Cataloging Events at ALA Annual Conference 2024

Cataloging Events at ALA Annual Conference 2024

RDA Around the World

Friday, June 28, 2024

9:00am -11:30am

Convention Center Room 30 ABCDE

This free preconference event will feature international members of the RDA (Resource Description and Access) Board discussing the impact of RDA on their cataloging and metadata practices and how their parts of the world are addressing the obstacles and challenges of official RDA. Join us for some fresh insight into how the rest of the world is thinking about this international standard.


Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access Meeting I & II (CC:DA)

Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm Pacific

Monday, July 1, 2024 at 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

Location: Marriott Marquis, Marina Salon E

The Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) returns to the ALA Annual Conference with two sessions to address old and new business. Renate Behrens, chair of the RDA Steering Committee will speak during the Monday session.



Saturday, June 29, 2024 

10:30am – 11:30am Pacific Time

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 03

The North American RDA Committee (NARDAC) will report on RDA-related activities in the past year, provide updates on the work of the RDA Steering Committee and other related groups in North America, and discuss key issues going forward. Panelists will include NARDAC members and special guests.


Words Matter: Inclusive Cataloging in an Academic Library Consortium

Saturday, June 29, 2024 

11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific Time

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 32 A B

Allison Bailund (she/her/hers)

Monographs Cataloging Coordinator
San Diego State University

Luiz H. Mendes

Cataloging Coordinator
California State University - Northridge

Julie R. Moore, MLS (she/her/hers)

Special Collections Catalog Librarian
California State University, Fresno

Are you responsible for the social justice and ethical integrity of your library’s cataloging? Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of the inclusive or critical cataloging movement. Participants will leave with a solid idea of what inclusive cataloging is and why it is important. Participants will also leave with best practices--and approaches to identify projects--to incorporate inclusive cataloging into their work.

This panel of cataloging and metadata professionals conscientiously seeks to find ways to root out harmful and offensive language from our catalogs. Panelists will provide the participants with real-life examples of what they can do to incorporate inclusive practices into the cataloging practices.


Transforming Metadata: Getting ready for AI

Saturday, June 29, 2024

11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

Location: Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 06

OCLC’s Transforming Metadata series connects you with emerging trends in the world of next-generation metadata standards, services, and platforms. This ALA session explores how we are getting ready for AI. Our panelists will share examples of building staff confidence with AI concepts and resources to avoid potential risks. You’ll also hear how OCLC is benefiting libraries through responsible AI-powered metadata management workflows and user experiences.

  • Explore AI through the AI Study Group: a group learning space for interdisciplinary collaboration
    Charlene Chou, Head of Knowledge Access, New York University Division of Libraries
  • Responsible AI: Tools for values-driven AI in libraries and archives
    Hannah Scates Kettler, Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, Iowa State University
  • AI for libraries…and library users - OCLC Staff


PCC Participants Meeting

Sunday, June 30, 2024 

4:00pm – 5:30pm Pacific 

Location: Marriott Marquis, Pacific Ballroom Section 18

Hosted by PCC Chair Casey Mullin, there will be presentations of interest to the PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) membership and other catalogers on official RDA toolkit implementation plans and updates on other key PCC policy developments. Come and hear the presentations and celebrate key contributors to PCC work at this session.


RDA Linked Data Forum

Monday, July 1, 2024 

2:30pm – 3:30pm Pacific 

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 09

Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano

Director, Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Dr. Martinez, who is leading the Spanish language translation of Official RDA, will discuss the exploration and development of RDA application profiles in México and throughout the Latin America. The Forum will be conducted in Spanish.