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ALCTS New Members Interest Group Community
ANMIG April Twitter Chat for Job Hunting and Interviews now available:
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ALCTS New Member Interest Group April Twitter Chat
ALCTS New Member Interest Group April Twitter Chat
The end of the semester is approaching fast! Congratulations to all the incoming MLS graduates! Are you busy looking for a job or anxious about future job interviews? Rest assured, ANMIG Chat is here to help you. On April 21st at 3 PM EST, we will have experts join us on Twitter to chat about job hunting and interviews.
ALCTS e-Forum: Life-cycle Management of Digital Assets
April 18-19, 2017
Moderated by Ian Bogus and Roger Smith
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.
Each day, discussion begins and ends at:
Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 10:30AM-11:30AM, Georgia World Congress Center, B213
Are you a library school student or new professional considering membership with ALCTS? Want to learn more about the division and how you can get involved? If so, then please consider joining the ALCTS New Member Interest Group (ANMIG) at our ALA Midwinter meeting in a casual and fun filled event to learn more about what ALCTS has to offer you!
The meeting will feature breakout groups organized around topics that are of interest to library school students and new professionals such as: getting involved with ALCTS, being a new professional, building your resume, current trends in technical services, presenting at conferences, professional networking, and publishing with ALCTS. These breakout groups will provide an opportunity for new members to dialog with each other and ALCTS leaders, who will facilitate the table topic and answer all your questions. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of ALCTS and don’t forget that the winners of the ALCTS Trivia Contest will also be announced!
Starting Monday, January 9 and going through Friday, January 13, ALCTS will post one trivia question at 2 p.m. EST daily, as well as a bonus question at 6 p.m. EST daily, to both Twitter and Facebook. You’ll have until midnight EST to submit your answer to the day’s question. The correct answer for each question will be posted the following day along with the next trivia question. Please direct questions regarding the trivia contest to game organizer, Carolina Delgado, at email@example.com.
Those who answer the day’s question correctly before midnight EST will have his/her name entered in a drawing to win one of many fabulous prizes (i.e., if you answer every question correctly, your name will be put in 3 times; however, you can only win one prize). The drawing will be held at the ALCTS New Member Interest Group meeting at Midwinter on January 21, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B213, but you need not be present to win. Prizes will be redeemed through Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office.
Grand Prize: One free individual registration for the ALCTS Exchange held in May 2017
2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift card
3rd Place: ALCTS Continuing Education certificate to use towards one individual registration for an ALCTS webinar
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We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2017. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic setting in the United States to participate in the Institute. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.
The year-long experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 4-10, 2017, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 3, and departure on Sunday, June 11.
The William H. Hannon Library has received a second three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity (this grant, IRDL-2, is from 2016-2019). Each year 20 librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge.
We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.
· Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2017-2018 academic year;
· Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
· Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
· Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.
We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2016 to January 13, 2017. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2017. Application information may be found at http://irdlonline.org/call-for-proposals/institute-overview/.
Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process:
The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) will hold a Symposium on April 27-28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. It will be free and open to the public and aims to: discuss and create standardized guidelines based on previous NDSR evaluations; develop sustainability strategies; expand the geographic reach of NDSR; foster a digital preservation community of practice; and raise awareness of the NDSR program.
REMINDER: Open call for session proposals and applications for travel grants will be accepted through mid-January. Please visit https://ndsr-program.org/ndsr-symposium/ for more information.
Registration will be required and space is limited. Travel grants are available to NDSR resident and host alumni and those organizations interested in organizing a future iteration.
This symposium is being funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and presented by The Metropolitan New York Library Council, in partnership with WGBH.
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Join ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group for several thrilling discussions at ALA Midwinter 2017!
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Room B202 Date and time: Sunday, January 22 from 1-2:30 pm
Format: Round-table discussions lead by multiple facilitators. We are also looking for volunteer note-takers for each discussion - please e-mail either Amber Billey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Whitney Buccicone (email@example.com) if interested.
