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The ALCTS Program Committee invites program proposals for the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23–June 27.   If you are interested in planning a program, please submit the appropriate web form (see below), and plan to meet with the Program Committee via a virtual appointment later in the summer.   Deadline for proposals is August 15, 2015.

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by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:44 pm

The ALCTS Program Committee invites program and in-person pre-conference proposals for the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23–June 27.

The ALCTS Program Committee invites program and in-person pre-conference proposals for the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23–June 27.

If you are interested in planning a pre-conference or program, please submit the appropriate web form (see below), and plan to meet with the Program Committee during ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco or schedule a virtual appointment after conference. You will be contacted to make an appointment for a 15 minute session during one of the committee’s meetings on Saturday, June 27th, 10:30-11:30 am or Monday June 29th, 1:15-2:30 pm. Virtual appointments will be scheduled at the committee and planner’s convenience during July or August.

The committee and ALCTS staff will help you develop your ideas and plan logistics. It isn’t necessary to have all the details when you initially fill out the proposal form or visit the committee, however we would ask that you supply a working title, tentative description, target audience and relevance to the profession.

The Program Committee welcomes topics that will remain current and of interest in 2016. We particularly encourage you to employ different program formats: lightning rounds, learning lounge style, debates, an “unconference” model, or other innovative program model. Programs will be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. Preconferences may be one-half to two days in length. Programs and pre-conferences often originate with ALCTS sections or interest groups, but they can also come from individuals or other groups. We encourage ALCTS members and/or groups to submit proposals, but welcome proposals from any ALA member or group.

The 2016 Annual Proposal form is located at (you will need to login with your ALA credentials):

http://tinyurl.com/alcts-proposal

Please contact the ALCTS Program Committee co-chairs or ALCTS Office Liaison with questions.

Susan Davis unlsdb@buffalo.edu
Reeta Sinha profdevrs@gmail.com
Julie Reese jreese@ala.org

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Online Doc 'Deep reading in the digital age' topic of ALCTS President’s Program in San Francisco

by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:44 pm

CHICAGO — Dr. Maryanne Wolf, John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, and director, Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’s Program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will explore three themes:

CHICAGO — Dr. Maryanne Wolf, John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, and director, Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’s Program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will explore three themes:

1.       the transition from a literary to a digital culture with its concomitant effects on the changing reading brain;

2.       the beauty and the threats of the digital milieu on the next generation of readers; and

3.       the role of stewardship played by libraries in the preservation of "deep reading" in our culture.

Wolf received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language and dyslexia. Her work often addresses the effect of our digital age on our ability to do "deep reading."  She has been awarded a NICHD Shannon award for Innovative Research and several multiyear NICHD grants to investigate new approaches to reading intervention.

The author of over 130 scientific publications, in 2007 Dr. Wolf published "Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain," which has received numerous awards and is now translated into 13 languages. Within literacy areas, she serves on the Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Literacy Awards.

ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

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Online Doc ALCTS offers five exciting Preconferences at Annual in San Francisco

by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:44 pm

CHICAGO — Five exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Real World Linked Data to Cataloging for Kids, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, for these events. 

CHICAGO — Five exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Real World Linked Data to Cataloging for Kids, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, for these events.  Register through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #alctsac15

Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata: Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data
Event Code: ALC2
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This full-day workshop provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data. Session topics include XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows; RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME; XQuery for extracting, manipulating and constructing library metadata; and PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.  For detailed instructions on the software needed to participate in this event, refer to the event page on the ALCTS web site.

Speakers include: Timothy W. Cole, mathematics and digital content access librarian, University Library (Illinois); Myung-Ja (“MJ”) Han, metadata librarian, University Library (Illinois); Heidi Frank, electronic resources and special formats cataloging librarian; Christine Schwartz, metadata librarian and XML database administrator, Princeton Theological Seminary Library    

Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21
Event Code: ALC4
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This preconference workshop will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of children's materials, using RDA and MARC21.  Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA.  The following children's materials types will be covered: video recordings, sound recordings, video games, three-dimensional objects, kits, books with accompanying material in a special format, games and two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards.

