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ALCTS Continuing Education

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Registration is open for the last two webinars on institutional repositories to be held this fall.

Forthcoming in 2010

  • February 10 - Bob Gerrity on Selecting the Platform
  • March 24 - Marisa Ramirez and Nancy Fallgren on Metadata
  • April 28 - Sharon Farb, Bonnie Tijerino, and Catherine Mitchell on Consortial Implementation
  • May 19 - Leah Vanderjagt on What we Thought Then and What we Know Now

Check out the ALCTS Conferences & Events page for more information and other webinars that we are offering in the spring.

"You want me to select for WHAT?" A Webinar on Selection
Join presenter Virginia Kay Williams, Acquisitions Librarian at Wichita State University on December 2 from 1 to 2pm Central for "You want me to select for WHAT? Getting started in a new area." Registration opens December 5.

Upcoming e-Forums

"The Art of Conversation: Improving Communication between Technical Services and Public Services" to be held November 18-20, 2009.
Moderated by Sarah Simpson, Technical Services Manager at the Tulsa City-County Library, and Keri Cascio, Branch Manager at the St. Louis City-County Library District.

To access the e-Forums, register for the list at ALCTS Discussion List Web site; click on Association for Library Collections and Technical Services under the ALA Division heading; click on the list name,; enter the email address where you'd like to receive the messages; username and password are required to register. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage. Participation is free and open to anyone.
Web Course

Fundamentals of Collection Development begins again on November 30 and runs through January 1, 2010. Learn more or sign up now.

Fundamentals of...

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ALCTS, ALA's Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, has a series of Web-based courses that we think look interesting.

Fundamentals of Acquisitions, Fundamentals of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions, and Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management are all Web-based, self-paced sessions that take place over 4-week periods. They are tailored for librarians and para-professionals in all types of libraries who are new to the topic area, and include interaction with instructors and classmates.

At a reasonable rate of $109 for ALCTS members and $129 for non-members, they look like they'd be very helpful to anyone stepping into new responsibilities in these areas. (And the Collection Development course was developed by Peggy Johnson, of the University of Minnesota Libraries!)

Go here for course descriptions, schedules and registration.

If you do attend one of these sessions, or if you have taken one in the past, please let us know what you think!

ALCTS Announces first E-Forum of 2009

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Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Staff while Coping with Shrinking Resources

When library budgets shrink, often one of the first areas to be cut is the fund that supports travel and professional development for library staff. What can you do to continue to support your staff in times of budget cuts? How do you keep up morale when furloughs or layoffs are on the horizon? Share your ideas and thoughts on how to help staff get the professional development they desire? Find out how others are coping.

It is not necessary to belong to ALCTS to participate in the discussion, however, a logon and password are required. To obtain a logon and password and/or to register, go to the website, click on Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) under the ALA Division heading, and select

We hope you will join us for this moderated discussion beginning Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10am EST. The discussion will conclude on Friday, January 16 at 8pm EST.

Pamela Bluh
Past President, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS),
a division of the American Library Association

ALCTS 2009 Online Course Schedule

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The Fundamentals of Acquisitions focuses on what you need to know about the basics of acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods; financial management of materials budgets; and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers. Participants will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

Session 1: February 23 – March 20, 2009
Session 2: April 13 – May 8, 2009
Session 3: June 1 – June 26, 2009
Session 4: August 10 – September 4, 2009
Session 5: October 5 – October 30, 2009


The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

Session 1: February 23 – March 20, 2009
Session 2: April 6 – May 1, 2009
Session 3: June 8 – July 3, 2009
Session 4: August 10 – September 4, 2009
Session 5: September 14 – October 9, 2009
Session 6: October 19 – November 13, 2009

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

Session 1: February 16 – March 13, 2009
Session 2: March 23 – April 17, 2009
Session 3: May 4 – May 29, 2009
Session 4: August 3 – August 28, 2009
Session 5: September 21 – October 16, 2009
Session 6: October 26 – November 20, 2009

Registration fees per session: $109 ALCTS Members; $129 Non-members

Registration is now open for sessions 1 and 2. Click here to register online.

The sessions are limited to 20 people.

For more information, visit the ALCTS Web site, and click on Conferences and Events, or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education Manager.

Online Cataloging Course Opportunities

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Check out these two online introduction to cataloging courses (Note the local instructors):

Begins Jan. 12, 2008 (16 week course)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Description: Interested in brushing up your library cataloging skills? Want to do it in a supportive, course-based learning environment? Want to do it online? Then consider registering for Minneapolis Community and Technical College's INFS 2200 Introduction to Cataloging course.

Taught as part of MCTC's Library Information Technology A.S. degree and certificate programs, this 16-week, 3-credit course introduces cataloging and classification of information resources, including print, audiovisual, and digital formats. You will apply cataloging metadata standards to create original and edit existing MARC records in OCLC.

You will be introduced to Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. You will use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other controlled vocabularies for subject analysis of resources. You will be introduced to professional and ethical
standards for cataloging, emphasizing user access to information.

Throughout the course, we'll be looking at changes being brought forward by the transition to RDA (Resource Description and Access), as well as exploring other literature related to knowledge management.

Cost: $475.68
Registration: To register for this course, view enrollment information for non-degree seeking students. Students must contact the instructor, Virginia Heinrich, by Jan. 7, 2008 to be registered after applying to the college using the online registration system.

