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CORRECTION: ALCTS-CITSIG Call for Proposals - Midwinter 2019


The call for proposals sent out yesterday (full text below) had two links to the submission form--one link for a previous year's form, as well as the current link.  The correct link is: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/x1aht1az1qw5npk/ I apologize for any confusion, and for the added email.


Best regards,


Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
Metadata Librarian
Columbia University Libraries
Original and Special Materials Cataloging
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New York, NY 10027

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Full call for proposal with corrected text:

**Please excuse cross-posting!**


Call for Proposals - Midwinter 2019


The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) of ALCTS seeks facilitators for roundtable discussions for its session at ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 26, 2019 in beautiful Seattle.


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, January 26, 2019 in Seattle. 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.


Based on feedback from previous attendees, for Midwinter 2019 we will allow for the submission of discussion proposals from individuals not able to attend the session.  If such proposals are accepted, the CITSIG chair and vice-chair will solicit a discussion facilitator.


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.

  • An abstract which explains the topic and how it 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

  • Special tools, applications, and workflows

  • Transitions in leadership, management, and practices

  • Core competencies for technical services staff and cataloging education

  • Hiring in technical services

  • Critical cataloging


Please submit your proposal by Friday, December 7, 2018 via this form: https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/x1aht1az1qw5npk/