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ISSN 1077-6613

July 2011 (Vol. 18, no. 1)

From the Editor

With the evolving nature of the library and information profession the roles and tasks of library support staff in 2011 look significantly different from those of even a decade ago. However, in current times it often goes beyond these standard roles and tasks and there is a need for multi-tasking, diversity and flexibility to enable libraries to meet the needs of their patrons. In this issue some of our readers share with us the additional roles and tasks they undertake to develop their library service.


Be It Ever So Humble… by Sue Knoche
‘A funny thing happened on the way to…’ is the title of this month’s column.


In addition to your standard duties. What opportunities exist in your organization for you or other library support staff to contribute to the development of the library service?

The following contributors have provided a more in depth view of their roles:

Joined at the Hip: Self-Censorship in Youth Collection Development and Public Service by Brandon Hackbarth
A question from his daughter prompts a look at how libraries should develop their collections to meet the requirements of their patrons.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
More details about the CLA restructure and Library Technician members and highlights from the CLA Conference.

Enjoy what you have! by Tinker Massey
Tinker talks about retiring and making where you work just that little bit better.

When School Libraries Close: Library Technicians in the Role of Asset Managers by Vivian Walker
Who will be left to pick up the pieces, if there are any pieces to be picked up?


Kathy Clevenger, Culpeper, Virginia
Kathy is the Coordinator of Circulation and Volunteer Services at Culpeper Public Library.

Annette Earl, Plymouth, Devon, England
Annette has held a number of different jobs in her career and is an active member of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).


Writing Without Fear by Michael D. Brooks
Michael reviews a website that can provide assistance to new or the more experienced writers amongst us.

Library Association/Conference Information

Massachusetts Paralibrarians Conference Success! by Allison Sloan
This Paralibrarians Conference was the place to be for Massachusetts library support staff in April 2011.

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