Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial: Evolution and Change

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial: Evolution and Change

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I attended a number of retirement parties last year, including one for the vice president for information and university librarian at my institution. Additionally, some of my ALCTS colleagues who were very active in our division retired during the past year. ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt announced his retirement in January 2014, and it was effective February 2015. Previous years have included a number of active ALCTS members retiring, such as Janet Swan Hill and Peggy Johnson. Gone are those individuals in our profession that we sought for their sage advice and guidance. And while things will not be the same, change provides a new perspective and new possibilities. I will miss Charles immensely and have enjoyed working with him. I look forward to working with Keri Cascio, the new ALCTS executive director, who has her own strengths that she will bring to leading the division.

These retirements have led me to do some self-examination. I started attending ALA conferences and meetings in 1990, when I was a new librarian. Initially, I belonged to two divisions but later canceled my membership in one of them because I could not afford my ALA membership plus dues for two divisions. Years later, I am confident that I made the right choice. ALCTS has offered me countless opportunities to participate, contribute, and lead. I could be as active as I wanted or could just benefit from the division's programs and leadership. I eased into ALCTS participation, first chairing interest groups, and then moving on to chairing a division committee. I later served two terms as the editor of the ALCTS News Online (now ALCTS News), an experience that brought me into contact with people whom I might not have otherwise met. …

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