• ALSC Institute Goes Virtual!

    The 2020 ALSC National Institute in Minneapolis, MN, will be transitioning to a Virtual Institute this fall. Please stay tuned for more information!  

  • 2020 Education Call for Proposals

    What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

    LITA invites you to share your expertise with an international audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers at all levels in all types of libraries. Taught by experts, they reach beyond physical conferences to bring high quality continuing education to the library world.

    We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities.

    Submit a proposal by February 16th to teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2020.

    All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed, including:

    • Machine Learning
    • IT Project Management
    • Data Visualization
    • Javascript, including: jquery, json, d3.js
    • Library-related APIs
    • Change management in technology
    • Big Data, High Performance Computing
    • Python, R, GitHub, OpenRefine, and other programming/coding topics in a library context
    • Supporting Digital Scholarship/Humanities
    • Virtual and Augmented Reality
    • Linked Data
    • Implementation or Participation in Open Source Technologies or Communities
    • Open Educational Resources, Creating and Providing Access to Open Ebooks and Other Educational Materials
    • Managing Technology Training
    • Diversity/Inclusion and Technology
    • Accessibility Issues and Library Technology
    • Technology in Special Libraries
    • Ethics of Library Technology (e.g., Privacy Concerns, Social Justice Implications)
    • Library/Learning Management System Integrations

    Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. Check out our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. Be part of another slate of compelling and useful online education programs this year!

    Questions or Comments?

    For questions or comments related to teaching for LITA, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or
  • ALSC Institute Registration

    Registration has opened for the 2020 ALSC Institute in Minneapolis, MN happening in October! Early bird deadline is June 29.
  • CC:AAM Meeting at Midwinter 2020

    CC:AAM will meet at Midwinter on Sunday, January 26th at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 103-A. Guests are welcome to join us!

  • 2020 ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group ALA Midwinter Meeting

    Please join us for the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group Meeting:

    Monday, January 27, 2020
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nutter Theater



    Lori Robare (Monographic Catalog Team Leader, University of Oregon Libraries)

    "Exploring Wikidata and Its Potential Use for Library Data"

    Wikidata is a knowledge base of structured, open linked data – multilingual and collaboratively edited. It supports Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects and serves as a linking hub for identifiers (from the Library of Congress, ORCID, ISNI, etc.). As libraries begin to transition from MARC-based bibliographic data to linked data and from authority control to identity management, Wikidata provides interesting opportunities for collaboration that may enrich Wikidata and benefit library discovery. This presentation will describe a sabbatical project to explore the use of Wikidata as an approach to identity management, raise the profile of people and organizations important to Oregon by creating structured data about them and their works in Wikidata, and explore the feasibility of using Wikidata as a platform for publishing and linking library authority data.


    Chris Long (Head of Monographic and Special Materials Cataloging, University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder)

    "Investigating the Identifier Ecosystem of the University of Colorado Boulder Faculty"

    So many possible identity management projects, so little time! The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) has promoted several opportunities for members to extend their identifier creation work beyond NACO records (ISNI, Wikidata, etc.), but with limited resources it is difficult to know what is the best use of our catalogers’ time.  This presentation will discuss the preliminary work being done at CU Boulder (in conjunction with the PCC URIs in MARC Pilot) to examine the current “identifier ecosystem” of CU Boulder faculty, including:

    • the prevalence of existing identifiers (VIAF, ISNI, ORCID, Wikidata identifiers) for a sample population of faculty;
    • the overlap of identifiers in NACO, VIAF, ISNI, ORCID, and Wikidata records;
    • and potential strategies for identifier enrichment for CUB faculty.


    Ben Walker (Associate Dean, Discovery, Digital Services & Shared Collections, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries)

    "Alphabet soup: Balancing the (sometimes) competing demands in shared collections"

    The University of Florida is involved in multiple shared print programs (ASERL/Scholars Trust, EAST, HathiTrust, Rosemont Shared Print Alliance) and leads other shared print initiatives (FLARE, JRNL). This creates sometimes competing demands for resources. This conversation will outline some of the challenges we have faced and point out areas for potential alignment. While not intended to provide comprehensive solutions, it may help generate thought and discussion around the topic of shared collections. 


    For more information about this session, contact co-chairs Dave Van Kleeck ( and Renee Bu (

  • LITA Board Meeting

    January 25, 2020
    1:00-4:00pm EST
    Join us in Zoom
    Agenda and documents will be posted on January 17
    Committee documents are due to Jenny Levine by January 13
  • Program Announcement: ALCTS CaMMS FSAIG Meeting @ ALA Midwinter 2020

    Please join the ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, for three presentations:


    Date: January 25, 2020 (Saturday)

    Time: 4-5 p.m.

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nutter Theater


    FAST at the British Library

    By Caroline Kent (The British Library)

    The British Library is constantly evolving its approaches to Metadata Management. With an aim of maintaining quality and improving discoverability of all areas of our collections, Metadata specialists are always looking for innovative ways to improve throughput times, build consistency in approaches to the standards applied across our collections, and provide approaches that are understandable to all our users. This is alongside the need to make library data more Web friendly, specifically with regard to Linked Data, and to incorporate the extensive volume of born-digital data we are now collecting. FAST has been explored by the Metadata & Cataloguing teams as one aspect that can assist in providing streamlined, Linked Data friendly approaches to cataloguing. This presentation will give an update of where the British Library is now, and the progress and outcomes of evaluating and implementing FAST to improve discoverability across our collections.


    FAST Headings for ETDs at Brown

    Jeanette Norris & Joseph Rhoads (Brown University Library)

    This presentation will discuss the evolution of the use of FAST headings for the description of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in the Brown University Repository from the perspectives of a repository developer and a metadata librarian. Brown University Library collaborates with the Brown Graduate School to collect describe, preserve and make available the theses and dissertations for graduates of Brown University.  The ETDs are self-deposited using a web application designed through a collaboration between Cataloging, Repository Services, and the Graduate School. The self-deposit application has evolved since it was first created in 2008, when users’ were asked to record any keywords, which were uncontrolled, to 2015, where the self-deposit form automatically performs a lookup to the Assign FAST API, providing an opportunity for authors to use a controlled vocabulary without training. The use of FAST has provided the Brown University Library the ability to integrate ETDs from the Repository seamlessly with theses and dissertations described in the catalog. The team of Repository developers and Metadata librarians, are now assessing the effectiveness of this approach in terms of the voluntary use of FAST, the accuracy of the vocabulary assignment, and the maintenance required to keep labels updated.


    Maximizing Discovery of Datasets in the Library Catalog

    By Rowena Griem, Tachtorn Meier, & Yukari Sugiyama (Yale University Library)

    As digital scholarship evolves in academia, there are the growing importance and increasing acquisition of datasets at libraries. It is essential to ensure that this newer kind of library resource is easily discovered, identified and accessed by users. At the Yale University Library, we reviewed current cataloging practice and needs for dataset discovery and access to establish best practices.

    Highlights of our progress include:

    • Creation of dataset-related LCGFT headings
    • Documentation for MARC-based cataloging of datasets and workflow
    • Remediation for existing dataset catalog records
    • Recommendations to improve discovery user interface

    In this presentation, we will discuss challenges of cataloging and managing datasets and demonstrate how the discoverability of datasets is enhanced in our discovery system.

  • January 6, 2020 - Midwinter Virtual Meeting

    The Big Heads Midwinter Virtual Meeting will take place January 6, 2020, 2:00PM - 3:30PM CENTRAL.  Below is a preview of what is shaping up to be a full and interesting agenda. 

    2020 Midwinter Virtual meeting agenda

    • Subject headings & classification for an Indigenous collection – Adolfo Tarango (UBC)
    • Update on LC BIBFRAME Editor – Beacher Wiggins (LC)
    • Update on LD4 Sinopia Editor – Philip Schreur (Stanford)
    • Presentation from Chalmers University of Sweden to discuss Libris (national union catalog) where they are cataloging natively in linked data - Lisa Sjogren (Chalmers) 
    • Prioritizing diversity in  collections backlogs – Denise Pan and Erin Grant (University of Washington)

    ALCTS Statement of Conduct:
    To attend please register for the virtual meeting in the GoToWebinar system at the following URL.


