Welcome from the President

Dear FAFLRT Members,

I want to say how honored I am to serve as the President of FAFLRT, and to further its mission “to promote library and information service and the library and information profession in the federal and armed forces communities; to promote appropriate utilization of federal and armed forces library and information resources and facilities; and to provide an environment for the stimulation of research and development relating to the planning, development, and operation of federal and armed forces libraries.”  As some of you may recall, this is my second time as President of FAFLRT as I served in this capacity in 2011.  While our mission has not changed, the environment in which federal and armed forces librarians work certainly has.  This year will be a year of transition as we decide on whether to continue as a round table or merge with the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division within ALA.  I am committed to working with you and the Board for the best possible outcome, whether we merge with ASCLA or remain intact as FAFLRT.  At the same time, the Board and I will work with you to develop programs of interest for the coming year.  If you have any suggestions on topics we should pursue for the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago next year, or any other questions about the potential merger, or anything else related to FAFLRT and our activities for the coming year, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am looking forward to a busy, but rewarding year for the FAFLRT membership.

Karl Debus-López

President, 2016-2017

Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table

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