ALCTS celebrates 60 years in 2017

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/18/2017


Keri Cascio

Executive Director

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017 with a new mentoring program, celebration events, and new opportunities for professional development and engagement. Supporting our slogan “Creating the Future, Preserving the Past,” ALCTS members support library practices and standards while looking forward to create innovative programs and research within the field of technical services.

The anniversary celebrations kick off at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 19-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. Join us for the ALCTSfest reception on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Other ALCTS events include the Friday symposium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Creating a New Future for Library Collections and the Monday ALCTS forum Creating the Future, Preserving the Past: Celebrate ALCTS at 60!. Visit the ALCTS Midwinter event site for more information about ALCTS programs at the Midwinter Meeting, and use the online scheduler to find all ALCTS interest group and committee meetings.

The new ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles. The call for mentors and mentees for the first cohort is open through Mar. 17, 2017.

In May, ALCTS will launch the online ALCTS Exchange, a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online continuing education event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

You can help ALCTS celebrate its diamond anniversary in 2017. The $60 for 60 Fund accepts unrestricted gifts for new and ongoing initiatives in such areas as leadership development, standards, advocacy, and international relations. Donations help secure the future growth of ALCTS, its services and programs, and its members. All gifts to ALCTS are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by applicable laws.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).