ASSOCIATES (vol. 10, no. 3, March 2004) -

Letters To The Editor

My computer crashed a few weeks after November 2003 ASSOCIATES was published. (What happened to my then-current backup is another story.) Most of my ASSOCIATES email correspondence between October 15, 2003 and December 11, 2003 was lost. People had written to me about various ASSOCIATES matters and an enthusiastic student who was making presentations at library associations wanted to publish an article. If I haven't replied to you, please write to me again. Sylvia received a few letters to the editor written directly to her:

Sylvia Skene received these letters in response to her Guest Editorial ( in the November 2003 ASSOCIATES (v. 10, no. 2).

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003
From: "Emilie Quast" <>
Subject: Re: ASSOCIATES Nov. 2003 - Guest Editorial


That editorial was a job of work!

Thank you so much for writing it and, "You GO, Girl!


Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003
From: Tracy Morgan & The Lenvays (
Subject: Loved Your Editorial


I read Associates because of the often personal takes on life (not necessarily library life) that so often appear. I REALLY enjoyed your guest editorial in November’s issue. Nothing could have been more personal. Thanks for sharing. 

I find the constant battle against our stereotypes trying. I prefer to fight them by example rather than protest. I think that leads to what someone in SLA once called "professional development by mission creep". Reach out and do those jobs that need doing. You know you can do them. So what if they have nothing to do with your job description. Don’t let people box you in. Step out and you’ll be noticed for what you are. A person who can get most any job done and done well. Soon they’ll be calling on you to do more. More money would be nice but sometimes that’s not the point.

Don’t let anyone tell you a position has no room for advancement. We can all advance by taking personal responsibility for our own personal and professional development. Don’t take no for an answer every time. Pick your battles. Take your chances. 

You go girl!


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003
From: Diane Klein (
Subject: Guest Editorial


What a great article!  I just can't figure out how you knew me so well.  The negative self-talk can be a real problem for many of us.

Thanks for sharing some of your story.


Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004
From: Jack A Batterson <>
Subject: Re: ASSOCIATES html format


Would you please change your email to plain text format? My email does not read html format. Thanks.

Editor: Do other subscribers have this problem, too? We'll attempt to send out this issue with both plain and styled (html) text, hoping that at your end you'll receive what is compatible with your email system. But sometimes unexpected results may occur …perhaps none of the links will work for those subscribers who want html style. Please let me know if you are satisfied with the results.

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