Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new guidelines for library cataloging and metadata creation, is intended for use in an international context. RDA is also very much a work in progress. To what extent has RDA succeeded in going beyond AACR2’s Anglo-American context? How is implementation now proceeding in different world regions, and what are the potential impacts on developments in the United States? This panel discussion will present multiple perspectives on these unfolding questions.
Subjects: Cataloging, Guidelines and Standards, Technical Services, Metadata
Ending the Big Deal: Truth and Consequences
The dire economic situation facing many libraries has forced librarians to consider cancelling their “Big Deal” journal packages. Although the merits of leaving a large publisher package can be debated, reductions in library funding have left some with no other choice. Please join us for a frank discussion with our panelists who will share their experiences in dismantling Big Deals and address concerns regarding publisher negotiations, the impact on document delivery, and reactions of their user communities.
Subjects: Electronic Resources, Serials, Budget Planning and Finance, Technical Services
The New Nonfiction: What is it, and Does It Matter?
What makes for excellence in nonfiction for young readers? We’re used to looking for reliability, utility, narrative skill, and clear, attractive illustration. But given new realities of access to information, questions of authority and context, standardized testing, and emerging core requirements emphasizing critical thinking and language arts, are these still the most important criteria? This panel will debate a new framework for understanding, creating, evaluating and using the new nonfiction...and maybe even define it.
Subjects: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Collection Development, Research and Statistics, Readers’ Advisory
Transforming Libraries Through Frontline Advocacy
Larry Neal, Director of Clinton Macomb County Library and Deborah Doyle, Chairperson of the Legislation, Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Committee from California will talk about frontline advocacy for Friends and Trustees.
Subjects: Advocacy, Friends, Legislation, Trustees
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