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ISSN 1077-6613

March 2015 (Vol. 21, no. 3)

From the Editor

This year’s winner of the Library Journal’s Paralibrarian of the Year award is Tamara Faulkner Kraus from Hickory Public Library, North Carolina. You can read all about Tamara and the reasons she received the award at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/03/awards/paralibrarian-of-the-year-2015-tamara-faulkner-kraus/.

Congratulations Tamara.


Be It Ever So Humble … by Sue Knoche
As library workers we are often asked questions by our library users. Sue looks at how we respond to these questions and our dealings with others.


Reader Response
What forms of social media does your library or information service use and how is it used?

News From Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
The Canadian Library Association is looking at its current role and what its role will be in the future.

Performance Evaluations by Bernard N. Hogben
Staff performance evaluations are a reality of the modern workplace, here are some tips to help with the process.

Excerpts From A Move by Allison Sloan
Reading Public Library’s building is being refurbished and Allison shares with us some of her personal experiences of the early stages.


Roxanne Backowski, St. Cloud, MN – Circulation Supervisor, St Cloud State University.

Michele Ann Matthews, Troy, NY – Interlibrary Loans, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Folsom Library.


Everyday Answers to Technology Questions Your Way, Your Speed by Michael D. Brooks
Whether you are an experienced or not a very experienced user of technology this website will be of assistance.

Library Conferences/Associations

American Library Association – Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015 http://alaac15.ala.org/.

OLSSI: the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute – 26-28, 2015 at Baldwin-Wallace University near Cleveland, in Berea, Ohio. www.OLSSI.org.

We also have an upcoming “Online Book Club” meeting:
April 16th – As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. http://on.fb.me/1iTUmd8

New York State Library Assistants Association

37th Annual NYSLAA Conference, Corning, New York. 17 – 19 June, 2015. Library Assistants: Towering within the Library Profession. http://nyslaa.org/conference.html

Award Nominations

Craig Koste Award for Outstanding Service
In 1992 the Executive Council created “The NYSLAA Award for Outstanding Service” specifically for New York State library assistants who are members of NYSLAA. In 1995, its name was changed to honor Craig Koste, a library assistant who passed away and bequeathed an endowment to NYSLAA. The award recognizes those library assistants who have distinguished themselves by their service to our organization and to the library assistants of New York on either a state or local level. A stipend of $100 will be given to the library of the winner for collection development.

Ray Murray Award
In 1989 the Ray Murray Award was created to honor Ray Murray, a librarian who opened the door for the creating of the annual library assistants conference, thereby laying the groundwork for NYSLAA. The Ray Murray Award is given to librarians, library directors, trustees, board members or others who have contributed to the recognition and/or professional growth of library assistants.

Each year, NYSLAA seeks nominations from its members for each of these awards. The Executive Council reviews the nominations in April of each year and notifies the recipients. The awards are presented at the annual conference in June.

To nominate, please compile a packet including: your nomination letter, supporting letters, and any other pertinent documentation. Please include the name of the nominee’s supervisor for notification. The deadline for the submission is March 31st of each year.
Send nomination packets (or questions) for either award to the NYSLAA.