Metadata in the “Post-Truth” Era.
Facilitator: Timothy Mendenhal, Fordham University
Summary: Despite initial promises to democratize access to information and information resources, recent discourse emerging in the wake of the 2016 United States presidential campaign has highlighted how the online information ecosystem and social media platforms such as Facebook may have played a role in spreading “fake” news stories and misinformation, as well as in “siloing”
their users so that they are not exposed to opposing points of view. Such an information ecosystem clearly demands a response from libraries, with their mission to encourage information literacy and transparency. In the technical services community, we often view information literacy as the domain of reference librarians, but as creators of metadata which is increasing sent out of the silo of the catalog and onto the open web, how should technical services librarians respond to the so-called “post-truth” era?
LCDGT (Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms).
Facilitator: Jessica Janecki, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Summary: The LCDGT is a new vocabulary. It is being developed for use with newly created MARC fields 385 (audience characteristics) and 386 (creator/ contributor characteristics). The 385/386 fields are available for use in bib records and work/expression authority records. The LCDGT vocabulary is also available for use in other places where one might wish to use a demographic term, such as authority records for persons. The 385/386 fields can also be used with other vocabularies such as LCSH. This vocabulary in conjunction with these new fields has the potential to allow us to record facetable/indexable information about a work that our patrons want (I need books by women
authors!) but without abusing the 650 (650__Women authors on a book that is by a woman rather than about a woman) or resorting to notes fields. We can discuss the new LCDGT vocabulary, its proposed uses, and hear from anyone who is currently using it or the 385/386 fields.
Contending with Chaos: Authority Control Strategies in a Digital World.
Facilitator: Joseph Nicholson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Summary: While the need for authority control remains steady for traditional cataloging workflows, institutional repositories and other digital projects have placed stringent new demands on an aspect of library work that is notoriously labor-intensive, time-consuming, and understaffed. Faced with an avalanche of names and geographical headings that need to be transformed into authorized access points, many libraries that create NACO records or practice other local forms of authority control must engage in a kind of triage operation, focusing authority control efforts on a small subset of names while abandoning other headings to uncontrolled chaos. Centering on authority control workflows for both print and digital resources, this discussion will offer participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and creative solutions as well as address new developments in the field such as linked data.
All Things MarcEdit: Let’s Compare Notes!
Facilitators: Tim Kiser and Nicole Smeltekop, Michigan State University Libraries
Summary: As cataloging workflows become more automated, catalogers are using more coding-oriented processes to complete a variety of tasks. MarcEdit is one of the most commonly used programs for batch editing MARC records. Many catalogers and metadata librarians are both impressed and a little intimidated by the robust capabilities of MarcEdit. This roundtable will focus on creative applications of MarcEdit in cataloging and metadata workflows. Come share your success stories and failures, tips and tricks, MarcEdit project ideas, and learning strategies!
The Evolution of Processing Materials.
Facilitator: Crystal Hutchinson, Central Kansas Library System
Summary: Libraries that process all materials "in-house", now have less time to physically process materials. Staff shortages, lack of funds and more computer duties have made it harder to employ a staff member to "cover books".
What are libraries doing in their library to accomplish this traditional service?
Authority Control in a Pre-Linked Data Environment.
Facilitators: Carol Ou, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Adam Baron, University of North Texas
Summary: To prepare for the transition to BIBFRAME and linked data, libraries may want to review their current authority control practices. The ongoing maintenance of authorized access points in bibliographic records seems increasingly important sfo the access points can eventually be matched to URIs. As an intermediary step, some have also advocated for the insertion of URIs directly into MARC records. There is also the question of how to reconcile locally established names. This discussion will focus on how libraries might accomplish some of this work, while also exploring possible best practices and ways to improve efficiencies when it comes to authority control in the current MARC environment. Emphasis will be given to tasks that can be completed by library staff or an automated authority control vendor.
