Welcome from the President

Dear FAFLRT Members,

It is an honor to serve as your President. This will be an exciting and challenging time for FAFLRT, as we will be involved in transitioning from a separate ALA round table into a part of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA. The decision to merge with ASCLA was not an easy one. Much thought, discussion, and time went into the decision to merge, and the membership supported the move through a vote. Both organizations do have different missions, but they are complementary missions.

The 2016-2017 year was a very successful one for the Federal and Armed Forces LIbraries Round Table and the new 2017-2018 FAFLRT Board is committed to continue this level of success in our remaining time as a separate organization. FAFLRT will continue to serve Federal and Armed Forces librarians and libraries. We will continue to publish the Federal Librarian newsletter, sponsor programming sessions at ALA Annual 2018 meeting in New Orleans, maintain a robust social web presence, and participate in other ALA events.

A look forward to a smooth transition with our merger, and I'm optimistic that our merger will be beneficial to both ALA organizations and to the respective communities that we serve.

As always, I'm happy to entertain your questions, comments, and suggestions. I also look to your support for a successful year and period of transition.


Stephen Pomes

President, 2017-2018

Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table

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