Friday, December 9, 2011

LRTS Request for Grant Proposals

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services grant) to assist authors with preparing literature reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature review.  Possible support tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of articles not owned by the home institution of the author, and so forth.  Funding also could provide a mentoring opportunity by funding assistance by a library school or information science student.

Highly cited, literature reviews provide an essential professional service to practitioners, scholars, and students by identifying the key themes and the most important publications appearing in successive two year periods.  Books and articles by accredited scholars and researchers, i.e., primarily peer-reviewed publications provide the basis for a literature review.  A good literature review is evaluative, selective, and critical, and goes beyond summarizing and quoting from the selected sources.   Literature reviews explain why the sources cited are important and valuable, may compare them to prior works, and create a structure that organizes the two-year body of content to make it comprehensible and to identify themes, not only for those who have followed the developments it describes, but to future researchers.  All sources referenced appear in the endnotes; a separate bibliography is not published.  Although commissioned, LRTS literature reviews go through the same double-blind peer review process as unsolicited manuscripts.

LRTS seeks authors for the following topical areas and coverage periods:
  • Collection Development and Management literature published 2011-2012
  • Cataloging/Classification/Metadata Management literature published 2011-2012
  • Preservation and Reformatting literature published 2011-2012
Papers should be submitted not later than June 30, 2013. Grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports to the LRTS Editor in June and December each year.

The grant proposal must include:
1. Requester name, title, and contact information
2. The literature to be reviewed (see list above)
3. The requester’s credentials to write the literature review
4. Amount requested
5. Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended

Proposals are due by January 31, 2012.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor,  

Monday, November 28, 2011

Call for Papers: Library Resources and Technical Services

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) is the Official Journal of the Association for Library Collections Technical Services (ALCTS)

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) is a peer-reviewed journal that takes a critical approach to the questions and challenges facing librarians and libraries with regard to:
  • Collections
  • Scholarly communication
  • Preservation (including digitization)
  • Acquisitions (including licensing and economic aspects of acquisitions)
  • Continuing resources
  • Cataloging (including descriptive metadata, authority control, subject analysis, and classification) 

LRTS publishes both research papers and thoughtful explorations of operational issues that have value and implications for other libraries. In addition, LRTS publishes editorials, book reviews, letters to the editor, and the annual report of the president of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

If you have thoughts or ideas for papers in these areas that you would like to explore or develop further, or if you would like to encourage your colleagues to develop a topic or theme (for example, from a presentation, program or poster session) and to turn the theme into a paper, please consider contributing to LRTS yourself, or invite a colleague to consider contributing.

For more information, see the LRTS web site:
Instructions for authors can be found here:

If you have questions or would like additional information, you can contact the editor:

Peggy Johnson
Editor, Library Resources & Technical Services
Editor, Technicalities
voice:    651-298-0121

Monday, October 31, 2011

ISSN and You: Using ISSN SuperNumber in the Digital Environment

ALCTS Webinar,  November 9, 2011

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

Description: Learn about the work of the US ISSN Center and ways the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) contributes to identification, access, and data linking in print and digital environments worldwide. ISSN is the premier international identifier for serials and other continuing resources in all formats. ISSN was ahead of its time in anticipating the crucial role of identifiers in the digital environment and has evolved well beyond its early role as a number displayed on print journals. Demand for ISSN continues to increase because of its ability to identify and facilitate linking to current, long-dead, or yet-to-be published continuing resources today and in the future semantic web.

Audience: Any library staff members who work with any aspect of serials and other continuing resources (acquisitions, cataloging, ERMs, Open URLs), systems librarians, reference librarians, publishers, subscription agents, online platform providers, and fulltext data.
Presenter: Regina Romano Reynolds is ISSN Coordinator at the Library of Congress and director of the US ISSN Center. She is a frequent speaker and writer about ISSN, serials, and the future of bibliographic control; convener of the ISO working group to revise ISO 8:1977, the Presentation of Periodicals; a member of NISO’s PIE-J Working Group to develop recommended practices for the presentation and identification of e-journals. Reynolds received the 1999 ALCTS Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award.


