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The OLAC Conference will be held October 26-29, 2017 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Virginia.

The Omni is in downtown Richmond overlooking the James River. It is within view of the Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson. Within an easy stroll from the hotel are over thirty restaurants and great shopping on the gas-lit, cobblestone streets of Historic Shockoe Slip. In addition, the hotel is part of a complex that includes a mini-mall with restaurants, shops, and an upscale YMCA that is freely available to hotel guests.

Comfortable guest rooms will be available at the discounted group rate of $145 a night. The amenities are numerous, including robes in the rooms, and free Internet.

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Keynote Speaker

Regina Romano Reynolds is director of the U.S. ISSN Center and head of the ISSN Section at the Library of Congress.

Presents: Video, Audio, Digital, and All that Jazz:  Bibliographic Transformation in an Era of Too Much “Stuff”


There is More Than One Way to Groom a Cat(alog): Technologies for Data Manipulation and Analysis. Presented by Annie Glerum & Kathryn Lybarger, Thursday, 1:00 - 5:00.

OLAC Conference: Call for Proposals

Planning to attend the OLAC Conference in Richmond? We want to hear from you at the conference! Please consider volunteering to serve as a panelist, poster presenter, roundtable facilitator, or lightning-talk speaker.

To volunteer or submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form by September 11, 2017:

Linked Data Initiatives Panel

Is your library engaged in a linked data project, or taking steps to prepare for eventual linked data implementation? OLAC wants to hear from you! The OLAC Conference Committee is seeking several speakers for a Linked Data Initiatives panel. The panel will be held Saturday, October 28, from 8:45-10:00 AM. Panelists will have 10 minutes each to share their institution's linked data work, followed by discussion with audience members. OLAC encourages proposals from anyone involved in a linked data project, no matter whether the project is large or small, complete or just beginning.

To volunteer as a panelist, please submit a brief summary (2-3 sentences) of the linked data work you would like to present, along with your name and email address.

Poster Sessions

OLAC's poster sessions offer a chance to share innovative projects and research relevant to AV, music, cartographic, and electronic resources cataloging with your OLAC peers. Poster sessions will be held Friday, October 27, from 3:45-5:00 PM.

To submit a poster session proposal, please submit a brief abstract of your poster, along with your name and email address.

Collaborative Problem Solving Roundtables

Have a nagging AV cataloging problem, or a larger cataloging/metadata issue you'd like to discuss with a small group of colleagues in a low-pressure, informal setting? Consider serving as a facilitator for OLAC's Collaborative Problem Solving roundtables, to be held Sunday, October 28, from 9:00-11:00 AM. Table facilitators will provide brief information on the problem or issue, and prepare a short list of questions to shape the discussion at their table.

To volunteer as a roundtable facilitator, please submit your roundtable topic, along with your name and email address.

Lightning Talks

OLAC's lightning talks offer an opportunity for short (5-7 minute) presentations on any topic of interest to OLAC members. Share a cataloging project, a workflow innovation, or preliminary research -- the sky is the limit! Lightning talks will be held Saturday, October 27, from 4:30-5:30 PM.

To submit a lightning talk proposal, please submit a brief description of your proposed talk, along with your name and email address.

Questions? Contact Stacie Traill (