages proposals from people who belong to communities that are underrepresented in librarianship and in the conversation about librarianship. Students and early career professional are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Ready to submit your proposal? Complete the Virtual Poster Presentation Proposal Form before the March 17 deadline.

The ALCTS Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the four days of presentations, panels, and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

Be sure to visit the ALCTS Exchange website as new program details are being added weekly. Early-bird registration has been extended to March 15—register today!

Follow the conversation: #ALCTSx17

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Discussion ALCTS and LLAMA speaker presents the business of social impact

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 01:34 pm

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The President’s Program “The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The President’s Program “The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Businesses and their role in society are often defined by an organizations’ tax status as a “for profit” or “non-profit.” However, every business is a social enterprise, whether they know it or not, and has a role to advance society. With social entrepreneurship on the rise, the convergence of for profit and non-profit business models is imminent. In her presentation, McWhorter asks “How do we create social impact and a world where everyone has value?”

McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140-year-old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. McWhorter was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation.  In Spring of 2015, the YWCA launched its own e-commerce site, called the YShop, which provides carefully curated goods and services from businesses that support the mission of the YWCA.

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, McWhorter prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Chicago Finance Exchange, Chicago Child Care Society and Search Inc. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter is a member of the Mayor's Commission on a Safer Chicago and served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team.  She received her bachelors in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her masters in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Discussion ALA Midwinter Catalog Management Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS) Meeting Summary and Presentation Slides

by Andrew Sulavik on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 09:51 am

 

Title:  “Librarians as a Developer Community: Projects that Can and Should be Replicated.”

Presented: Saturday, January 21, 2017

 

 

Title:  “Librarians as a Developer Community: Projects that Can and Should be Replicated.”

Presented: Saturday, January 21, 2017

 

Joseph Nicholson, Metadata Librarian at the J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte  presented "NACO Records by Other Means: Authority Control in Straitened Circumstances." Mr. Nicholson spoke about a streamlined and unconventional approach to creating Name Authority Cooperative (Program for Cooperative Cataloging project: NACO) authority records. It involves utilizing authority data stored on Excel spreadsheets, gathered and entered by students and paraprofessionals, using OCLC templates, Google forms, XSLT, and other simple tools to generate authority records that comply with NACO standards.

 

Kathryn Lybarger, Head, Cataloging and Metadata, at the University of Kentucky Libraries  presented “Providing Access to and Discovery of Oral Histories at The University of Kentucky.” Ms. Lybarger spoke about the challenges, decision-making processes, methodologies and workflow for cataloging oral histories in OCLC, and how 200 oral history projects, previously housed in a standalone catalog, were integrated and exposed in their online catalog.

 

Andrew T. Sulavik, Head of Metadata & Resource Description Services at Howard University presented “How and Why Catalogers Can and Should Contribute to the Development of  a Discovery Chart that Navigates Hidden Domains of Knowledge for Their Users.” Dr. Sulavik spoke about a new, innovative discovery tool being developed at Howard University. This tool exposes and visualizes many of the unseen library materials and services available at Howard and beyond. It helps users to discover resources available within the consortium to which Howard belongs by categorizing library materials and services according to time frames based on realistic search and retrieval times.

 

Jackie Shieh, Resource Description Coordinator, Gelman Library at George Washington University presented “Prepare to Be Linked: Enhancing MARC Data with Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) on a Shoestring.” Ms. Shieh spoke about linked data and the importance of making plans to transition your local library data to linked data by inserting Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) URIs in subfield 0 ($0) contained in Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) bibliographic records. She also outlined the steps George Washington University took to add URIs and how they since have maintained the URIs in their collection.

 All of the presentations are available here for downloading.

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Discussion Looking for new FRBR IG Co-Chairs

by Donia Conn on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 02:29 pm

ALCTS is seeking someone (or several someones) interested in revitalizing the currently dormant FRBR Interest Group.
 
The current charge of the group is: To provide a forum for the discussion of issues derived from or related to IFLA's functional requirements for bibliographic records, including implementation and research.
 

ALCTS is seeking someone (or several someones) interested in revitalizing the currently dormant FRBR Interest Group.
 
The current charge of the group is: To provide a forum for the discussion of issues derived from or related to IFLA's functional requirements for bibliographic records, including implementation and research.
 
Additional information about the FRBR Interest Group can be found on the ALCTS website: http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/ig/ats-dgfrbr

 

If you are an ALCTS member with an interest in issues surrounding IFLA's functional requirements for bibliographic records, especially in light of the new FRBR-LRM implementation for RDA, please contact Donia Conn at bookconservator@yahoo.com by 24 February 2017.

 

Thank you!

 

Donia Conn
ALCTS IG Coordinator

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