Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Through a Virtual Collaborative Learning Opportunity Among Librarians
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is a division of the American Library Association, which engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, description, discovery, and preservation of library collections. I have been a member of ALCTS for many years and have actively participated in ALCTS through the work of committees and interest groups.
ALCTS is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To celebrate its success for the last 60 years ALCTS formed a working group to organize a virtual learning experience opportunity, and I was fortunate to serve on this working group with other librarians from many different universities. The working group was launched in January, 2016 to organize a highly innovative and engaging virtual gathering that contributes to transforming online learning and knowledge exchange experience. We named this event ALCTS Exchange, implying our intention of creating virtual space for library staff to exchange their expertise and to celebrate their success. It was held over four days within a two-week period last month. In addition to main sessions such as keynote speeches, presentations, lightning talk, and virtual poster sessions, various activities were offered before and after the event to maximize online exchange experience for attendees.
After successfully completing the event I can’t help but to look back my experience with the working group. For more than a year we held numerous virtual meetings and developed meticulous plans to invent this event. Before the Exchange, ALCTS had never held a virtual conference. This event has provided ALCTS a starting point to explore different kind of professional opportunities for its members. I hope that this experience becomes a model project for ALCTS in providing a professional event and helping extend our leaning experience beyond in-person conferences.
Jeehyun Davis is the Associate University Librarian for Collections. She and members of the Collections Directorate attended the ALCTS Exchange online. Davis’ contact information: email – Jeehyun.Davis@villanova.edu, telephone 610-519-7821, office-room 235.