As ALA Midwinter fast approaches, I have been thinking about all that we have accomplished this year and the many exciting issues we will be addressing in San Antonio.
We have started planning for the ALCTS 50th Anniversary celebration, which will take place in 2007. Under the leadership of Olivia Madison, we have appointed a committee to coordinate plans for a celebration in Washington, D.C. This includes soliciting interesting speakers, contacting past ALCTS presidents, and making plans for a dinner/reception. We will be sending out more publicity for this event as plans are finalized, and expect to hear about this in San Antonio.
Of course, we are also working on the strategic plan, under the leadership of Helen Reed. She will share a draft of the plan with the ALCTS Board at Midwinter, and will also share a copy with ALCTS members following the meeting. We thank those of you who have submitted comments to the committee. I think you will be pleased with the direction that the plan is taking.
Since ALCTS needs to stress the importance of continuing education to our profession, we will hold an Education Action Summit at Midwinter. Committee and section members involved in education efforts within ALCTS will attend this summit to gain insight as well as tips for improving and expanding the continuing education opportunities offered by ALCTS.
Under Beth Picknally Camden’s leadership, we have appointed a Task Force on Non-English Access. This task force is examining our role in enabling access to library resources in all languages and scripts, and in addressing the needs of users of materials in all languages and scripts through the development of library standards and practices. This task force will submit a report by spring 2006.
Join us at the Membership Reception on Saturday, January 21, 2006 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Anacacho Ballroom of The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio! Visit with your ALCTS colleagues and hear about all that we are doing! I hope to see you there!