  • LITA Board Meeting

    Monday, December 2, 2019
    12:30-2:00pm CDT
    Join us online in Zoom
    Agenda and discussion documents
  • PLA 2020 - Social Worker Task Force Preconference

    The PLA Social Worker Task Force will host a daylong preconference program at the upcoming PLA 2020 conference. Speakers include Jean Badalamenti, D.C. Public Library; Leah Esguerra, San Francisco Public Library;  Elissa Hardy, Denver Public Library; Sarah Johnson, Hunter College, New York;Tiffany Russell, Niles (MI) Public Library. 

    This library social worker panel will provide an overview of a trauma informed, person-centered, holistic approach to library services. Topics covered will include: applying social work research-based practices to library work; recognizing and addressing the impact of trauma on public service, understanding the person-centered concept; understanding the strengths-based approach; using people-first language; and stress management.
  • LITA Board Meeting

    Monday, October 24, 2019
    1:00-2:30pm CDT
    Join us online in Zoom
    Agenda and discussion documents
  • LITA Board Meeting

    Tuesday, June 23, 2019
    12:30-2:00pm CDT
  • Instructional Technologies IG official program 6/24 (mon) 10:30am WCC Room 144B-C

    If you are still at the conference on Monday, please join us for...

    Instructional Technologies tool share and LITA guide on privacy
    Date:  Monday, June 24
    Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: Washington Convention Center, 144B-C

    Come learn and share about instructional technologies! Our featured guest will be Bobbi Newman, co-editor of The LITA Guide “Protecting Patron Privacy” with Bonnie Tijerina We will have plenty of time to have an open discussion facilitated by LITA ITIG Chair Lilly Ramin, with a presentation from LITA Instructional Technologies members including Bree Kirsch. We will share the technology tools we are using in our libraries and invite others to do the same. Check out the LITA ALA Connect page for details about the group and other conference events:
    Twitter hashag: #litaitig

    ~ Lilly Ramin (@lillylibrarian)

    (Chair, LITA Instructional Technologies IG)

  • Interest Group Meeting at ALA!

    Please come to our discussion at ALA Annual in Washington, DC! We will meet on Saturday June 22 at 9am in the Marriott Marquis hotel, Capitol room. Five great topics to choose from!
  • CCDO ALA Annual 2019 – Final Agenda

    Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019
    Location: Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW), Columbia 08,11,12
    Time: 8:30am-10:30am

    8:30-8:45 Welcome and Housekeeping – Chair, Denise Pan University of Washington
    • Attendance sheet and membership roster (verify/update information)
    • Introductions - members and guests
    • Review/approval of minutes from Winter 2019 meeting
    • Call for Incoming Chair Nominees: Karla Strieb, The Ohio State University
    8:45-10:00 – Vice Chair, Chris Palazzolo, Emory University
    • Presentations Controlled Digital Lending, definition and updates (Karla Streib, OSU; Michelle Wu, Georgetown University Law Library)
      - Reading 1 (Michelle Wu)
      - Reading 2 (White Paper from Hansen & Courtney):
    • Collaborative web archiving (goals and purpose), programs, initiatives (Samantha Abrams, Ivy Plus)

    10:00-10:15 Announcements (Denise)
    • Call for Announcements -From membership and guests 

    10:30 Adjourn
  • 2019 ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group ALA Annual Meeting

    Please join us for the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group Meeting:

    Monday, June 24, 2019
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Washington Convention Center
    Room 146B Theatre


    Nicole Smeltekop (Special Materials Catalog Librarian,, Lucas Mak (Metadata and Catalog Librarian,, Lisa Lorenzo (Metadata Librarian,, and Elisa Landaverde (Metadata Librarian & Special Collections LGBTQ+ Collection Curator,, Michigan State University Libraries
    “In Search of Name Identifiers: Assigning ISNI to Named Entities in Digital Collections”
    The Michigan State University Library digital repository is the home of numerous collections of digitized materials in a variety of formats, including photographs, recorded interviews, cookbooks, and more. A significant number of digital repository items will not be cataloged, and thus named entities in those items cannot have their URIs minted through the traditional NACO process. Moreover, not all personnel in the repository metadata unit have been trained to do the complex NACO work. Minting URIs through ISNI seems to be a desirable alternative. Piggybacking on our PCC ISNI Pilot experience, the repository metadata unit embarked on a journey to assign ISNI to personal and corporate entities used in the digital repository and add the URIs to the corresponding MARC records. Besides talking about difficulties encountered and tricks learned during the ISNI assignment process, this presentation will also discuss necessary adjustments to metadata records and downstream processing to accommodate ISNI, as well as some outstanding data encoding issues in both MODS and MARC.

    Brian Falato (Senior Cataloger, Collections & Discovery, University of South Florida Tampa Library,
    “Charting a Course for Collaboration Between an Academic Library and Museum: Cataloging the Touchton Map Collection for the Tampa Bay History Center”
    The Tampa Bay History Center, a regional history museum in Tampa, Florida, has partnered with the University of South Florida (USF) on a project at the History Center called the Florida Center for Cartographic Education. As part of the project, it was agreed that USF would catalog the map collection donated to the Center by Tom Touchton. Starting in February 2019, a cataloger from the USF Tampa Campus Library has come to the History Center two days a week to provide catalog records for the maps, searching OCLC and providing original records as needed. Cataloging information is placed in both the History Center’s Luna catalog and the Aleph catalog used by USF. The presentation will detail the process of work in the various catalogs and discuss the level of cataloging used. The talk will also feature some of the unusual maps in the collection that have been cataloged.

    Erin Grant (Director, Cataloging and Metadata Services, University of Washington,
    “Restructuring the Cataloging Policy Committee to Tackle Backlogs and Support the Strategic Plan”
    Last year, the University of Washington Libraries revamped its Cataloging Policy Committee, a group that primarily discussed national cataloging policies, into the Cataloging Policy and Practice Committee. This new iteration of the committee now serves as a forum for catalogers and cataloging stakeholders to plan and discuss cataloging work, and to establish and prioritize goals in alignment with the UW Libraries’ new Strategic Plan. A strategic committee membership structure was developed to involve colleagues outside of cataloging on a rotating, project-like basis. This cross-portfolio membership will enable CPPC to play an instrumental role in prioritizing and tackling cataloging backlogs while continuing to develop institutional responses to changes in cataloging and metadata practices. This presentation will cover background and catalysts for change, how the committee was restructured to facilitate collaboration and information sharing, and committee initiatives over the past year.

    For more information about this session, contact co-chairs Angela Kinney ( and David Van Kleeck (

  • CECCIG ALA Annual: Practical Linked Data in the Classroom

    Practical Linked Data in the Classroom
    Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group
    ALA Annual Conference, Friday, June 21, 2019, 1-2 pm in Room 143A, Washington Convention Center
    For the past decade or more Linked Data has been discussed at nearly every conference and taught in nearly every cataloging course. Despite OCLC’s WorldCat, LC’s name authorities and subject headings, and a few other sources being available as Linked Data, the implementation and use of Linked Data in cataloging work now feels so Sisyphean that many instructors and practitioners are at a loss as to what to discuss or teach.
    Please join us for presentations by and discussions with Tina Shrader, Head, Unit 1, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine, and Paul Frank, Coordinator, NACO and SACO Programs at Library of Congress. Shrader and Frank will address the practical side of Linked Data, the specific skills we should be teaching, and how we can best prepare students of all kinds for a linked data future.
  • LITA Board Meeting

    Saturday, June 22
    1:30-4:30pm ET
    Washington Convention Center, Room 303
    Join us online in Zoom
    Agenda and discussion documents
    Documents due to Jenny Levine by June 10
  • Register now for PLA 2020!

    Register now for the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, February 25-29. PLA personal members save $235 more than nonmembers now through January 31, 2020.
  • Program Announcement: ALA Annual FSAIG

    Join the ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.


