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.

Photograph of morel mushroomsPreservation Week is an annual ALCTS harbinger of Spring. Franklin Habit, renowned textile designer and blogger (Panopticon), served as honorary chair for this year’s celebrations focused on textile preservation. Nearly 400 people viewed the webinar series, now available in the webinar archive (Preservation Week webinars). A wonderful and very special “Dear Donia” column featured questions from Franklin Habit (Dear Donia). Congratulations and thanks to the members of the Preservation Outreach Committee.

A very special part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations, the ALCTS Exchange took place May 9-18. This first-time entirely online event was a resounding success. Over three hundred user accounts were created, providing access to the archived livestreaming content, discussion forums, and presenter materials. Feedback from presenters and participants has been enthusiastic, with some offering to assist with future program planning, and others expressing interest in presenting. Congratulations and thanks to the members of the ALCTS Exchange Working Group.

In what we hope will become an annual event, the ALCTS Mentoring Program began the year of mentoring on June 1, 2017. I wish the ALCTS members participating in this first year of the program a truly exceptional year of personal and professional growth, relationship building, and sharing. The ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee has worked tirelessly for more than a year to bring the program into being. Congratulations and thanks to the members of the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee.

Though these notable events are behind us, more wonders await us. Here is a short list of ALCTS special events I encourage you to investigate.

There is still time to register for the ALCTS Virtual Preconference on June 6th and 7th entitled: Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata. Themes in this preconference include Outreach and Inclusivity in Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories, and Metadata Creation and Remediation in Zine and Digital Library Collections. As with the MW Symposium, we have extended an invitation to Spectrum Scholars to attend this virtual preconference free of charge. I hope we will continue this practice and perhaps expand it in the future.

In one of our final celebratory anniversary events, the ALCTS 60th Anniversary e-Forum takes place June 13-14, 2017. Our hosts for the event, Erica Findley and Autumn Faulkner, ask us to consider the impact of ALCTS on our careers and personal lives. Join them for the discussion and perhaps to share a piece of your ALCTS story.

ALCTS is holding two in-person day-long preconferences in Chicago on Friday June 23, 2017. Though held in conjunction with the ALA Annual meeting, these events require separate registration. Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions promises to supply you with the tools to jumpstart a digital initiative at your institution. During the Cataloging and Metadata For the Web preconference, Ted Fons will discuss his Library Technology Report concerning exposing content and services on the open web. He will be joined by a panel of librarians sharing their experiences implementing the concepts and ideas he presents.

And then there is Annual. ALCTS staff have posted a webpage listing ALCTS programs at Annual. You might want to give it a look before setting your schedule. Two of my favorite events at ALA Annual are the President’s Program and the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Reception. We invited LLAMA to partner with us this year, so we will be having a Joint ALCTS/LLAMA Presidents’ Program on Monday, June 26, 10:30-Noon in McCormick Place W192. Our speaker is Chicago’s own Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. In her work with the YWCA, she is transforming the venerable organization from the inside out into a 21st century enterprise. Her presentation will ask us to consider how we create social impact and a world where everyone has value. Treat yourself and spend Monday morning with this dynamic speaker. The Hugh Atkinson Award will also be presented during this session.

The ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Reception is on Saturday, June 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hilton, International South. At this annual celebration of excellence, we acknowledge our own. ALCTS members are an extraordinary group of library professionals, and each year we create amazing developmental opportunities for our colleagues. It is a humbling record of service that leaves me nearly speechless. Come show your appreciation by joining the celebration on Saturday evening.

Here’s hoping I get the chance to see you at Annual, where many wonders are to be found.

By Vicki Sipe, ALCTS President, 2016-2017