ALCTS President newsletter message best of times

2006-2007 alcts president, bruce chr. johnson Letters from ALCTS

From the President

Bruce Chr. Johnson, ALCTS President

"It was the best of times ..."

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." So begins Charles Dickens' classic, A Tale of Two Cities. The same might be said of the library profession. There has never been as much upheaval in the nature of libraries and librarianship as is present today.

If you share this concern, you have come to the right place. Although none of us are truly clairvoyant, one of the reasons that ALCTS exists is to help steer our profession in new and forward-thinking directions. This leadership takes many forms such as:

  • Standards development;
  • New continuing education courses;
  • Dozens of programs and pre-conferences presented at every ALA conference;
  • The best library and information science journal, LRTS;
  • Many new publications developed to meet ALCTS member professional development needs.

Framing these efforts is the newly adopted ALCTS 2006-2011 Strategic Plan. This plan represents our association's best efforts at assessing the professional landscape and shaping the future. The ALCTS Planning Committee will be enlisting your involvement in the coming months in implementing the plan by identifying strategic and tactical initiatives. Our profession is changing faster than ever, and ALCTS needs your active participation to shape this change.

The 2006-07 year is also the fiftieth anniversary year of ALCTS and our professional journal, LRTS. An anniversary committee chaired by ALCTS Past President (2002-03) Olivia M.A. Madison has been hard at work developing a terrific series of events and special opportunities. We will showcase our past accomplishments while putting them in the context of current efforts and future directions. Stay tuned for additional details.

Although ALCTS's incredible record of accomplishments is a testimony to long hours invested by many dedicated members, I would particularly like to acknowledge the innumerable contributions of Rosann Bazirjian, our 2005-06 President. Having Rosann as a mentor this the past year, it was very apparent that she poured her heart and soul into her efforts. Rosann's presidency represents a new highpoint for dynamic and responsive leadership. Thank you, Rosann.

As to the coming year:

To those who are new to committee involvement, welcome aboard! This is the beginning of what I know will be a fulfilling experience for you.

To our many experienced members, thank you very much for your continued leadership efforts.

To those who have not yet gotten involved in ALCTS work, please fill out and submit the online volunteer form. President-elect Pamela Bluh and your colleagues need your participation.

ALCTS in 2006-07 will surely be "the best of times" through your involvement. I look forward to working with you. If there is any way that I can be of assistance, please let me know.