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The American Library Association is currently accepting applications for the ALA Scholarship Program which includes over 12 different scholarship opportunities, many of which make multiple annual awards. For more information visit www.ala.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply for ALA Scholarships is March 1, 2015.
The American Library Association (ALA) has committed itself to making a Master’s degree in library and information science more accessible and affordable for talented women and men who have made the library profession a career choice. Libraries serve as the foundation of life-long learning in our society – they change lives, build communities and connect individuals at the local level with global resources of information and knowledge. To meet the changing needs of an evolving society, libraries need culturally diverse librarians. This is the goal of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Spectrum annually provides 50 or more American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds.
Over 880 students from traditionally underrepresented groups have received scholarships, leadership training, professional networking and mentoring in order to build a pool of talented and trained library leaders reflective of the populations served by all libraries. If you would like to join this extraordinary group and you are committed to serving your community, a Spectrum Scholarship can position you for success.
Did You Know?
• You do not need to be formally enrolled or accepted into library school at the time of your application, you simply need to be enrolled by the Fall semester immediately following your selection for a Spectrum Scholarship.
• Your Spectrum Scholarship can be used at any ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA/AASL-recognized School Library Media program.
• You need to be enrolled in only two courses per semester while receiving your Spectrum scholarship funds.
• Current students are eligible for Spectrum provided they can complete 2 classes for credit during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters and do not plan to graduate prior to May 2016.
Information on applying to Spectrum, as well as other scholarships available through the American Librarianship Association, can be found at www.ala.org/scholarships.
The following items are required for all ALA scholarship applications.
1. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
2. Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
3. Official academic transcripts from institution(s) where you received your bachelors degree. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, by March 1 to be considered.
ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Cataloging
Session 1: October 6 - November 21, 2014
Six-week online course that is a basic primer for library cataloging concepts and practices. It covers:
principles underlying cataloging practice,
examples illustrating the principles in practice,
tools used in cataloging practice such as AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, MARC, OCLC, BIBFRAME, and
processes used by catalogers in creating bibliographic records.
Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC) begins with a discussion of how cataloging assists users in finding resources and of the value of standardization of practice. These foundations are then given practical grounding in the work of creating bibliographic descriptions, the process of subject analysis, and summarizing content utilizing classification. Standards such as MARC bibliographic and authority formats, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classification are discussed. The shift in focus from format-based cataloging to entity-relationship model cataloging is taken from the FRBR foundation to the RDA practical application, with a final look at RDF triples and BIBFRAME. In all areas, the value of standards is illustrated and discussed. There is a heavy reliance on examples from actual practice throughout the course content.
Who Should Attend?
As a fundamentals course, FOC is tailored for librarians and library support staff new to cataloging, librarians and library support staff from other units who want to know more about cataloging, and experienced cataloging librarians and library support staff seeking continuing education and networking opportunities.
Cataloging librarians in countries other than the U.S. and library school students or graduates developing skills to help get a job or identify areas of interest in library work may also benefit from this course.
Course Level & Prerequisites
This is a fundamentals course with no prerequisites.
Vicki Sipe is Catalog Librarian at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Teressa Keenan is Head of Bibliographic Management Services at University of Montana, Missoula.
8 contact hours.
Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.
This course is one-third of the Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ
$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers
A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, but there is no final class grade.
The course web site will be open for one week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.
How to Register
Registration for each course is limited to 20 people. For courses that are not sold out, online and fax registration ends at 12 noon CDT on the Monday before the course begins. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by two Mondays prior to the course start date.
Cancellation & Change Policy
Any requests for cancellation or changes to registration must be received in writing by ALCTS or the ALA registration department (MACS) no later than 7 days prior to the start of the course and are subject to a $40 processing fee.
For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email email@example.com.
Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.