Speakers include: Jay Weitz, senior consulting database specialist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Julie Renee Moore, catalog librarian for special collections and special formats, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno

Beyond the Looking Glass: Real World Linked Data. What Does It Take to Make It Work?
Event Code: ALC3
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Too oft of late, discussions have focused on just the technology. An "It's COOL. Library is the last man to the party. Let's just DO IT already." mentality often leads the way. Until the rubber hits the funding road, and funders require results. What beyond technology is required for success? Join us to explore ontology design and data modeling in the real world. Learn about the people, processes, metrics and, yes, the technology, needed to succeed.

Speakers include: Jean Godby, senior research scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Jenn Riley, associate dean, digital initiatives, McGill University Library; Nannette Naught, vice president, strategy and implementation, Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.; Steven Folsom, discovery metadata librarian, Cornell University

Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and other Digital Content for Academic Libraries
Event Code: ALC1
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The provision of streaming media services is a challenge for academic libraries. The preconference will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media and other digital distribution conduits. The program will include topics such as; selection, collection development, acquisition models, issues in acquisitions and workflow management, delivery systems and platforms, standard licensing models and scenarios for various types of digital media, distribution rights and emerging digital resources.

Speakers Include: deg farelly, ShareStream administrator/media librarian, Arizona State University Libraries; Cindy Kristof, head, copyright and document services, Kent State University Libraries; Films on Demand, Wendy Collins, vice president, digital strategy, Infobase Learning; Olivia Humphrey, chief executive officer, Kanopy; Diane Robson, UNT Media Library; Alexander Street Press speaker to be determined

Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practices Guides
Event Code: ALC5
Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging video recordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21 and the newly-issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theatre, etc.) and older video formats will also be addressed.    

Speakers include: Jeannette Ho, director of cataloging, Texas A&M University Libraries; Mary Huismann, music/media original cataloger, University of Minnesota

Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site. Add the preconference to your conference registration, or register for the preconference alone.  The price of each full-day preconference is: $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members.  

To learn more about these and other continuing education opportunities, visit the ALCTS conference web site.

To propose an event for the 2016 Annual Conference or Online Learning, visit the ALCTS event planning web site.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

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Online Doc ALCTS Virtual Preconference Coming in June

by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:43 pm

CHICAGO — A virtual preconference coming in June will bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) virtual preconference is sure to guarantee a great experience.  Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services
An ALCTS virtual preconference

CHICAGO — A virtual preconference coming in June will bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) virtual preconference is sure to guarantee a great experience.  Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services
An ALCTS virtual preconference

Expectations for metadata services within and outside the library are constantly changing and evolving. This three-day (June 2-4) virtual preconference explores some of the emerging responsibilities for metadata specialists by focusing on the need for metadata consultation within the data management lifecycle, the assessment of metadata workflows situated in traditional cataloging departments and the movement to standardize and share local vocabularies.

Follow the conversation on Twitter:  #alctsac15

Session 1: Metadata Services for Research Data Management
Tuesday, June 2,  1 – 2:30 p.m. Central, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1:30 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific
Presenters: Anna Craft, metadata cataloger at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG); Jared Lyle, director of curation services, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan

Session 2: Assessing Metadata Staffing and Workflows
Wednesday, June 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Central, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1:30 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific
Presenter: Arwen Hutt, metadata librarian, The UC San Diego Library; Nathan B. Putnam, head, metadata services at the University of Maryland; Bria L. Parker, metadata librarian at the University of Maryland

Session 3: Techniques and Technologies for Developing Local Controlled Vocabularies
Thursday, June 4, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Central, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1:30 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific
Presenters: Allison Jai O’Dell, special collections cataloging and metadata librarian at the University of Miami Libraries; Dan Tam Do, metadata services manager at The George Washington University Libraries.

For more information about what will be presented, visit the ALCTS web site.

To register, complete the online registration form or register by mail.  The sessions are recorded and the one-time registration fee includes unlimited access to the session recording.

