ALCTS Office Issues Special Announcement on April 1

Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director, issued the following announcement to the ALCTS leaders discussion list on April 1, 2004. We are reproducing it here so all members can enjoy it!

Good Morning Everyone,

Besides the general announcements this month, there are a number of important items of which you need to be aware.

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced recently that ALA will establish two satellite member service centers in addition to the main center in Chicago. The east coast location will be housed in the Washington office. The west coast location will be located in San Diego. The San Diego location was chosen after intense lobbying by the ALA staff in January. No timetable has been set yet as to when each will be up and running.

Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor, announced that the LRTS Swimsuit Issue was once again a huge critical and financial success. Editor Johnson attributed the increase in sales to the outstanding articles that appeared in this year's issue.

At a press conference in New York City, it was announced that ALA will move its headquarters to the new Chicago Trump Tower being built on the location of the Chicago Sun-Times building. Donald Trump in a statement issued recently told the media that he has always loved libraries and librarians and that he is donating three floors of his new tower to the ALA for its headquarters. Council voted unanimously to accept the offer. In recognition of this generous offer, the "L" in the ALA logo will feature the image of the new tower. ALA's new address will be ALA @ Trump Tower.

The photo shoot for the 2005 edition of the ALCTS Calendar will begin in a couple of weeks in Monterey, California. Last year's edition featuring members of the Serials Section sold out in two months and had to be reprinted twice. This year's calendar will feature members of CMDS in classic resort attire. Former President Bill (lookin' dapper in his Bermuda shorts) Robnett will be featured on the cover. Release date for the new calendar is set for August.

Web Illustrated magazine has voted the ALA Web site the best Web site in the not-for-profit category for 2003. In awarding ALA this coveted honor, WI noted that ALA's Web site was the easiest Web site to navigate they had encountered in many years and the best looking.

The ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Marketing Team is introducing a new product at Annual Conference. The FRBeaR will replace the Meta-Data Mouse, which was so successful the last two years. The ALA Store will carry the FRBeaR in three different sizes ranging from $10 to $35 with your ALA member discount.

ALA and Google, the internet search engine company, have entered into a ten year, $10 million "naming" agreement for the ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for having been Googled, ALA will offer the Google search engine free of charge to its membership. The ALA Annual Conference will now be known as the "Google Annual ALA Conference". In a related move, Microsoft has entered into talks with ALA about a "naming" agreement for Midwinter. If approved the Midwinter Meeting would be "MMM: the Microsoft Midwinter Meeting." There is however no truth to the rumor that the Midwinter Meeting will be located permanently in Seattle. (MMM is not to be confused with the 3M Corporation)

In another Annual Conference story, the ALCTS Planning Committee has announced its Annual Conference events line-up for Orlando. The weekend long festivities begin Friday evening with a luau on Disney's Wilderness Island. Saturday afternoon features a fun filled wine and cheese reception with Mickey Mouse as host. Sunday afternoon is the golf tournament at the Bay Hill Club with Arnold Palmer as master of ceremonies. Wrapping things up on Monday evening is the Dinner/Dance (black tie for the gentlemen) on the Promenade in Epcot Center. Congratulations to the Committee for another breath-taking array of events. And yes, the ALCTS Newsletter Online will cover the fun again this year from the first hula to the last waltz.

ALA Publishing recently reported that AACR2005 format has to be changed due to sharp increases in printing costs. Due to the smaller format, the new pages will not fit the AACR2002 binders. Those libraries that bought the 2002 version will have to buy a whole new set when the 2005 edition is published. According to ALA, driving up sales was not the purpose of the change.

The ALCTS Tree Task Force has made its recommendations to the Board. A little history:

After the uproar that then President-elect Olivia Madison created concerning her unilateral choice of the armadillo as the ALCTS mascot two years ago, the ALCTS Board vowed to never let one person decide such an important issue. Last spring, the Board appointed the ALCTS Flower Task Force. After months of deliberation no decision was made concerning the flower. Faulty leadership and conflicting agendas were blamed for the stand-off, along with some ill feelings from the previous spring (there was a rumor that members thought the aardvark would have been a better choice).

Again vowing not to repeat, the Board, under the strong leadership of President Brian E.C. Schottlaender, appointed the ALCTS Tree Task Force in early December with President-elect Carol Pitts Diedrichs as chair. After lengthy meetings at the Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, the TF sent the Board its recommendation in early March. Diedrichs: "The Task Force proved to be a quite opinionated group concerning this issue. Regional differences emerged early on. One member from Virginia insisted on the Magnolia. Another member from Colorado pitched the Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir. Yet, a member from Texas wanted the Mesquite." The TF quickly eliminated the Mesquite being of the opinion that "it really wasn't a tree, just a bush." Diedrichs went on to say that the choices were narrowed down to the Kentucky Coffee tree or the Buckeye Tree. A rift on the TF developed primarily based on which side of the Ohio River members aligned themselves with. However, due to the intervention of a still unnamed TF member, consensus occurred. Diedrichs again: "It became obvious that if ALCTS was going to adopt an "Official Tree", then it should honor an ALCTS member. The decision was easy after that and we selected the Palm Tree, in honor of our wonderfully shy and unassuming ANO editor." The Board anonymously agreed.

And finally, the Board voted to table a motion establishing "ALEX" as the accepted pronunciation of the ALCTS acronym until after the results of the 2004 ALA election are final.

That's it from ALCTS Headquarters this month.

"May the farce be with you!"

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