Monthly Archives: June 2008

Forum on careers for public librarians in technical services

Catalogers and technical services managers in public libraries are needed more than ever, but for a variety of reasons their numbers have been declining over the years. ALCTS CRG has convened a forum on careers in technical services in public libraries, but as the forum was not listed in the program guide, here’s the description. Full disclosure: I highly recommend this because, among other reasons, my wife, Marlene Harris, is one of the participants.

ALCTS CRG Forum in Anaheim Focused on Careers for Public Librarians in
Technical Services

Sunday, June 29, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Disney Paradise Pier Hotel, Pacific C/D

Want to get the scoop on the advantages and disadvantages of a technical
services career in public libraries? Be sure to catch the CRG forum,
Technical Services Careers in Public Libraries: Getting Started,
Building Your Career, or Making the Switch, on Sunday, June 29, 2008
from 8 to 9:30 a.m., in Room Pacific C/D of the Disney Paradise Pier
Hotel, when Carolyn Goolsby, Technical Services Manager at the Tacoma
Public Library, and Marlene A. Harris, Division Chief, Technical
Services at the Chicago Public Library, will offer advice and describe
from personal experience the ups and downs, ins and outs, of a career in
technical services within the public library setting. Ample time will be
provided for questions and answers after presentations by both

The moderator is Elaine Yontz from the faculty of the Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University.

Sponsored by ALCTS CRG (Council of Regional Groups)

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Schedule for ALA in Anaheim

I’ll be attending the following programs during ALA Annual this year.

Friday, 27 June

  • 10:30 to 12:00: Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces (ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group)

Saturday, 28 June

  • 13:30 to 15:30: Metadata Mashup: Creating and Publishing Application Profiles (ALCTS) or There’s No Catalog Like No Catalog (LITA)
  • 16:00 to 18:00: Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR (ALCTS) or Science Fiction and Fantasy: Looking at IT and the Information Rights of the Individual. Hmm, RDA or Cory Doctorow? Decisions, decisions…

Sunday, 29 June

  • 08:00 to 12:00: Creating the Future of the Catalog and Cataloging (ALCTS and LITA). And where did I leave Hermione’s hourglass?
  • 10:30 to 12:30: The Open Library, Promise and Peril (LITA)
  • 13:30 to 15:00: Top Technology Trends (LITA)
  • 15:30 to 17:00: Koha Interest Group Meeting (leaving early)

Monday, 30 June

  • 10:30 to 12:00: Legal Issues in Developing Open Source Systems for Libraries Understanding Free/Open Source Software Licenses, Project Forms, and Project Governance Options
  • 13:30 to 15:30: Open Source Systems Interest Group (LITA)

Other than that, I’ll be variously at the LibLime booth, in meetings, or hacking Koha.