Letters from ALCTS

mary beth weber, ano editor

From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, ANO Editor

Looking to 2010

It is hard to believe the year will soon come to an end. Each year is filled with annual rituals that mark the passing of time. December is the time when I attempt to tie up loose ends so that I may start fresh in the new year. It is also the time when I prepare for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. I eagerly look at the offerings and attempt to choose from the programs that suit my particular needs. One of the advantages of editing ANO is that I often get to see program, committee, and interest group announcements before they become available. See the section on Midwinter Events for more information.

Reporters are still needed for Midwinter symposia, forums, and programs. If you are interested in reporting, please contact me. You do not need to be an ALCTS member to write a report, but you must be registered for the Midwinter Meeting, and some events require paid registration. Reports carry a byline and will be published in the March 2010 issue of ANO.

I want to give a shout out to two groups—the Public Librarians in Technical Services Interest Group which held its inaugural meeting at ALA Annual in Chicago, and the New Members Interest Group, which will debut at Midwinter. Congratulations and good luck to Marlene Harris (PLTSIG) and Keisha Manning (NMIG)! These groups demonstrate the ability of ALCTS members to respond to the needs of our profession.

I would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • ANO will change from six issues annually to four. Reports and news from the 2010 ALA Midwinter Conference will be published in a March issue of ANO; the reports were previously published in the February issue.
  • The results of the ANO survey will be available in ALA Connect by the end of December. Thank you to all who replied!
  • In response to comments regarding ANO content, future issues will include an article on SkyRiver, a new bibliographic utility and an interview with the editor of a university press who is part of a Mellon to explore a collaborative e-book program. Suggestions for articles and content are always welcome. Contact me.