Conference & Meetings 11/3/12

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Professional Development Opportunities from ALCTS; the Black Caucus of ALA; LITA; and Semantic Web in Libraries.

Government Information: Now and in the Future

“Please join us for an exciting and informative e-forum November 13–14 to discuss how libraries, both FDLs and nondepositories, are currently providing access to government information and how they can face the challenges of providing government information in the future. This e-forum will provide participants an opportunity to talk about what their libraries are doing to discover, provide, and preserve government information. Librarians and technical services staff from all types of libraries are invited to participate…


Lori Smith is the Government Documents Department Head at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library, and the 2012-2013 Coordinator of the Federal Documents Task Force of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table. Smith has worked with federal and state publications since 1987. She conceived, edited, and coauthored the 2003 book Tapping State Government Information Sources, and contributed a chapter to the 2008 book Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries: Issues and Practices.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14, 2012

Each day, sessions begin and end at:
Pacific: 6:30am – 2:30pm
Mountain: 7:30am – 3:30pm
Central: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Eastern: 9:30am – 5:30pm

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA’s Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.  Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list.

If you have trouble subscribing to the discussion list or have questions, please contact Or, contact the ALCTS e-Forum Coordinator at

This is another offering from ALCTS that “introduces considerations for the long-term storage of digital content selected for preservation. This content must be stored in ways that align with good practice. The session addresses issues related to the development of storage management policies, including file formats for deposit and preservation, the preservation of multiple copies, the locations of those copies, the characteristics of those locations, and the means for meeting long‐term storage requirements.

Second session of a two-session series titled “From the Digital Dark Ages to a Digital Renaissance.” Part 1, The Art of Selecting Digital Content to Preserve, is October 10, 2012.

Date & Times Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (sessions are intended to last 1 hour, starting:
11am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1pm Central | 2pm Eastern)


Member TypeEach  Entire Series  
ALCTS Member$39$62 (save $16)
Non-member$49$80 (save $20)
Group rate (members and non-members)$99$168 (save $30)
International$39$62 (save $16)

Program/Workshop Proposals Sought for 2013 8th National Conference of African American Librarians Extended until November 19

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is seeking educational and thought-provoking program and workshop proposals for the 8th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) “Culture Keepers VIII: Challenges of the 21st Century: Empowering People, Changing Lives” to be held August 7-11, 2013, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. The deadline for proposal submissions is extented until November 19, 2012. This will be the final extension.

The LITA Mobile Computing IG seeks 4-5 short presentations (15 minutes) on mobile computing for the upcoming ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Seattle, WA.  This conference is virtual and held one week prior to Mid-Winter – physical attendance IS NOT required.

The LITA MCIG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of mobile computing. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.

Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Feel free to email off-list at (evviva.wei​nraub@oreg​onstate.ed​u) or (klau@gsd.h​ and/or post your topic here.

 Reminder: Register for SWIB12 (Semantic Web in Libraries, Cologne, 26 – 28 Nov)

To an ever increasing extent Linked Open Data (LOD) is developing into a mainstream topic, with more and more organizations announcing LOD projects and services. Furthermore, and especially during the last two years, Linked Open Data has received a lot more attention from the library world. Examples ranging from the Library of Congress’ initiative “A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age”, the Conference of European National Librarians and their vote to support the open licensing of their data, groups like LODLAM, IFLA’S Semantic Web Special Interest Group, to the point of library system vendors and providers discussing and experimenting with Linked Data technology – all these clearly reflect that LOD has gained a lot of momentum in library land.

The question today is about how to ensure that LOD won’t be a temporary hype but that it will gain ground in the scenery of future infrastructures. SWIB12 will focus on the adaption of Semantic Web approaches in applications for libraries and science. In the last years major efforts have been put into generating LOD datasets from legacy systems and into promoting the LOD approach towards a global and open information space. Upcoming challenges will involve the strategic and technical alignment of catalogues and legacy systems in libraries and the authoring environments for scholarly communication – both in a data and service infrastructure based on the principles of the Semantic Web.

Full programme at

Offical Twitter Hashtag: #swib12

Further information and contact:

Adrian Pohl, North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) Phone +49 221 400 75-235, E-Mail: swib(at)



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