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ALCTS e-Forum: Outward Facing Technical Services

October 16-17, 2018

Moderated by Rachel Fleming and Erin Leach

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The technical work of acquiring and describing materials for library collections is often invisible, and can suffer from taking place in an insular world isolated from other library units and library users. When library workers engaged in technical services work understand the needs of the communities we serve and address those needs with our specific expertise, we are more engaged with our work. In turn, that work becomes more vibrant, vital, and valuable.

In this e-Forum, we will develop and exchange practical methods of turning outward, using lived experience and Libraries Transform resources. We will explore how turning outward can influence our daily work, help us build relationships and develop shared understandings, and empower us to be community leaders and change agents.


Rachel Fleming works on affordable course materials, scholarly communication, and collection assessment as Collections Initiatives Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Fleming has over ten years of experience in library technical services including collection development, collection management, serials, and acquisitions. Fleming’s research interests center around the development of professional identity and leadership skills.

Erin Leach is Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at the University of Georgia, where she responsible for cataloging published materials for the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research & Studies. In her spare time, Erin is a second-year PhD student that the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, where her interests center around the role of the academic library in the higher education ecosystem.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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