Registration Fees:
ALCTS member or international member: $109 entire preconference; $43 for one session
Group ALCTS member: $249 entire preconference; $99 for one session
Non-member: $149 entire preconference; $59 for one session
Group non-member: $319 entire preconference; $129 for one session
Student member or retired member: $50 entire preconference; $20 for one session

Contact
For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.
For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.
 

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Online Doc ALCTS Events at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:43 pm

ALCTS Events at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

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Virtual Preconference

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services
Week of June 1st; each 90 minute session will begin at 1pm Central

ALCTS Events at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

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Virtual Preconference

Planning for the Evolving Role of Metadata Services
Week of June 1st; each 90 minute session will begin at 1pm Central

Although relatively new to the library scene, expectations for metadata services within and outside the library are changing. This preconference explores some of the emerging responsibilities for metadata specialists by focusing on the need for metadata consultation within the data management lifecycle, the assessment of metadata workflows situated in traditional cataloging departments, and the movement to standardize and share local vocabularies.

Session 1: Metadata Services for Research Data Management
Session 2: Assessing Metadata Staffing and Workflows
Session 3: Techniques and Technologies for Developing Local Controlled Vocabularies

Register through the ALA Online Learning Registration web site

The price of this 3-part series is $109 for ALCTS members; $149 for ALA members; $50 for retired members and student members.


In-Person Preconferences

Coding for Efficiencies in Cataloging and Metadata:  Practical Applications of XML, XSLT, XQuery, and PyMarc for Library Data
Thursday, June 25 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

This full-day workshop provides concrete examples and hands-on exercises for practical applications of coding with library data. Session topics include XML and XSLT for streamlining and scaling up metadata and cataloging workflows; RDF/XML for serializing MODS-RDF and BIBFRAME; XQuery for extracting, manipulating, and constructing library metadata; and PyMARC for accessing and manipulating MARC records. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with XML-aware and Python software as well as questions for group discussion.  

Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us
Thursday, June 25 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

This preconference workshop will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of children's materials, using RDA and MARC21.  Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA.  The following children's materials types will be covered: video recordings, sound recordings, video games, three-dimensional objects, kits, books with accompanying material in a special format, games, and two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards.

Challenges with Managing Streaming Media and Other Digital Content for Academic Libraries
Friday, June 26 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

The provision of streaming media services are a challenge for academic libraries. The preconference will address new issues and trends in the acquisition, management and licensing for streaming media and other digital distribution conduits.  Topics that will be covered include: selection, collection development, acquisition models, issues in acquisitions and workflow management, delivery systems and platforms, standard licensing models and scenarios for various types of digital media, distribution rights, and emerging digital resources.  

Beyond the Looking Glass.  Real World Linked Data:  What Does It Take to Make It Work?
Friday, June 26 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Too oft of late, discussions have focused on just the technology. An "It's COOL. Library is the last man to the party. Let's just DO IT already." mentality often leads the way. Until the rubber hits the funding road, and funders require results. What beyond technology is required for success? Join us to explore ontology design and data modeling in the real world. Learn about the people, processes, metrics, and yes the technology, needed to succeed.

Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practical Guides
Friday, June 26 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging video recordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21, and the newly-issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD, and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theatre, etc.) and older video formats will also be addressed.

Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site

The price of each full-day in-person preconference is:

  • $219 for ALCTS members (remember to use code ALCTS2015 to receive the discounted price)
  • $269 for ALA members
  • $99 for retired members and student members
  • $319 for nonmembers

PROGRAMS

ALCTS President's Program: Three Short Stories about Deep Reading in the Digital Age
Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, addresses the effect of our digital age on our ability to do “deep reading”.  She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard as well as degrees in literature from Northwestern and St. Mary’s College.  The author of over 130 scientific publications, Dr. Wolf’s book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, has received numerous awards and has been translated into 13 languages. Her current research interest centers on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language, and dyslexia.
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Coming to Terms with the New LC vocabularies: Genre/Form (Literature, Music, General), Demographic Groups and Medium of Performance
The Library of Congress, ALCTS/SAC and MLA have collaborated on new vocabularies to provide genre/form access to literature, music, and "general" works as well as controlled lists of demographic terms and medium of performance terms; new MARC fields are in place for attributes of works including audience, creator characteristics, and time period of creation. Leading contributors to this work will describe the context, development, and practical application of these new vocabularies and fields.