    Date and time:  June 22 (Saturday) 4-5 p.m.

    Location: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (Room: Chinatown)

    Address: 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


    FAST and FAST Policy and Outreach Committee Update by Judy Jeng


    The OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary by Rosemary Groenwald


    OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) has long been looked to as an organization that provides guidance for cataloging audiovisual items. The OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary is a new OLAC resource that offers the cataloging community a video game specific genre vocabulary that can be applied to video game titles. The vocabulary is fully cross-referenced and includes authoritative sources to corroborate the usage of the genre term as applied to video games. Come learn about the process undertaken to develop and implement the vocabulary; hear more about the terms themselves; view an overview of the video game genre vocabulary resources on OLAC's website, and see the vocabulary in action in Mount Prospect Public Library's online catalog.


    FAST Headings at the Smithsonian Libraries by Heidy Berthoud and Jackie Shieh


    The Smithsonian Libraries (SL) have determined that FAST headings would be beneficial to its research community. The decision to include FAST headings in catalog records was made prior to the arrival of two new members joining the Discovery Services Division, but these two librarians were immediately tasked with moving this decision forward: Jackie Shieh, Descriptive Data Management, led the FAST project with major support from Heidy Berthoud, Head of Resource Description. This project identified a subset of monographs published prior to 1923 that were also part of the libraries’ digital collections. Bibliographic records were exported from Horizon via Z39.50, OCLC numbers were extracted, and then batch searched in WorldCat. Data analysis was conducted on both Horizon and OCLC sets. Records were then merged, reviewed, revised, and reimported into Horizon, not only with FAST headings, but also with linked data elements. As preparation was underway, both Jackie and Heidy realized that there would be ample opportunities for staff to learn new and/or refine existing skills on various open source tools. In this presentation, SL will share how the project was structured in such a way that staff could start with a minimal level of knowledge and build their skills over time. A linked data study group is also underway.
  • Program Announcement: Annual 2019

    Attending at ALA Annual 2019? Please join the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group, an open forum for discussion of all things technical services!  Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the 9 exciting roundtable discussions.

    Session details:

    Saturday, June 22

    4:00-5:00 PM

    Marriott Marquis, Scarlet Oak Room

    Washington, D.C.


    Save to your Scheduler here:

    We are proud to present the following discussion topics for our session at ALA Annual 2019:

    Topic: Technical Services for Data Management

    Presenter: Kate McNamara, US Census Bureau

    Summary: The discussion will focus on technical services librarians’ role in the data ecosystem. Data management is an evolving field and working with data often involves novel challenges for librarians. Catalogers, metadata librarians, and other technical services librarians must work across departments and disciplines to acquire, catalog, and disseminate data resources. I will share my experience as a librarian at the Census Bureau, where I work on documentation and metadata for administrative records data. This discussion will touch on workflows for data management and cataloging, training for data librarians, and collaboration around the world of data.


    Topic: Ethics of Cataloging

    Presenter: Jennifer Martin, Salisbury University

    Summary: Cataloging has always implicitly held itself to a standard of professional ethics: provide complete, accurate data that is useful to the user. Increasingly, though, catalogers are being challenged to not only make their professional ethics explicit but also to expand the scope of their ethical considerations to include broader ethical themes such as feminism, post-colonialism, and privacy. As a result, challenges to and critiques of established systems or aspects of systems are becoming more common and librarians must navigate situations in which their understanding of what is ethical conflicts with the practices in place, such as when the preferred name from the Library of Congress Authority Files does not match the name a person or group uses for themselves. This discussion will focus on the types of ethical issues encountered in cataloging, how those issues can conflict with each other, and how changes to increase ethical practice might impact the future work of cataloging.


    Topic: Empowering Through Staff Training and Team Skill Building

    Presenter: Jennifer Eustis and Meghan Bergin, UMass Amherst

    Summary: This topic aims to open up a discussion on how staff training and skill building workshops can empower both veteran and new staff in technical services and cross train staff outside of technical services on metadata and cataloging projects. Training and skill building occur frequently in and out of the office. At UMass Amherst, several staff have moved on, new staff have arrived, and the library is preparing for a migration to a new Library Services Platform. These changes have led to staff taking on new responsibilities and well as several cross training opportunities. Workshops have been recently offered to learn new software such as Outlook calendar, Trello, and Slack. Other workshops have been offered to prepare people to better their use cataloging tools such as MarcEdit and OpenRefine. Documentation has been updated or created to help staff learn new workflows such as cataloging music, updating local holdings records with OCLC, cataloging archival books, or how to handle batch loading.


    Topic: RDA toolkit redesign and LRM

    Presenter: Jessica Janecki, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University

    Summary: The RDA toolkit is getting an overhaul (! It is both an organizational overhaul as well as an integration of some new concepts from the IFLA Library Reference Model ( On April 30th a major update will be made to the Beta site, including a stable English language version of the text with the latest changes made to incorporate LRM concepts. By Annual we should have had a chance to poke around in the Beta Toolkit and maybe attend a webinar or two. Let's get together to discuss our impressions. What works? What doesn't? What questions do we have?


    Topic: Core competencies for technical services staff - how do we assess? how do we plan? how do we train?

    Presenter:  Lynn Whittenberger, NC State University Libraries

    Summary: There are a host of core competency documents that may (or may not) have relevance to technical services librarians developed by different library-related groups: NASIG Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians; OCLC New Skillset for Metadata Management; ALA Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians; and LLAMA Leadership and Management Competency, to name just a few. Most of these competency lists contain a mix of ‘hard’ and soft skills, and with some skills more specialized and narrowly defined than others. Deriving actionable plans for technical services staff training from these documents can be a challenge. Developing and delivering pertinent training for staff, both one-off and continuous, is also difficult. The group could discuss: strategies for identifying the competency documents relevant to one’s specific situation; ways to evaluate existing competencies in staff, and identifying gaps; developing strategies for delivering training, both short-term and long-term.


    Topic: Managing expectations while providing great customer service

    Presenter: Elizabeth Miraglia, UC San Diego

    Summary: Very often the work done in Technical Services goes unnoticed unless something goes wrong. It can be difficult to explain our workloads to other areas of the library and we also have a strong desire to provide excellent service to users and other library staff. Technical Services departments can also develop reputations for being the bottle neck for processes or for being too picky about certain details. As our field continues to grow and as the volume of work continues to increase, it is imperative that Technical Services departments be able to not only set healthy limits on what their departments can do, but also be able to explain the reasons for those limits and to re-evaluate past practices when the time comes.


    Topic: Collaboration across library departments to improve library services

    Presenter: Beverly Charlot, Jeam M. Charlot, and Rosamond Panda, Delaware State University

    Summary: Technical Services collaborated with departments in the library and university stakeholders to improve outreach and library services for nursing students. The project involved the development of a Nursing Students Resource Center, Nursing Subject LibGuide and catalog index to search/discover nursing materials located in the new resource center.


    Topic: Responsive Technical Services for Non-Roman Materials

    Presenter: Erin Grant, University of Washington

    Summary: Non-Roman language programs outside of the mainstream in academic institutions can be subject to rapid disruption as federal funding sources, students and faculty numbers, and institutional support fluctuate. How can technical services departments better position themselves to prepare for and respond to the cessation or addition of non-Roman language programs that result in changes to materials being collected?


    Topic: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Positioning, Collaboration, and Finding Balance Across Technical and Public Services

    Presenter: Jeffrey M. Mortimore, Georgia Southern University, Nikki Cannon-Rech, Georgia Southern University, and Sai Deng, University of Central Florida

    Summary: Technology, budgets, and library reorganizations have dramatically reshaped the roles of technical and public services librarians in recent years. Ways of collaborating across library units have changed as well. Together, technical and public services librarians are asking how we should position ourselves, seek collaboration, and find balance in our work. Drawing on participants' experiences, we will explore how engaging strengths and expertise across technical and public services, and partnering with students and researchers in scholarly communication practices, reframes librarian roles and contributes to well-rounded, impactful services for patrons. This discussion welcomes voices from across technical and public services.
  • 2019 ALA Annual Program Announcement: ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

    The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Georgetown University Room on Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    This year’s theme is "Thinking Outside the Book: Research on Non-traditional Cataloging & Classification" featuring five presentations that will address a variety of topics including research on digital publication metadata automation, linked data cataloging, GIS enabled geographic names, biases in classification and subject headings, and LGBTQAI+ material inclusion in school libraries.

