Letters from ALCTS

mary beth weber, ano editor

From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, ANO Editor

Resourcefulness

I feel honored to be in the company of my fellow ALCTS members. You are a resourceful and talented group of people. I returned from the 2010 ALA Annual Conference energized and with information to help me with my work in technical services and professional development. I am an ex-officio member of the ALCTS Board of Directors (anyone is welcome to attend their meetings except when confidential matters are discussed) and was part of the recent discussions during Annual on the proposed restructuring of our association. In addition to those discussions, recent and possible upcoming changes to our association include:

  • a restructuring of PARS,
  • a restructuring of CMDS,
  • Serials Section renamed to Continuing Resources Section, and
  • CRG is rethinking its role within our association.

Annual reports from the section chairs and ALCTS Past-President Mary Case; event reports from committees,  interest groups, and ALCTS liaisons; and reports from programs, are available in this issue. Many thanks to those people who volunteered to write reports. I also extend congratulations to those who were honored during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony; photos and details are available in the Features section of this issue.

To elaborate further on the theme of resourcefulness, Kristin Martin, the ALCTS E-Forum Coordinator, helped me and Chris Cronin (co-moderators) get our mid-September e-Forum, "Preparing Your Library for RDA,” going without problems. Kristin was most responsive to our needs and those of more than 2,000 people who subscribed to the discussion. The e-Forum included participants from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, and Lebanon. Thank you to ALCTS for making e-forums available for discussion of timely topics. Anyone can suggest a topic to Kristin, and you do not have to be an ALCTS member to participate. More information on e-Forums is available on the ALCTS web site.

In addition to e-forums, ALCTS offers a variety of resources to meet the changing demands of our profession, including webinars, events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences, committees and interest groups, and publications (the Paper Series, Sudden Selectors Series, LRTS, and of course ANO). I hope you are able to take advantage of these resources, many of which are available for free.

Contact Mary Beth Weber (mbfecko@rci.rutgers.edu).