ALA 2010: More Session Ideas

Now that some of you have already arrived in DC and others are packing to head off tomorrow or Friday for ALA, I thought I’d list some of the additional sessions that have made it across Twitter, AUTOCAT, RADCAT, and a variety of other venues. So, for those of you who are still trying to figure out your schedules, or haven’t had a chance to look, here are a few more that caught my attention. I’ve listed them by day, to help with organization and planning (or maybe it’s just because I’m a cataloguer!) If I’ve missed any that you think are worth mentioning, please let me know!

Saturday, June 26

The Backroom Powerhouse: Leading Technical Services in Turbulent Times
Hilton Washington, Lincoln Room

How do technical services managers and administrators manage up, out, and across in challenging financial and political times? Given the complexity of the resources and systems we manage, how do we ensure we are communicating effectively with our colleagues in other parts of the library? What is reasonable for being asked to do more with less? With fewer and fewer staff, how do we ensure staff keep their skills flexible for the future? How do we ensure that libraries have a seat at the decision making table with respect to how we do business, whether that be issues regarding funding, compliance with municipal or state regulations, or negotiating large business contracts?

Andrea Kappler, Cataloging Manager, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Emily Bergman, Head of Collections and Technical Services, Occidental College Library
Andrew White, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, Director, Health Sciences Library, Stonybrook University
Raymond Santiago, Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System

ALCTS : Membership in the Division: What’s in it for me?
WCC 201

Isn’t it Romantic?
WCC 142

Join best-selling romance writers as they discuss their work. Authors include
Madeline Hunter, Beth Harbison, Mary Blayney, Kathryn Caskie, Elizabeth
Hoyt, and Kristan Higgins. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert,
Editor of the Book Review for Library Journal. An author signing will
follow. Some books will be given away and others will be sold at a generous
discount. Author details available at

ALCTS Catalog Management Interest Group at ALA Annual
Hilton Washington, Fairchild Room

There are two presentations planned for this event:
Integrating Enhanced and NACO Work into Pre-Professional Experiences: A Successful Strategy for All
Using Cataloging for Weeding and Retention

Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University
Krista E. Clumpner, Northern Michigan University

Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum

The Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum showcases creative
thinking in all areas related to readers’ advisory (RA), including reference,
adult services and collection development. Come join your colleagues in this
interactive conversation and learn from a range of experts exploring the cutting
edge of RA.

Nathan Altice, Virginia Commonwealth University
Tom De Haven; Daniel De Simone, Library of Congress

Sunday, June 27

Designing Digital Experiences for Library Websites

There is a revolution occurring on the Web. New technology tools and techniques
are changing the way users think about and interact with the Websites
they frequent. Businesses that recognize the radical shift in customer
expectations know that “usability” isn’t enough any more; they are increasingly
obsessed with building Websites and applications that deliver great user experiences.
Panelists will explain the concepts behind designing experiences on the
Web, and then answer questions.

John Blyberg, Darien Library, Head, Technology and Digital Initiatives
Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library, Virtual Services Coordinator
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Digital Branch & Services Manager
Bobbi Newman, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, Digital Branch Manager

ALCTS CCS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group
Hilton Washington, Columbia 2

Featured talks:
The roles and meanings of LCSH: What’s our prospect for the LCSH?
University of Florida Library constituencies and uses of the online catalogue
User tags versus expert-created metadata: a comparison between LibraryThing tags and LCSH

Yeon Kyoung Chung, Ph.D. Dept. of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, South Korea
Hyokyoung Yi, Korean Studies Librarian, East Asia Library, University of Washington
Jimmie Lundgren, Associate Chair & Contributed Cataloging Unit Head Cataloging & Metadata Dept., University of Florida
Caimei Lu, Ph.D. student, Jung-ran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Xiaohua Hu, Ph.D. Associate Professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University

Authority Control Interest Group: Authorized Genre, Forms and Facets in RDA
Hilton, Lincoln Room

Developments with RDA and Next Generation catalogs impact the use of authorized terms, which in turn must influence the structure of authority terms and records. Presenters will report on developments in several areas.

Janis Young, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
Geraldine Ostrove, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress
Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian with the Digital Library Program at Indiana University-Bloomington

ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services
Madison Hotel, Mount Vernon A
The theme for this meeting is: The Changing Role of the Professional Librarian in an Age of Outsourcing

Monday, June 28

ALCTS Head of Cataloging Interest Group: RDA: What Cataloging Managers Need to Know
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Glazier Room)

Presenters with discuss how RDA will impact cataloguing operations.

Christopher Cronin
, Director of Metadata & Cataloging Services, University of Chicago
Shawne Miksa, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Sciences, College of Information, University of North Texas

LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group
You’ve found it, now what?! : Extended Services in Next Generation Catalogs

Hilton, Columbia 8

Discovery is not the only problem to be solved. Patrons need other services and tools to use the information they find, such as assisting users with capturing, storing, manipulating, and sharing information. There will be presentations and discussions on a variety of extended applications to the catalog, such as the Social Online Public Access Catalog (SOPAC).

Eric Lease Morgan
John Blyberg
Tim Spalding


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