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PVLR Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group Forum

Monday 1/18, 8-10am, BCEC-Room 157C
The PVLR Forum presents speakers on a timely topic of interest to all of the constituencies in the supply chain: publishers, vendors, and librarians.

Newspaper Interest Group

Saturday 1/16, 1:30-3:30pm, BCEC-Room 157C
Attendees and presenters discuss newspaper preservation, history, digitization, and other related topics.

Electronic Resources Interest Group

Saturday 1/16, 10:30am-12 noon, BCEC-Room 253A
TOPIC: "In the 'Know': E-Resource Knowledge Base Management and Best Practices”. Speakers include: Charlotte Keys, Director, University Library Technology Services, Tufts University; Sarah Tusa, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Collection Development & Acquisitions, Mary & John Gray Library, Lamar University; Jason Price, Head of Collections & Acquisitions - Claremont Colleges' Library, eResource Package Analyst - Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, Member of NISO/UKSG KBART Working Group; and Christine Stohn, SFX Product Manager, Ex Libris.

Forum: Mix and Match: Mashups of Bibliographic Data

Monday, January 18, 10:30am - 12 noon, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, room 104A/B.
This ALCTS Midwinter Forum on sharing and re-use of metadata will highlight the many ways in which metadata is now created and circulated among multiple types of participants in the resource chain. Not only are library databases making use of ONIX-derived metadata, but library-sourced metadata is also moving back out into the larger discovery environment represented by entities such as Google and Amazon. Panel speakers will describe the state of the art of metadata matchups from their points of view, describe the challenges and obstacles to greater sharing, and outline desirable next steps.

The panel will include Renee Register (Global Product Manager, OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services), Karen Coyle (Open Library), and Kurt Groetsch (Google).

Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group

Sunday 1/17, 4-5:30pm, BCEC-Room 151A/B
Provides a forum for discussion of issues within the field of technical services which are relevant to library staff at all levels, particularly those issues relating to the evolution of technical services as it affects and is affected by technology and greater interdependency among all library departments.

Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Monday 1/18, 1:30-3:30pm, BCEC-Room 105
The ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group is a discussion group in which librarians have an opportunity to talk about current issues related to scholarly communication and in particular their implications for library collections and technical services. All librarians with an interest in scholarly communication issues are cordially invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

FRBR Interest Group

Friday 1/15, 10:30am-12 noon, BCEC-Room 156 A/B
An ongoing lively discussion of the implications and implementations of FRBR and FRAD.

Out of Print Discussion Group

Sunday 1/17 1:30-3:30pm BCEC-Room 157B
Presentation and discussion of Digitization on Demand in libraries.

Shifting Technical Services Priorities to Meet Evolving Needs of the Institution

Library technical services have been undergoing radical changes and are facing new challenges due to shrinking budget, reduced positions, new E-formats and technology. Shifting priorities and seeking innovative approaches and workflows are critical in meeting these challenges. This program will cover topics such as aligning tech services with library initiatives, applying new technologies to improve workflows, leveraging cooperation across institutions, retooling technical services staff, collaborating with other departments within the library.

New Members Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 10:30am-12 noon WEST-Lewis
The New Members Interest Group will be holding it's first of two required meetings for the year at ALA Mid Winter in Boston. This meeting will be held to discuss adminstrative functions of the Interest Group, and Programming activities for the group.

Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group

Midwinter discussion and business meeting
Sunday, January 17, 2010
4:00-5:30 pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 157A

Everyone is cordially invited to join us at the midwinter meeting of the ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group. We particularly welcome new technical services librarians and those returning to the field. The Interest Group aims to provide a forum for informal and collegial discussion of issues facing professional librarians in technical services.

Our theme for this meeting is:

What is Technical Services?
The functions included under technical services can vary from one institution to another, and within individual libraries the definition may be changing as technical services librarians take on new roles. How do libraries decide what to include as part of technical services? And what is it like to move from one institution to another where the definition and the expectations may be different?

We will also leave time for open discussion, so attendees are encouraged to bring issues they would like to discuss with their peers. We will conclude with a brief business meeting to collect suggestions for future topics and potential speakers.

PVLR Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group Planning Meeting

Planning meeting for this interest group, where we confirm that everything is ready for Monday's Forum, and discuss possible topics for next ALA.

Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group

Monday 1/18, 1:30-3:30pm, BCEC-Room 160A

Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 8-10am BCEC-Room 253A
Meet to discuss important issues concerning technical services in public libraries

AS Gifts Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 8-10am BCEC-Room 150
Meeting of librarians who accept donations or exchange titles with others

AS Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 1:30-3:30pm BCEC-Room 256

CCS New CCS Interest Group

Friday 1/15 4-5:30pm BCEC-Room 203

CCS Metadata Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 8-10am WEST-Otis
Meeting of the Metadata Interest Group (MIG), formerly known as the Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG)

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 17, 8–10am in the Westin Waterfront, Otis Room for a program.

Featured speakers include:

  • Roy Tennant, OCLC Research, will discuss a "metadata mashup" involving three different types of metadata. His presentation will illustrate the selected process, discuss the challenges faced, and share lessons learned about how to mashup several metadata streams effectively and extract useful information from the result.
  • Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester, will discuss the eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project, which has developed an open-source platform for automating the processing of metadata in any XML-based schema.

MIG will hold its business meeting (9:30–10am) following the informal presentations.

CCS Authority Control Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 1:30-5:30pm BCEC-Room 105
A presentation Authority Maintenance: To do, or not to do will be given by Mary Mastraccio, Cataloging & Authorities Manager, MARCIVE, Inc. Reports, followed by question and answer time, will be heard from Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester, on the eXtensible Catalog project; Janis Young, Policy and Standards Division, on Library of Congress projects, and Diane Boehr, Head of Cataloging, National Library of Medicine on MeSH. The presentations will be followed by a business meeting.

CCS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 10:30am-12 noon REN-Pacific F
Discuss current issues in cataloging and classification research

CCS Cataloging Norms Interest Group

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:30-3:30 pm Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Ballroom “B”

All are invited to attend the meeting of the Cataloging Norms Interest Group in Boston on Saturday, January 16 from 1:30 to 3:30, held in the Hyatt Regency’s Grand Ballroom “B” featuring four speakers on topics ranging from ETD’s to next-gen catalogs, changing subject headings and perceptions of quality in cataloging. Full details follow.

1. Morphing ETD Metadata: A Highly Automated Method of Cataloging Electronic Theses and Dissertations, presented by Sevim McCutcheon (Catalog Librarian at Kent State University Libraries) In Ohio universities, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are replacing print as the required format for thesis and dissertation submission. This creates a challenge for librarians in terms of finding the means and time to provide access to yet another type of material. Kent State University has created a highly automated process to load preliminary records for ETDs into its KentLINK catalog as soon as the EDT is available at the OhioLINK EDT Center, thus providing a discovery tool to these resources almost instantly. A Perl program uses the OAI-PMH protocol to extract metadata, modifies and enhances the data, and inserts it into our Innovative Interfaces, Inc. catalog. Significant effort was made to map the data from ETD-MS to MARC. Catalogers are notified by email when a preliminary MARC record for an ETD has been created. Using state-wide standards developed by OhioLINK member libraries, catalogers upgrade the record and contribute the full bibliographic records to OCLC WorldCat, in addition to the local and consortial catalogs. By exploiting technology to input the routine descriptive portion of bibliographic records, staff time is freed to concentrate on the intellectually challenging portion, full subject analysis and classification. This efficiency maximizes user access to Kent State University's intellectual contribution of graduate student research. The process will be explained, and handouts will be available.

2. See also: Next Generation Catalogs, presented by Martha Rice Sanders (Knowledge Management Librarian for the Higher Education Library Information Network Consortium) and Rice Majors (Product Manager with Innovative Interfaces, Inc.)

As a part of its discovery services evolution, the HELIN Library Consortium has begun using the Encore discovery services platform to allow patrons to search the entire portfolio of library collections. The HELIN Library Consortium has also been a beta partner library for Encore for the past two releases, taking on an important role in refining the tight integration of local authority data to power a “next generation” version of cross references, with authority data leveraged in Encore as related searches. Topics to be discussed include:
  • Aspects of discovery that are empowered by the inclusion of local authority data
  • The changing role of discovery services platforms
  • The experience of being a beta partner and working closely with a vendor

This presentation will be a collaboration between a library practitioner from the consortium and a senior staff member from the vendor representing the discovery services platform (Encore).

3. A Study of Catalogers’ Perception of Quality Cataloging, Past and Present, presented by Karen Snow (Library & Information Sciences Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Texas)

Quality cataloging’ is a concept whose meaning is often assumed to be universally understood. However, a survey of library science literature shows that cataloger perceptions of 'quality cataloging' are not always consistent. The problem this study seeks to address is the ambiguous nature of 'quality' in cataloging and the difficulties in assessing what 'quality cataloging' means due to differing perceptions of this concept among catalogers. This presentation will cover the history of 'quality cataloging' in library science literature, the reasons for differing perceptions of 'quality cataloging' amongst catalogers, and how we can gain a better understanding of cataloger expectations and motivations by studying these differing perceptions.

