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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 Call open for Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

by Jeremy Myntti on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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 February 27, 2017 and September 8, 2017. 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 applications for the Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between February 27, 2017 and September 8, 2017. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

For full information about the grant, including eligibility criteria and a link to the application form, please see:http://www.ala.org/alcts/awards/grants/onlinegrant. Applications may be submitted between January 16, 2017 and February 14, 2017.

 

Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA)

Session 1:  February 27 – April 7, 2017

Session 2:  May 8 – June 16, 2017

Session 3:  July 17 – August 25, 2017

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 Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA)

Session 1: February 27 – March 24, 2017

Session 2: April 24 – May 19, 2017

Session 3: July 24 – August 18, 2017

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

 

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)

Session 1:  March 13 – April 7, 2017

Session 2:  May 8 – June 2, 2017

Session 3:  July 31 – August 25, 2017

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management 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 Collection Assessment (FCA)

Session 1:  March 13 – April 21, 2017

Session 2:  May 15 – July 23, 2017

Session 3:  July 31 – September 8, 2017

This online 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 will introduce 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 Cataloging (FOC)

Session 2:  April 24 – June 2, 2017

Session 3:  July 17 – August 25, 2017

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.

 

Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)

Session 1:  February 27 – March 24, 2017

Session 2:  May 1 – May 26, 2017

Session 3:  August 14 – September 8, 2017

The Fundamentals of Preservation 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.

 

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your applications.

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Online Doc ALCTS celebrates 60 years in 2017

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 09:43 am

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving the Past,” ALCTS members support library practices and standards while looking forward to create innovative programs and research within the field of technical services.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving the Past,” ALCTS members support library practices and standards while looking forward to create innovative programs and research within the field of technical services.

The anniversary celebrations kick off at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 19-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. Join us for the ALCTSfest reception on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Other ALCTS events include the Friday symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections and the Monday ALCTS forum Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!. Visit the ALCTS Midwinter event site for more information about ALCTS programs at the Midwinter Meeting, and use the online scheduler to find all ALCTS interest group and committee meetings.

The new ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles. The call for mentors and mentees for the first cohort is open through Mar. 17, 2017.

In May, ALCTS will launch the online ALCTS Exchange, a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online continuing education event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

You can help ALCTS celebrate its diamond anniversary in 2017. The $60 for 60 Fund accepts unrestricted gifts for new and ongoing initiatives in such areas as leadership development, standards, advocacy, and international relations. Donations help secure the future growth of ALCTS, its services and programs, and its members. All gifts to ALCTS are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by applicable laws.

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Online Doc ALCTS announces new mentoring program

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 09:32 am

ALCTS is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

ALCTS is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles.

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of mentors and mentees. The application deadline Mar. 17, 2017, with the mentor and mentee pairing process to be completed by May 12, 2017. The actual mentoring program for the first cohort will begin Jun. 1, 2017 and end Apr. 30, 2018.

The development of the ALCTS Mentoring Program started with an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader project in 2015. This team project resulted in a poster session and accompanying document, “Developing a Mentoring Program for 21st Century Librarians,” that were presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Further work was done on a program proposal by the ALCTS New Members Interest Group, including holding an online chat session for member feedback in October 2015. In July 2016, final development of the mentoring program was assigned to the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee.

Additional information about the ALCTS Mentoring Program will be forthcoming. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact Regina Gong, chair of the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee.

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Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Cataloging

by Jeremy Myntti on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Cataloging

Session 1: February 13, 2017 - March 24, 2017

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,

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Cataloging

Session 1: February 13, 2017 - March 24, 2017

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.

Course Syllabus

Instructors

  • Vicki Sipe, Catalog Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Teressa Keenan, Head of Bibliographic Management Services, University of Montana, Missoula

  • Debbie Benrubi, Technical Services Librarian, University of San Francisco

  • Bobby Bothmann, Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Katharine Leigh, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Ball State University

  • Marcia H. Barrett, Head of Technical Services, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Shannon Tennant, Coordinator of Library Collections, Elon University

Fee

$139 ALCTS Member and  $169 Non-member

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.

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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Discussion Important message re ALCTSCentral list

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 09:08 am

It has come to our attention that a large number of members have been accidentally unsubscribed from the main ALCTS email list, ALCTSCentral@lists.ala.org. We are working to resubscribe leaders at this time, but as this is a manual process it will take some time. Please take a moment to see if your subscription is active at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/alctscentral.

