Letters from ALCTS

mary beth weber, ano editor

From the Editor

Mary Beth Weber, ANO Editor

Greetings of the Season

I hope you enjoy this issue of ANO and aren’t too stressed out by the need to tie up loose ends before the end of the year. My winter break always includes bringing home a big bag of work that I can never possibly finish, yet I never give up hope. I’m not sure if that makes me an eternal optimist or just someone who tries to do too much.

I’d like to draw your attention to some important items:

  • My term as ANO Editor will conclude following the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. It’s been a wonderful (almost) six years and I can’t emphasize enough the benefits of serving in this role. I’ve met amazing people and have had the opportunity to participate in ALCTS at a level that wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t held an office or provided a leadership role. A search is in progress for my successor, and I’ll mentor the successful candidate during the transition period. See the News section of this issue for details. Being actively involved in ALCTS enriched my experience as an ALCTS member and I’m grateful for the experience.
  • The list of forums, programs and IG topics for the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting is now available. The offerings run the gamut from the New Members IG, RDA, preservation, the future of collection development, patron driven acquisitions, and open access journals. See the Midwinter Events Preview in this issue for more information. In addition to forums and meetings, there will be an ALCTS member reception Saturday, January 8, 2011, 6–8 pm in the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Aqua Room 306 (third floor).
  • A call for reporters for ALCTS forums and programs will soon be issued. Check the ALCTS Leaders list as well as ALA Connect, and ALCTS’ Facebook page.
  • Susan Stroyan and Maureen Sullivan are candidates for ALA President. See the piece on them in News from ALA.
  • Seven ALCTS members are running for ALA Council. See News from ALA.
  • ALA is launching a new Conference Scheduler to replace the dreaded Event Planner. See  News from ALA for details.
  • This issue contains reports from the IFLA Reports from the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that took place in Gothenburg, Sweden in August 2010. I express thanks to those ALCTS members who serve as representatives to IFLA and who provided reports. Special thanks to Sha Li Zhang for the photographs she provided to accompany her report. See the Features section.
  • Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian, University of Minnesota, has written a tribute to her colleague Karen Hunter, who will be retiring after a long and distinguished career, most recently at Elsevier. See the Features section for details.
  • Read ALCTS President Cynthia Whitacre’s column for some interesting facts about ALCTS as a trendsetter within ALA.
  • Read ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt’s column which explores the predicted end of the world and the concept of “futuring.”
  • Lastly, we mourn the passing of our colleague, Edward Swanson, the consummate professional and a pioneer in the field of cataloging. See the Features section for more on Edward.

Contact Mary Beth Weber (mbfecko@rci.rutgers.edu).