4. The Changing Terms in Sears: The Impact of Societal and Cultural Changes on Subject Headings, presented by Sara Rofofsky Marcus (Electronic Resource / Web Librarian, Queensborough Community College, New York)

A presentation on the impact of patron needs and wants on the terminology used in subject headings, particularly Sears subject headings. Headings change over time, and words / concepts change over time. It is rare, however, that these changes occur simultaneously, or even near each other. The authorized headings used in subject headings lists do change, but the rate of change varies in relation to the changes in common vernacular or discover of new concepts. This presentation would focus on changes in Sears in the areas of LGBT and Judaism, and how these changes have occurred in relation to changing topics. What do these changes imply about changing society, and are these reflections truly correct.

CCS Catalog Management Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 1:30-3:30pm HYATT-Quincy
Discusses the various issues involved with cataloging, classification, and authority control after the initial cataloging has been performed. In this respect, catalog management is defined as the continuous upgrading and updating of a catalog, regardless of its format, be it card, microform, book or on-line. The group will provide a forum for exchanging information and discussing techniques, new developments, and problems in managing the bibliographic integrity of library catalogs.

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CCS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 10:30am-12 noon HYATT-Grand BR A
The agenda for the Catalog Form and Function Interest Group continues to be driven by participants who are interested in the changes currently taking place within the realm of the libraries' primary collection discovery tool, the catalog. With other discovery tools increasingly augmenting our catalogs, it is important to look for ways that allow us to harvest the data we have acquired from our physical and virtual collections.

CCS Copy Cataloging Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 10:30am-12 noon BCEC-Room 258 A/B
This interest group discusses topics related to copy cataloging in all types of libraries. The meeting will include a report on copy cataloging at the Library of Congress.

CCS Forum

Friday 1/15 3:30-5:30 PM BCEC Room 104A/B
Qiang Jin, Chair of the Cataloging and Classification Section will moderate the forum. It will include presentations and discussion about cataloging research as well as examples of current research. Speakers and their topics are:

Michele Cloonan, Dean of the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science will talk about their up-and-coming Ph.D.s and how important the program is to foster an understanding of the need for cataloging research.

Sandy Roe, Editor, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, will talk about the importance of cataloging research, and how CCQ supports cataloging research.

Martha Yee, Cataloging Supervisor at the UCLA Film & Television Archive will talk about her RDF model - to build in ways for encoding the relationships between topics and their subdivisions that conveys more information than the MARC subfield codes x, v, y, and z can.

Daniel Joudrey, Arlene Taylor and Tina Gross will present: “The Effect of Controlled Vocabulary on Keyword Searching”. Their research explores the need for LCSH and other controlled vocabularies to enhance keyword searching and retrieval in today's catalog.

CCS Heads of Cataloging Interest Group

Monday 1/18 8-10am BCEC-Room 257A
Discusses recent issue pertaining to cataloging department management.

CMDS Collection Management in Public Libraries Interest Group

Monday 1/18 1:30-3:30pm BCEC-Room 156 A/B

CMDS Collection Development Issues for the Practitioner Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 1:30-3:30pm INTER-Rose Kennedy I
Discuss issues relating to practicing collection development librarians.

CMDS Collection Development Librarians of Academic Libraries Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 1:30-3:30pm BCEC-Room 104A/B
Join your colleagues to discuss issues of importance to academic librarians.

CMDS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 8am-12 noon INTER-Rose Kennedy III
Standing group of 45+ Collections Development Officers of the largest research libraries in North America. Meets at every ALA. Observers most welcome.

CRS Costs of Continuing Resources in Libraries Interest Group: Open Access: Entitlement, Opportunity, or Peril?

Sunday 1/17 4-5:30pm BCEC-Room 157C
Current tough economic times are forcing libraries to explore alternatives to conventional publishing access models. Many institutions (like MIT) have expressed strong support for Open Access while others (like University of Maryland) have proceeded more cautiously. Can all parties, including publishers, in the scholarly communication environment overcome the challenges from this alternative? Come and hear our panelists' perspectives on this issue and possible future trends, including those who had voted not to require OA.

CRS Continuing Resources Cataloging Forum:

Monday 1/18 1:30-3:30pm HIL-Kellogg
News updates and topical discussion of interest to the serials cataloging community.

