From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, Editor

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Popular culture is filled with references to change. Bob Dylan’s classic song is titled “Times They Are A-Changin’.” Fans of more contemporary music may be familiar with Cheryl Crow’s tune “A Change Would Do You Good.” Our organization has undergone a number of changes this past year. Changes include providing automatic responses to committee appointees, which streamlined the work of the ALCTS Office, division President, and division section chairs. The preconference structure has changed to provide more flexibility and choice for attendees. Preconferences will continue to span two days, and are now divided into four half-day segments to permit attendees to choose which sessions they wish to attend.

The division section chairs detail changes to committee and discussion group in their annual reports, which are available in this issue of ANO. For example, the Acquisitions Administrators Discussion Group merged with the Acquisitions Librarians and Vendors of Library Materials Discussion Group to form the Acquisitions Managers and Vendors Interest Group. The Committee to Study Serials Standards voted to change its name to the Serial Standards Committee. These changes reflect the ongoing need to reexamine our work and its purpose.

Programs at the annual conference in Chicago also reflected change: a program on AACR3 announced that the cataloging code’s name will change to RDA, or Resource for Description and Access; a program on cataloging cultural objects discussed an emerging content standard; and a program on preservation focused on audio collections, rather than on paper-based or photographic resources. Reports on those programs are available in this issue of ANO.

In keeping with this theme of change, I'd like to introduce myself as the new editor of ANO. I have been active in ALA for the last 15 years, and have served on various committees and discussion groups. Some of you may have known me by my maiden name (Fecko). I have written two books on cataloging and have served on the editorial boards of print and electronic journals. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and hold a master’s degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

I’m currently the Head of Cataloging at Rutgers University Libraries, and am fairly new in that role (since October 2004). Previously, I served as the Special Formats Catalog Librarian from 1989 to 2004. Cataloging, particularly of nonbook materials, is a topic close to my heart. However, I’m keenly interested in the other aspects of technical services represented by ALCTS. Acquisitions and collection development regularly intersect with my work as a cataloger. I’m also interested in preservation, both from a traditional standpoint as well as for sound recordings and digital resources. Additionally, I’m interested in the relationship of regional groups to our division and profession.

The change in editorship also includes a new assistant editor position. Formerly, ANO was a solo act. Nanette Donohue will be working with me to produce ANO. She’s the Technical Services Manager at the Champaign Public Library. After resisting the lure of librarianship for 28 years because she didn’t want to emulate her library director mother, Nanette attended the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Champaign, Illinois. She manages the acquisition, cataloging, serials, and processing functions at a busy medium-sized public library.

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In addition to her work with ANO, Nanette currently serves as Outreach Director for the New Members Round Table (NMRT). She’s also an active member of the Illinois Library Association and is the vice president/president-elect of the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association.

I look forward to the challenge of editing ANO and building on the excellent work done by Miriam Palm. I’m very grateful for the guidance and mentoring she has provided to me, and will miss working with her. I believe that my collaboration with Nanette will produce an excellent publication that offers timely information and useful resources. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, input, or questions. We look forward to hearing from you.