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ISSN 1077-6613

November 2019 (Vol. 26, no. 2)

From the Editor

Another year is coming to an end and I would like to thank our regular contributors, Allison Sloan, Sue Knoche, Michael Brooks, Andrew Plait, Jim Jackson, our Spotlights and everyone who participated in the Reader Responses. I also would like to thank Kelly Hallisy, Ben Hogben and Kathy Nguyen for submitting their articles for publication.

Associates would not exist without the work of Jim Clark who looks after our webpage. Thanks mate and if our paths ever cross I owe you a beer!

Sue Knoche is retiring from fulltime work and from writing her Column. We wish Sue all the best for the future and we look to the possibility of catching up with her on her travels. Jim Jackson retired a few months ago and wants to explore what awaits him in retirement. I would like thank Jim for his Kelly Bourne stories and you never know he might like to contribute something in the future.

To all our readers I would like to wish you a merry Festive season and a happy New Year and all the best for 2020.


Be It Ever So Humble … by Sue Knoche
In Sue’s final Column she provides us with the details of her ‘Globe Trotter Retirement’ over the next couple of years.


Reader Response
What are you currently reading or listening to? If you are reading a book is it a traditional ‘book format’ or is it on an electronic device? Also, without providing any spoilers, what is the story about?
Our readers provide us with many different books and summaries that might be of interest to our readers. The most popular way to read a book is to have the actual book in our hands.

So, Your Library Wants to Start an Equipment Loan Program. Now What? by Kathy Nguyen
The information provided by Kathy would be helpful for any library thinking about commencing such a program and as a reference for libraries already operating an equipment loan program.

News from Canada by Andrew Plait
There is a lot happening in Canada regarding libraries and Andrew provides us with some links to various websites.

Why I love working for a library by Allison Sloan
Allison reflects upon her 29 years working in a library and the profession. Many of our readers may share some of her reflections.


The Golden Mine Adventure – A Kelly Bourne Story by Jim Jackson
Kelly’s skills as a professional librarian come to the fore when a major catastrophe happens at the university.


From AIs to Wormholes, ZME Science Makes It Relatable by Michael D. Brooks
Michael provides us with a link to ZME Science that provides information on a record number of subjects that may be of assistance at work or at home.