My ALCTS Experience: Yu-Lan Chou

Between ALCTS and me, it is personal

I was a student helper at three different library cataloging units when I was in library school at Pitt. The historical world maps and atlases at the Darlington Library fascinated me with a totally unknown Asia orientation than what I was acquainted with. The...

October 26, 2017

From the President, October 2017: ALCTS Then and Now

Fall in the Kentucky bluegrass is a wonderful time of year. I took this picture on a recent Saturday morning, and as you can see, the horses, busy enjoying their morning, were still happy to have their picture taken. Maybe the shorter days and crisper air inspire a sense of joyful productivity,...

October 15, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: LITA/ALCTS Metadata Standards Committee

Today we are visiting with the LITA/ALCTS Metadata Standards Committee. Learn more about their work supporting better metadata standards!

September 27, 2017

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Alison M. Armstrong, Continuing Education Committee Co-Chair

What is your full time position?

I am the Collection Management Librarian at Radford University (RU) in Southwest Virginia, a position I have had since 2011. I was the Collection Development and Cataloging Specialist at RU starting in 2007 prior to that.

What are some interesting things you’...
September 7, 2017

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Dale Swensen, Budget and Finance Chair

What is your full time position?

Head of Technical Services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University.

What are some interesting things you’re working on in it?

We have a staff of about 6 full time employees. I do all original cataloging and oversee copy cataloging....

August 22, 2017

My ALCTS Experience: Carey Hunt

I started in my current position as Head of Technical Services and Acquisitions at Collier County Public Library two years ago and only had a peripheral understanding of technical services. I had worked for a library vendor for twelve years training, supporting, and selling library software to...

August 16, 2017

From the President, July 2017: Fortunate Beyond Measure

Seems to me, we have celebrated this diamond anniversary year in pretty grand style. ALCTS members and staff presented some very special events to mark the occasion. The ALCTS Exchange Working Group created an all online event consisting of four days of live streaming presentations, posters,...

July 14, 2017

From the Editor: June 2017

Looking back at my three years as Editor of ALCTS News, I can say without hesitation that it has been one of the most rewarding roles that I’ve held in nearly 30 years of ALCTS membership. It has allowed me to become more steeped in the activities of the Association than I have ever been....

June 21, 2017

My ALCTS Experience: Shannon Tennant

I knew I wanted to be a librarian from the time I was very young. I was lucky enough to have great role models in my school librarians. And a friend’s mother was head of a small college library and gave me my first library summer job when I was fifteen. But the only librarians I had ever seen...

June 13, 2017

From the President, May 2017: Harbingers of Wondrous Events to Come

Spring finds me in the woods foraging for mushrooms. Morels come up once a year, aren’t easy to find, pass quickly, but are worth the effort. We’ve had several stellar ALCTS events pass quickly this Spring and I want to take a moment to appreciate them.

June 6, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group

Today we are visiting with the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group! Read on to learn about their activities dedicated to exploring education and employment in cataloging!

1) What’s the mission of the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in...

May 30, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group

This month we are visiting with the Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group! Read on to learn about what they do and how you can get involved.

1) What’s the mission of the Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group?

To offer a forum for interested librarians to...

May 23, 2017

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Lauren E. Corbett, Advocacy and Policy Chair

What is your full time position?

Director of Resource Services (which is Collection Management plus Technical Services) at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

What are some interesting things you’re working on?

With colleagues, I’m exploring library service...

May 5, 2017

My ALCTS Experience: Lisa Spagnolo

I came to my education in librarianship by way of an abandoned post-graduate track in English at the University of Washington and found a new home in the Information School, which was undergoing its regenerative metamorphosis. My first ALA conference was Annual in 2000 in Chicago. I represented...

April 25, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups - CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group

This month we are visiting with the CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group. Are you using vocabularies for faceted subject access at your library? Read on to learn about the programs and projects of this group that support subject access through faceting!

What’s the...

April 7, 2017

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Jim Dooley, Budget and Finance Chair

What is your full-time position?

My full time position is Head, Collection Services, University of California (UC), Merced. I’m responsible for collection development and management and also for the management of technical services. I’m one of the founding librarians at UC Merced...

April 5, 2017

My ALCTS Experience: Denisse Solis

I had no idea, when I was hired as a “Senior Library Technical Assistant” three years ago, that I would become… a cataloger! My first ever library job was as a library aide for my middle school library. I would shelve books, assist the librarian, make bookmarks, and take care of our library...

March 31, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee

This month we are visiting with the CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee to learn about their work areas, initiatives, and upcoming programming!

1) What’s the mission of the CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee?

The current charge (just revised last year) is to study problems and...

March 6, 2017

From the Office: Legislative Advocacy and Technical Services

As technical services staff, library advocacy isn’t always at the top of our minds. We often associate it with keeping school libraries open and properly staffed, intellectual freedom issues, or local library tax ballot initiatives. But in 2016, we found ourselves in the middle of a...

February 28, 2017

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Susan Wynne, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section Chair

What is your full time position?

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are some interesting things you’re working on?

My consortium, the University System of Georgia, is migrating from Voyager to Alma. We’re frantically...

February 22, 2017

My ALCTS Experience: Netanel Ganin

Technical services can be an isolating place. When people wax nostalgic about their experiences in libraries and the librarians of their youth, it isn’t the technical services staff that they’re picturing or remembering. If our work has been done well, it may seem like we weren...

February 8, 2017

From the President: Into the Woods—Midwinter is Coming

Walking in the woods allows me to reflect, and watch for pileated woodpeckers among the trees. The weather has been very mild here in Maryland, even as we start a new year. It’s difficult to really feel that Midwinter is coming.

January 9, 2017

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: ALCTS Leadership Development Committee

Professional development and networking are important parts of any professional organization such as ALCTS, and for this month's column we are visiting with the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee to learn about their programs and new initiatives.

1) What’s the mission of the...

December 7, 2016

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: Affiliate Relations Committee

This month's column focuses on the excellent work of the Affiliate Relations Committee.

1) What’s the mission of the Affiliate Relations Committee?

The mission of the Affiliate Relations Committee is to connect state and regional technical services groups with ALCTS. We help to...

November 17, 2016

Interviews with ALCTS Leaders: Kristen Kern, Preservation and Reformatting Section Chair

What is your full time position?

Fine and Performing Arts Librarian is my title, but I also am the librarian for the History Department, Judaic Studies and Middle East Studies. I was formerly the Preservation Librarian at Portland State Library for eleven years before becoming the Performing...

November 16, 2016

From the President: October 2016

The view from my kayak is one of my favorite things. Calming, rejuvenating, providing perspective. A slow float in a boat is healing. But face it, you need some excitement to keep things interesting.

In 2017, ALCTS will celebrate its 60th anniversary. I’m excited! For sixty years...

October 4, 2016

Focus on Committees and Interest Groups: ALCTS Membership Committee

This month, we are visiting with the ALCTS Membership Committee to learn about their great initiatives and programming to promote the value of ALCTS membership.

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

Our primary mission is recruiting and retaining ALCTS members; in...

September 26, 2016

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...

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...

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...

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...

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? (...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

May 29, 2013