Letters from ALCTS

mary beth weber, ano editor

From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, ANO Editor

Moving Forward

As the end of my term as ANO Editor draws nearer, I have been thinking about how things have changed in the six short years since my initial appointment:

  • patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) is all the rage
  • vendor-supplied bibliographic record sets have become increasingly important to meet needs as the demand for resources grows and our staff are unable to keep up with the increasing amount of work
  • RDA has evolved from a draft standard into a fully developed standard
  • the concept of preservation has grown to include resources in all formats (print as well as born digital)
  • electronic journals have overtaken print a the norm

In response to the demand for timely topics to support our work and continuing professional development, many of these topics were discussed at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting San Diego. Program reports plus committee and interest group reports are in this issue of ANO.

Other highlights in this issue include:

  • Norm Medeiros’ appointment as the LRTS Book Review Editor
  • Dale Swensen’s appointment as the first ALCTS Interest Group Coordinator
  • The Collection Management Section has debuted a new blog, the Collection Connection.

See the News section of this issue for more details.

Elections are currently taking place and I urge you to vote! Information on the candidates for ALA President is featured in the December issue of ANO. Thanks to Christine McConnell for including election information in the latest ALCTS At a Glance. That information is also included in this issue.

Lastly, award winners, who will be recognized at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June are announced in this issue (see the News section). Congratulations to all the winners!

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