Letters from ALCTS

mary beth weber, ano editor

From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, Editor

Midwinter News and More

The ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle was filled with meetings and events that discussed our future and celebrated our past, ranging from the “Definitely Digital Symposium” to the Forum on the Future of Cataloging to the 50th Anniversary Forum and the Member Reception. This issue of ANO provides post-Midwinter coverage of events and meetings, including interest and discussion group reports, committee reports, liaison reports, and reports on programs and forums. There are many activities taking place within ALCTS as revealed in the numerous conference reports.

Here are some highlights from this issue:

  • Read Carlen Ruschoff’s “My ALCTS Experience” column where she describes her involvement in ALCTS starting as a new cataloger and progressing to chair of the Cataloging and Classification Section, and later ALCTS President. She encourages members to volunteer, get involved, and (most of all) have fun.
  • A report on the conference “Cataloguing 2007: Back to the Basics and Flying into the Future” which recently took place in Iceland, and featured Barbara Tillett as the keynote speaker. Thanks to Alison Hitchens who had the enviable job of writing this report.
  • See the “News” section for information on the upcoming ALCTS National Conference, including programs and poster session applications.
  • See the “Now Available” section in “News” for professional opportunities and information, including a white paper by the Digital Library Federation Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) Phase 2 Steering Group.

I extend thanks to the many people who reported on the various events that took place at the Midwinter Meeting.