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ISSN 1077-6613

March 2011 (Vol. 17, no. 3)

In Memoriam

In Memory of Linda J. Owen by Julia D. Ree

To and From the Editors

Editorial by Kevin Dudeney


Be It Ever So Humble… by Sue Knoche
A different view of the role of libraries now and in the future.


What book(s) are you currently reading?
We had a good response to this question. Some readers might find it a source for what to read next.

Chocolate, Pizza and Praise: Examining Morale Among Library Support Staff by Jill M. Baker
These are difficult times for some library staff. Jill examines some of the issues and how staff cope.

What’s New with Library Support Staff Certification by Nancy Bolt
The latest on this important initiative.

Revitalizing a Book Blog: Blog by Blog by Angela Duncan, Zach Emanuel, Lisa Jacobs
We are shown how an underutilized book blog can be improved to fulfill its role.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
With conferences and the restructuring of their national library associations, there are interesting times ahead for library staff in Canada.

Patron Text Message Services for Laptops and Reserve Books by Ben Hogben
Ben writes about a simple and convenient way of communicating with his library users.

Effects of Writing on the Writer? by Tinker Massey
The written word can have an impact on the reader. It can have a similar impact of the writer.


Jennifer Dyer, Sydney, Australia
Jennifer is a Library Technician at Birrong Girls High School and Convenor of the ALIA NSW Library Technicians Group.

Ruth Mason, Norwich, New York
Ruth is Senior Clerk and Circulation Supervisor at Guernsey Memorial Library and an active member in the New York State Library Assistants’ Association.


What We Are Reading by Michael D. Brooks
Michael shares with us how his library encourages students to read and share their reading experiences.

Library Association/Conference Information

Canadian Library Association
66th National Conference & Trade Show, Halifax, Nova Scotia – May 25 – 28, 2011.

New York State Library Assistants Association
33rd Annual Conference, State University of New York, Geneseo, NY – June 8 – 10, 2011.

American Library Association
Annual Conference and Exhibit, New Orleans, Louisiana – 23 – 28 June, 2011.

Australian Library and Information Association
ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference, Perth, Western Australia – 14 – 16 September, 2011.