    Regular Talks (12 minutes each)

    Automated Classification at the German National Library

    Ulrike Junger, Head, Domain Acquisition and Cataloguing, German National Library/Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

    In 2006 the German National Library’s (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek/DNB) collection mandate was expanded to digital publications. It soon became clear that the vast amount of digital publications that the library received via legal deposit could not be processed in the traditional way. It was therefore decided that digital publications would not be catalogued intellectually by the library. Instead, they have to be delivered together with descriptive metadata to create catalogue records. However, subject metadata are usually not delivered. Therefore the DNB started to develop and apply software based procedures to automatically generate and assign subject metadata to digital publications. This encompasses the assignment of DDC-based subject categories which are used to structure the German National Bibliography and assigned to every publication collected. The DNB also started to develop sets of DDC short notations which are apt for automated assignment. The presentation will describe the automated classification procedures, the results and problems as well as the design of the DDC short notations and the experiences with their automated assignment to digital documents so far.

    Cataloging in A Linked Data Environment: An Exploration by the University of Colorado Boulder

    Jim Kalwara, Special Materials Cataloging Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder

    Erik Radio, Metadata Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder

    As a recently added member to Linked Data for Production, 2nd Cohort (LD4P2), several catalogers at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries have been working with Sinopia, the Sinopia Profile Editor, and the BIBFRAME Editor to explore how original and copy cataloging may be performed in a linked data environment. The following presentation will discuss some of the training and experimentation involved in this project thus far by looking at a couple of example metadata profiles (i.e., digital photographs and kits) developed by members of the LD4P2 Profiles Working Group and share perspectives on how members of the cataloging community can begin building familiarity with the Sinopia environment and BIBFRAME. After attending this presentation, individuals will hopefully have a better understanding of linked data principles as they relate to cataloging concepts within BIBFRAME and some of the challenges surrounding the process of performing original and copy cataloging in linked data environment.

    Making Library of Congress Geographic Names GIS Enabled

    Haiqing Lin, Head, Technical Services, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Karen Yu, Head of East Asian Technical Services, University of Chicago Library

    The Library of Congress Library of Congress Name Authority File contains huge numbers of evidence based geographic names. It is a highly valuable resource developed by professional library catalogers following established roles and guidelines.  Library of Congress has published this collection as linked data to support interactive and machine access.  However, due to its encoding format, it is currently not accessible by various GIS software directly. An experiment now has been designed and conducted to explore the possibility of solving this problem. By assigning geo-coordinate information to the geographic name records, this experiment is intended to develop a RESTful web service based on Library of Congress Linked data services and republish names in geographic data format, such as KML, Geojson as well as csv. Thus, the Library of Congress geographic names (now being republished as geodata) will be able to be embedded into GIS software. The experiment will demonstrate a use case which shows geographic distribution of library collection and the suggested approach of recording /encoding geographic coordinates-(1) using decimal degrees to record latitude and longitude geographic coordinates; (2) introducing name space for Library of Congress geographic names linked data services.

    Light Talks (6 minutes each)

    “An astronaut, a nurse, and a prostitute walk into a library…”: How to Effectively Explain Our Value to Non-Catalogers

    Amanda Ros, Coordinator of Monograph Copy Cataloging, Texas A&M University

    How many times have you heard “you’re not a real librarian because you don’t work with the public?”  The majority of catalogers I know self-identify as introverts. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do and why it’s important because the words we use sound like a foreign language to others.  My recent research has focused on explaining the biases in classification and subject headings to non-library audiences. Sharing my research with non-cataloging colleagues has also helped them understand that we do more than “slap a barcode and a spine label on a book”. It is critically important that we explain our value in a way that doesn’t make others tune us out faster than you can say “authority control”.  This presentation will show how to better explain our relevance by talking about the unintentional--and sometimes intentional--bias of library catalogs due to classification numbers and subject terms. Outdated terms, lack of knowledge, and implicit bias can lead to incorrect analysis which can then lead to items not reaching those who need them.

    Classification and Cataloging of LGBTQAI+ Material in the Elementary School Library

    Linda Garrison, Doctoral Candidate, Texts and Technology, University of Central Florida

    The purpose of this study is to determine if elementary school libraries in the Tampa Bay area provide collections which include LGBTQAI+ material, and, if they do, to explore how that material is classified and cataloged. I will be exploring if the LGBTQAI+ literature is easily located by students and faculty, or, conversely, if the library classification and cataloging tools and practices restrict non-normative students’ self-acceptance by either misrepresenting them or by not representing them at all. To answer these questions, I will be interviewing private and public elementary school librarians to discover how they manage their library: what cataloging and classifications practices and tools they use when processing LGBTQAI+ material; how they employ tacit knowledge in these practices; and how they manage censorship issues. I will also collect descriptive statistics about school population and religious affiliation, library staffing, size and makeup of collection, budget (when possible), and circulation statistics. This information will allow a thick description of each librarian’s decisions, thus contextualizing their collection management procedures. The school library is a place where students should find a rich, diverse, inclusive collection of books which reflect their lived lives, including those who are, or who have friends and family members who are, members of the LGBTQAI+ community. By making previously black-boxed, inherently biased classification and cataloging tools and practices transparent, my research will hopefully help librarians make and justify subject headings and classifications that elementary school patrons will find useful and affirming.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the session!

    CCRIG Co-Chairs, 2018-2019
    Becky Skeen
    Sai Deng

    CCRIG Co-Vice Chairs, 2018-2019
    Amy Bailey
    Jianying Shou
  • CC:AAM Meeting, Annual 2019

    CC:AAM will meet at ALA Annual in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 23rd from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at the Courtyard Marriott, Shaw Ballroom. Guests are welcome to attend and encouraged to join us!
  • Call for Proposal: ALA ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group 2019 Annual

    Call for Proposal: ALA ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Annual Meeting (Washington DC)  

    The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group seeks speakers to present at the ALA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 23, 2019., from 10:30am to 11:30am. 

    Full presentations that are accepted are asked to be about 15 minutes long and the accepted light presentations 5-10 minutes long. Audience questions and discussion after the presentations are encouraged. See below for details: 

    Thinking Outside the Book: Research on Non-traditional Cataloging & Classification 

    Topics include (but not limited to): research on 

    • Classification, categorization and clustering in facilitating resource organization, description and retrieval; 
    • Classification schemes, adapting or developing classification systems for describing and classifying digital documents in the library and the web; 
    • Application of bibliographic classification principles in working with digital collections and metadata in institutional and digital repositories; 
    • Ethical issues in subject analysis and biases in classification schemes, thesauri and other knowledge organization systems; 
    • Thesauri in modern information retrieval and automatic text classification; 
    • Collaboration with graduate students, faculty and researchers in digital humanities, science and other fields on data curation related projects on campus and beyond; 
    • Transforming library bibliographic data from MARC to BIBFRAME, RDA and the Library Reference Model, and other innovative cataloging and metadata projects; 
    • Communications between technical services, digital initiatives and public services; 
    • Semantic web and LOD technologies in working with library data, and cataloger's responsibilities in the linked data environment. 

    Please email proposals to the Co-Chairs by Friday, April 26, 2019. In your proposal, please include the following:

    • Presentation title
    • Abstract: 150-300 words
    • Amount of time needed to make the presentation
    • Names and positions of presenter(s)
    • Email address(es) of presenter(s)

    We look forward to hearing from you!
    CCRIG Co-Chairs, 2018-2019
    Sai Deng
    Becky Skeen

    CCRIG Co-Vice Chairs, 2018-2019
    Amy B. Bailey
    Jianying Shou
  • Call for proposals: ALCTS Preservation Metadata Interest Group (PMIG)

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    Call for proposals: ALCTS Preservation Metadata Interest Group (PMIG)

    The ALCTS PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group (PMIG) seeks proposals for 10-15 min. presentations at the next ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm. 


