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ISSN 1077-6613

November 2011 (Vol. 18, no. 2)

From the Editor

This issue has the theme of development, personal and professional. I would like to say that it was planned, however it was more serendipitous. Development can come in many forms, a planned library activity, seeking more responsibility within the profession, additional training, developing your library’s profile in the community, asking more of your supervisor/manager, or just taking the opportunity to do something you have never done before.

From time to time, opportunities arise and it is up to each of us to take up these when they present themselves. Many of these we will do well and the benefits will be obvious. Some not so well, however the experience can be beneficial.


Be It Ever So Humble… by Sue Knoche
This issue’s column is about the choices we can make, some good, some not so good, all with interesting outcomes.


What Library Systems are used in your Library?
We have received many responses providing a variety library systems and the opportunity to have a look at the public face of many.

News from the Library Support Staff Certification Program by Nancy Bolt
Find out the latest developments taking place with this exciting program for Library Support Staff.

Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference by Julanna Hennessy
A participant’s view of some of the aspects of this unique conference.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
October was an exciting time for our colleagues in Canada.

Children’s Stories by Tinker Massey
Now retired, Tinker is busy taking her life in a new direction.

Think BIG by Christina Neigel
We are lucky to be working in such a dynamic profession. However, ultimately it is up to us.

Opportunities To Ask For What You Need by Allison Sloan
Some opportunities are given but most we have to make for ourselves.

Professional Development ……. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changing with the Times by Vivian Walker
Vivian provides us with an example of PD that suits her best.


Karen A. Darby, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Karen is a Library Assistant working at the Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Heidi Jensen, Canandaigua, New York
Heidi is a Cataloguing Assistant at Pioneer Library System and NYSLAA Ambassador.


Not Just for Geeks by Michael D. Brooks
Michael shows us a website that might be able to help with life’s little challenges.

Library Association/Conference Information

American Library Association, Midwinter Meeting, Dallas Texas, 20 -24 January 2012.