ASSOCIATES (vol. 1, no. 2, November 1994) - associates.ucr.edu
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Editorial Well, the second issue of _ASSOCIATES_ has "hit the press", as it were, and we can breathe a sigh of relief for another wee bit before the frenzy of publishing strikes again. Getting this issue published has been as exciting and nerve-wracking as the first, but in its own unique way. The first issue...well, we didn't know what to expect. Would we have enough articles? Would they be interesting? Would we have a rash of subscription cancellations once people read us? Would the e-mail method of publication work? The second issue evoked a number of different questions. NOT! As I write this the night before publishing (so much for the first paragraph), I'm still not sure whether all the articles slated for publication this issue will actually be published this issue. One of them is lost in the e-mail twilite zone between Kansas and Botswana while we are anxiously awaiting the final author review of another. (Dealing with different time zones across the USA is one thing. But dealing with time zones where it isn't even the same day takes some major getting used to!!) I could do much of the work for the first issue from home, uploading and downloading from e-mail easily with complete editing ability. Ah, but the University of Kansas in all its wisdom decided to go to a new e-mail system for remote access users. Suddenly I can't download or upload ANYTHING. And edit? What's that? The assistance desk is only open from 9-12, 1-5 weekdays...certainly not at 4:30 in the morning when I want it... and I find the handouts they provide incomprehensible. PLUS I have a new job in the library...and no longer have the e-mail access I used to have from work either. I am having to learn to connect via Ethernet from terminals with menus and keyboards I'm not at all used to. As I write, my personal password is locked up on a terminal somewhere and I can't do a thing about it. Whoever said "ignorance is bliss" ought to be taken out and shot. Ah, but enough whining. There's lots of good news, too. We have some really neat articles this issue and some already lined up for March. We are also now available via gopher from the University of Bath's Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL) thanks to the efforts of Kenneth McMahon, but more about that in the *Archive Retrieval Information* section. We have almost 1900 subscribers worldwide. We have an ISSN number and our very own OCLC record. We're on a roll. Now all I have to do is convince you, our readers, that each and every one of you has at least one story to tell...a story you should get published in _ASSOCIATES_. Seriously. This journal is not just for you and about you, it's BY you. I would love to get an article from someone in the public library sector, for example, and have failed miserably in my efforts so far. It's easy to think that nothing we have to say is important or of interest to anyone else. Isn't that what so many of us have been told in our jobs for years? Well, it just isn't so. K.S.