    The Preservation Metadata Interest Group’s charge is to discuss the bibliographic control and intellectual access to preserved and reformatted materials.

    Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Successful implementations of preservation metadata
    False starts, failed experiments and lessons learned
    Challenges to preservation metadata
    Training for preservation metadata
    Discussion of useful tools, software, or systems in preservation metadata
    Discussion of workflows in preservation metadata
    Developments of local preservation metadata practices and/or schema

    Please submit proposal abstracts to co-chairs Marielle Veve and Ilda Cardenas by Monday, April 8th 2019.


    If you have questions, please contact the co-chais. We look forward to hearing from you!


    ALCTS PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group Co-Chairs for 2019:


    Marielle Veve

    Metadata Librarian

    Thomas G. Carpenter Library

    University of North Florida


    Ilda Cardenas

    Electronic Resources Librarian

    Pollack Library

    California State University at Fullerton
  • [UPCOMING DEADLINE] Soliciting Input for Topics at ALA Annual

    We are still seeking input on topics of interest to this group for discussion at our meeting at ALA Annual. Please send me your suggestions by March 15, 2019.
  • Meeting reminder

    Hi everyone,

    Just a friendly reminder that we are meeting today at 1pm MTN time:

    See you then!
  • LITA Board Meeting

    April 22, 2019
    12:00 - 2:00pm CT
    Join us online in Zoom
  • Full Roster

    Our committee is now at full membership!
  • LITA Education Committee Meeting March 1

    Will be at 1pm MTN on Friday, March 1st. Here is the agenda and link. I will send out a reminder the week prior. Thank you!

  • Updates and Reminders

    • All of the information for the group is in ALA Connect, and hopefully you have access to the page-if not, please let one of us know

    • Please take a look at the style guide if you have any questions for how to structure posts. With the updated writer's list, we counted a total of 3 posts per person per year which would give us 48 posts + all the ones that Mark has and we think that would make a good amount of content. The question for the group is, how would you like to schedule these-should we assign three due dates for each writer? Any other suggestions?
  • Doodle Poll for our next meeting

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    Please fill out the Doodle poll for our next meeting. Thank you!
  • LITA Education Committee meeting

    Hi everyone,

    It looks like Friday, 2/1 at 10am MTN will work for the majority of the group. Here is the Zoom link:

    And our agenda:
    • Plan for Spring needs assessment (including personas committee report)

    • Webinar assessment/evaluation: Ally, Joanna, Frank, I think we have a survey that goes out after every offering, but is there something else we can do?
  • LITA Board Meeting

    January 26, 2018
    1:30 - 4:30pm PST
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  • 2019 ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group ALA Midwinter Meeting

    ​You are invited to attend the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, Washington: 

    Monday, January 28, 2019,  9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Hyatt Regency Seattle, Regency A (Upper Ballroom West)

    Presentations and biographies:
    Jodene R. Pappas: Cataloging Services Librarian, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas (

    Jodene Pappas received her MLS from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS in 1990. Since then, she has worked in public and academic libraries, both in public services and technical services, and in libraries small and large. Her previous position was as the Head of Cataloging of the Book Section at the Wichita Public Library, Wichita, KS. In 2012, she made the jump from a public to an academic library, and quickly found many new opportunities available. Jodene has been the Cataloging Services Librarian at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX since 2012.

    Presentation: “One Record at a Time: Simply Starting Linked Data at a Mid-Sized University.” As a traditional cataloger with very limited knowledge of non-MARC metadata and other technologies, I learned the sooner my library starts implementing Linked Data, the more visible and discoverable our materials will be on the web for all our users. Other researchers have found many technical methods for accommodating large amounts of data. Mid-sized university libraries often do not have the resources that larger institutions have. Can mid-sized libraries, such as mine, participate on a smaller-scale to reap the benefits of Linked Data? With many physical collections dying a slow death and the need to make all resources discoverable from any search engine, linked data is key. To begin, we will look at the Linked Data Competency Framework and the Competency Index for Linked Data. Next, the data used is from an archive collection as well as books and a video of Charles Wilson, a U.S. representative from Texas, made popular by the movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Using the bibliographic data we will attempt to implement Linked Data in a small, easily managed project. The purpose is to illustrate: 1) what knowledge and skills are needed to begin applying Linked Data, 2) the increased discoverability and usage that result from implementing Linked Data, and 3) an explanation of these factors to library administrators and staff. After linking the initial materials with each other as well as a Wikipedia article, the research method will compare overall usage rates of traditionally cataloged materials and finding aids to the same items having Linked Data applied.
    Erin Freas-Smith: Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian, Library of Congress, Washington, DC (  

    Erin Freas-Smith has an MA in African-American History from Howard University in Washington, DC and a PhD in Modern African History from The School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Before coming to the Library of Congress as an Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian in 2016, she taught undergraduate courses in African and US History at Howard University and the University of Sussex in the UK. Erin is an active member of the Africana Librarians Council and has presented on topics related to Africa, acquisitions and cataloging. Currently Erin works in the Africa Section of the African, Latin American & Western European Division at the Library of Congress, where she helps to build the national collection through the acquisition of items from the African continent, and catalogs monographs from South Africa and Nigeria. This is Erin’s first time attending and presenting at ALA.

    Presentation: “African Academic Print Journal Project: Producing and Sharing Article-Level Metadata for Print-Only African Academic Journals.” The Library of Congress has one of the largest historical collections in the world of academic print journals from Africa. Despite this substantive collection, many academic researchers might not know of the primary source materials contained within these print journals, nor  have time to delve fully into the Library’s vast collection. In order to conduct research, scholars would need to order entire runs of each publication with the hope that an individual issue has the information they seek.  In an effort to bring this metadata to light and increase usage of these important resources, the Africa Section of the African, Latin American & Western European Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate at the Library of Congress embarked upon a pilot project in 2018 to explore the value and practicality of creating article-level metadata for the Library’s vast collection of print-only African journals. The project has three aims: 1) electronically capture table of contents data from journal titles; 2) transcribe article-level metadata for maximum browsing and discoverability; and 3) upload the two components into a database that in future will be available to researchers across the globe. During this presentation, Freas-Smith will describe best practices established for the project, including the methodology used to display the metadata. She will also describe the challenges of navigating such a large amount of data, including making the metadata visible to researchers through the Library’s Integrated Library Management System, and will provide an overview of the technical processes of the pilot project. ​​​​​
  • LITA Board Meeting

    January 16, 2019
    10:00am - 12:00pm CST
    Online in Zoom
  • Program Announcement: Midwinter 2019

    Attending at ALA Midwinter 2019? Please join the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group, an open forum for discussion of all things technical services!  Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the 8 exciting roundtable discussions being held on Saturday, January 26th, from 4:30-5:30 PM in Room 2B of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  Add the session to your conference scheduler here:

    We are proud to present the following discussion topics for our session at ALA Midwinter 2019:

    Critical cataloging and faculty engagement

    Proposal by: Susan Ponischil (Grand Valley State University)

    Facilitators: Violet Fox (OCLC), Mira Greene (Rice University)

    Catalogers interested in engaging faculty can create opportunities. Critical cataloging looks at social justice issues and the ethical implications of our work. This framework can be incorporated as a critical theory into curricula in a number of disciplines such as Literary Studies, Gender Studies, Education, Sociology, Criminal Justice, etc. The Library of Congress Subject Headings create opportunities for engagement through discussions about biases and fallacies represented. An open dialogue about LCSH issues and how to address those issues through tools like the Cataloging Lab can be incorporated in to the conversation. This heightened awareness can translate into a better understanding of how to use the catalog, but also an appreciation for the focus librarians bring to conversations about discrimination and disparities.  Potential questions could include: Are there opportunities in your institution for this type of engagement? Is critical cataloging something you actively participate in? How? If you were to consider reaching out to faculty, which discipline would consider first?