It has come to our attention that a large number of members have been accidentally unsubscribed from the main ALCTS email list, ALCTSCentral@lists.ala.org. We are working to resubscribe leaders at this time, but as this is a manual process it will take some time. Please take a moment to see if your subscription is active at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/alctscentral.

ALCTSCentral is the go-to list for ALCTS happenings, opportunities, and announcements, but it’s also a friendly place to ask questions and build your network. On ALCTSCentral, you’ll receive the important news from the ALCTS Office, ALCTS announcements like “time to volunteer,” ALA announcements and other items you expect. You’ll also receive more from outside the ALCTS Office, such as postings from you, the members, and help with your jobs.

ALCTSCentral is an open subscription, unmoderated list. Anyone can join the list and anyone may post announcements, job ads, and questions to the list. We particularly encourage new ALCTS members and those considering joining ALCTS to subscribe and participate to explore the many opportunities available in ALCTS and get to know your ALCTS colleagues.

We encourage everyone to participate actively on ALCTSCentral. Please share the list information with your colleagues, committees, interest groups, and, particularly, ALCTS newcomers.

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Event ALCTS Forum "Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!

by M. Dina Giambi on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 03:36 pm

THURSDAY, JAN 5, 2017

ALCTS Forum – 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta

“Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!”

Monday, January 23 – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Georgia World Congress Center, A302

THURSDAY, JAN 5, 2017

ALCTS Forum – 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta

“Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!”

Monday, January 23 – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Georgia World Congress Center, A302

Join current and past ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) leaders who will reflect on the value and achievements that ALCTS has brought to members and libraries in its 60 years! Learn about the new initiatives that are underway that will build and expand on ALCTS’ rich tradition. After the formal remarks, be prepared to share your own experiences and memories in what many members consider their “home” division.

Speakers:

Carolina Delgado, ALCTS New Members Interest Group, Co-Chair                                                   Lead Metadata Specialist, Cataloging Products & Services, OCLC

Vicki Sipe, ALCTS President 2016-2017                                                                                   Catalog and Metadata Librarian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jennifer A. Younger, ALCTS President 1993-1994                                                                    Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance and Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh   Libraries Emerita, University of Notre Dame

Convener:                                                                                                                                    M. Dina Giambi, ALCTS 60th Anniversary Steering Group, Chair                                                Associate University Librarian for Technical Services & Resource Management, University of Delaware Library                                                                                                                                    E-mail: dinag@udel.edu

The ALCTS Forum is generously sponsored by SAGE Publishing.

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Discussion ALCTS rolls out new online education and virtual forum in 2017

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 02:56 pm

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce its catalog of 2017 online education offerings. Focusing on the changing landscape of technical services, ALCTS Continuing Education features online programming on staff and leadership development, cataloging and gender, Library of Congress subject headings and succession planning. In addition, ALCTS will host its first-ever, multi-day virtual forum the ALCTS Exchange.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce its catalog of 2017 online education offerings. Focusing on the changing landscape of technical services, ALCTS Continuing Education features online programming on staff and leadership development, cataloging and gender, Library of Congress subject headings and succession planning. In addition, ALCTS will host its first-ever, multi-day virtual forum the ALCTS Exchange. Attendees from diverse areas of librarianship will participate in presentations, panels and activities that will be thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths.

This year’s ALCTS online learning events include an e-Forum discussion on the Integrated Library System (ILS), the five-part webinar series Re-envisioning Technical Services: Identifying Leadership and Talent Management Best Practices. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, registration fees for ALCTS webinars are $43 for individual ALCTS members, $59 for non-members of ALCTS, and $129 for groups.

Registration is now open for the popular ALCTS “Fundamentals” courses. The following courses will be held multiple times throughout 2017:  Acquisitions; Cataloging; Collection Assessment; Collection Development and Management; Electronic Resources Acquisitions; and Preservation.  Registration fees for four-week courses are $109 for individual ALCTS members and $139 for non-members. Six-week course fees are $139 for individual ALCTS members and $169 for non-members. Part of the upcoming 60th anniversary of ALCTS, the ALCTS Exchange celebrates the excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation and technology with four days of interactive synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Topics include changes in existing workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities and expanding skill sets in preparation for leadership or management roles. Registration for the ALCTS Exchange is now open. Early-bird registration for this four-day virtual event is $249 for ALCTS individual members, $319 for ALA individual members, $359 for non-members, $99 for ALA student members, and $595 for groups. After March 1, 2017, registration rates will increase—please visit the event registration web page for full registration details.

