Letters from ALCTS
From the President
M. Dina Giambi, ALCTS President 2008–2009
Re-creating ALCTS: The Next Steps
A review of the ALCTS organizational structure is currently underway. The December 2008 President Column, “Creating the Future of ALCTS,” announced the initiation of the process.
The next steps were taken at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. The ALCTS Board of Directors, several division committee chairs, and other invited guests discussed organizational adaptability. The session was facilitated by Kathryn Deiss, ACRL Project Manager and Olivia Madison, Dean of the Library, Iowa State University and former ALCTS President. Mary Case, ALCTS President-Elect and I discussed organizational adaptability and the restructuring of ALCTS with the executive committees of the Acquisitions Section, Cataloging and Classification Section, Collection Management and Development Section, Continuing Resources Section, Preservation and Reformatting Section, and the Council of Regional Groups as well as with most of the ALCTS division committees.
Many ideas, perspectives, issues, and concerns were raised during the conversations. One issue that has been previously mentioned about the current ALCTS committee structure was again raised in both the facilitated discussion and with the executive committees and the division committees. Duplication of several committees in the division and the sections is the issue. The Education Committees were cited as an example.
Continuing education is a vital focus for ALCTS. A wide scope of excellent initiatives are currently underway in the division and sections. Effective communication, coordination, and cooperation among all the Education Committees is crucial to a successful ALCTS continuing education program.
In light of the importance of continuing education, the concern about duplicative committees, and with an eye to restructuring, the ALCTS Board agreed in Denver that the division and section Education Committees should meet together as one group during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. This will be a facilitated discussion giving all the committee members the opportunity to share their current and planned initiatives, identify issues related to continuing education, etc. The date for the joint meeting of the division and section Education Committees has been set for Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.–noon.
Input from members is vital and will be solicited throughout the course of the restructuring discussion. One or more ALCTS e-forums will be held in spring 2009. An ALCTS Forum will be held on Monday, July 13, 8–10 a.m. during Annual Conference in Chicago immediately preceding the ALCTS President’s Program. Watch out for details about the Forum closer to the Annual Conference. A survey might also be used to collect data and ideas.
Members can also contact me, the other elected division and section officers, and Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director.
Take this opportunity to have an impact on the type of organization that we create!