ASSOCIATES (vol. 2, no. 2, November 1995) - associates.ucr.edu
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THE THIRD GREATER SAN DIEGO PARAPROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP reported by Judith Downie Library Services California State University San Marcos firstname.lastname@example.org This year's all-day workshop, "Taking Wing With Technology", was held at California State University San Marcos on Friday, August 11. Eighty-eight attendees, from as far away as Sacramento, enjoyed the keynote presentation of Ed Martinez, editor of _Library Mosaics_, the print national library support staff journal. His presentation, "New Adventures of the Invisible People" discussed the visibility of support staff from his experience as library page, staffer, and professional librarian as well as the impact of technology on the library workplace. The keynote presentation was followed by an open networking session, "Spanish for Library Staff" and viewings of segments from the teleconference "Soaring to Excellence". Afternoon sessions included interests such as a "Hands-On Internet Workshop", "Format Integration for Catalogers", "Dealing with Difficult People", "Library Technician Certification", "Going for the MLS" and "Writing for Publication". The attendees left with inspiration, folders loaded with information and a sense of being "visible" in the library community. If you know of others who did not hear of the event, or wish to be notified of future events, they may contact Judith Downie at Library Services, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 or at (619) 750-4341. The Greater San Diego Paraprofessional Development Workshop is pout together by a small group of library staff who are committed to bringing opportunity for career and personal development to the San Diego and Orange County area of Southern California. Not only have we put on three large workshops of over 85 attendees each time, but had a standing-room-only half-day workshop consisting of a hands-on simulated Internet session with an online scavenger hunt component. We rely on the feedback of our fellow staffers for the theme of the next event in order to be most appropriate. The volunteer organizers of this event wish to express deeply felt "Thank You!!"s. The local library association, Palomar Library Association, has contributed their generous monetary donation to aid in defraying costs. This is the second year PLA has contributed and we hope the results of supporting local staff to attend such events is reflected in what they bring back to their work to share with others. The last two years have also seen the support of California State University San Marcos in providing space for the event in a severely limited space situation. This has helped keep the costs down for the attendees, many of whom pay their own way, and shows a commitment to education for all. I personally must thank the other volunteers...Bessie Mayes, Luz Villalobos, Linda Osgood and Katie Quinn...without their good humor and inspiration, none of this would have come about.