From the Editor

mary beth weber

Mary Beth Weber, Editor

Gearing Up for San Antonio

The time between ALA Annual and Midwinter is often viewed as a lull when people can slow down and catch their breath. However there has been a great deal of activity going on behind the scenes, and this issue of ANO is filled with information about events and new resources for ALCTS members. There is a section with announcements about upcoming meetings at the Midwinter Conference, such as the Volunteer Forum. If you are interested in becoming active within our division, this meeting is for you. Additionally, if you chair a committee, discussion group, or interest group, and want to publicize a program or activity, send that information my way and I will make it available in the December issue. I have also included reports and articles of interest to members: reports from the World Library and Information Conference (formerly known as 71st IFLA General Conference and Council), which met in Oslo, Norway, from August 14-18, 2005; articles on the Sage Support Staff Travel Grant, including accounts by Grant recipients Christie Ericson, Heidi Jensen, and Lydia C. Williams of their experiences attending the ALA Annual Conference for the first time; and an update on ALA Council from ALCTS Councilor Diane Dates Casey.

I am excited about a new feature that will be included in ANO called “Experience ALCTS.” Executive Director Charles Wilt’s column discusses the positive benefits of belonging to ALA and ALCTS, and he closes with the statement, “So ‘Experience ALCTS’ and tell your story of ‘The ALCTS Experience.’” “Experience ALCTS” will feature members describing their experience with ALCTS. Look for this feature in the December issue. I am looking forward to reading about the various experiences of our members, and am sure you will enjoy it as well. If you would like to describe your experience within ALCTS, please contact me.

A new resource, “ALCTS At a Glance” debuts this month. This is a bi-monthly e-update for members to keep them informed of ALCTS, ALA, and other news and events. It will be published in alternate months with ANO. It is an impressive resource, and I believe members will find it invaluable. Each message contains the following features: “UPFRONT” provides information about important happenings; “C-ED” provides information about workshops of interest to ALCTS members; “PUBS” provides publication announcements; and “EVENTS” keeps members in touch with what is going on in the library world.

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