The Role of Cataloging in Transforming Library Metadata into Linked Data.
Facilitators: Lihong Zhu, Washington State University
Summary: Linked data has the potential to revolutionize the academic world of information creation and exchange. Basic tenets of what libraries collect, how they collect, how they organize, and how they provide information will be questioned and rethought. Limited pools of bibliographic records for information resources will be enhanced by data captured at creation. By harvesting the entire output of the academy, an immensely rich web of data will be created that will liberate research and teaching from the limited, disconnected silos of information that they are dependent on today.” (Philip Evan Schreur, “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution”
https://journals.ala.org/lrts/article/view/5073/6144) This roundtable discussion will focus on what role cataloging should play in transforming library metadata into linked data.
Have you survived a metadata migration? Consider speaking at the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group program at ALA Annual, “Metadata Migration: Managing Methods and Mayhem”!
System migrations are inevitable. Migration can come in the form of moving data from one content management system to another, upgrading software, or switching from vendor-based solutions to open source. Since it is not a question of “if” a migration happens, but “when,” more training and skill development is needed to help library staff manage these changes. Metadata migration can be made easier with project planning, developing workflows, and using specific tools and techniques. This program will explore best practices, tools, and case studies in metadata migration, with an emphasis on practical knowledge that can be applied for librarians dealing with their own metadata migration projects.
Please fill out the submission form by January 31st for full consideration: http://bit.ly/2hksKo6
A new regular #publibchat on Twitter for folks in public libraries has begun, and our December topic is:
Information literacy / fake news and public libraries
Join us at the hashtag #publibchat!
Thursday December 15 (THIS Thursday!)
9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT
You can follow our @publibchat twitter account for updates on scheduled chats.
You can also see the questions in advance, and prior topic chat logs at www.publibchat.org
How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? Are our digital libraries equitable? This virtual program provides a venue for sharing ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.
Potential topics could include:
Strategies for evaluating inclusivity or exclusivity of metadata
Tools and educational resources for developing inclusive metadata
Strategies for working with diverse communities
Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
The ALCTS Virtual Preconference will take place the week of June 5th, with each session starting at 1pm Central Time.
The American Library Association will be presenting and exhibiting at C2E2, April 21-23, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago. C2E2 is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games for fans and professionals alike.
C2E2 wants to give you the opportunity to connect with fellow Professionals while checking out what is new in pop culture, which is why they’ve made special tickets just for you. And when they say special, they mean a free Friday Ticket or discounted $25 3-Day Ticket! Check out the Professional Page (http://www.c2e2.com/Tickets/Professional-Registration/) to register today.
There will be no on-site Professional Registration at C2E2. Should you wish to attend as a Professional, you must apply online and complete the full application. There is no official deadline to register, but Professional Registration will close once the capacity for professionals is reached. Please apply as soon as possible, as there is no guarantee on how long the opportunity to register will last. (Please note: submitting an application does not guarantee you admittance to C2E2 as a Professional. Each application will be reviewed by a member of the C2E2 Team and you will be notified within 21 business days if you have been approved for a Professional Badge.)
While you’re at the Show, please plan to stop by ALA’s "I Love Libraries" (http://www.ilovelibraries.org/) Booth on the Show Floor to say hello and pick up more information about integrating games, comics and graphic novels into your collections and programming. We’ll also have information on how ALA Members can get involved with ALA’s Gaming Roundtable and the Graphic Novels in Libraries Member Initiative Group.
The C2E2 Comic Guest List (http://www.c2e2.com/Guests/Comic-Guests/) boasts talent like legendary creators Stan Lee and Frank Miller. The list also includes brilliant creative teams like Kate Leth & Brittney Williams and Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie. Their Entertainment Guest List (http://www.c2e2.com/Guests/Entertainment-Guests/) continues to grow with stars like Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch and Jeffery Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead.
We hope to see you in Chicago at our booth and throughout C2E2 2017!
ALA Membership Specialist / Staff Liaison - ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group