What Drives Collection Assessment? The "Why" That Brings You to "How"
Are we completely controlled by our buildings and the need to weed? What other factors for planning lead us to assess our collections? Is it possible to individualize assessment tools for genuinely meaningful results? Learn how three very different libraries, with different objectives, approached evaluation and assessment.

To the MOOC and Beyond! Adventures in Online Learning, Copyright, and Massive Open Online Courses
As online learning proliferates, universities expect libraries to be more involved in licensing and copyright support. From Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to distance learning, continuing studies, to flipped and blended courses, content selection that engages students and supports instruction is key. However, content can have rights restrictions that limit use in open environments. Learn from librarians in the trenches about the challenges and opportunities of online learning support.

Is Technical Services Dead?: Creating Our Future
Major changes have taken place within technical services within the last 5-10 years.  Automated workflows, a proliferation of vendor supplied services, patron centered acquisition plans, and digital preservation have impacted how we work and the career paths of our newer professionals.  A panel of librarians will discuss whether there is a future for traditional technical services, whether MARC matters with RDA and if RDA will live up to its promise, skills needed for future of technical services work, and technical services advocacy.

Audio Digitization: Starting Out Right
There are many reasons for digitizing collections, but technical and workflow issues as well as copyright restrictions on access and use of audio collections make conversion from analog formats especially complex. The success of any audio digitization venture will rely on asking the right questions before you start.   Speakers will explore the challenges of planning and implementing audio digitization projects for preservation and access. Extensive examples from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project will be presented.

Data Clean-Up: Let's Not Sweep It Under the Rug
Data migration is inevitable in a world in which technological infrastructures and data standards continue to evolve. Whether you work in a catalog database or a digital library/archives/institutional repository, working with library resource data means that you will eventually be required to usher data from one system or standard to another. Three speakers working in different library contexts will share their data normalization experiences.

ALCTS Preservation Showdown
Two teams will go head to head in debate on a controversial topic in libraries. Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.        

International Outreach: Preservation and Cataloging
Speakers will detail their experiences with international outreach efforts.  I anticipate having speakers representing preservation and cataloging activities. Jake Nadal will expand on the presentation he gave during midwinter 2014 in an interest group meeting where he spoke about preservation efforts in Liberia.

Getting Started with Library Linked Open Data:  Lessons from UNLV and NCSU
This program will focus on the practical steps involved in creating and publishing linked data including data modeling, data clean up, enhancing the data with links to other data sets, converting the data to various forms of RDF, and publishing the data set.  At each step of the process, the speakers will share their experiences and the tools they used to give the audience multiple perspectives on how to approach linked data creation.

Managing Transliteration of Bibliographic Data
The intersection of language technology with library data has the potential to open up interesting new ways of introducing users to multilingual content.  Along the way, it is important to stay mindful of some of the principles that have historically underpinned the production and distribution of data in scripts other than the Latin alphabet.

Leading the Charge: Practical Management Tools and Tips for New Technical Services Managers
The transition into management in library technical services can be daunting and challenging. This lightning round program by experienced managers will present a variety of ways to build rapport and gain your staff's trust, assess current procedures and workflows without scaring off the natives, and initiate change in a positive way!

Open Source Software & Technical Services: Kuali OLE, GOKb and VuFind
Can technical services librarians influence library system development? In the open-source and community-source projects, such as Open Library Environment (Kuali OLE), Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) and VuFind, technical services librarians play lead roles in design, specifying, prioritizing, testing and implementing new software. This program will focus on the technical services librarian participation in these projects, and will show some of the technical services functionality of these products.

Enhancing Access to Literary Works for Children: LC’s Genre/Form and Audience Terms
This program will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT), and explain how to use them to catalog and provide access to materials for children. LCGFT and LCDGT will be placed into the context of existing practice, and the relationships among subject headings, genre/form terms, and demographic terms will be discussed. Real-world examples and hands-on exercises will be provided.