    Understanding and Managing the Changing Landscape of Technical Services

    Facilitators: Dan Tam Do (University of Vermont) and Lihong Zhu (Washington State University)

    This roundtable discussion will focus on exploring current issues and trends in technical services, including the role of the manager or supervisor in addressing change. What are the major drivers of change in the current landscape of technical services? Here, the drivers of change refer to those factors which bring changes in the overall landscape. They can originate from the outer ring of the macro-environment or within the inner ring of the micro-environment. It is critical to understand the major drivers of change since they are likely to impact all aspects of technical services, including standards, best practices, technology, workflows, and staffing. Managers and supervisors in technical services are often responsible not only for these aspects of operations but also for maintaining awareness of the drivers of change, considering and communicating their potential impacts, and making decisions around change. This position brings a unique perspective as well as particular challenges, which will be explored during the discussion. Potential questions may include: 1. What are the major drivers of change in the current landscape of technical services? 2. What challenges do managers and supervisors face in meeting the upcoming changes in technical services? 3. What can managers and supervisors do to develop their technical services department into a learning organization that is not only keeping up to date with current issues and trends, but also continuously learning new ways of doing things?

    Embracing Technical Service's Public Service Role

    Facilitator: Jeffrey Mortimore (Georgia Southern University)

    The traditional distinction between the “front office” and the “back office” fails to align with contemporary technical services practice. Today, technical and public services personnel are equally involved in providing resources, services, and support direct to patrons, demanding communication, collaboration, and public service competencies library-wide. Drawing upon participants' experiences, this roundtable will discuss the importance of communication and referral skills commonly associated with reference and instruction to the delivery of effective technical services. What are the emerging points of contact between technical and public services, and technical services and patrons? What role has the ongoing transition to electronic resources played in changing or increasing these points of contact, and the need for technical services personnel to participate in their mediation? How do technical services personnel provide education, promotion, and support for library resources? What practices work well, and what can we do better? How does technical services’ participation in patron education and support impact technical and public services roles library-wide? Are traditional service models well adapted to emerging technical and public services?

    Tools and workflows for enhancing discoverability of linked data and other library resources on the web

    Facilitators: Theodore Gerontakos, Crystal Clements, Benjamin Riesenberg (University of Washington)

    Many libraries create linked data and local triple stores which, in turn, become additional library resources to expose to potential users. One goal for this type of resource is to make it discoverable directly on the web, often without intervening applications such as an integrated library system or a content management system. How have libraries dealt with this challenge? How are we publishing resources (including linked data and local triple stores) directly into the web and making them discoverable? Library metadata as linked data further complicates this effort because web searches customarily retrieve the resources themselves, rather than descriptions about the resources. We can use search engine optimization practices to make our datasets visible to web searches, but how do we present them to justify offering a dataset as a query solution? These problems can apply to any resource published directly into the web. A discussion of discoverability strategies for diverse resources, including but not limited to linked data resources, would make for an informative discussion. Potential discussion questions may include: 1. What work has your institution done to optimize discoverability of locally produced linked data? How has your institution facilitated the use of that linked data? How thoroughly was that data integrated with other web resources? 2. What can libraries do moving forward to enhance discoverability of library resources on the web? Has your institution considered SEO practices, Wikimedia, sitemaps, Something else? 3. How can institutions share workflows and knowledge as we explore this new territory? What are some ways for us to work together in order not to duplicate our efforts and to share what we learn?

    Team building in technical services: how to boost morale and motivate staff

    Facilitators: Laura Evans and Rachel Turner (Binghamton University)

    Whether it’s the constantly increasing number of projects, migration to a new system, or just the daily grind, sometimes technical services staff need a little motivation to continue working productively. A key component of being productive is healthy interpersonal relationships among staff members. If colleagues work well together, they are more likely to enjoy coming to work, collaborate on projects, and contribute to the work of the technical services department. This discussion will focus on creative team building ideas that can be employed in staff meetings, on special occasions, or day-to-day, that can help staff members become more comfortable with each other, boost morale and ensure that everyone feels like part of the team. Through our questions and examples, we will also explore the idea that team building exercises do not have to be all-day workshops or silly icebreakers, but can be engaging and encourage staff to think “outside of the box.” Discussion questions may include: 1. What team building ideas have you tried within your department? Were they successful? 2. In what contexts are fun or motivational activities appropriate? How do you keep these activities focused and productive? 3. How do you choose inclusive activities, or include staff members who are not comfortable with traditional team-building ideas?

    Technical Services in a Startup University

    Facilitator: Raymond Pun (Alder Graduate School of Education)

    As a librarian at a startup university building a library from scratch, I am interested in hosting a discussion exploring the intricacies, problems, opportunitities and expectations of startup culture can apply to library policies ranging from collection strategy to e-access to IT collaboration. The discussion will center on tools and resources that might make workflows much more streamlined in this situation. Some of these discussions and applications can also be re-directed or transferred to established institutions too. The challenge of working at a startup university is identifying the needs and priorities but how do you do that when everything is constantly moving, important, timely and urgent? This discussion will open up discussions on how workflows for technical services can be developed in these startup cultures: solo librarianship, librarians who transitioned from technical to public services, librarians who also serve as IT/academic writing support, and librarians who do not have any physical libraries to work in. Potential questions may include: 1. Think of several words of the word "startup" and write it down in the index card, we'll pass it around and take turns to read it. Is "startup" a good or not so good blend with academic/library cultures, why or why not? 2. If you didn't have a website, no IT support (or very limited), no collection policy, no library staff other than yourself and no collections (digital or print) so far but you do have a 10k budget line for library resources and university accreditors coming in next month for a visit, what are your first priorities and how would you plan this through? What scenarios can you take back from this experience as a technical services librarian? Where/how do you begin to purchase e-resources? 3. Has anyone worked in public services before? If so, what are your experiences having transitioned to technical services? What are some challenges, opportunities and benefits from such transition? Do you establish workflows differently based on your past experiences as a public services librarian?

    Evaluating Technical Services Operations

    Facilitator: Jennifer Sweeney (San Jose State University)

    Is your technical services operation as efficient as it could be? This session will feature discussion on how to assess processes and workload and identify inefficiencies to improve workflow, streamline processes, and identify best practices in selecting, ordering, purchasing, delivery, movement of materials throughout the library system.  Potential discussion questions may include: 1. Describe current movement of materials through your system (there will be a form for participants to fill out to help organize this information; facilitator will sketch out flowchart on easel pad). Also demographics: Size/type of library. Size of staff. Your role. 2. What is most challenging in your current workflow? 3. How could this be improved? 4. What are the barriers to making improvements in your process? 5. How might these barriers be minimized or eliminated?

    Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan Open Communication

    Facilitator: Alison Armstrong (Radford University)

    The Collection Development Unit has always tried to work in concert with the Interlibrary Loan Unit but being in different departments made cross collaboration difficult. In 2015, the supervisors of each unit worked together to develop a “Purchase on Demand” program. The Collection Assistant looked at books (and sometimes CDs) which had been requested multiple times and decided which titles to purchase to avoid the future need to borrow for our patrons. For titles that ILL could not find a copy to borrow, there were procedures for ILL staff to send the title to the Collection Assistant to potentially purchase to be placed on hold for the patron. Overall, this program has worked well and, above all else, it has led to a collaborative environment with better communication across departments.  Discussion questions may include: How do your ILL and C.D. departments/units work together? What do you see as impediments to communication between areas? Are there ways in which you can use clear procedures to achieve the desired result?
  • ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Current Information

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  • ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group Midwinter 2019 Programming

    The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Midwinter conference held in Seattle

    Date and time: January 26, 2019 (Saturday), 10:30-11:30 am

    Location: The Hyatt Regency Seattle, Jr. Ballroom West B

    There will be three presentations that are relevant to what catalogers are dealing with today.  The presentations will be 15 minutes long, and there will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

