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Call for Proposals - Midwinter 2018


The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) of ALCTS seeks facilitators for roundtable discussions for its session at ALA Midwinter Meeting  February 10, 2018 in beautiful Denver.


Housed within the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services division of ALA, the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group was created to provide a forum to discuss issues related to the evolution of technical services. The group is especially interested in exploring the interdependency between departments and the ways in which technical services affects, and is affected by, technology and publishing trends.


Roundtable discussions are small, informal group discussions intended to give participants the opportunity to network, discuss best practices, and share information. Table size for roundtable discussions is capped at 10 participants per table. Discussion facilitators are responsible for identifying and developing a topic, creating discussion questions, and facilitating a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Saturday February 10, 2018. If similar proposals are submitted and accepted, facilitators may be asked to co-facilitate. If your discussion topic does not have any participants, chosen facilitators will be asked to present a 3 minute lightning talk.


Those interested in participating as a discussion facilitator should submit a proposal that includes:

  • The topic you wish to explore. Topics should relate to acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, classification, or preservation in academic, public, special, or school libraries.

  • How the topic you wish to explore applies to the evolution of technical services.

  • Three sample discussion questions.


To help you formulate a discussion proposal, recent attendees have expressed interest in the following topics:

  • Outreach from Technical Services staff to users.

  • Cross-departmental collaboration and building relationships outside of Technical Services.

  • Conducting research as Technical Services staff.

  • Staff development and administrative mentorship.

  • Team building within Technical Services departments.

  • E-resources and the future of acquisitions.


Please submit your proposal by Friday, November 17th, 2017 via this form: http://bit.ly/2yZx3Ku

Whitney A. Buccicone, Chair, ALCTS-CITSIG
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Timothy Ryan Mendenhall, Vice-Chair, ALCTS-CITSIG
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