Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NASIG Conference: Call for Poster Sessions

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals for the 26th NASIG conference in St. Louis, Missouri, June 2-5, 2011. The theme of the conference is "Gateway to Collaboration."

Posters will be on display 9am-5pm on Saturday, June 4th. Presenters must be available to discuss their topics during the afternoon break on this day.

Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas, new workflows, and new applications of technology. Sessions may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the serials community. Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the poster session. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.

To propose a poster session, please use the online form.

Proposals must be received by 5pm PDT on
Friday, April 1, 2011. Members of the Program Planning Committee will evaluate abstracts, and presenters will be notified in April 2011.

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Anne Mitchell and Michael Hanson, at

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

--Anne Mitchell and Michael Hanson, PPC Co-Chairs

ALCTS webinar: RDA and Serials Catalogers

ALCTS webinar: RDA and Serials Catalogers: Will Our Work Really Change?

Date: March 2, 2011
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.

Description: How will RDA affect serials cataloging? This webinar will provide an overview of the work done by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section’s Continuing Resource Cataloging Committee in testing RDA. It will also highlight issues affecting serials cataloging that have arisen during the national RDA testing.

Audience: Cataloging staff who already have some experience with serials cataloging and who want to know how their current practices will change with RDA.

Presenter: Steve Shadle is Serials Access Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries where he is responsible for local systems and services that provide access to electronic serials (including library cataloging). With Les Hawkins (CONSER Program Coordinator), he developed the Electronic Serials Cataloging Workshop for the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) and also serves as a trainer for a number of SCCTP courses. In 2010 Steve received the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award in recognition of his work on eSerial cataloging continuing education. Steve is on the Editorial Board for Serials Review and is the current Vice-President/President-Elect of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG).

This is the third is a series of five webinars on RDA. The webinars included in the RDA series are:
February 2, 2011 - Changes from AACR2 to RDA. Part 1: Description
February 9, 2011 - Changes from AACR2 to RDA. Part 2: Access Points
March 2, 2011 - RDA and Serials Catalogers: Will Our Work Really Change?
March 16, 2011 - Linked library data: tuning library metadata for the Semantic Web
April 6, 2011 - Preparing copy catalogers for RDA

To Register, complete the online registration form at http://www.ala.org/ala/onlinelearning/reg/webinar.cfm
for the session you would like to attend.

Fees for individual webinars:
Group Rates - ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $99
Individuals - ALCTS Members: $39; Non-Members: $49
Participants outside the United States may register at the ALCTS member rate. 

Pricing for RDA Series: (All 5 webinars)
Group Rates - ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $346
Individuals - ALCTS members: $120; Non-members: $160
Participants outside the United States may register at the ALCTS member rate. 

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or tferren@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.