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Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Sally Gibson, Acquisitions Section Chair

What is your full time position?

On March 28, 2016 I started as the Director of the Library at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph Missouri. It has been a busy first few months. The library staff are great to work with and I am enjoying the challenges of...

September 16, 2016

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Patrick Carr, Continuing Resources Section Chair

What is your full time position?

My position is Associate University Librarian for Collections & Discovery at the University of Connecticut. In this role, I’m responsible for leading three units in the library: Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan,...

August 15, 2016

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Mary Beth Thomson, President-Elect

What is your full time position?

I am the Senior Associate Dean for the University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries. My primary responsibilities for administrative planning include establishing and monitoring progress regarding UK Libraries strategic initiatives, and I have an integral role in the...

August 4, 2016

My ALCTS Experience: Anna Neatrour

It might seem odd for a relatively new member of ALCTS to write about their ALCTS experience, but I hope sharing my experience with ALCTS will encourage other new members to get involved with this great organization. My career trajectory towards technical services is a bit non-traditional. I...

August 1, 2016

From the President: July 2016

Frequently over the past year I was asked the amount of time I invested in being ALCTS president. My response: more than required, but not enough. While I was fortunate this year to have the support of my family and Haverford colleagues to allow me to carry out my duties, I wish I had more time...

July 12, 2016

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups - ALCTS Publications Committee

For this edition of our series on ALCTS committees and interest groups, we are visiting with the extremely busy and productive ALCTS Publications Committee. 

1) What’s the mission of the Publications Committee?

The Publications Committee supports ALCTS, its publications, and its...

July 6, 2016

My ALCTS Experience: Susan Wynne

I joined ALCTS in 2004 shortly before graduation from library school, but I didn’t participate aside from attending ALCTS-sponsored programs at conferences. I was still trying to find my feet in the profession. I wish I’d realized how much active involvement in ALCTS would help me find...

June 29, 2016

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups - ALCTS Continuing Education Committee

For the second installment of our series on ALCTS committees and interest groups, we are visiting with María Pinkas from the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee. Learn all about the professional development and continuing education offerings from this busy group!

1) What's the mission of...

June 3, 2016

My ALCTS Experience: Erin Leach

My ALCTS experience began at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, where I was the recipient of the First Step Award. Sponsored by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS), this award gave me the funds I needed to attend that ALA Annual Conference, participate in many...

June 3, 2016

My ALCTS Experience: Xan Arch

In 2008, I had joined an ALCTS committee for the first time and had no idea what I was doing. One of my first interactions with the committee was a question to the committee chair, as we prepared for ALA. I emailed her: “I'm just asking you, instead of the group, since it's kind of a dumb...

April 29, 2016

From the President: April 2016

Having had no stake in the outcome of this year’s Super Bowl, my family and I watched the game eager to see, what else, the commercials. My favorite was the ad for Hyundai’s Car Finder app featuring Kevin Hart as an overly understandably protective father.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out....

April 15, 2016

My ALCTS Experience: Katy DiVittorio

Just before graduating with my MLIS in 2012, I landed a position in Acquisitions at an academic library. I had always imagined myself working in Technical Services (or Interlibrary Loan), but not necessarily in Acquisitions. Who thinks “Acquisitions” when they go to library school? (I didn’t!)...

April 13, 2016

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Karla Strieb, Director-at-Large

What is your full time position?

At Ohio State University (OSU) I am the Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communication but since we have faculty status at OSU, I’m also a Professor in our tenure system.

April 8, 2016

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Maria Collins, Director-at-Large

What is your full time position?

Head of Acquisitions & Discovery at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries.

March 16, 2016

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups - ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG)

To kick off this column focusing on ALCTS Committees and Interest Groups, we are visiting with Alissa Hafele and Hayley Moreno, the current co-chairs of the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG).

1) What’s the mission of your group?

ANMIG’s mission is to help potential and new...

February 25, 2016

From the President: January 2016

As I draft this column, the Midwinter Meeting is only days away. The first time I attended an ALA meeting in Boston was January 2005, which was memorable. My wife and nine-month old daughter joined me so we could visit family following the conference. Not long after arriving in Boston, my...

January 5, 2016

From the Office: Midwinter is Coming

Just as the House Stark motto declares that “Winter is Coming,” the current ALA motto seems to be “Midwinter is Coming.”

This time of year, conferences are on everyone’s mind in the ALA Office. We’re gearing up for the Midwinter Meeting in Boston, and planning programs and speakers for...

November 19, 2015

From the President: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem

Autumn, with its crisp air and dazzling colors, is a terrific time of year in the northeast, save for the threat of hurricanes. But having been raised by the ocean and grown into a full-fledged beach bum since then, I am always sad to see summer end. Yet just as the return of students energizes...

October 9, 2015

My ALCTS Experience: Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa

I learned about ALCTS (then RTSD) in June 1985, just as I was graduating from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). I arrived in Chicago with my best library school buddy, ready to sport my first suit and non-street worthy dress...

September 4, 2015

From the Office: Conversations and Community

April brings my three-month anniversary in the ALCTS office, and two-month anniversary as Executive Director. I find myself having a lot of conversations in this time of being new; conversations with other ALA staff, conversations with association management staff outside of ALA, and...

April 17, 2015

From the President: Mid-Year Recap

It’s just three weeks since I flew back from snowy Chicago after a wonderful Midwinter Meeting. We welcomed Keri Cascio, our new executive director, and bade farewell to Charles Wilt, our beloved retiring executive director. (He may be retiring, but we all know he’s not the retiring type!)

