Webinars from NISO and ACLTS:

NISO May 16 Webinar: Can I Access the World? Involving Users in E-book Acquisition and Sharing — Still Time to Register

There’s still time to register for NISO’s May 16 webinar (from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT), “Can I Access the World? Involving Users in E-book Acquisition and Sharing.” Focusing on the challenges of providing patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and sharing of digital library resources using e-books, this webinar provides both the librarian and the publisher perspectives of implementing PDA.

Speakers and topics are:

PDA Essentials and Options — Robert Johnson, Clinical Services Librarian, University of Southern California Norris Medical Library will discuss some of the choices librarians have when implementing PDA and the rationale behind making them.

PDA Lessons Learned and Still Learning — Beth Bernhardt, Electronic Resources Librarian and Christine Fischer, Head of Acquisitions, University of North Carolina Greensboro reviews how her library implemented PDA, involved multiple departments, the lessons learned, and future plans.

PDA: A Publisher’s Perspective — Lenny Allen, Director, Institutional Accounts, Oxford University Press discusses how PDA can affect  the business of scholarly publishers, including the role of metadata and discoverability.

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on May 16, 2012. Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students. Can’t make it on the webinar date/time? Register now and gain access to the recorded archive for one year. For more information and to register visit the event webpage.

Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part May webinar on “Understanding Critical Elements of E-books: Acquiring, Sharing, and Preserving.” Part 2: “Heritage Lost? Ensuring the Preservation of E-books”


will be held on May 23. Registrants to both parts receive a 25% discount.


  ALCTS webinar: Rare Materials and RDA: Exploring the Issues

Date: May 23, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: Are you unsure about how (or whether) to apply RDA to rare materials? This webinar will present an overview of RDA provisions related to rare materials, including both bibliographic and authority records, and will explore how well RDA and Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) can be used together to describe rare materials. The webinar will reflect work sponsored by the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Bibliographic Standards Committee, including a white paper prepared by the presenters.

Who Should Attend? Catalogers of rare materials with a desire to learn more about cataloging rare materials in an RDA environment.

Presenters: Robert L. Maxwell is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work as well as Maxwell’s Guide to AACR2, and is currently completing the manuscript for Maxwell’s Guide to RDA, to be published soon by ALA.

John Attig is Authority Control Librarian at Penn State University, where he has worked since 1978 and where he currently holds the rank of Distinguished Librarian. He has been active in the development and maintenance of standards relating to cataloging, including the MARC 21 formats, AACR2, and RDA. Since 2007, he has served as the American Library Association’s representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. He was one of the editors of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books).