From the ALA Director 4/4: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services  (ALCTS)

Preservation Week Free Webinars

Preservation Week, a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), is April 27-May 3, 2014.  During that week, free webinars will be offered on low-cost ways to preserve family archives and preserving scrapbooks.  The webinars will be given April 29 and May 1 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) and will last about one hour.  Registration is required.  Learn more at

“Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives.”  Webinar, presented by Karen Brown, Tuesday, April 29, 1:00 pm (Central).  Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks or postcards.  They are a big part of who we are and what we do.  We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.  What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them?  Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.  ALCTS thanks Archival Productsfor sponsoring this webinar to celebrate Preservation Week.

“Preserving Scrapbooks.”  Webinar, presented by Melissa Tedone, Thursday, April 3, 1:00 p.m. (Central).  Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials.  In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks
  • how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them
  • how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks.

ALCTS thanks Gaylordfor sponsoring this webinar to celebrate Preservation Week.


ALCTS Establishes New GiveALA Opportunities

New GiveALA donations opportunities are now available for ALCTS.  These new opportunities offer donors three distinct categories of giving in support of new and ongoing initiatives, Preservation Week, and the good work of ALCTS.  Donations may be at any level.  To donate to any of the three funds, visit GiveALA by clicking the GiveALA link in the upper right hand corner of the ALCTS or ALA webpage, login, and select “Divisions.”  The new giving categories from ALCTS are:

  • 25 Years of Awesome: Innovative Initiatives
  • Preservation Week
  • Our Best Work


ALCTS Seeks ALCTS News Editor

ALCTS invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of the ALCTS News, the association’s official news source.  ALCTS News is a digital news website.  The editor will be appointed for a renewable three-year term, beginning July 1, 2014, just after the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  ALCTS News currently contains news from the library community, ALA, financial reports, meeting schedules, honors, awards, and news about members and ALCTS’ activities. The scope of the newsletter will continue to grow and change as strategic direction moves into a more interactive, digital-based environment.  The application deadline is April 18, 2014.  A letter describing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the Editor position and a current vitae should be submitted to Keri Cascio, chair of the ALCTS News Editor Search Committee,  The search committee expects to conduct phone interviews in late April or early May.  Only electronic applications will be considered.


ALCTS Virtual Pre-Conferences Coming in June

Two virtual preconferences coming in June bring the conference experience to you.  ALCTS offers two virtual preconferences that are sure to guarantee a great experience.  Registration is open for each, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

“Library Preservation Today!” ;An ALCTS virtual preconference.  This three-day (June 16 – 18) virtual preconference introduces the fundamentals of managing preservation efforts in libraries, archives and historical societies.  At the end of this preconference, participants will value preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; appreciate the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, in extending the useful life of collections; and understand some of the challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.  Presenters: Karen E.K. Brown, State University of New York – Albany; Julie Mosbo, Texas A&M University;  and Peter Verheyen, Syracuse University Libraries and Conservator in Private Practice.

“Creating Successful Scholarly Communication with an Institutional Repository: Just Say Yes” ; An ALCTS Virtual Preconference.  This three-day (June 10-12) virtual preconference is designed to inform and inspire attendees to “just say yes” to developing or expanding scholarly communication programs on their own campuses and to identify content recruitment opportunities for library-supported publishing and institutional repositories.  Sessions 1 and 2 describe how Oregon State University Libraries has successfully integrated its institutional repository into faculty research and scholarship activities and uses SHERPA/RoMEO to successfully engage with faculty.  Presented by Sue Kunda, Oregon State University and Deanne Bruner, Oregon State University.  Session 3 teaches participants how a simple journal host at the University of South Florida Tampa Library evolved into a full-fledged publishing repository for books, textbooks, conferences, datasets and open-access journals.  Presented by Rebel Cummings-Sauls, USF Tampa Library and Ann Taylor, bepress.

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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