    Lower the Barrier and Be Empowered: Creating and Including Linked Data Vocabularies for Digital Collections

    By Sai (Sophia) Deng, University of Central Florida

    Linked data has been explored and adopted by the library and archive community in recent years, but it has remained a relatively high bar to implement for most librarians and catalogers in their daily work. To lower the barrier, the librarians at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries have adopted open source tools and platforms such as OpenRefine and Wikidata to their workflows to include linked data for their collections in the digital repositories as well as the library catalog. This presentation will review digital repositories' capabilities in accommodating linked data and show several cases of adding linked data vocabularies, such as those from the Library of Congress' authority files and the Virtual International Authority File, to the UCF Libraries' digital collections. The added linked data are meant to enhance the collections by enriching contexts to various entities or fields such as individual and corporate authors, thesis advisors, contributors and subjects. OpenRefine is used in this process to edit data and reconcile data against external vocabularies. In the case of no standard vocabulary is found, Wikidata is used to create linked data for local terms so that they can be added to the digital collections and shared with the larger community. This presentation will also address highlights and challenges of working with linked data, such as distinguishing between various terms, searching for sufficient information in establishing terms and presenting them in meaningful ways.
    Enhancing Metadata and Improving Discoverability for Digital Collections

    By Dave Van Kleeck, and Chelsea Dinsmore, University of Florida

    The University of Florida (UF) Digital Collections (UFDC) are an actively growing, open access, digital library comprised of over 500,000 records. In 2017 the University of Florida Libraries engaged in a pilot project to examine the efficacy of applying machine assisted indexing as a means of improving findability of content in a large scale digital collection. By applying controlled vocabularies from a broader selection of thesauri and achieving a larger number of relevant subject terms per title, we posited that more productive user searching with better and more accurate results would be achieved. The enhanced metadata will be added to openly available catalog records, including OCLC records, making the enhancements available to the majority of North American libraries. As with any large scale digital library, a well-known challenge is the varying quality and quantity of legacy metadata available for each title. A secondary, but critically important goal of the pilot project was to develop tools for integrating retrospective metadata clean-up into the process of incorporating enhanced subject terms into the metadata record. This presentation will provide an overview of the pilot project, an update on the progress made to date, and plans for expansion of the project scope.
    Responsibilities & workflows: keeping agile in a rapidly changing environment

    By Tricia Mackenzie and Kimberley Edwards, George Mason University

    Cataloging departments are expected to be more and more nimble, from migrating to new systems, to adapting linked data into their daily workflows. In 2018 this was reinforced when the George Mason University Libraries migrated to Ex Libris' Alma platform, and in the process moved from working in a stand-alone environment to a shared catalog with 12 other libraries. In this presentation we will discuss cataloging processes and workflows developed both internally and at the consortium level, how staff duties were adjusted to fit the new environment, and how we used the migration as an opportunity for strengthening relationships between the cataloging and acquisitions departments.
    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the session!

    ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group (CNIG)

    Rachel Turner ( and Paul Heyde (, Co-Chairs

    Keiko Suzuki ( and Liza Hickey ( us), Co-Vice Chairs
  • 2019 Midwinter Meeting

    Teaching RDA-3R and IFLA-LRM to LIS Students and Metadata Professionals

    Join us for the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group Meeting, Friday 25 January 2019 from 1:00-2:30 pm in Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center.

    The IFLA Library Reference Model (IFLA-LRM), a harmonization of the IFLA Functional Requirements theoretical models, has become the foundational model for the recent revision of Resource Description and Access (RDA-3R). LIS instructors are at a loss for methods to teach these new versions when they come into mainstream use. In particular, the RDA-3R revision provides no context for a linear path or starting point for creating metadata, which will present new challenges for study and teaching. Join us for a brainstorming and planning discussion to develop methods for instruction of RDA-3R and the IFLA-LRM.
  • ALA Midwinter 2019 ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group Program

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    ALA Midwinter 2019 ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group Program Announcement

    The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group is pleased to announce its program at the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 2A, Seattle, WA, on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 3 to 4 p.m.

    This year’s theme is "Research on Cataloging and Classification and Its Applications within and beyond the Library" featuring four presentations that will address a variety of topics including research on archival description and metadata, discovery and archival systems, authority control and vocabularies, as well as the changing and retrospective practices in cataloging and classification in the library community. 

    Regular Talks (15 minutes each) 

    More than LCSH: Enhancing the Discovery of Archival Resources
    Whitney Buccicone, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, University of Washington Libraries
    Charlene Chou, Coordinator for Distinctive Collections Technical Services, University of Washington Libraries

    Archival materials are highly valuable primary sources that users need to complete research on a daily basis. Relying on finding aids is a great way to start said research but so much more can be done by catalogers and other metadata professionals to increase accessibility to these unique resources. This presentation will focus on the metadata of print, visual and digital resources in ArchivesWest and its inconsistent use of metadata, especially of controlled vocabularies, which causes issues with search results, in addition to other related issues of discovery portals. We will compare these issues across different case studies showing how material types, names, subjects, and related objects are displayed in different discovery portals, e.g. Primo, ArchivesWest, ContentDM, Social Networks and Archival Context and Wikimedia, etc. The end of the presentation will be a series ofrecommendations on how to improve metadata for these materials, suggestions on implementation for any size of metadata or archives team and how quality metadata supporting better discovery portals with features such as data visualization and so on.

    LCGFT Ten Years Later: A Survey on Genre/Form Vocabulary Usage
    Colin Bitter, Music Cataloger/Repository Librarian, R. Barbara Gitenstein Library, The College of New Jersey
    Yuji Tosaka, Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, R. Barbara Gitenstein Library, The College of New Jersey

    Since the Library of Congress began development of the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) in 2007, a small body of research has been generated regarding the implementation of the vocabulary within various cataloging communities. While much of this research has successfully traced the history of genre and form application within bibliographic records, little has been done to show the prevalence of LCGFT vocabulary in library catalogs. In order to examine this question we designed a comprehensive survey for wide-scale distribution in early 2018. Although several LCGFT project areas have been completed, neither OCLC nor the Library of Congress have retrospectively converted bibliographic records to add genre form terms; as a result, summer 2018 (approximately ten years after the first LCGFT terms were available) seemed to be an appropriate time to conduct such a survey. The survey, distributed on all major US cataloging email lists, aimed to measure the extent to which LCGFT has been adopted at a variety of institutions, understand why catalogers have or have not adopted the vocabulary, measure application of LCGFT terms by format, garner information about LCGFT training, and determine how institutions are displaying/indexing LCGFT in discovery systems. Collecting over 500 responses, the presenters will share some of the key results from their survey and provide much needed insight on the current state of genre-form terms in library catalogs.

    Light Talks (6 minutes each)

    Benchmarking Vended Authority Control Practices in ARL Libraries
    Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, University at Albany, SUNY
    Nancy Poehlmann, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, University at Albany, SUNY

    In this presentation the authors will share the results of a study designed to benchmark the use of vendors to support authority control activities in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries. Such activities include updating authority or bibliographic records, sourcing authority records, participation in cooperative cataloging efforts, and more. The authors designed a survey and sent it to the Heads of Cataloging or Authority Control Librarians of ARL Libraries. The survey investigated whether and how responding libraries used vendors to create and maintain an authority file and process current cataloging records. The survey gathered demographic and other information about the libraries, and the authors identified trends and correlations between these and other factors. Data gathered included information about how current cataloging is managed, how authority files are kept up to date, future plans regarding the use of vendors for authority control functions, and more. The authors will share their findings, note trends in vended authority control processes, and make recommendations for further research.

    Finding Religion in RDA
    Elliot Williams, Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, University of Miami

    A surprising number of cataloging rules in RDA deal explicitly with religion. There are rules for how to choose a preferred title for religious texts, how to create access points for religious leaders, when a religious leader is considered the creator of a work, etc. However, the frequency with which religion is mentioned in cataloging rules is not often discussed in cataloging research. This presentation will explore the ways in which RDA addresses religion, in order to better understand how cataloging practice has evolved to deal with this subject area. Through close reading and text analysis of selected RDA rules, I will explore when and why religion appears in RDA, as well as what religions and faith traditions are most explicitly discussed. By sharing some preliminary findings on this topic, I hope to raise broader questions about how library cataloging practice has adapted to the requirements of specific communities and types of resources. 

