Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, Penn State University Libraries
Bradford Lee Eden
Dean of Library Services, Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, Valparaiso University
Traditional Strengths. Transformational Growth.
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
May 13-15, 2018
How do technical services in libraries convert traditional strengths into transformational growth? The Conference Program Committee invites innovative submissions in all areas of technical services librarianship including acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, serials, electronic resources, curation, preservation in academic, public, and special libraries. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about what constitutes technical services and where traditional strengths of libraries may be adapted and utilized to confront contemporary challenges.
Participants are invited to submit proposals that report on recent research, address emerging trends, or showcase new tools, services and projects.
Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length, including time for questions. Submissions for shorter presentations and round tables will be considered, as well.
Submit the following information in our Google Form by January 22, 2018:
Abstract (no longer than 100 words)
Names, affiliations, contact information, and short bios of all presenters
Primary contact for presenters
Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by February 16, 2018. For more information, please contact Alex Papson at email@example.com.
The conference requests that you provide your slides or other “handouts” for your presentation to be archived and shared on the conference website.
Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:
Automation / technology assisted cataloging and metadata creation
“Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
Cloud-based solutions and innovations
Collaboration within and outside the traditional library
Consortial resource and system sharing
Cybersecurity and privacy
Digital library projects, digital curation, and digital preservation
Discovery, navigation, and search
Emerging roles for technical services / technical services librarians
Evolving role of the catalog
Library I.T. competencies
Local documentation practices
Metadata creation, reuse, interoperability, and integration with traditional cataloging workflows
Network level data management
New staffing models
Open content, software, and technologies
Patron-driven acquisitions and services
Practical applications of linked data
Project management in technical services
Role of technical services in open access and scholarly communication
Scalability and sustainability of library services, tools, and resources
Special formats cataloging
Training, especially around the acquisition of new skills
User experience and accessibility
The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) was founded in 1924 and draws its members from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The annual conference rotates among these 3 states on a regular basis. Membership is open to anyone interested in library technical services.
The purposes of OVGTSL are to:
provide an opportunity to gather together for the interchange of ideas and discussion of issues in library and archive technical services
form a united group with the aim to keep in touch with movements in the field of technical services
cooperate with and offer suggestions to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) of the American Library Association and/or the appropriate sections of this Division.
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