March 2, 2015

From the President: Moving Forward Together

Dear ALCTS Members,

So much is going on within ALCTS right now. For example:

November 6, 2014

From the Office: Stewardship of ALCTS’ Future

In less than six months, ALCTS will see a change that it has not experienced since 2001, the transition from one executive director to another. While this may seem daunting, it is not. ALCTS’ (meaning you) elected officers, committee chairs and members, and members, are very well situated to...

September 2, 2014

My ALCTS Experience: Ann Marie Willer

I love to give advice. I can’t help myself! When given the opportunity to write about my “ALCTS experience,” I couldn’t help but see it through the lens of “lessons learned.” So bear with me…

Prior to becoming a preservation librarian, I had the opportunity to develop my leadership skills...

July 18, 2014

From the President: ALCTS and the Machine Age

In this last column as ALCTS President, I’m coming to you from my Art Deco living room. It features a variety of sleek, streamlined cabinets that I have filled with vintage glassware, pottery, and books. One is topped off with a Stromberg Carlson radio from the late 1920s. It works, although it...

June 30, 2014

From the Editor: Summertime = Transition Time

Nearly all of us went through some kind of school system where a summer break meant exactly that: a break. A break from what we knew before, and an opportunity to start anew each fall (or, increasingly, early August).

For many of us, summer was not just a break from school, but a time of...

June 24, 2014

From the Office: So you want to be ALCTS Executive Director

In September 2010, I wrote my News article on being an Executive Director at ALA. That article is probably more relevant now than it was back then, so I’ve re-printed it here for you, slightly edited. The search for the ALCTS Executive Director position will begin in earnest just before Annual...

May 29, 2014

My ALCTS Experience: Pamela Bluh

My experience in ALCTS – RTSD as it was then known – began very inauspiciously. My first committee assignment was as a member of the Committee to Study Serials Cataloging, the successor to the Serials Advisory Study Committee. This was during a period of considerable controversy about the...

April 3, 2014

From the Office: The Final Problem

Yes, what you think you heard is probably true.

At the ALCTS Member Reception at Midwinter I asked Genevieve Owens, ALCTS President, for a few minutes.

And here is what I said:

“I am fortunate and honored to have been your executive director for almost 13 years. But like...

March 1, 2014

From the President: Quiet Village? I Think Not!

In my inaugural column, I shared my passion for vintage home decor. This quarter, as promised, I’m coming to you from my Tiki family room. It features the requisite bar (plus a bamboo bar cart—heaven forbid anyone go thirsty in this house), Atomic Age lamps with fiberglass shades, a copy of...

January 21, 2014

From the Office: ALCTS at 25

No, you are not misreading the title. ALCTS turns 25 in 2014. That is, the ALCTS name turns 25 in 2014. 

In 2007, ALCTS had its fiftieth anniversary, which celebrated the creation of the Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) in 1957. That was the consolidation of many previous...

December 18, 2013

From the Editor: ALCTS Activities Throughout the Year

Often it seems as though professional activities focus solely on conference time, with little going on in between. It's true that conferences generate a lot of activity, mainly because it's an opportunity for us all to meet face-to-face to present our latest breakthroughs and learn from one...

November 19, 2013

My ALCTS Experience: Erica Findley

I remember doing the interview for acceptance to the MLS program back in 2006. When asked why I wanted to work in libraries, I mentioned that I wanted to use my organizational skills to help arrange library resources so that people could easily find things in the library. I believe I wanted to...

November 13, 2013

My ALCTS Experience: Jacquie Samples

Library work has always been part of who I am. I began working in libraries as a volunteer when I was in elementary school in the third grade. I continued to spend my free periods working in the school library until I graduated from high school, so it was natural for me to get part-time work in...

September 5, 2013

From the Office: A Whole New Year, or Two, or Three

ALA has the peculiar distinction of running on three calendars (or at least those I know of). It is somewhat confusing to the novice member or even the more experienced one.

First there is the committee/governance calendar which starts July 1 and ends the next year on June 30. In most...

September 5, 2013

From the Editor: New Beginnings

Notice anything different about this issue?

When I came on board as editor, we already knew we wanted to make changes to upgrade ALCTS’ official newsletter. Further guidance was provided by the report from the Publications Task Force, released last year. After many months of planning and...

September 5, 2013

From the President: Honey, ALCTS Is Home!

Readers of Carolynne Myall’s columns last year will recall how much we all enjoyed photos (and stories) of her dog agility pursuits. This ALCTS President has a foxhound named Baxter, but he’s more given to napping than being, well, agile. Like Carolynne, however, I’ve devoted a good bit of my...

September 5, 2013

My ALCTS Experience: Pamela Thomas

Do I want to be an editor when I grow up? My relationship with ALCTS began last fall, when I replied to an e-mail looking for an editor for z687: Creating the Future of Technical Services. An electronic publication, z687 features an online collection of white papers and think-pieces by library...

May 31, 2013

From the Editor: Balancing the Work with the Life

One of the joys of being the newsletter editor is that I am required to read the content of each month's newsletter in order to edit it. That sounds funny, but it's true. If I weren't the editor, there are articles I might just skim or even skip altogether, but as editor, I must pay close...

May 31, 2013

From the President: ALCTS and Opportunity

It’s 10:30 a.m. You’re checking a bibliographic clean-up project, prior to a library system migration. Uh oh: Did some records just get cleaned out of existence? How can we recover them, pronto? But wait, here’s a call from Reference. Students are being shut out of a database, the very one that...

May 29, 2013

From the Office: The Globalization of ALCTS

Never say I don’t know buzzwords. Well, I don’t know many, but globalization is a hot one right now in ALA and in the association world in general. Not to be left out, I am devoting this article to globalization, or at least becoming more tuned in to the international market. Plus, I just went...

May 29, 2013