Midwinter Event Update: 50th Anniversary Events

We will keep you informed of resources, events and other information as we count down to the ALCTS 50th Anniversary celebration. A special ALCTS Anniversary website is available to publicize events, link to registration and provide photographs, trivia, and other surprises.

50/50 Campaign

ALCTS will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2007! The year-long celebration theme, “Commemorating Our Past, Celebrating Our Present, Creating Our Future,” will begin with the start of the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle (January 19-24, 2007) and will reach a momentous point during ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (June 21-27, 2007). Both Seattle and Washington, D.C. are exciting venues, and a number of outstanding programs and special events are in development to mark the occasion.

The events include a 2007 Midwinter Kick-Off reception, a symposium, and an open forum. The 2007 Annual Conference will include a special preconference, a gala ALCTS Anniversary Dinner, and an awards ceremony including the newly created Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award funded by a generous gift from EBSCO.

Please help to celebrate this significant milestone by making a $50 gift to ALCTS in recognition of fifty years of the Association’s presence and service to the library community. Gifts will support anniversary events and help the Association build for the future. Donations to ALCTS are tax deductible.

Donate today by completing the online donation form (only credit card donations can be accepted online) or print, complete and send in the donation coupon.

Join us in honoring ALCTS with your gift!

ALCTS 50th Anniversary Forum

Plan to attend the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Forum “Creating Our Future: The ALCTS Presidential Experience” on Monday, January 22, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at the W Seattle Downtown, Great Room 1. Former ALCTS presidents will discuss their terms in office, reflecting on issues from the past and their application to the future of our association and our profession. Combining reminiscences with insights, this forum will provide a context for the changes that have occurred in collections, technical services, and libraries as a whole during the history of ALCTS. Our leaders’ rich experiences will help us take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

Questions for discussion:

  • What was the highlight of your term?
  • What was surprising or disappointing?
  • What issues that were important then seem funny or irrelevant now?
  • What issues remain as significant now as they were then?
  • What lessons from your term or career as a whole should inform the future of ALCTS?
  • What was the value of your ALCTS Presidential experience?

Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President 2006-2007, will serve as moderator. Confirmed participants are Karen Horny, 1980-1981; Judith P. Cannan, 1986-1987; and Janet Swan Hill, 1997-1998.

ALCTS 50th Anniversary Survey

Take time to complete the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Survey and share some of your professional experience and expectations for the future.

ALCTS Member Reception

The ALCTS Member Reception at ALA Midwinter in Seattle will serve as a 50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff. Come and join your fellow ALCTS members with a special member reception featuring Karen Schmidt, Acting University Librarian, University of Illinois, who will provide a retrospective look at library technology, gadgets and ephemera, including an account of the very first discussion list for librarians. There will also be a presentation of former ALCTS presidents, and there will be celebratory keepsakes. The reception is generously sponsored by YBP, and all ALCTS members are welcome and are encouraged to attend! The reception is on Saturday, January 20, 6-8 pm in the Red Lion Hotel, Emerald Ballroom.

Midwinter Symposium “Definitely Digital”

ALCTS is pleased to announce "Definitely Digital: An Exploration of the Future of Knowledge on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of ALCTS" as its 2007 Midwinter Symposium on Friday, January 19, 8:30 am-5:00 pm in Seattle. "Definitely Digital" is supported by the generous sponsorship of

The symposium will examine significant changes in scholarly communication, library services, collections and staffing created by the digital environment. The symposium speakers will discuss scholarship in the digital age, new communication models, the future of cooperative technical services and enabling technologies, and the training and education of staff working with digital collections.

Statements, intentionally controversial, and intended to evoke discussion from the panelists and stimulate audience participation are the subject of Digiblog, ALCTS’ first Web log.

The speakers and topics are:

  • Keynote speaker Dr. James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Virginia, will explore the topic "Scholarship in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges."
  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC, on "Moving to the Network Level: Networks Change Structures"
  • Meg Bellinger, Associate University Librarian for Integrated Library Systems and Technical Services, Yale University, on "Library Collections and Technical Services in the Digital Age: Perspectives and Predictions for the Profession at the Half-Century Mark"
  • Greg Tananbaum, author, consultant, and former President, Berkeley Electronic Press, on "Scholarly Communication 2.Oh: New Models of Publishing and Library Services"
  • Brian Schottlaender, University of California-San Diego, will lead a stellar panel in a discussion of the challenge statements. Panelists include: Tom Clareson, Program Director for New Initiatives, PALINET; David Nuzzo, Head, Acquisitions Department, SUNY-Buffalo Library; Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist of Electronic Resources, EBSCO Information Services; and Robert Wolven, Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control, Columbia University Libraries.