ALCTS announces 50th anniversary events

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2006

ALCTS announces 50th anniversary events

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announces a stellar lineup of events to highlight the ALCTS 50th anniversary celebration, “Commemorating our Past, Celebrating our Present, Creating our Future.” Highlights include Midwinter’s Anniversary Year Kickoff Reception, the ALCTS National Conference, Gala Dinner Cruise and President’s Program featuring Peter Morville, author of “Ambient Findability” and president of Semantic Studios.

A special ALCTS Anniversary web site ( will publicize all events, link to registration and serve up photos, trivia, and other surprises.

The year-long celebration begins Friday, January 19, 2007 in Seattle with the Midwinter Symposium. “Definitely Digital: An Exploration of the Future of Knowledge” will challenge perspectives on scholarship, communication models, cooperative technical services and staff education in the digital age. “Definitely Digital” is supported by

Until the the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium in Seattle begins, Digiblog, (, the first ALCTS web log, will be the home for discussing controversial statements relevant to those interested in the future of library collections, technical services and services to users. The discussion on the future of libraries has already started with comments such as: “Only large, rich libraries will be doing digital preservation in the future,” and “Current collection development, acquisition, and cataloging processes will be irrelevant.”

Other Midwinter events include the expanded Anniversary Year Kickoff Reception on Saturday evening, with a historical look at technical services by Karen Schmidt, acting university librarian, University of Illinois, and a special ALCTS Forum on Monday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. featuring past ALCTS presidents in a “fireside” chat looking back over the past 50 years. These and more exciting events are detailed on the ALCTS Anniversary web site.

A one-of-a-kind ALCTS National Conference will precede the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21. “Interactive Futures: A National Conference on the Transformation of Library Collections & Technical Services” will engage attendees in a thought-provoking, open and participatory exchange on how our work and profession have changed. Presenters and attendees will collaborate to explore the challenges we face and to develop a vision of the future roles of collections and technical services librarians. Scheduled presenters include: Richard Lanham, professor emeritus, UCLA, and author of the “Economics of Attention,” U. of Chicago Press, 2006; Stephen Abram, vice president of Innovation, Sirsi/Dynix; and Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries at North Carolina State University.

The Gala Dinner Cruise will be held on Thursday evening, June 21, aboard the luxurious Odyssey III, where revelers will cruise the Potomac River, enjoying the sights of Washington D.C. and Georgetown.

The final anniversary event will be the 2007 ALCTS President’s Program, “Libraries and Findability: Elegant Hacks for Our Future Description, A Talk by Peter Morville,” which takes place Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Peter Morville founded Semantic Studios, a leading information architecture, user experience, and findability consultancy. Widely recognized as a father of information architecture, Morville serves as a passionate advocate for the critical role of findability in defining the user experience. Elsevier sponsors the President’s Program.

ALCTS members will continue to enjoy anniversary milestones as the ALCTS journal, “Library Resources & Technical Services” (LRTS) celebrates its own 50th anniversary. Highlights for members and subscribers include anniversary articles, complimentary copies of the 50-year Cumulative Index to LRTS and the reissue of LRTS volume 1, number 1. A 50th anniversary commemorative publication will be available for purchase through the ALA Online Store.

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, ALCTS established the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those in the field. The award winner receives a citation honoring his/her contributions and a stipend of $3,000, donated by EBSCO.

The 50th celebration is made possible in part by contributions from OCLC, Innovative Interfaces, EBSCO, Swets, CSA and individual contributions through the ALCTS “$50 for 50 Years” campaign. Individual contributions can be made at a variety of levels by clicking the “50 for 50” icon.

Stay up to date with these and forthcoming ALCTS 50th anniversary events by going to the ALCTS 50th anniversary web site (