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ISSN 1077-6613

November 2016 (Vol. 23, no. 2)

From the Editor

As another year draws to a close I would like to thank our regular writers, Sue, Karen, Allison, Kim and Michael, and all those who have contributed to Associates. I would also like to thank Jim Clark for his work with the website and Julanna Hennessy as Assistant Editor.

To all our readers I would like to wish you a merry Festive season and happy New Year and all the best for 2017.


Be It Ever So Humble … by Sue Knoche
Sue tells us of a program that provides medical assistance and advice members of the community and tells a story she assures us it must be true.


Reader Response
What are the three most significant changes that have happened to your job or your workplace since you have commenced work?
We have had a good response to the question with a variety of changes that have impacted on our readers.

New York: a Literary Map
Chapter 5: Rolling Down the Chemung River
by Kim Barbato
Kim writes about a well-known American author who wrote some of his most notable stories in this area.

Library 2.016 “Libraries of the Future” by Julanna Hennessy
Julanna virtually attended the latest online conference in this series and shares with us her thoughts on some of the sessions.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
Karen writes about the changes that are taking place with the library associations in Canada.

Passion in Politics. Why not in Libraries? by Jim Jackson
Politically 2016 has seen some interesting results. Jim argues that libraries are vital to the communities they serve.

We’re Back & It’s Beautiful: Excerpts from a Move Part 5 by Allison Sloan
Finally, after 2 years the remodelled Reading Public Library is open for business to the delight of library patrons and staff.


Jennifer James, Indianapolis, Indiana – Acquisitions Team, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.


Spell Check Your Writing without Leaving Your Chrome Browser by Michael D. Brooks
Michael shares with us an ‘add-on’ that might be of assistance to all users of social media.