From the Editor

Miriam Palm, Editor

Miriam Palm, Editor A New Year and a New Look for ANO

We are always looking for ways to improve service to our members, a concept I am sure all of you are familiar with in your own work settings. Thanks to Charles Wilt and our friends in ALA Production Services, we have redesigned the Newsletter beginning with this volume and issue. In response to a number of suggestions, we have made it easier to see all the contents “on one page” and navigate among the articles contained in each issue. I also wish to thank our new Publications & Membership specialist, Christine Taylor, who began her employment in the ALCTS Office on February 22. She is truly being baptized by fire, as the Newsletter is only one of her many responsibilities, and the day after Christine started work, Julie Reese, our Meetings & Continuing Education specialist, gave birth to her second daughter, Shannon Elizabeth, at 5:30 p.m. Shannon weighed in at 7lbs., 8 oz., and both mom and baby are doing fine. We know that Charles is rather adept at the fine art of scheduling, but this is a major coup even for him!

This issue contains coverage of Midwinter 2005 in Boston, and a great deal of election news that I hope you will absorb before you begin to vote online. Edward Swanson has contributed another Publications column, and there is information about our programs and preconferences planned for Annual 2005 in Chicago, as well as CE opportunities that will occur this spring. Our award winners for 2005 have been announced and will be honored at a ceremony in Chicago. And we include a fine article by Mimi Kolosseus, a Simmons LIS student who helped out during Midwinter, that is a crackerjack ad for ALCTS membership! As it happens, I am about to attend a career event my alma mater Whitman College is holding, to tell students and recent graduates what a great career librarianship is. I’ll do my best to represent us as well as Mimi has in her article.

I hope you enjoy this issue and its new format.