ALCTS: Getting the Word Out

The mission and goals of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), revolve around educational activities, communication and issues which relate to the selection and evaluation, acquisition, identification, cataloging and classification, and preservation of library materials in all formats.

The organization is more than fifty years old and has nearly 5,000 members from across the United States and forty-two countries around the world. Members include technical services and collection management librarians, library support staff and commercial vendors. ALCTS is a leader in the development of principles, standards, and best practices for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering, and preserving information resources.

ALCTS’ commitment to education, communication and active involvement is carried out in a variety of ways. In addition to a number of programs held at each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting, ALCTS sponsors preconferences and symposia, workshops, web-based courses and webinars. A list of current educational offerings is available online. The organization publishes not only the highly respected, peer-reviewed quarterly journal Library Resources and Technical Services, but also the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO), a series of books— ALCTS Papers on Technical Services and Collections—and a variety of guides and other resources that are made available in print or online. See the web site for more professional resources. ALCTS is also active in developing standards through participation in the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) as well as through extensive involvement in preparation of resources such as the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR) and RDA: Resource Description and Access (RDA).

ALCTS offers participation in a community that understands the everyday work needs of technical services, preservation, and collection development librarians and support staff, and it engages input from those who provide relevant commercial resources to libraries. The organization supports a variety of committees, hosts a long list of interest groups and is working toward new, Internet-based ways to exchange information on hot topics. The organization also is the home to fourteen well respected awards which celebrate and honor the outstanding contributions of library and information professionals in the fields of technical services, preservation and collections. Information about these awards can be found online.

The costs and types of ALCTS membership are:

  • Personal: $65
  • Student: $15
  • Support staff: $25
  • Organizational: $75
  • Corporate: $75

ALA membership is required to join ALCTS. ALA membership types and costs for 2008/2009 are:

  • First year regular member: $65
  • Second year regular member: $98
  • Third and subsequent year regular member: $130
  • Regular member earning less than $25,000: $46
  • Student member: $33
  • Trustee: $59
  • Associate member (those not employed in library or information services and related activities who wish to support and promote library and information services): $59
  • Library support staff: $46
  • Retired: $46
  • International: $78

Further information about ALA membership, including information about corporate and organizational options, can be found online.

The ALCTS Membership Committee invites YOU to consider becoming a member of ALCTS and applauds those who already sustain membership and who contribute to the organization in so many ways.