From the President
Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President
I don’t know about you, but I’m thanking my lucky stars that we weren’t in Boston a week later than we were! I have visions of more than 12,000 librarians and vendors living in the shopping mall for weeks because of snow. Thankfully, once people made it to Boston, we had decent weather, good accommodations, and productive and successful meetings.
One of the pleasures of serving as ALCTS president is visiting each of our section executive boards and division committees. I am reminded each time of the diligent efforts of each of those leaders to move the agendas and programs of the association forward. Much of their good work is included in this newsletter, and I hope you’ll take the time to review those reports. The cycle of committee appointments will begin again in earnest in February, and President-Elect Rosann Bazirjian encourages you to submit a volunteer form indicating your interests.
President’s Program at Annual ConferenceMy President’s Program Planning Committee—ably chaired by Julie Gammon (Akron) and Cindy Hepfer (Buffalo)—is planning a spectacular program for Annual Conference. The committee—Julie, Cindy, Beth Russell (Ohio State), and Karen Calhoun (Cornell)—had the good fortune to spend an evening with Michael Hawley while at Midwinter. Our evening ranged from drinks and a viewing of the world’s largest book in Hawley’s Cambridge loft to a flying tour of MIT via Mini Cooper. If you ran into any member of our planning committee after our evening, we simply couldn’t stop talking about the program to come at Annual Conference. We’re not entirely sure what Michael will have to share with us by Annual Conference, but we can assure you it will be interesting. Karen will be our second speaker on the program, and we look to her to knit his remarks together with some real world implications for libraries. So, please mark your calendars for Monday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.
The following abstract will appear in the program for the Conference, but we hope seeing it now will pique your interest.