Columns

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