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Join us for ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-Forum!

Please join us for a joint ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone! Registration information is at the end of the message, along with subscription management options for existing listserv members.

Continuing to Manage the Impact of COVID-19 on Libraries

June 9-10, 2020

Moderated by Alyse Jordan, Steven Pryor, Nicole Lewis and Rebecca Uhl

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.

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted libraries and library technical service units and departments, including requiring staff to work remotely and determining what services they can provide. As states begin to reopen, libraries face challenges as they determine how to re-open and begin providing in-person services, while still providing a safe environment for staff and patrons. In this special joint ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-Forum we will discuss any changes in how everyone is coping, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss re-opening concerns and challenges.


Alyse Jordan serves as Associate Librarian at Arizona State University. Her library and higher education experience includes assessment, teaching, research, collection development, and instructional technologies. Alyse offers a commitment to actively mentoring colleagues and students in their discovery of information, professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

Nicole Lewis is Lead Cataloger at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. She is responsible for coordinating cataloging workflows and is one of the library’s ILS system administrators. She currently prepares database cleanup projects, including supplemental training, for several cataloging and acquisition staff to work on during the library closure.

Steven Pryor is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Missouri. He studies faculty publication activity, promotes open access and institutional repository participation, and leads Software Carpentry initiatives and other work to promote digital research skills for students and faculty.

Rebecca Uhl is Principal Cataloger at Arizona State University. She is coordinating remote work for 13 catalogers in three different units within technical services, including providing training and coaching catalogers in new and different tasks.

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

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. (

If you’re busy and you don’t want to actively participate, or if the number of emails gets to be too much, here are some options for managing your subscription.  If you can’t figure things out, please email  Be kind to everyone else on the list and don’t email “Take me off this list” requests to all participants. Also, please don’t mark the emails as spam or it will shutdown the listserv.

1.  How to unsubscribe: If you wish to unsubscribe to the e-Forum entirely, scroll to the bottom of the most recent message that was posted to the list, and click on the link next to this text: “To unsubscribe from this list, clink here.”  Or you can log into and you should see the option “unsubscribe” on the left sidebar. Just click on that and enter your email address to unsubscribe from the list. The entire discussion will be available at the above URL as well, if you’d prefer to read it later.  You can always re-subscribe to the list at a later date if a future topic is of interest to you.

2.  Get digest format: If you would like to receive fewer emails, you can set your list settings to digest format.  Go to:, log in using the email and password that you received when you signed up for the list.  Choose “subscriber options” on the left.  Then in Receiving mode, choose “digest MIME format.”  The digest is set to provide one message per 25 messages sent to the list and are generated Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 3 PM Central Time.

3.  Use email filters and threads to keep your inbox organized: If you want to participate fully in the e-Forum, but want to keep the email messages separate from other email, you can probably set up a filter in your mail client, which will have e-forum messages directly delivered to a folder of your choice, as opposed to your in-box (just don’t forget to check the folder!), or flag the messages to alert you that they are e-Forum messages.  You can also organize the folder by threads to keep track of conversations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Nicole Lewis and Rebecca Uhl

ALCTS e-Forum co-coordinators