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Purpose: Meets and discusses informally problems within the field of technical services which are common to the administration of small- to medium-sized academic and research libraries.

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ALA program announcement: ACRL Technical Services Interest Group

  • 1.  ALA program announcement: ACRL Technical Services Interest Group

    Posted Jun 10, 2024 02:42 PM

    (Please excuse cross-posting.)

    The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) is meeting during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition and invites you to join us for a program of three presentations.

    Date/time: Saturday, June 29, 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Pacific)

    Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom H


    Accessibility metadata: making resource discovery equitable and inclusive for all users, including those with disabilities

    Libraries are strong advocates for accessible design of spaces and signage, barrier-free physical environments, and a proactive welcome for all users. Does this welcome extend to the resource discovery experience of disabled users? If you are disabled, how easy is it to identify resources that match your needs? Accessibility metadata is often not present or inconsistently recorded; if present, it is often not displayed, or indexed. Many challenges and few guidelines for library communities. This presentation looks at some current work on accessibility metadata.

    Presented by: Chris Oliver, Librarian Emeritus, University of Ottawa. Retired after over 30 years as a cataloguing manager at McGill and the University of Ottawa but continuing to work in bibliographic metadata standards, Chris Oliver is Convenor of the IFLA Accessibility Metadata Network, ARL representative on the NISO Accessibility Remediation Metadata Working Group, a member of the W3C Publishing Community's Accessibility Task Force, and a member of the RDA Board, has served on the ARL-CARL Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Task Force, 2020-2023, and is the author of Introducing RDA: a guide to the basics after 3R (2021).

    Managing and evaluating transformative agreements: an acquisitions and collection assessment perspective

    The University of Richmond recently entered into several transformative agreements (TAs) directly with publishers and through our state consortium. These agreements provide an excellent opportunity for our institution to better support open scholarship at little to no additional cost. However, our existing acquisitions workflows and collection assessment protocols do not fully consider some of the key components of TAs, including controlled use, publishing statistics and article processing charges (APCs). In this brief talk, I will first offer a brief review of how other libraries are managing, evaluating and assessing their TAs, identifying emerging themes and best practices. I will also explore the relevant third-party commercial solutions and compare publisher-specific reporting dashboards. I will then share the early stages of an assessment framework and workflows we are developing locally to better manage our TAs at scale and inform future renewals and negotiations. Particular emphasis will be given to our institutional context as a liberal arts college with much lower publishing output than a doctoral-level R1. Attendees will also be invited to share and discuss their own experiences with managing TA's at their home institutions.

    Presented by: Jonathan Shank, currently Head of Budget, Acquisitions & Discovery at the University of Richmond's Boatwright Memorial Library. Prior to this, he worked in librarian roles at Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University. He holds an MS degree from Northwestern University, an MLIS from the University of Iowa, where he was also awarded an IMLS Digital Libraries Fellowship, and a BA from Kansas State University.

    Duplicate Records in WorldCat for 20th-Century American, British, and Canadian Books: A Comparison of Duplication Rates and Causes

    This session will review the results of a study comparing the bibliographic record duplication rates between books published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada and discuss the causes of duplicate records in OCLC WorldCat. The study illustrated the causes of duplicate records with examples, taking the opportunity to review earlier cataloging standards and identify common pitfalls. There was an attempt to rank the causes in order by most impactful with the intention of informing cataloging practices. Due to deriving practices, such records often represent a mix of manifestations that cannot always be untangled. One conclusion was that libraries should review the retention of some categories of 20th-century books whose records tend to cause duplication, including editions, reproductions, fine arts publications, such as auction and exhibition catalogs, and conference publications.

    Presented by: Karen Jensen. Appointed Head, Cataloguing and Collection Maintenance in Collection Services at the Concordia University Library in January 2011, Karen has a B.Sc. Major in Geography and an M.L.I.S. from McGill University. Karen was first appointed as a librarian at McGill University in 1988 and held the title of Science Cataloguing Librarian from 1990 to 2010.

    Thank you,

    Dan Do (TSIG Convener)

    Alyssa Koclanes (TSIG Incoming Convener)

    Dan Tam Do
    Head of Cataloging
    University of Pittsburgh