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ISSN 1077-6613

July 2008 (Vol. 15, no. 1)

To and From the Editors

From the Editor by Wendee Eyler

Letters to the Editor


Poor Design Equals Poor Health–What Has Changed Over The Last Two Years? by Jim Jackson
An updated and revised survey from November 2005 will determine if library building design and functionality have improved compared to two years ago.


My View From The Back Room by Carol Borzyskowski
Summer means Employee Performance Evaluation time for many library staff. Carol comments on the process.

Bear Thoughts #9: Ulterior Information by Frank Exner, Little Bear
Frank, Little Bear reflects on preparing ourselves against those who would take advantage of us or have ulterior motives.

Library Life: A Column Of Eclectic Rantings by Katie Buller Kintner
During June 2008, the U.S.A. Midwest suffered drenching rain that resulted in devastating flooding. Katie describes what happened in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area.


Library Assistants with MLIS degrees
Seven MLS/MLIS-degreed librarians share their views and decisions about working in library paraprofessional positions.

Carpal Tunnel—My Story by Carol S. Feustel
Is it Arthur (that is, arthritis) or carpal tunnel? Is surgery the only answer? Carol reports on her experience.

Planes, Planes, and More Planes! by Tinker Massey
Tinker describes unique attributes of the Jack R. Hunt Library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Non-Traditional Roles for Library Support Staff by Julia D. Ree
Julie addresses non-traditional library responsibilities attained by Library Assistants.

Taking Charge: Supervising Student Workers in an Academic Library by Joyce Vermillion
Joyce gives general guidelines in the many aspects of supervision, as well as specific guidelines in interviewing, creating training modules, and developing work assignments.


Linda Anne Divan, Cedarville, Ohio
Meet Linda from Centennial Library, Cedarville University, Ohio.

Mantombi Nogaya, Kwa-Dwesi, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Mantombi is the Resource Centre Co-ordinator at the Bantwabatsha Cultural and Community Development Resource Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


New Ergonomic Mousing Tool reviewed by Nancy Anderson
RollerMouse–classic and pro–may be an answer to avoiding carpal tunnel.

Become a Word Cloud Artist in Just Seconds reviewed by Michael D. Brooks
Michael has discovered Wordle–and is creating word clouds!

Conference Report

Wisconsin Library Association Support Staff Section’s Conference a Success by Teresa Grimm

Association/Conference Information

The Mountains and Plains Parapros (MAPP) Annual Conference

Ohio Library Council Supportive Staff Conference