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Online Doc Join in the ALCTS Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt

by ALCTS Admin (staff) on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 02:42 pm

Rev Up to ALA Annual by participating in the ALCTS Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Rev Up to ALA Annual by participating in the ALCTS Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt.

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American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-30, 2015
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Join the ALCTS Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt

June 15 - June 19, 2015

Rev Up to ALA Annual by participating in the ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt. Running Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19 the week before Annual Conference, you can score points by snapping photos of people, places, and things in your home town library and community.

Score the most points and you can win from our collection of fabulous prizes:

  • 1st Place: $75 ALA Store Voucher
  • 2nd Place: ALCTS CE Certificate (1 free individual webinar registration)
  • 3rd Place: $15 Starbucks Gift Card

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #alctsac15 and #alaac15
How to Play

Snap photos of the scavenger hunt items and post them online to score points

The day's scavenger hunt items will be posted to the ALCTS ANMIG page in ALA Connect and on the Flicker group discussion board by 9am Eastern | 8am Central | 7am Mountain | 6am Pacific time each day.

Post your photos to your Flickr, Twitter, OR Instagram account and be sure to tag them with #alctsac15 and #alaac15.

Follow the Rules

  • You must post all of your photos to one social media site - do not split them up across multiple sites or you will lose points. (ie. If you post half of your photos to Twitter and half to Instrgram, only half of your photos will count.)
  • If using Flickr, you must join the ALCTS Rev Up to Annual 2015 Flickr Group, and ADD your photos to the group.
  • Post photos of the daily scavenger hunt items before the end of the day to earn full points. You can post photos of the previous day's list, but you'll only earn half the points.
  • All photos must be easily identifiable. Adding a caption describing your photo would help us greatly when tabulating points.
  • All photos must be posted according to the rules by midnight Pacific Time on Friday, June 19.

Winners will be decided by point totals and any ties will be broken by random drawing.

Winners will be announced following the contest and prizes will be redeemed through Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office.

The best photos will be posted to the ALCTS News with credit to the individual and their library.

For questions or comments, contact Jacob Ineichen at jwineichen@gmail.com.

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Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation

by Jeremy Myntti on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation

Session 3: August 3-28, 2015

Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation

Session 3: August 3-28, 2015

Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course components:

  • Preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission

  • The primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning, and careful handling of collections

  • The history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts on preservation options

  • Standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options

  • Challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship

Who Should Attend:  

Designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course Level & Prerequisites

This is a fundamentals course with no prerequisites.

Course Syllabus

Instructors

  • Karen E. K. Brown, Preservation Librarian, State University of New York - Albany

  • Donia Conn, Preservation Consultant for Cultural Heritage Collections

  • Kate Contakos, Head of Preservation, Stanford University

  • Andy Hart, Head, Preservation Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Julie Mosbo, William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries

  • Jacob Nadal, Executive Director, ReCAP, Princeton University Library

  • Annie Peterson, Preservation Librarian, Tulane University

  • Holly Robertson, Preservation Consultant

  • Roger Smith, University of California - San Diego

  • Peter D. Verheyen, Syracuse University Library

Credits

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

Fee

$109 ALCTS Member and  $139 Non-member

Technical Requirements

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

To register, complete theonline form orregister by mail.

Registration Deadline

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.

Contact

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

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Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

by Jeremy Myntti on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

Session 3: August 3-28, 2015

This four-week online course addresses the basic components of collection development and management (CDM) in libraries. Complete definition of collection development and collection management:

  • Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management

Session 3: August 3-28, 2015

This four-week online course addresses the basic components of collection development and management (CDM) in libraries. Complete definition of collection development and collection management:

  • Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning

  • Collection development (selecting for and building collections)

  • Collection management (evaluating and making decisions about existing collections, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation)

  • Collection analysis—why and how to do it

  • Outreach, liaison, and marketing

  • Trends and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the range of CDM responsibilities and the required skills and competencies

  • List the elements in a collection development policy

  • Write a collection development policy

  • Explain the importance of collection analysis

  • Perform one or more types of analysis

  • Explain outreach and liaison responsibilities and be able to develop a plan to increase your activities in these areas

Who Should Attend:  

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.

