ASSOCIATES (vol. 4, no. 1, July 1997) - associates.ucr.edu
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*REPORT OF THE 30TH ANNUAL COLT CONFERENCE* by Joyce Nielsen COLT Public Relations Chair More than 125 library staff attended the 30th Annual Council on Library/Media Technicians (COLT) Conference in San Francisco, June 26-27, 1997. Those who arrived the evening prior to the programs enjoyed a pre-conference reception with good treats and good conversation. Ms. Pat Wagner gave the keynote speech "Communication for Consenting Adults: How to Successfully Play the Networking Game." She stressed that networking is a transactional relationship in which you make yourself useful to others and you allow others to be useful to you. You should have no concern for status and treat others with respect, even those who treat you badly. Never undervalue what you know and never reject help from others. Help can come from the most unlikely sources. After the keynote, Thursday and Friday were filled with excellent programs and the organization's annual business meeting. The programs with overflow audiences were "Netiquette: Tips for Communicating on the Internet" by Gene Kinnaly and "A Profession for All of Us" by Linda Slusar and Ed Martinez. More details of the various programs will be posted to the listserv Libsup-L. The membership enjoyed a continental breakfast each morning and an excellent lunch each noon. Friday night the Annual Banquet was an excellent buffet. Raymond Roney, _Library Mosaics_ publisher, presented the Support Staff of the Year Award to Dorothy Morgan of the Liverpool, New York, Public Library and the Supporter of Support Staff Award to Dale Montgomery of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. President Kent Slade presented plaques and a resolution of appreciation from COLT to the founders and webmasters of the Library Support Staff Resource Center, Martha Parsons and Walt Nickeson. Conference Chair Mim Gaines made presentations to many members who helped with conference preparation. The banquet speaker, librarian Robert Skapura, gave a presentation titled "Books Are Dead. Libraries Are Dead. Library Technicians Are Dead....and Other Popular Fallacies." He spoke about some two dozen books, listed on his illustrated bibliography, which help to show how to present information meaningfully to people. Besides the formal conference programs, San Francisco gave many informal opportunities for COLT members to learn more and to know one another better. Fisherman's Wharf offered a tourist's eye-view of the Bay. Many took a tour to Alcatraz or just a tour of the harbor. The cable cars afforded trips to various parts of the city. A large group took advantage of the chance to see a performance of _Phantom of the Opera_ on Thursday evening. On Saturday conference attenders could find many activities. The ALA exhibits opened and the new San Francisco Public Library also opened its doors for touring. That evening ALA's Support Organization Round Table (SORT) held its 60th Anniversary Gala featuring a Chinese buffet dinner. COLT co-sponsored this event and many members attended.