Letarte Appointed Director of ALA Office for Diversity

Karen M. Brown Letarte has been appointed as the Director of ALA’s Office for Diversity. Her appointment is effective September 4, 2007. Wendy Prellwitz will serve as Interim Director until Ms. Letarte assumes her new responsibilities.

Ms. Letarte is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She comes to ALA from North Carolina State University Libraries where she has worked since 2001. Her most recent position at NCSU Libraries was as Interim Head of Metadata and Cataloging. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Head of Cataloging and Head of Database Development at NCSU. Ms. Letarte’s previous positions include appointments at Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Kentucky Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and library support staff positions in technical services.

Ms. Letarte is completing a term as the 2006–2007 president of the American Indian Library Association. She has also been active with ALA and ALCTS. She has chaired the ALA Diversity Council (2002–2004) and the ALCTS Education Committee (2004–2007). In addition, Ms. Letarte has served on the Council Committee on Diversity; OLOS Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Library Services to American Indians; Council Committee on Education; ALCTS Committee on Education, Training and Recruitment for Cataloging; and the Steering Committee, Third Congress on Professional Education: Focus on Library Support Staff. In addition to national activities, she has been active with a number of local and regional organizations.

Ms. Letarte was the recipient of the 2004 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Collections and Technical Services in Academic and Research Libraries (Looking at FRBR Through Users’ Eyes: Toward Improved Catalog Displays for Electronic Serials), and was a 1999 participant in the Association for Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program for minority librarians. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu.

Ms. Letarte earned a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from Dartmouth College in 1985. She has completed graduate work in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and received an FLAS Title VI Fellowship to study Portuguese in the summer of 1993. She has authored many publications, has given numerous conference presentations, and has secured many grants for research and for continuing professional development.


Foreign Book Dealers Directory Returns to the Web

The ALCTS Acquisition Section’s Publications Committee is pleased to announce that the Foreign Book Dealers’ Directory is now available as a single, searchable Web publication. Most recently available as three distinct websites, the information has been combined into a single file, with access points by vendor name and country (or countries) whose materials each vendor can supply. To replicate the three previous regional versions, there are also lists by region that can be accessed by the “point and click” world map on the home page or by a pull-down menu. The original three regions, Eastern Europe-Soviet Union, Asia-Pacific, and Africa-Middle East, are now six regions: Eastern Europe, Central Eurasia, Asia, The Pacific, Africa, and Middle East.

This project began in 1990 and its first iteration was print publications. It migrated to three Web-based lists over time, and has been reconstituted in its new version over the past several years.

The information will be improved by being used, and users are encouraged to submit comments, along with corrections, additions and changes. The site contains a link for Feedback. Miriam Palm, former editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online, will serve as editor for the coming year.

The home page of the new directory is at The committee looks forward to it being heavily used and continuously improved.

Thanks are due to Karl Debus-López, Thelma Diercks, Kay Granskog, David Marshall, and Scott Wicks, the most recent subcommittee members, as well as Christine Taylor, Charles Wilt and Kirsten Ahlen of the ALCTS Office and Amos Lieberman of ALA-IT, for making this long-awaited publication a reality.


john chapman appointed as new ano assistant editor

John Chapman Appointed as New ANO Assistant Editor

John Chapman, Metadata Librarian, University of Minnesota (UM) Libraries, has been appointed for a one-year term as the new Assistant Editor for the ALCTS Newsletter Online. Nanette Donohue was the former Assistant Editor, and completed her two-year term at the conclusion of the 2007 ALA Annual Conference. Many thanks go to Ms. Donohue for her contributions to ANO.

As a member of the Technical Services Department at UM, Chapman works closely with staff from across the Libraries and the campus to improve access to collections. He is currently involved in digital reformatting of special collections and is helping to initiate UM’s new University Digital Conservancy.

Mr. Chapman was previously employed at the Minnesota Historical Society, where he held a variety of appointments, most recently as Researcher for Web Access Projects and Services. He has experience providing reference service in a corporate library, cataloged images for a design firm, and has processed archival manuscripts. In addition, Mr. Chapman has similarly diverse writing experience. He authored the narrative text for the Minnesota Historical Society’s award-winning website "Duluth Lynchings Online Resource,” technical documentation for a manufacturing company, and user manuals for network administration software. Mr. Chapman also has an article on metadata librarianship in press for Library Resources and Technical Services.

Within ALCTS, Mr. Chapman is a program planner for the Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG) and has been a participant in the ALCTS Big Heads Automating Metadata Generation Working Group.

Mr. Chapman earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University as part of a program offered through the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota; and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Macalester College. He was awarded a Digital Library Federation Forum Fellowship for Librarians new to the profession in 2005. Other honors include being honored in 2003 with the Silver MUSE Award by the American Association of Museums as part of the Duluth Lynchings Online Resource Project Team in recognition of excellence in collections database/reference resources. Mr. Chapman was awarded the Kathi Kohli Scholarship Award from the Special Libraries Association in 2000. The scholarship recognizes a graduate student for excellence and promise in he field of Special Librarianship.


Non-English Access Steering Committee

ALCTS is pleased to announce the formation of the Non-English Access Steering Committee. Chaired by Magda el-Sherbini, the committee is responsible for providing guidance and direction to the parties responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Report of the Task-Force on Non-English Access.

ALCTS continues to support an e-mail list for discussion of issues related to non-English access. Subscription information is available at


William H. Walters Elected CILIP Fellowship

William H. Walters, collection development librarian, Millersville University (Millersville, Pennyslvania), was elected to Fellowship in the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) on June 13, 2007. Fellowship, CILIP's highest professional qualification, is awarded for achievement in professional practice, contributions to the profession, and commitment to continuing professional development. Walters has authored two books and more than twenty journal articles in librarianship and the social sciences. His recent work has focused on open access publishing, Google Scholar, and the sustainability of college library collections.