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ISSN 1077-6613

July 2014 (Vol. 21, no. 1)


Unfortunately, our regular columnist Sue Knoche, has met with an accident and is unable to write her column for this issue. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her column in the next issue.


Reader Response
What is the best part of the work you do? What is the worst part?
We have had some interesting responses to these questions. I am sure many of our readers will agree with some of the comments.

Unmeash3 Unconference by Julanna Hennessy
Julanna tells us about a recent Unconference she attended and encourages our participation in attending or organizing them.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
Some of the recent activities held by our colleagues in Canada and attended by Karen.

Learning to be Mindful at the Library by Allison Sloan
Significant building renovations are taking place at Allison’s library and we are provided with an insight on how the library staff cope.


For this issue we are Spotlighting teachers of library paraprofessionals from Canada, Australia and the United States.

Norene James, Edmonton, Alberta
Library and Information Technology Program, Grant MacEwan University.

Rob Thompson, Wollongong, NSW
Library, Information & Cultural Studies, Business Arts and Information Technology, TAFE Illawarra Institute.

William Vann, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Library & Information Studies Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College.


Education is the Key by Michael D. Brooks
In the last issue Michael’s Review related to courses of general interest. For this issue Michael reviews the higher academic opportunities available online.

Library Conferences/Associations

Massachusetts Library Association, Paralibrarian Section