Instructors

  • Brian Quinn, Coordinator of Collection Development, Texas Tech University

  • Susanne Clement, Director, Quinney Library, College of Natural Resources, Utah

  • Jennifer Arnold, Director of Library Services, Central Piedmont Community College, North Carolina

  • Jeanette Mosey, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Janet Marnatti, Collection Management Director, Bucks County Free Library, Pennsylvania

  • Andrea Wirth, Collection Development and Science Librarian, Oregon State University, Oregon

  • Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library, Michigan

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $139 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse/fcdm/ol_templ

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

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Event ALCTS e-Forum: Patron Driven Acquisitions/Demand Driven Acquisitions (PDA/DDA): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Jeremy Myntti on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: Patron Driven Acquisitions/Demand Driven Acquisitions (PDA/DDA): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 5-6, 2015

 

Moderated by John Sandstrom and Samantha Rich

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

ALCTS e-Forum: Patron Driven Acquisitions/Demand Driven Acquisitions (PDA/DDA): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 5-6, 2015

 

Moderated by John Sandstrom and Samantha Rich

 

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.

 

While PDA/DDA programs are not new, they are still developing and there is a lot of curiosity about them on the part of librarians and libraries that have not used them before.  We hope that this e-forum will provide a platform for current PDA/DDA users to share their experiences and non-user to ask their questions.  The following prompts will serve as discussion starters:

  • Which should we use?  Profiles or Collections?

  • How does PDA/DDA work with Discovery?

  • What is your experience with mediated vs unmediated purchasing?

  • Sharing General Concerns and Experiences

  • How do you assess your PDA program?

 

Moderators

John Sandstrom is currently an Associate Professor and Acquisitions Librarian at New Mexico State University (NMSU) after having roamed through Academic, Public, Government, and Special libraries as well as a stint working for Baker and Taylor.  As Acquisitions Librarian he worked on the implementation and assessment of a PDA/DDA pilot project at NMSU and is overseeing a major expansion of the program in the next academic year.

 

Samantha Rich is the Assessment & Data Management Librarian at NMSU. She collaborated with John on the assessment of the PDA pilot project. Samantha graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science in 2014 and is still learning a lot about libraries, including PDA.

 

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

 

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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Online Doc ALCTS 2015 Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

by Julie Reese (staff) on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting grant applications for the ALCTS online Fundamentals courses, for course sessions beginning between September 14 and December 18, 2015. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting grant applications for the ALCTS online Fundamentals courses, for course sessions beginning between September 14 and December 18, 2015. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

For full information about the grant, including criteria and a link to the application form, please see: http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/grants/onlinegrant. Applications may be submitted between July 10 and August 3, 2015.

Fundamentals of Acquisitions

Available Sessions:

  • September 14 – October 23
  • November 9 – December 18  

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the basics of acquiring monographs and serials:  goals and methods, financial management of library collections budgets, and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.  In this course, you will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.  Note that in FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials.

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

Available Session:

  • September 28 -  November 6

The Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA) course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course introduces key concepts in collection assessment including the definition of collection assessment, techniques and tools, assessment of print and electronic collections, and project design and management.

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

Available Sessions:

  • October 5 - October 30
  • November 16 – December 11

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM) web course addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; trends and suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Available Sessions:

  • September 28 - October 23
  • November 16 - December 11

The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA) web course provides an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources.  It provides a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models, as well as an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

Fundamentals of Preservation

Available Session:

  • October 5 – October 30

The Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) web course introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.  The course is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. It provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.  Components include preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning and careful handling of collections; the history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts preservation options; standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options; and challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

Fundamentals of Cataloging

Available Sessions:

  • September 14 to October 23
  • November 9 – December 18

The Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC) web course 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.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your applications.

Qiang Jin
Chair, ALCTS International Relations Committee

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