ALCTS announces editor appointments

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Directore, ALCTS
312-280-5030
cwilt@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
December 2, 2008

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announced the appointment of editor positions for Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) and the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO).

Peggy Johnson, associate university librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, has been re-appointed editor of the division’s journal, Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), for a new term ending in December 2012. Johnson has served as editor for the past four years, in which time she has re-established LRTS as a premiere research journal in the areas of collections, technical services and preservation. She has consulted on library development in Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco and China and is a frequent speaker and consultant on collection development and management and change in libraries. She has published numerous papers and written and edited several books. Her book, “Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management” (ALA, 2004), is an ALA best seller and recognized as a leading work in collection development. Johnson has served in many capacities in ALCTS, including a term as President.

Edward Swanson, University of Minnesota, has been re-appointed Book Review Editor for LRTS. Swanson, also indexer for LRTS, continues his efforts to bring reviews of a wide range of books to the ALCTS readership.

Mary Beth Weber, recently promoted to head of the technical services department at Rutgers University Libraries, accepted a second term as editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO).

Weber has continued to mold ANO into a more engaging publication for members, establishing such features as “My ALCTS Experience,” which highlights the member experiences of ALCTS members. She is embarking on a major re-design, making ANO more interactive. She is involved with NJVid, a statewide collaborative video project that debuted recently ( http://www.wpunj.edu/njvid/), as chair of the Metadata Workgroup, which has developed metadata standards for first phase of the project.  She is writing a revised edition of Cataloging Nonbook Resources, which will be published by Neal-Schuman in 2009. 

This fall, ALCTS established the new position of marketing specialist for LRTS. Martha Whittaker, head of technical services at Gelman Library at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., accepted the two-year appointment. Her duties include creating a marketing plan for LRTS for both advertising and subscriptions. Whittaker was director of marketing at Serials Solutions, vice president for marketing, sales and customer services, Blackwell's Book Services, and vice president for marketing at Academic Book Center, plus a variety of other marketing and library positions.ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.