Magazine article American Libraries

ALCTS: Planning for the Future

Magazine article American Libraries

ALCTS: Planning for the Future

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The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) has been engaged in a strategic-planning process since 2000, which has resulted in a statement of division goals through 2005. Adjunct to the strategic plan was the development of a series of planning documents, including a tactical plan, which provides a year-by-year outline of specific action steps ALCTS and its sections will undertake. A financial plan parallels the strategic and tactical plans, and membership and publications business plans address ALCTS's service and product areas.

Annual unveiling

When ALCTS began its planning process, ALA was already well into the development of the ALAction 2005 goal statements. For the new 2010 ALA planning cycle, ALCTS is well positioned to both draw from and contribute to the overall ALA planning process. The division has already embarked on its own planning process aimed at updating and revising its strategic plan. That process will culminate with the introduction of a 2010 plan during the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Over the next 12-18 months, the ALCTS board, committees, and sections, as well as the Council of Regional Groups and, most important, ALCTS members, will participate in the planning process through a variety of formats and communication media. Input will be sought, not only on the plan itself but also on the future of ALCTS as a whole, its programs, services, direction, impact, and place within the library community. …

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