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Call for Proposals - ALA Annual 2019


The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (CITSIG) of ALCTS seeks facilitators for roundtable discussions for its session at ALA Annual Meeting on Saturday June 22, 2019 from 4:00-5:00PM in Washington D.C.


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 Annual Meeting, June 22, 2019 in Washington D. C. 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 Annual 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, April 26, 2019 via this form:

https://alctsprogram.wufoo.com/forms/citsig-annual-conference-2019-proposal-form/




Call for Vice Chair:


The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group seeks an interested person to serve as Vice-Chair from July 2019-June 2020 and as Chair from July 2020-June 2021.


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.


The Chair and Vice Chair work closely together to plan and execute all aspects of the roundtable discussions that are held during the Interest Group’s Midwinter and Annual meetings. Tasks include sending call for proposal emails to listservs, vetting proposals, sending promotional emails to listservs, coordinating logistics with round table discussion facilitators, and managing all aspects of the in-person meetings. Interested people should be able to attend in-person the 2019 and 2020 Midwinter and Annual meetings of ALA.  The Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group meets at 4:30 pm on the Saturday of both conferences.


Those interested in becoming Vice-Chair of the Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group should submit a letter of interest that includes:


A short biographical sketch: who are you and why does this group interest you?

Your availability to attend ALA Midwinter and Annual meetings in 2019 and 2020

Your resume or CV as an attachment


Please submit your letter of interest by April 26th, 2018 to Ryan Mendenhall (Chair),  [log in to unmask] and Jennifer Maddox Abbott (Vice Chair), [log in to unmask]