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50th Anniversary Celebration Events: Commemorating our Past, Celebrating our Present, Creating our Future

Watch this space during the year for continuing information on announcements and events celebrating the 50th Anniversary Celebration.


With the “Definitely Digital” Symposium at Midwinter, ALCTS launches its 50th Anniversary Celebration. Other events at Midwinter include an expanded Member Reception on Saturday evening, featuring Karen Schmidt’s historical look at technical services, and a special ALCTS Forum on Monday morning featuring past ALCTS President’s in a “fireside” chat.

ALCTS’ official journal, Library Resources & Technical Services (best known as LRTS), will publish special 50th Anniversary articles. A 50th Anniversary publication is being compiled for release in the late spring 2007.

ALCTS National Conference

Just before the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, a one-of-a-kind ALCTS Conference will take place June 20 and 21, 2007. "Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services" will engage attendees in a thought-provoking, open, and participatory exchange on the transformation of our work and the profession. Presenters and attendees will collaborate to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Participants will be enriched and energized by this experience; they will leave with an active agenda for the future.

Featured speakers include: Richard Lanham ( web site and Wikipedia entry) and Stephen Abram ( web site and articles).

The ALCTS Conference is conveniently located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, easily accessible from all the major downtown hotels and the Federal Triangle Metro station.

On Thursday evening, June 21, 2007, the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner sets sail up the Potomac River aboard the Odyssey Cruises ship, Odyssey III. Make plans to attend. Check out the review in


A preview of possible ALCTS Forums at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.:

  • ALCTS 50th Anniversary
  • RDA Forum: ALCTS series on the changes to AACR2002 in conjunction with the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR.
  • The Future of Cataloging: Continuing ALCTS’ role as facilitator in the discussion prompted last spring by actions taken by the Library of Congress. Sponsored by the Cataloging and Classification Section

Peter Morville will be the speaker at the 2007 President's Program.