Category Archives: ALCTS

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for the “Metadata Beyond the Library” session

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for presentations for the program “Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff, and Students” at the ALA Annual Meeting 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. This program is scheduled on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Presentations are 30 minutes in total — 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

This program will discuss ways in which metadata experts can share expertise beyond traditional library settings.

Presenters may discuss:

  • Examples of successful metadata consulting initiatives with their constituent communities
  • Examples of training sessions, workshops, boot camps to share metadata expertise
  • Other venues for deploying metadata expertise outside the library

All presentations at ALA Annual Las Vegas 2014 will be recorded. Speaker agreements will be forwarded to all speakers and will require consent for video recording.

The deadline for proposals is December 9, 2013.  Proposals may be submitted through this form:

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to sathompson3 at uh dot edu.

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:

Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia

Santi Thompson, University of Houston

Scholarly communication, collections, and collaboration

The Collection Management Section of ALCTS and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are hosting a forum at ALA Midwinter:

Title: Scholarly Communication and Collections: From Crisis to Creative Response
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2012
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Compass South Room

Over the past decade, consolidation of the publishing industry, accompanied by unsustainable pricing models has created a crisis in scholarly communication that affects universities, libraries, faculty, and students. Nationally and internationally, libraries are being forced to decrease access to scholarly publishing due to increasing journal costs and declining budgets. In response, libraries and scholars have taken a leadership role in the area of open access to deal with the crisis and attempt to make the current model more sustainable. As libraries continue to lead open access efforts, it is important to educate librarians on the issues of scholarly communication so they can collaborate with faculty and become a part of an effective scholarly communication program. In addition, it is vital for libraries to have a formalized strategy to incorporate open access into collection development policies and activities to continue this momentum. The ALCTS Collection Management Section and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are co-sponsoring a Forum to discuss these issues.

Speakers include:
Robin Champeiux – Oregon Health Sciences University
Lori Critz – Georgia Institute of Technology

ALCTS webinar on “Holdings Comparisons”

ALCTS webinar: Holdings Comparisons: Why are they so complicated?

Date: November 28, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: As librarians look for innovative and effective ways to collaborate and share resources, understanding holdings of partner libraries is imperative not only for resource sharing but also for preservation purposes. How can libraries work together to compare their holdings as they think through issues of collection management and preservation? This webinar will discuss the challenges of comparing holdings and provide suggestions on how to understand the tools that are available to do this.

This webinar is presented on a complimentary basis. There is no fee for this session, but registration is required.
Registration Web Link:

For additional information, please go to the following website:

Nicely stated: Collaborate or Die

This is from the “Slide deck from ALCTS Forum on the Ithaka report” blog post via Jenica Rogers.  See slide #7, but also look at the other slides to understand the context.

I found this on a bloggy trail concerning leadership skills from John Dupuis.

Slides ready from the “Library-press collaboration” presentation

From the ALA Website — “The ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group hosted the panel discussion, Library-Press Collaboration: How do they work together to advance scholarly communication?, on June 25th during the ALA Annual Conference.  Raym Crow (SPARC) was the moderator and the panelists were James Mullins (Purdue University), Kizer Walker (Cornell University), and John Wilkin (University of Michigan and HathiTrust).  The panelists’ presentation slides and the audio recordings of this event are available below as attachments.”

ALCTS 2011 Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award Nominations

********A CALL FOR NOMINATIONS********
“This award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes actions, services or products that improve and benefit the providing and managing of library collections.  The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred.  Recognized forms of collaboration must be between library personnel and other individuals or such groups as publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments. A substantial part of the collaboration should take place in the previous calendar year.
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ALCTS Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2010

Meredith Farkas will present “Collaborate to Innovate” (PDF) at the ALCTS Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2010 — “And Now for Something Completely Different: Our Future from Outside the Box”. In the blurb, she says:

The next decade holds great promise for the creation of cooperative solutions to facilitate collaborative research and create a seamless user experience online. I hope to see a future where libraries continue to stretch themselves beyond their traditional role as gatekeepers of knowledge, building spaces, systems and services that facilitate research within their users’ existing research flows. A lack of cooperation among institutions, however, is a going to be major barrier to change.