CRS College & Research Libraries Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 10:30am-12 noon WEST-Burroughs
This is the semiannual meeting of the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College & Research Libraries Interest Group.

1. What to Withdraw? Print collections management in the wake of digitization Presenters : Roger C. Schonfeld, Manager of Research, Ithaka S+R; and Ross Housewright, Analyst, Ithaka S+R

As digitized journal backfile sets become available online, they fulfill the lion's share of user access needs at academic libraries, leading many librarians to call into question the need to retain print. Can libraries securely reassign the stack space occupied by decreasingly used print versions without risking preservation? This talk will examine several key questions: Does print preservation still matter, and if so, for how long will it remain a relevant priority? What sort of preservation framework is needed for legacy print collections? And, for which journals is this preservation framework already in place, allowing for responsible withdrawal today? Drawing from a report recently released by Ithaka S+R, this talk will conclude with some remarks about how the set of materials appropriate for withdrawal can be expanded to allow libraries additional flexibility in their collections management.

See presentation here: File:What-to-Withdraw-20100120.pdf

2. To Have and to Hold: MARC Format Holdings Data Presenter: Sandy Chen, Electronic Resources & Serials Management Librarian, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

The goal of the presentation is to describe the concepts behind and importance of standardized holdings in library processes, particularly, MARC Format for Holdings Data (MFHD) and Z39.71: what they are, how they function, and how they help academic libraries to serve patrons. Sandy will provide specific examples of challenges in Clarion University of Pennsylvania Libraries' implementation of these standards, along with descriptions of better practices that other research libraries can use to represent holdings data.

See presentation here: File:ToHave&ToHoldMFHD-20100117.pdf

3. Pay-Per-Use Article Delivery at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Presenters: Mindy King, Serials Librarian, University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point Library; and Aaron Nichols, Access Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point Library

Exponentially increasing journal costs are a fact of life. Libraries can no longer afford to purchase expensive, low use journals "just in case" an article is needed. Recently, the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Library conducted a pilot, pay-per-use article delivery program that offered "just in time" access to articles our patrons actually need. Pay-per-use article delivery requests are submitted by completing a standard Interlibrary Loan request. Over a three month period, pay-per-use users were surveyed regarding the convenience and quality of the service. Positive survey results and feedback from university faculty were used to cancel high cost/low use journals in favor of the pay-per-use model, resulting in over $50,000 savings in journals subscriptions. Cancellations are to begin January 2010, at which time the survey will be reopened to gain feedback after the print version is no longer available.

See presentation here: File:Pay-Per-Use-at-UWSP-20100202.pdf

CRS Holdings Information Update Forum: Exploring E-Book Holdings: Relevance and Standards

Saturday 1/16 4:00-5:30 pm WESTIN Waterfront-Webster
As libraries add more e-books to their collections, questions arise as to how to create and manage their holdings data. This Forum will explore holdings standards such as ONIX SOH and how they might apply to electronic books; the role holdings information might play in managing e-book holdings in services such as OCLC WorldCat; and the similarity and difference between managing holdings information for e-journals and e-books. Speakers are: Katharina Klemperer (HARRASSOWITZ and EDItEUR),Maria Stanton (SerialsSolutions) and Matt Goldner (OCLC).

PARS Preservation Administration Interest Group (PAIG)

Saturday 1/16 8am-12 noon BCEC-Room 207
Conservation needs assessment surveys.

PARS Book and Paper Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 4-5:30pm MAR-Nantucket

PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group

Saturday 1/16 1:30-3:30pm INTER-Rose Kennedy III
Topics: 1. Born Digital A/V Format Conversion; 2. Digitization on Demand.

PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 8-10am REN-Pacific A/B

PARS Promoting Preservation Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 1:30-3:30pm REN-Pacific F

PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

Sunday 1/17 10:30am-12 noon HYATT-Qunicy
"Digital Curation Planning at Michigan State University"

Like other research universities, Michigan State University has amassed a growing body of digital information-some of which only exists in digital form. Without an active, well-considered plan for managing and preserving these resources, they will eventually become inaccessible due to the ever-changing nature of technology.

The Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) recently embarked on a digital curation planning project designed to help ensure the trustworthy preservation, management, and stewardship of the university's digital assets and intellectual property. Project activities will include a campus-wide survey followed up by in-depth interviews of select units that may be accompanied by inventorying and appraisal of digital assets.

Anticipated outcomes of the project include broad guidelines for electronic records appraisal, metadata, and file naming conventions that may be applied university-wide. The project is also expected to support the establishment of an institutional repository at the university.