For additional information, pricing options, or to complete the online registration form, go to the following link and select the session you would like to attend.

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

Monday, September 12, 2011

CONSER Editing Guide Update

Update 20 (2011) for the CONSER Editing Guide is now available on the CONSER website.

Call for Proposals - North American Serials Interest Group Annual Conference

The first Call for Proposals for the NASIG 2012 conference will close this Friday, September 16, 2011.
Inquiries may be sent to the PPC Chair (Michael Hanson) and Vice Chair (Karen Davidson) at:

NASIG 27th Annual Conference
Creating Harmony from Dis-chord
June 7 - 10, 2012
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2012 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals for conference sessions. Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of electronic resources and serials are encouraged to submit proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing, and resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.

The PPC is looking for topics within, though not limited to, the following learning tracks:
  • Access and Discovery
  • Acquisitions and Licensing
  • Archiving and Preservation
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Collection Development
  • eResources, eSerials, eBooks, and  eManagement
  • Mobile Technology
  • Open Access and Digital Repositories
  • Publishing and Scholarly communication
  • Standards
To propose a program or idea, please use the online form. This Call for Proposals will close on September 16, 2011.

Please note the following:
  • Formerly, NASIG conferences included sessions with the designations of "Strategy" and "Tactic." These designations will not be used at the 2012 conference, and all sessions that formerly held these designations will be one hour long.
  • The Program Planning Committee welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.   
  • Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.
  • Time management issues generally limit each session to two to three speakers for conference sessions. Panels of four (4) or more speakers must be discussed in advance with the Program Planning Committee (
  • NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses.

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC Chair (Michael Hanson) and Vice Chair (Karen Davidson) at:

We look forward to a great conference in Nashville!

Michael Hanson and Karen Davidson
NASIG PPC Chair and Vice Chair

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ISSN and You: Using ISSN SuperNumber in the Digital Environment

Regina Romano Reynolds will present a webinar entitled, "ISSN and You: Using ISSN SuperNumber in the Digital Environment" as part of a series offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The webinar is schedule for November 9, 2011.

More information is available on the ALCTS website.

Upcoming Webinar on the CONSER Standard Record

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced an upcoming webinar, "The CONSER Standard Record: Where Are We Now?" Steve Shadle will present this hour-long webinar on October 5, 2011.

Find more information, including fees and how to register, on the ALCTS website.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CONSER Operations Meeting 2011 Outcomes

The report from the CONSER Operations Meeting held May 5-6, 2011, is now available.

Topics covered include:
  • Linking multiple formats
  • ISSN
  • Working with RDA records
  • Future of CONSER documentation
  • Open Access Journal Project
  • CONSER RDA decisions that need to be made

Monday, April 25, 2011

Call for Proposals: ALCTS Cataloging Norms Interest Group

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging & Classification Section (CCS) Cataloging Norms Interest Group invites speakers for its meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25th from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Presentation topics should be of current interest to catalogers, cataloging managers and administrators.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Evolution, definition, and functions of the catalog and cataloging norms
  • Emerging concepts and implementations of "next generation catalogs"
  • RDA and FRBR
  • Cataloging in hybrid and digital libraries
  • Changes in catalogers' workflows
  • Emerging perceptions of cataloging quality
  • How end users' expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms
  • Metadata records and elements in different contexts
  • The impact of web norms on cataloging norms from the perspectives of web developers and catalogers

Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length, with additional time allowed for questions and answers. Please send abstracts of proposals to co-chairs by Monday, May 9th.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Cataloging Norms Co-Chairs,

Michele Seikel 
Associate Prof. of Bibliography, Cataloger, 
Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University
Co-Chair, ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Interest Group

Melanie McGurr 
Coordinator of Authority Control and Database Maintenance 
Ohio State University Libraries 
Co-Chair, ALCTS CCS Cataloging Norms Interest Group