Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Assistant Director for Technical Services and Collections,
The Ohio State University Libraries
Technical Services and Collections librarians were never more important in libraries than they are today. ALCTS is the ALA organizational home of librarians who acquire, catalog, deliver and preserve an expanding body of knowledge in myriad formats. ALCTS bring together individuals and ideas to achieve goals that none of us can achieve alone. Increasing workloads, new demands for accountability, shrinking staff resources all present significant challenges to librarians today. ALCTS has taken a leadership role in designing and delivering workshops and continuing education. Programs delivered at conferences and "on the road" are at the forefront of issues facing our members. Publications reach a wide audience concerned with technical service and collections issues. All of these activities would continue under my leadership and expand into new areas such as the delivery of courses via the web. We, as members and leaders of ALCTS, must assume a key role in shaping the roles of technical services and collections librarians in an evolving library world.
Helen L. Reed, Associate Dean
University of Northern Colorado Libraries
In the last few years, ALCTS has undertaken initiatives to set a clear future direction utilizing strategic and tactical planning. These efforts have permeated the Association's structure of Sections and Committees resulting in new and renewed collaboration within ALCTS and with library organizations outside of ALCTS, enhanced financial planning within ALCTS and increased programming and educational opportunities for the membership. At this critical juncture ALCTS must take the next step of creating a flexible and viable organizational structure that can sustain and enhance these initiatives while maintaining the momentum created through the planning process. The organizational structure must fulfill the dual purposes of supporting the organizational framework of ALCTS and meeting the needs of the membership who work in an ever changing environment within the information industry. To support the organization, the ALCTS leadership must create a structure that continues the planning process, responsibly manages ALCTS financial and other resources, recruits ALCTS members from all levels of staff and all types of libraries, and builds strategic alliances with information organizations at a state, national and international level. At the same time, ALCTS must meet the needs of its membership that identify, acquire, describe, organize and preserve information in an environment of rapid change and increasing fiscal constraints. Toward this end, ALCTS must create a dynamic and efficient organization that can provide leadership and generate opportunities for timely discussion and training on topics of interest including offering a wide array of programs at annual conferences and continuing to build a strong cadre of continuing education opportunities offered in a variety of venues such as preconferences, regional conferences and in a web-based environment. Having served ALCTS in numerous capacities for many years, I have had an opportunity to watch the Association develop and evolve to meet the changing organizational environment and changes within the profession. I would be honored to work with the ALCTS leaders and membership to meet the new challenges before us.