Join Michael W. Twitty author of The Cooking Gene (HarperCollins, 2017) as he discusses his journey to uncover the history of Southern food in his own family. This talk focuses on his search through the lens of extensive research at libraries and archives and plantations across the South and how he translated that journey into food through museum education and historic interpretation. In tracing his family roots through food from enslavement to emancipation, from West and Central Africa to the Old South, his work invites all Southerners of all backgrounds to a complicated, uncomfortable groaning table rich in heritage and tradition in which new conversations and connections emerge…


This program will introduce participants to Linked Open Data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level presentations on its application, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem…


Libraries continue to purchase or subscribe to large amounts of electronic content. Almost all of these materials have a license that governs usage and libraries must take care to ensure that they aren’t tossing away rights, are in compliance with institutional polices, state laws, and more…


From mid-level managers to library directors, mid-career library workers can be found at many different levels with a library’s organizational structure. Join a panel of mid-career library workers from academic and public libraries as they talk about their career goals, career paths, and the lessons they’ve learned about being influential leaders in their own libraries and in the wider world of library work.


During a time of political and budgetary uncertainty, the U.S. governmental agencies, their libraries, and the information they produce are under threat. What lessons can we learn from the closure of Canadian government libraries, archives, and research collections? Panel experts suggest scalable strategies that will ensure U.S. government collections are preserved, accessible and discoverable for future generations.


Next-generation Library Services Platforms offer an appealing array of acquisitions functionality, from new APIs to integrated e-resource workflows and better reporting. But first comes the system migration, and the devil is in the detail(s). In this program, librarians from three institutions will discuss their firsthand experiences with migrations, emphasizing the needs and expectations of acquisitions departments…


Is textbook affordability a problem for your students? In addition to supporting OER initiatives, what can libraries do for students who struggle with textbook costs? We’ll discuss a textbook lending program for high-impact courses that accounted for 56 percent of print circulation. Compared with the downward trend of physical materials circulation, textbook use increased 46 percent to 100,000 circulations annually. Heavy use of textbooks demonstrates a compelling need to provide this support.


New Developments in Continuing Resources features presentations and discussion on emerging trends in continuing resources cataloging, acquisitions, collection management, and standards. Gain practical insight into significant developments in the continuing resource ecosystem and the changing roles for libraries in managing and improving access to serials and electronic resources.


Knowledge organization systems (KOS), including vocabularies and classification systems, represent our world of knowledge and information resources. Inclusion or exclusion of topics, terms, and the choice of “authorized” terms all affect resource representation and access. Studies have documented areas of bias or marginalization, such as non-dominant religions, gender, race, non-dominant cultures, and indigenous cultures. Intercultural awareness and competence is important for professionals working with KOS to help reduce and avoid misrepresentations. This presentation will discuss preliminary findings from a recent study on the intercultural awareness and competence of professionals who develop, maintain, or apply KOS.


At the University of Southern California (USC), I approached a major change management project by employing the methodologies, principles, and tactics that I honed as a political organizer on Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaigns. In 2017, USC underwent an ILS migration that will serve as a case study in this ALCTS program for identifying and training leaders, project management, development of collaborative timelines, and utilizing high and low tech methods of communication and interaction.


As libraries are faced with declining budgets, some are considering cooperative collection development as a strategic way of spending funds and sharing resources. Several Illinois libraries have started small-scale collaborative collection projects that require minimal commitment from libraries, but increase the number of unique titles that can be shared among Illinois libraries. This session will describe several strategies for initiating and assessing simple but effective cooperative collection development projects…


Join the ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee for updates on the newest research in collection management and development in libraries. This program will showcase two projects submitted by collection practitioners from all types of libraries and selected by the Publications Committee for presentation.


Jeanne Drewes, chair of the PARS Oral History Working Group, will lead the discussion along with a member of the American Folk Life Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress. Learn how AFC has developed and expanded their website to enable a wider audience. Learn how the PARS working group is capturing the early history of library preservation for the AFC occupational series…


The Metadata Standards Committee is studying how organizations whose primary mission includes a focus on metadata approach issues of diversity, inclusion and accessibility as part of schema design, implementation and use. This session will report on the results of a survey completed by the MSC in the Fall 2017 and will include audience interaction to discuss the issues raised in this research.


The Preservation Showdown, first introduced to the American Library Association as an ALCTS program in 2015, has become a highly-anticipated annual event, shedding light on various aspects of preservation issues or actions through the use of a debate model to highlight their pros and cons.  This year’s topic looks at the impact of ideal storage environments on collections and sustainability efforts. Two teams, composed of members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Library Storage Discussion Group, will debate a resolution that is relevant to all libraries, especially those focused on cost savings or environmental sustainability: “Preservation environments are not sustainable,” bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.


The question is not if natural or human-made emergency will come to your community but when.  This program discusses urgent, crisis-related acquiring, describing, and preserving of community created digital collections, taking into account legal, logistical, and organizational approaches for rapid digital collecting. Librarians from the University of Virginia will share their experiences documenting events such as their university president’s ousting and reinstatement, a high-profile publication about an alleged sexual assault on campus, and a white supremacist rally and counter-protests on University grounds, and will lead an interactive conversation with the audience about developing best practices for rapid digital collecting.