From the Office

Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director

Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director

ALCTS at 55

I know, it’s hard to believe that ALCTS is 55 this year. How time flies. We were just 50, but never over the hill. We are a Boomer association by age, but, hey, 55 is the new 25. Right?

Being 55 does mean that ALCTS is eligible for Social Security in just 11½ years (age 66½) going by our birth year of 1957. Feeling old? Let’s see, that would mean we could retire in 2023. I know, if you were born in 1957 and are reading this, you don’t need to be reminded.

So if you were born in 1957 and had 11½ years before you retired, what would be on your list of “to do’s before I retire”?

  • Climb Mt. McKinley?
  • Learn to scuba dive?
  • Play Pebble Beach?
  • Take a world cruise?
  • See Paris in the springtime?
  • Write your novel?
  • Be a candidate for ALCTS President?
  • Save more money for retirement?

Except for saving more money, those other ambitions aren’t really attainable for an organization like ALCTS. Well, I guess we could sponsor a trip to Alaska or a cruise or a golf outing.

In any event, if we could do a little wishful thinking, what could ALCTS do before it “retires”? I’d like to know if you have ideas. Write me at alcts@ala.org if you’d like. Use “ALCTS Retires” in the subject line. Keep your ideas clean, please.

Here are a few ideas of my own:

  • Have a 60th birthday party in 2017 in Chicago prior to Annual.
  • Start a line of ALCTS products for sale rivaling ALA Graphics (actually this is Julie’s idea).
  • Hold Section virtual conferences.
  • Increase membership to what—4,500? 5,000?
  • Grow Preservation Week into ALA’s premier celebration week (watch out National Library Week).
  • Okay, since I mentioned it, sponsor a cruise.
  • Have more fun.

I’m sure there are many others, but I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon and I’ve run out of really good ideas. So think about what ALCTS should do before “retiring.” The results might be interesting and informative.

Contact Charles Wilt (cwilt@ala.org)