The Association's Associations: ALCTS - "For" Not "Of"
Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director
Being an association "for" something, not "of" something, implies a commitment to whatever that something may be: a commitment, in this case, to an idea, a concept, a "thing". It is "for" library collections and technical services, as our name states, the Association "FOR" Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).
So what does "FOR" really mean? It means to favor, to support, to be interested in, and to advocate. Pulling the thesaurus from the shelf, we find a few more interesting iterations: beneficial to, in contemplation of, in consideration of, in honor of, on behalf of, on the part of, and with respect to.
So what does the "FOR" stand for in ALCTS? That "FOR" involves the Association and its members in advocating standards, best practices, education, professional development, and information exchange in acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and serials. It also advocates for developing a membership and an association, which supports these activities in these areas.
"FOR" BEST PRACTICES
"FOR" PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
"FOR" INTERACTION AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE
"FOR" ASSOCIATION OPERATIONS
That "FOR" stands for ideas and concepts developed and nurtured by ALCTS members from which the entire library community benefits. That "FOR" means ALCTS members serve on a wide variety of committees and task forces, on an international scale. That "FOR" means that ALCTS members advocate.
If you are "FOR" acquisitions, cataloging, serials, preservation, and collection management and development in the broadest of all possible definitions, then ALCTS is the place "FOR" you. Are you ready? Go to www.ala.org/alcts.