ASSOCIATES (2006, March, v. 12, no. 3) -

Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor may be sent to:
      Wendee Eyler, Editor,


Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: Stephanie Kirkpatrick
Subject: November issue of Associates

Hi Wendee,

I just received my first issue of Associates this morning; it is a wonderful publication! I especially enjoyed the article about the Sumo Wrestling library benefit event and the article by Diane David titled *Keeping My Balance.*

Keep up the great work and I look forward to the next issue!

Stephanie Kirkpatrick
MLIS student at UNC-Greensboro

[Editor: (my reply): Hello Stephanie. Thank you so much. I appreciate that you took the time to write me. If you don't mind, I'll send Lisa Adams (*Richland Public Library Staff Sumo Wrestles for a Good Cause!* @ and Diane David (*Keeping My Balance* @ a copy of your email. They will be delighted! Thank you, Stephanie!]


Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: Logue, Kathleen
Subject: RE: [Associates] November 2005 - Letters to the Editor

Just wanted to add my 2cents to the complaints and comments about people receiving too many emails from Associates. I love having each issue broken up into segments. This gives me time to thoroughly read and think about each article.

When I read a web magazine I tend to scan quite a bit of the material without reading the entire articles. Personally I love the emailed form, keep 'em coming.

As an aside, you might want to warn people in advance about how many emails they will receive. The first issue that hit my mailbox made me think you had problems with your computer and had sent the issue 20 times.


Kathei Logue
Library Services
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

[Editor: (my reply): Hi Kathei. You bring up a good point. My desire is for people to subscribe, enjoy, and read Associates--not get irritated about receiving so many emails. It's the biggest challenge I have of being Editor. Many people who receive the email version put the emails in an email folder and read as time permits. I used to send out an announcement that Associates would be sent in "x" days and warn the email subscribers how many emails would be sent. Do you think this is something I should consider doing again? Thank you for subscribing to (and reading!) Associates.]

Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: Logue, Kathleen
Subject: RE: [Associates] November 2005 - Letters to the Editor

You could send a notice to everyone that the issue will be released soon, or you could send notification only to the select few who request it.

I don't care one way or the other myself and sending to everyone would be easier for you, rather than maintaining a separate email file.

Thanks for existing and keep up the good work.

Kathei Logue


Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: Mayes, Bessie SPAWAR
Subject: RE: [Associates] November 2005 - Column - Kintner

...beautiful story ... :)

[Editor: Bessie is referring to Katie Kintner's column *Library Life: A Column Of Eclectic Rantings* in the November 2006 issue of Associates. See:]


Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: Tina Gunther
Subject: ASSOCIATES issue

Great issue, Wendee! I've forwarded several articles to other staff members and will be posting a message to LibTypos later today about Brenda Block's article.

Tina Gunther
Cataloging Technician
Biola University Library

[Editor: Tina and I both share a concern and dedication to finding and correcting typographical errors in online library catalogs. Tina graciously agreed to write about the LibTypos-L listserv, Typographical Errors in Library Databases list, and More Typographical Errors in Library Databases list. See Tina's article in this issue of Associates at ( ). Tina is referring to Brenda Block's article in the November 2005 issue: *Quality Control Efforts for WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)* at]


Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005
From: Haider, Ruby
Subject: Library Calendar

Hi Wendee,

The website in the article *The Renaissance Library Calendar 2006* can not be opened. If you can send it to me, I will appreciate it. Can we order library calendar from this web site? Can you get some Library Calendar made and sell them for fund raising ... just a suggestion. Thank you much.


Ruby Haider
Montgomery College Library

[Editor: Thanks to Ruby for pointing out the website address shown in the Product Review of *The Renaissance Library Calendar 2006* was incorrect. The address has been corrected to]


Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006
From: Jim Stewart []
Subject: EventKeeper calendar

Dear Wendee,

I hope all is well with you as 2006 kicks off.

I noticed that EventKeeper is no longer on your site. If there was a problem with our software or some feature you feel you needed, I hope you'll let us know. Your thoughtful review of a couple years ago was something we always pointed people to, so I wanted to tell you you'll be missed. We're grateful for your use of and support for EventKeeper.

Best regards,

Jim Stewart
EventKeeper by Plymouth Rocket, Inc.

[Editor: With the November 2005 issue of Associates, the "Calendar of Events" feature has been replaced with some links to library associations that further lead to lists of more encompassing information about library events. Please contact me if you wish to add websites to the "Events Link" page in Associates.]


[Editor: The following letter was sent to LIBSUP-L. Susan gave permission to reprint]

Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005
From: On Behalf Of Gilmont, Susan
To: library support staff
Subject: [Libsup-l] Thank you, Associates! Some new resources...

Disclaimer: I wrote a book review several years that was published in Associates, so I might be a little prejudiced...

Wow! I'm glad I read Associates. This was a great issue (available at if you don't get the e-mail version or notification. I particularly enjoyed Frank "Little Bear" Exner's article on Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science and Lisa Adam's account of innovative library fundraising.

The surprise was in the Letters to the Editor column, which mentioned an online journal that indexes Associates, the Informed Librarian ( ). This online journal looks good, but I don't know if I will pay to subscribe yet. In checking out the website ("Subjects" gives a list of journals indexed and is worth checking out to see if anything on your topic is free), however, I found a free online journal I'd also like to call to your attention. That is: Info Career Trends -'s Professional Development Newsletter ( ). Each issue is on a theme. Recent topics include, "What I Wish I'd Learned in Library School," "Getting What You're Worth," and "Alternative Careers." As Carol Borzyskowski points out in her latest Associates column, "View from the Back Room," the library world is changing and we need to use any available tools and strategies to keep up.

As long as I'm on the subject of reading material, I'd like to mention one of my favorite weekly columns, "Working Wounded," which is on the ABC News website. See: A recent story relates to a recent discussion on this list: being an effective boss ( It's a good resource for the business/human resources end of what we do. There's also a blog that accompanies the column.

So, thanks, Associates for another great issue. More resources!

Susan Gilmont, Library Technician III
Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Ctr

[Editor: (my response directly to Susan): Susan. You have made my day. I am so pleased that you found the November 2005 issue of Associates "another great issue." Those contributors work hard when writing articles and it's so good to know someone out there is finding the information of value. It was way back in 1998 that you wrote your book review. About time for another? :) Thank you!]

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