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the session!

    CCRIG Co-Chairs, 2018-2019
    Sai Deng
    Becky Skeen

    CCRIG Co-Vice Chairs, 2018-2019
    Amy Bailey
    Jianying Shou
  • Call for Proposals: LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2019

    *Please excuse cross-postings.*

    The LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group seeks proposals for its meeting on Saturday, January 26th at 4:00-5:30 PM during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

    The Open Source Systems IG encourages active participation in the open source community, promotes the use of open source software in libraries, and advocates for the development of open standards and policies. We invite you to share your experience implementing and using open source systems in your organization.

    Presentation topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:
    • the new website you built with an open source CMS like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla
    • your recent ILS move to Koha or Evergreen
    • a digital repository you set up with Omeka or Islandora
    • your switch from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice
    • the brand new software you just created and want to share with the community
    Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes with a short time afterwards for questions.

    Please email proposals to Jake Ineichen ( or Rob Nunez ( by Friday, December 14th.

    Your proposal should include:
    • Proposal title
    • Proposal description (up to 150 words)
    • Name and position of presenter

    We will notify you by Friday, December 21st if your proposal has been accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Jake Ineichen (Co-chair) and Rob Nunez (Co-chair)
  • Call for proposals: Midwinter 2019

    Interested in leading a roundtable discussion during the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group session at the upcoming Midwinter 2019 meeting?  Submit your proposal, including a summary of your topic and three sample discussion questions, by Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 via this form:

    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, January 26, 2019 in Seattle. If similar proposals are submitted and accepted, facilitators may be asked to co-facilitate. If your discussion topic does not have any participants, chosen facilitators will be asked to present a 3 minute lightning talk.

    Based on feedback from previous attendees, for Midwinter 2019 we will allow for the submission of discussion proposals from individuals not able to attend the session.  If such proposals are accepted, the CITSIG chair and vice-chair will solicit a discussion facilitator.

    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.
    An abstract which explains the topic and how it applies to the evolution of technical services.
    Three sample discussion questions.

    To help you formulate a discussion proposal, recent attendees have expressed interest in the following topics:
    • Outreach from Technical Services staff to users.
    • Cross-departmental collaboration and building relationships outside of Technical Services.
    • Conducting research as Technical Services staff.
    • Staff development and administrative mentorship.
    • Team building within Technical Services departments.
    • E-resources and the future of acquisitions
    • Special tools, applications, and workflows
    • Transitions in leadership, management, and practices
    • Core competencies for technical services staff and cataloging education
    • Hiring in technical services
    • Critical cataloging

  • 2019 Kilgour Award Nominations now being accepted.

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Kilgour Research Award through December 31st.  Apply or nominate someone today!  The winner receives $2,000 cash, an award citation, and an expense-paid trip (airfare and two nights lodging) to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.

    The Kilgour Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research showing promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed
  • LITA Board Meeting

    10:00am - 12:00pm Central Time
    Online meeting
    Open to anyone - please join us!
  • Call for Proposals: Cataloging Norms Interest Group, Midwinter 2019

    ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group seeks speakers to present at ALA Midwinter in Seattle on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.

    Cataloging Norms Interest Group (CNIG) offers a forum for the exploration, communication, and exchange of ideas and best practices on the dynamics of cataloging/metadata norms and workflows in the hybrid environment.

    Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers, and administrators, and be approximately 15 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

    Past and suggested topics:

    Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms
    Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"
    Cataloging and metadata in hybrid and digital libraries
    Changes in catalogers' workflows
    Quality control and benchmarking
    How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms
    Metadata records and elements in different contexts
    Impact of web norms on cataloging norms
    Cataloging education/continuing education
    Cataloging department collaboration with other library units
    Catalogers sharing public service responsibilities
    RDA: integration of records, training
    Best practices for digital repositories
    Please email proposal abstracts to co-chairs Paul Heyde ( and Rachel Turner ( by Friday, October 26st, 2018.

    If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • 2019-20 LITA ARC Meetings

    From 2pm-3pm EST on:
    • August 12, 2019
    • September 9, 2019
    • October 14, 2019
    • November 11, 2019
    • December 9, 2019
    • January 13, 2020

    Running meeting notes

    Join WebEx Meeting: 
    Access code: 793 197 482

    Join by phone:
    +1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
    Access code: 793 197 482
  • LITA Board Meeting

    Friday, July 20, 10:00-11:00am Central Time  
    View the agenda
  • Instructional Technologies IG and LITA Guides: A discussion (Event 2 of 2)

    Monday, June 25, from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 298

    Come learn and share about instructional technologies! Our featured guest will be Breanne Kirsch, author of The LITA Guide to No- or Low-Cost Technology Tools for Libraries, which highlights a number a great, free instructional technology tools. We will have plenty of time to have an open discussion facilitated by LITA ITIG Chair Lilly Ramin, to share the technology tools we are using in our libraries.

    (+ also LITA publications committee will announce the LITA guide proposal winners)
  • LITA Instructional Technologies Interest Group meeting (event 1 of 2)

    Please join us to chat about this group, tech tools, training and use in instruction (even one on one).

    Sat June 23 10:30-11:30
    Morial Convention Center, Rm 275-277
    This is the all-committees meeting slot, so you can chat with our other IG colleagues and learn about LITA too!

    ALL library types and ALA attendees are welcome.

    Can't make it, or want to keep the tech tool conversation going at our event Mon 10:30 am as well!

    We will also be collecting signatures for ALA LITA ITIG renewal (LITA membership ID, name and email required) - see IG renewal form

    I look forward to meeting you!

    ~ Lilly Ramin

    First Year Experience, Sociology & Instructional Technologies Librarian, UNT | LITAITIG Chair

  • 2018 Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group Meeting at ALA Annual

    Please join the ALCTS CaMMS Heads of Cataloging Departments Interest Group at the ALA Annual 2018 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.


    Monday, June 25, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    Morial Convention Center, rooms 279-280 (Theater)

    Program Information and Speaker Bios
  • Join a PLA Interest Group - New!

    PLA recently launched eight new interest groups to increase member engagement, foster connections and networking, help members find what they need, and drive conversations around key areas affecting public libraries. Topics include:

    • Data and Measurement
    • Digital Literacy
    • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Family Engagement
    • Health
    • Immigration and Citizenship
    • Legislation and Advocacy
    • Workforce Development/Small Business
  • Online Member Survey

    Take our online member survey to tell us a little more about your job, work environment, educational needs, and professional aspirations to help us understand how a new division might best serve your needs. The survey closes on May 20, 2018.
  • Co-Chair needed

    Interested in becoming more involved in LITA? Have an interest in FLOSS? The Open Source Systems IG is looking for individuals to help lead the group as co-chairs. You must have a current ALA & LITA membership to be eligible. The time commitment is usually no more than 12 per year, and attendance to ALA conferences is optional. If you are interested contact Rob Nunez or Jake Ineichen via ALA Connection.
  • International Games Week is November 4-10, 2018

    Libraries can host a gaming event during or near this week to be eligible for registration for donations.
  • Training Showcase 2018 Participation Form

    Are you interested in hosting a table at the Learning Round Table Training Showcase at ALA Annual in New Orleans on Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on the Exhibit Floor.Please complete this form by April 30. Once submitted, you will receive a follow up email with more details.
  • Upcoming Midwinter Meeting

    Our  group will meet on Saturday, February 10, 3-4pm in the Colorado Convention Center Room 711.  Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and inclusion topics in libraries. We welcome an exchange of program topics related current issues such as gender equality and the historic events of 1968. Best practices related to program assessment and improving organizational climate will also be discussed. If you have additional topics or inquiries that you would like on the agenda, please contact me prior to the meeting at I will be acting as discussion group facilitator in the absence of Kathryn Kjaer.