From the President

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Rosann V. Bazirjian, ALCTS President

BR>Collaboration and Partnership

Happy fall! It does not quite feel like fall yet in Greensboro, North Carolina. We are still experiencing warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and beautiful flowers continue to grow!

I would like to tell you about a theme that is beginning to emerge within ALCTS. It is one of “collaboration” and “partnership.” We are collaborating with outside organizations as we work to enhance partnerships and focus on public policy and advocacy.

Let me provide a few examples:

  • Recently, past presidents Carol Diedrichs and Brian Schottlaender, and our Executive Director Charles Wilt, participated in a phone call with Duane Webster, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). We have agreed to work closely with ARL, and to acknowledge our connection to them on issues such as digital preservation, scholarly communication, and government documents. We plan to work with ARL as a signatory for public policy.
  • Our International Relations Committee, under the leadership of Wanda Dole, will examine the international issues and developments on which ALCTS needs to concentrate. We aim to identify international organizations, collaborate with them, and inform one another of our activities and concerns.
  • Earlier this summer, we sent a letter to the Government Printing Office (GPO) endorsing our support of their transition to a digital future.
  • Finally, the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) has acknowledged the need to partner with outside organizations as the new publication Resource for Description and Access is being written. The goal of RDA is to produce a new content standard that is usable beyond the library community. For that reason, we have invited membership and partnerships with outside organizations that will be directly involved with development of the new resource.

These are some examples of recent collaborative developments. ALCTS is looking outward and developing new partnerships, and it is important that we continue to identify potential collaborators in other areas, too. I welcome your suggestions based on issues that have arisen or that you feel will become important to ALCTS in the near future. We need to identify potential partners and develop an awareness of issues that might be of interest to our organization and members.