To register, or to discover more about ALCTS online events, visit ALCTS Online Learning

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Event ALCTS e-Forum: ILS Optimization

by Jeremy Myntti on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

ALCTS e-Forum: ILS Optimization

ALCTS e-Forum: ILS Optimization

January 17-18, 2017

 

Moderated by Stephanie Ratko and Tracey Thompson

 

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.

 

The Integrated Library System, ILS, is the nervous system of libraries, and yet, we often don’t optimize it to meet our needs. This discussion will examine the business processes that the ILS supports, and the workarounds developed when it doesn’t support the business needs.

  • What are the biggest challenges and customer service issues centered on the ILS?

  • What business processes are supported by the ILS?

  • What are ways that we can get the most out of our systems?

  • How do we work with vendors to do a system configuration audit to ensure that our settings meet best practices?

 

Moderators

Stephanie Ratko, IT Manager (Pierce County Library System). Previous experience includes Strategic Alignment Manager - Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Washington State Governor’s Office of Financial Management – Business Process Manager, Principal Consultant - Evolution Partners and CEO - TritonTek - Chicago Illinois. She is currently one of the project sponsors for a system configuration audit for the Polaris Library Systems.

 

Tracey Thompson, Dept. Head for Collection Management (Pierce County Library System). Previous experience includes Acquisitions Librarian at New Mexico State University, Assistant Manager of Operations for Metropolitan Library System, and Vogelweh Library at United States Air Force – Europe. She is currently one of the project sponsors for a system configuration audit for the Polaris Library Systems.

 

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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Event The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group Midwinter Forum

by Andrew Sulavik on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A302from 1:00-2:30 p.m, Saturday, January 21, 2017. 

 

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A302from 1:00-2:30 p.m, Saturday, January 21, 2017. 

 

The IG meeting starts at 1 pm. There will be a short (15 min) business meeting prior to the open meeting. Only co-chairs and vice-co-chairs are expected to show up in the business meeting. We will announce next year's co-chairs at the beginning of the open meeting.

 

This year’s theme is “Librarians as a Developer Community: Projects that Can and Should be Replicated.” We have four presentations:

 

"NACO Records by Other Means: Authority Control in Straitened Circumstances," presented by Joseph Nicholson, Metadata Librarian at the J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

Contributing a steady stream of authority records to the NAF is a difficult task due to a drastically depleted cataloging staff and a general lack of expertise in authority control. Until recently, one metadata librarian has overseen all authority control efforts in the library on a catch as catch can basis. Faced with a mounting backlog of names needing authorized access points and a lack of funds for hiring new staff, the library has developed an unorthodox approach to collecting authority data for NACO records that the draws on the work of student assistants and paraprofessionals and uses spreadsheets, OCLC templates, Google Forms, Open Refine, XSLT, and other simple tools. This presentation will describe the library’s efforts to create authority records through unconventional means and highlight some of the successes and pitfalls of its approach.

 

Providing Access to and Discovery of Oral Histories at The University of Kentucky,” presented by Marsha Seamans, Director of Cataloging & Database Integrity, and Kathryn Lybarger, Head, Cataloging and Metadata, at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

TheLouie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories.  The more than 9,000 interviews in our collection provide a unique look into Kentucky and American history.

While the Center for Oral History has developed an excellent stand-alone catalog of the collections, projects and interviews in the collection utilizing Drupal and DACS, we wanted to provide discovery through our online catalog, our discovery system (InfoKat Discovery) and WorldCat.

This project had a number of decision points:

  • Since discovery is available through a number of avenues already, is it important to catalog them in OCLC?
  • What cataloging rules and standards should I use?
  • What are other institutions doing to provide access to similar collections?
  • At what level should these resources be cataloged – collection, project or interview?
  • What elements are critical to adequately describe these resources, their provenance and their availability?
  • Is there a way to reuse the metadata that is already created?

