Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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The Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2007. Originally the Resources and Technical Services Division, the name was changed to ALCTS in 1989. The official journal of the association has remained Library Resources & Technical Services since volume 1, number 1, winter 1957. Two journals, Serial Slants and the Journal of Cataloging and Classification, were discontinued in 1956, forming the basis of the new publication. Esther Percy, the first editor, described the journal as "open to papers and discussion of all topics pertinent to the interests of the Division and its sections, both those general and inclusive in scope and those of specific questions or considerations." (1) Piercy went on to identify hopes for the new organization--which also held true for the journal--"that serials people, catalogers, order librarians, book selectors, and others will not only have a forum for exchange with those of like interests, but also an opportunity to work closely with those of related interests ... Great days are ahead, and Library Resources & Technical Services anticipates being a part of them!" (2)

The first two volumes of LRTS address topics eerily familiar fifty years later. Papers with such titles as "Keeping Serials Costs in Check," "Toward a Better Cataloging Code," "Arabic Cataloging: A Criticism of the Present Rules," and "Evaluation of the University Library Collection" could appear in LRTS today. …

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