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ISSN 1077-6613

July 2013 (Vol. 20, no. 1)

From the Editor

Associates is moving into new fields! We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account so far. We will use them to communicate submission and publishing dates, ask “the question”, and put up any events or sites we come across that may be helpful to support staff. If any of you know of an event or site we haven’t listed please feel free to pop it on the Facebook page or tell us via Twitter. We will be starting more accounts of various sorts soon but for the moment we’re stopping with these two. A Linkedin group/page will probably be next, in the mean time postings have been made to the Library Technicians & Assistants Section.

On Twitter we are @Associateslss and on FB we are Associates : Library Support Staff. We have links here on our Associates webpage, as well. Follow us, friend us, talk to us and we’ll talk to you!

I would like to thank Assistant Editor, Julanna Hennessy, for establishing our presence on Facebook and Twitter and their ongoing development.

To the Editor

I like what Ms. Sue Knoche wrote about “Be it Ever So Humble” (March issue).

Volunteering is a great satisfaction for me. I do a lot of volunteer work at the college and for Food Bank or wherever it needed and whenever I can do it. I volunteer at the college commencement and when I see our students with their families; what a joyous occasion; it’s really wonderful. I also volunteer at the college’s various events. When my son was little I volunteered at the public library for five years after I dropped him at the school and when my husband came home I went to work. I enrolled my son to volunteer work when he was in high school; he helped at Red Cross and I used to take him and his friends to a senior home to help.
I think we all have a duty to our community, it’s so important. People should take pride in volunteering. It did enriched my life.

I am old now but I will do it as long as I can, God bless us all, our community and our country.

Yes, Ms. Sue let’s all get involved.

Ruby Haider
Montgomery College Library
Rockville Campus


Be It Ever So Humble… by Sue Knoche
It makes us feel good to know we are appreciated. Sue reflects on her recent award nomination.


Reader Response
I’m Reading…
The replies we have received might help some of our readers to decide, ‘What shall I read next’.

Return of the Living Gatekeepers: How Information Austerity Will Save Public Libraries by Brandon Hackbarth
Patron needs or expectations and involving the Independent publishing community in our public libraries.

23mobilethings by Julanna Hennessy
Looking for a way to improve your mobile skills, personally or professionally, this may be what you are looking for.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
Some of the details from the latest Canadian Library Association conference.

Looking Back While Looking Forward! by Jim Jackson
There are times to stop and reflect upon what you have achieved and encourage others to take up the challenges.


Kathy Davidson-Heney, Ottawa, Canada
Kathy is a library Technician in library of legal firm, Borden Lander Gervais LLP.

JP Pendleton, Auburn, Alabama
JP is the Head of Circulation and Reserve Department at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.


What We’re Reading by Michael D. Brooks
A different way of promoting reading suggestions on campus.

Library Conferences/Associations

Reaching Forward South, 17th Annual Conference for Library Support Staff, Springfield, Illinois, 19 and 20 September 2013. Reaching Forward South

ALIA National Library and Information Technicians’ Symposium, 30 October – 1 November 2013. Venue: National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT. http://alialibtech2013.wordpress.com/

Ohio Library Support Staff Institute