From the President


Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President

carol pitts diedrichs How I Know It’s Summer

As I was traveling across campus this morning, I was thinking about the top few ways that I know it is summer:
     •  It’s finally possible to find a parking place on the UK campus
     •  I no longer need to wear a spring coat or sweater in the morning
     •  There is a flurry of announcements on the listservs about upcoming programs at ALA
     •  My last President’s column is due

But I’ll really believe that summer is here on June 28, 2005, when I enthusiastically turn the ALCTS Board meeting over to incoming President, Rosann Bazirjian. Toward the end of the Tuesday Board session, the outgoing Board steps away from its responsibilities and the 2005–2006 Board will assume responsibility for the association. This very visible sign of transition is mostly symbolic, but it reflects the commitment of the leadership of ALCTS to ensuring continuity from Board to Board.

Some have characterized our new approach to continuity as “the three Presidents being joined at the hip.” In truth, the three presidents, Executive Director Charles Wilt, and the ALA Councilor work closely throughout the year to ensure that meaningful progress is made between conferences, and that our division committee chairs and section chairs have the support they need to move forward.

I am grateful to the “presidents” I have worked with over the past two years – Olivia Madison, Brian Schottlaender, and Rosann Bazirjian. We now welcome our newly elected president-elect, Bruce Johnson. Because of Bruce’s three years as ALA Councilor for ALCTS, his solid grasp of the current state of issues will be invaluable.

While it may go without saying, it also needs to be said that we would not have made the progress as a Board and an Association over the past few years without the leadership of Charles Wilt. This past year has been a particular challenge, as staffing in the office often came down to Charles alone. I am amazed at how few, if any, problems occurred during that difficult time. But, as we approach our 2005 Annual Conference, the office is at full staffing, with newly arrived Christine Taylor, and newly returned from maternity leave Julie Reese.

Three Things You Don’t Want to Miss at Annual Conference
First, join us on Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the ALCTS Members’ Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Palmer House, Adams Ballroom. We’ll honor our colleagues with a spectrum of ALCTS awards, enjoy good food and the good company of our colleagues, and you’ll have a chance to win a coffee table version of the world’s largest book, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom, created by President’s Program speaker, Michael Hawley.

Second, don’t miss the President’s Program on Monday, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Palmer House, Red Lacquer Room. Karen Calhoun (Cornell) and Michael Hawley (MIT) will speak on the topic of “Librarians, Learning and Creativity: A Boundary-Breaking Perspective.” Their presentations will be followed by an unveiling of the world’s largest book, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom, as it is presented to the Field Museum. The President’s Program Committee – including co-chairs, Julie Gammon and Cindy Hepfer; Beth Russell, and Karen Calhoun – have created a program that firmly links us to our book and print-based traditions while expanding our thinking about remaining creative in a changing world.

Third, our ALCTS Leadership Development Committee has planned an excellent program titled “Managing Across Generations”, scheduled for Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Convention Center Room N228. This program includes speakers from each of several generational groups discussing their responses to different scenarios. If you enjoyed Olivia Madison’s President’s Program in 2003, you’ll not want to miss this one.

Farewell. . . .

Let me close with a thank you for electing me President of ALCTS for 2004–2005. It has been an honor, a pleasure, and downright fun (most of the time)!