From the Editor

Alice PlattAlice Platt, ANO Editor

One doesn’t need to be Anna Wintour to find that editing a September issue is a great challenge. ANO isn’t a 500-page book like Vogue, but all the terrific coverage from the Annual Conference easily makes our September issue the biggest and most informative issue of the year. This year, I am very grateful for the assistance of my new colleagues on ANO’s volunteer staff:

  • Felicity Dykas, University of Missouri
  • Jennifer Laherty, Indiana University
  • Randy Roeder, University of Iowa
  • Rita Cauce, Florida International University

These four ALCTS members all volunteered for the brand-new positions of liaison to their sections (CRS, CMS, CaMMS, and AS, respectively) and are providing invaluable assistance in soliciting and editing reports, as well as drumming up stories about new developments happening in our colleagues’ libraries.

Brittle books stood out as a big topic for discussion during this Annual Conference season. Yvonne Carignan, head, Special Collections & Archives at George Mason University, wrote a terrific introduction to the topic that I hope is as interesting to you as it was to me. Outside of conference coverage, Brooke Gilmore and Steve Robichaud from Southern New Hampshire University provided their reasons and processes for a major re-classification project that was needed to increase accessibility to their library’s educational resource collection. Hopefully their experience will educate others and inspire ideas.

Finally, within ALCTS, a lot of work has been done on the topic of advocacy, and what it means for ALCTS as an organization. Eleanor Cook, liaison to the Advocacy Task Force, explains the results of the year-long study in this issue.

As always, I appreciate any comments, both positive and negative. I hope you all have a great fall season.

Alice Platt