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Call for discussion facilitators #ALAMW17

The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) of ALCTS seeks facilitators for roundtable discussions for its meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1:00-2:30.


Housed within the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services division of ALA, the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group was created to provide a forum to discuss issues related to the evolution of technical services. The group is especially interested in exploring the interdependency between departments and the ways in which technical services affects, and is affected by, technology and publishing trends.


Roundtable discussions are small, informal group discussions intended to give participants the opportunity to network, discuss best practices, and share information. Table size for roundtable discussions is capped at 10 participants per table. Discussion facilitators are responsible for identifying and developing a topic, creating discussion questions, and facilitating a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta in January 2017. If similar proposals are submitted and accepted, facilitators may be asked to co-facilitate.


Those interested in participating as a discussion facilitator should submit a proposal that includes:

  • The topic you wish to explore. Topics should relate to acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, classification, or preservation in academic, public, special, or school libraries.

  • How the topic you wish to explore applies to the evolution of technical services.

  • Three sample discussion questions.


Please submit your proposal by Friday, December 2, 2016 via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/CBl5Ee7jYTdZrKx93


Contact Amber Billey (amber.billey@columbia.edu) with any questions.