Subject File, 1952-2015
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Brief Description: Subject file of the executive secretary, contains correspondence, reports, agendas, minutes, budgets, lists, studies and publications about officers, committees and regional groups, joint committees, boards and discussion groups, conferences, ALA policies and activities, awards, Acquisitions Section, Cataloging and Classification Section, Reproduction of Library Materials Section, Serials Section, publishing and the Association of American Publishers, and consultant files about cataloging, centralized processing, negative option, classification and special libraries, includes correspondence, reports, and newsletters of the Resources Section, Margaret Mann Citation Committee, ALA-Automated Acquisition Program, representatives to American National Standards Institute, LITA, National Microfilm Association, Universal Serials and Book Exchange, Preservation of Library Materials Section, the Bookdealer-Library Relations Committee concerning Gille Publishers legal problems, the International Relations Committee, the Council of Regional Groups, and the Worst Serial Title Change of the Year Award.
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The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 31/2/6
Created by: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
Volume: 46.2 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 10/07/1975. 8/20/2004, 02/15/2008, 12/6/2013, 8/28/2014, 1/23/2023
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Arrangement: Arranged by section or committee title and alphabetically by subject title thereunder
Biographical Note for Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) :

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is responsible for the following activities: acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, and preservation of library materials; the development and coordination of the country's library resources; and those areas of selection and evaluation involved in the acquisition of library materials and pertinent to the development of library resources. ALCTS has specific responsibility for:

1. Continuous study and review of the activities assigned to the division.

2. Conduct of activities and projects within its area of responsibility.

3. Synthesis of activities of all unites within the ALA that have a bearing on the type of activity represented.

4. Representation and interpretation of its type of activity in contacts outside the profession.

5. Stimulation of the development of librarians engaged in its type of activity, and stimulation of participation by members in appropriate type-of-library divisions.

6. Planning and development of programs of study and research for the type of activity fot the total profession (1).

The name change from Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) to ALCTS became effective on June 30, 1989 (2). The RTSD was established on January 1, 1957. It combined the former Division of Cataloging and Classification (established in 1900, and until 1940 the Cataloging Section), the Board of Acquisitions of Library Materials (created by Council in 1951), and the Serials Round Table (created by Council in 1929) (3).

Division was dissolved on September 1, 2020, and merged into a new division, Core.

Subject Index
Acquisitions (Resources) Section
American National Standards Institute
Audio-Visual Materials
Canadian Library Association
Cataloging and Classification Section
Centralized Processing Committee
Committee on Bookbinding
Copying Methods Section
Dewey Decimal Classification Committee
Documentation Committee
Interlibrary Cooperation Committee
International Relations Committee
Library Resources and Technical Services
Mann, Margaret
Marc II format Committee
Photocopying Costs in Libraries Committee
Piercy, Esther J.
Public Documents Committee (RASD)
Regional Groups Committee
Reproduction of Library Materials Section
Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD)
Serials Section
Special Libraries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Finding Aid Revisions: 1/12/2023 - fixed formatting and collection dates, added Box 33 (previously unlisted); 1/23/2023 - updated finding aid with new accessions and updated index with correct box numbers