After completing the cataloging for the first 200 projects, the Center for Oral History notified us that they were migrating the server on which their catalog lived and all of the URLs would be broken.  While on the hiatus for server migration, the library migrated its ILS and opened up a new set of discovery questions.

This presentation will address the challenges, decision processes, methodologies and workflow for cataloging in OCLC and our online catalog that are being utilized to expose this extremely valuable resource, including the PHP scripting used to create a metadata extractor.  

 

How and Why Catalogers Can and Should Contribute to the Development of  a Discovery Chart that Navigates Hidden Domains of Knowledge for Their Users,” presented by Andrew T. Sulavik,

Head of Metadata & Resource Description Services on behalf of Adia Coleman, Patent and Trademark Librarian, and Colleen Funkhouser, Metadata Librarian, at Howard University Libraries.

 

A reference interview may begin with a simple question how much time do you have? This can drastically alter the resources you suggest to your patron and the ultimate reach of his or her research.

One umbrella Google-like search creates a false impression that the user is searching everything the library has to offer. The web of resources available through online, on campus, consortium, regional, national, and international channels is much more complex than can be represented in a single search box or a simple graphic.

We devised a discovery chart to illustrate the print and electronic resources available to users, broken down by time frame needed to retrieve them. We reviewed all sources and services library and archival, print and electronic that are available immediately (electronic access on or off campus), in less than an hour (on main campus including branch libraries), in four to six hours (requiring local travel in region), in 48 hours (regional delivery via consortium loan services), in 24-72 hours (via other regional institutions), and in 10 days (national/international delivery via interlibrary loan services).

We utilized several levels of complexity to introduce the audience to the discovery chart, including a basic graphic (for use on library website or as a handout), expandable Prezi presentation (for in-depth exploration of all timeframes), and an in-depth LibGuide (for full details and links to related websites and resources). These tools can be used independently by the user or in conjunction with a reference interview or information literacy class. By setting user expectations around time needed for retrieval of materials, these tools help plan a user’s overall research strategy and timeline, and help alleviate frustration when materials are not immediately available on or off campus.

We used fairly simple and accessible platforms to convey a rather complex set of information. Attendees at this session will learn how to distill their vast web of resources into a set of learning and marketing tools to help users discover domains of knowledge not highly visible online or in the library. These tools are easily replicable for university libraries, whether or not they are part of larger consortia.

 

Prepare to Be Linked : Enhancing MARC Data with URI on a Shoestring,” presented by Jackie Shieh, Resource Description Coordinator, Gelman Library at George Washington University.

Abstract: You heard about linked data. You read about inserting HTTP URI in subfield 0 ($0).  You were asked to investigate and propose plans to transition your local data to be linked data. What does this mean? Where do I go from here (regardless of what ILS is used locally) in order to be at least half-way there and semi-prepared? Will it make a difference? MARC data at the  GW Libraries undertook major transformation under the umbrella of an OCLC Reclamation (a.k.a Data Sync).  The whole process of embedding over 3.8M URIs took no more than five team members from May to August 2015.  Can you do it? Undoubtedly so!

 

 

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Discussion Call for Web Course Instructors

by Jeremy Myntti on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 03:29 pm

ALCTS needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular web courses Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions and a brand new course Fundamentals of Metadata

Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the current courses offered at
http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse

ALCTS needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular web courses Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions and a brand new course Fundamentals of Metadata

Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the current courses offered at
http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse

Courses are provided over a four or six week period. They are composed of self-paced modules and include interaction with the instructors and classmates. The courses are already developed and ready to use; no additional editing is needed. Instructors would participate in evaluations and have the opportunity to recommend updates to the course content as needed. A modest honorarium is awarded to course instructors.

To ensure consistency of instruction and a high value experience for participants, course instructor training has ordinarily had several components:
1.Take the course as a participant.
2.Repeat the course shadowing the instructor, with access to the instructor interface.
3.Team-teach the course with an experienced instructor.

How to Apply:
If you are interested in becoming an instructor for this ALCTS Web Course, please complete the online instructor application: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/s1keb1tw06aulf3/

You will be asked to:
•Include a statement of interest (300 words maximum)
•Attach a copy of your resume.

The deadline for applications is January 5th, 2017.

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