The instructor's contact information is:, 612-659-6296

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Jan. 12 - Feb. 20, 2009
Registration Fee: $149.00; Current Student Fee $99.00

Description: This course provides an introduction to descriptive cataloging following the 2002 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed., 2005 updates, and integrates this using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD) and International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). The course objective is to provide library staff with a fundamental basis in the descriptive cataloging of print monographs. The course will also introduce nonprint and special formats, subject analysis, and classification. The workshop is four weeks long, with two modules each week, one discussion session each week, and quizzes for each module. Students will build a small portfolio of cataloged MARC records, building upon concepts learned each week.

Instructor: Robert L. Bothmann, associate professor, is electronic access/catalog librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) where he serves as the cataloger for electronic and print monographs and journals and provides leadership and technical expertise for defining and providing access to electronic resources.

Register for the Course

We recently learned from WiLS (our sister network in Wisconsin), and from Catalogablog (August 1, 2008) that many training products in PDF format are now available for free download from LC’s Cataloger’s Learning Workshop. These PDF training products are for specific workshops and were previously sold through LC’s Cataloging Distribution Service. As of October 1, 2008, the following PDF training courses are available for free download:
  • The workshop materials from the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP): Basic Serials Cataloging; Advanced Serials Cataloging, Integrating Resources Cataloging, Electronic Serials Cataloging, and Serials Holdings
  • The workshop materials from Cooperative Cataloging Training (CCT): Basic Subject Cataloging using LCSH, Basic Creation of Name and Title Authorities, Fundamentals of Series Authorities, and Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification
  • The workshop materials from Cataloging for the 21st Century (Cat21): Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources, Metadata Standards and Applications, Metadata and Digital Library Development, Digital Project Planning and Management Basics, Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design
Please be aware that these materials have been prepared to go along with in-person workshops, so you must judge their helpfulness to you accordingly. More information about these PDF training products is available at the Cataloger’s Learning Workshop.

For those of you wanting Dewey training, help is at hand!

OCLC is developing online training courses in Dewey classification. As it says on the Website, these training materials are “focused on the needs of experienced librarians who need Dewey application training.” The offerings will eventually include a basic course with 12 sections on the structure and use of the DDC, and a series of short modules based on special topics. The following sections of the Basic Course are already prepared in draft form:

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • WebDewey: Basics (1 hour)
  • Introduction to Table 1 (1 hour); Exercises for Table 1 (1 hour)

Currently, there are 7 Short Modules planned, and three are now ready in draft form (one is a repeat of the first section of the Basic Course):

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC* (Refresher) (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • Choice of Number Review (.5 hour); Exercises for Choice of Number Review (.5 hour)
  • Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour); Exercises for Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour)

These courses are not easy to find. In fact, as far as I can tell, you can’t get to them without this direct link to the Dewey Training Courses.

Just what some of you have been asking for, acquisitions training!  ALCTS is promoting a recently designed course called Funadamentals of Acquisitions.  It is a distance-education, Web-based course that is perfect for librarians and paraprofessionals new to acquisitions.

The course covers the basics of acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods; financial management of materials budgets; and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.

The first two sessions are open for registration: Feb. 4 to 29 and Mar. 31 to Apr. 25.   If you are interested, don't delay because we are told the sessions fill up fast.  

To register, and to get more information about the course, go to the ALCTS Web site at:



Invitation to Workflow Workshop in Wisconsin

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There are still spots available for the R2 Creating the Capacity for Change: Transforming Workflows and Organizations through Workflow Analysis and Redesign Workshop that WiLS is hosting. This workshop comes highly recommended from other OCLC Networks around the country. The R2 Workflow Workshop was so well received by the MLNC (Missouri) libraries that they plan to repeat the workshop by popular demand.

WiLS is offering a significant discount to multiple registrants from the same institution. The full description and online registration link are listed below.

  • September 28, 2007, 9:30a.m.-3:00 p.m., Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison

Libraries face unprecedented demands to adapt to the digital environment. New and emerging tasks related to institutional repositories, non-MARC metadata, networked resources and new generations of users place additional pressure on staffs and workflows built to handle print materials. Yet print-related workloads are not diminishing as fast as digital workloads are growing. Meanwhile, the growth of external competitors such as Google and WorldCat increase the need for libraries to focus on user expectations and highlight their own unique attributes.

How can libraries turn these pressures into opportunities? How can librarians adapt workflows, priorities, and organizational structures to provide those services most important to users? How can library leaders create the capacity to pursue critical new initiatives­without increasing staff? What new tools and services can help? Join R2 to hear advice, both strategic and practical, drawn from our experience in workflow analysis and organizational redesign for academic libraries of all sizes and types.

Presenters will be Rick Lugg , one of the founders of R2 Consulting, and Matt Barnes, R2 consultant. R2 works with libraries and the businesses that serve them, with particular focus on selection-to-access workflows, integration of vendor and library systems, and eBooks and e-journals for libraries.

9:30-10:00 Sign-in and R2 set-up
10:00-11:00 Why Workflow Redesign (An Environmental Scan)
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Workflow Redesign: Principles and Practices
12:15-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 Creating Capacity in Collections, Acquisitions, Serials, E-Resources, Cataloging and Preservation
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Conclusion, Discussion and Questions

Sessions will progress from the basics to the specifics of workflow redesign:
Why Workflow Redesign? will review relevant trends in the information environment that are shaping new demands on libraries; topics include Predictions; Changing Users and Trends in Collection Development; Acquisitions; and Cataloging/Discovery.

Principles and Practices outlines R2's own approach to conducting workflow audits, and the business principles that guide our recommendations.

Creating Capacity examines sample recommendations and outcomes in specific areas. The hope is to promote the kind of thinking and interaction that library managers need to undertake a successful workflow analysis.

Fee is $200 for the first person from an institution and $50 per each additional person from the same institution.

Register Online

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