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ALCTS presents forums at Midwinter in Seattle
 
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present a series of forums at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.  ALCTS Forums encourage open discussion of timely topics covering a broad range of ALCTS' interests from cataloging to collections to a celebration of our 50 years.

"The Future of Cataloging and Basic Values" continues ALCTS' role as facilitator in the discussion prompted last spring by actions taken by the Library of Congress.  The forum is sponsored by the Cataloging and Classification Section and takes place Sunday, January 21, 8 - 10 a.m., Grand Hyatt, Princess Ballroom.

The program focuses on the document "ALCTS and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Challenges, Actions and Values" (available at www.ala.org/alcts), which was produced in October 2006 by an ad hoc group headed by the Executive Committee of the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS, in response to a request by the ALCTS Executive Committee. The document includes a focus on seven statements of basic values or viewpoints, which may serve as starting points for considering changes in the policy and practice of cataloging and the nature of the catalog.

Forum speakers will address these value statements during the program, which will be moderated by CCS Chair David Miller (Curry College). Speakers include: Casey Bisson (Plymouth State University), Ana Lupe Cristán (Library of Congress), Tamera Hanken (Tacoma Community College), Daniel Joudrey (Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science); and Sally Smith (King County Library System), a member of the Public Library Association's Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries Committee and a delegate to the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.