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ISSN 1077-6613

July 2015 (Vol. 22, no. 1)


Be It Ever So Humble … by Sue Knoche
Part of our role as library support staff is to train the people who come to our libraries to independently use its resources. Sue looks at learning and training that happens around us.


Reader Response
I Remember When …
How we do our work in libraries has certainly changed over the years. Some of our readers have shared with us how things were done in the ‘olden days’.

New York: a Literary Map
Chapter 1: “New York City through the looking glass”
by Kim Barbato
This is the first in a series of articles by Kim looking at the connection between literature and New York State.

Listopia Libraries by Julanna Hennessy
Whether it is a child’s picture book about libraries or library staff wishing to do some recreational reading about libraries these links have it covered.

News From Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
There is a lot going on in libraries in Canada and Karen provides us with a glimpse.

I Remember When … by Jim Jackson
Jim reflects on his many years working in a university library and how things have changed.

Temporary Space: Excerpts from a Move Part 2 by Allison Sloan
Allison continues her series of articles about the relocation of her library while the original building is being refurbished.


Barbara Edwards, Ruidoso, NM – Library Assistant, Eastern NM University Ruiidoso Branch Campus.

Judith Graves, Cold Lake, Alberta – Library Technician, Holy Cross Elementary, Author and Publisher, Leap Books.


Five Sites that Empower You to cut through the Clutter and get at the Truth by Michael D. Brooks
There is a lot of information on the Internet. These websites can help sort fact and fiction.

Library Conferences/Associations

Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference
The fifth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 from 7am – 8pm US Pacific / 10am – 11pm US Eastern.

The conference will be held entirely online and is free to attend.

ALIA National Library and Information Technicians’ Symposium
Wednesday 2 September to Friday 4 September 2015, Wrest Point, Tasmania.
Right here, right now – it’s a devil of a time in libraries.