ASSOCIATES (2009, March, v. 15, no. 3)

From the Editor

After 8 years as Editor of Associates, I am stepping down. Kevin Dudeney has volunteered to be editor with the July 2009 issue. Kevin is an Australian Library Technician from Sydney, New South Wales. He is employed by the NSW Dept. of Corrective Services and the Convenor of the ALIA National Library Technicians Group. Kevin has written several articles for Associates, including his series on Leadership for Library Support Staff that started with the November 2008 issue. Kevin will bring new leadership and fresh ideas for Associates.

For this issue, I asked Libsup-L and other listserv people to respond to: The favorite part of my job is … and the worst is … Here is my own response to: My favorite/worst about Associates:

My favorite part of Associates is:

The people! Both library assistants and librarians support Associates and contribute meaningful articles for Associates readers. Associates is an international publication–and I am amazed how library assistants world-wide have the same concerns and issues, and best of all, share a sense of humor. I am impressed with support staffs’ professionalism, dedication to their work, their meaningful contributions to their libraries, their willingness to share, their willingness to learn from others, and their active participation in their own libraries and national organizations and associations.

The worst part of Associates is:

Recognizing that library support staff, library assistants, and paraprofessionals are overlooked in the literature and by library administrators. Yet library support staff make up the largest workforce in libraries and are the ones who deal directly with patrons at circulation desks, with other libraries via ILL, and perform most of the cataloging and acquisitions responsibilities. The invisible majority! Associates is the only journal specifically for library support staff, that is independent of any organization or association. Associates is the perfect vehicle for library support staff to give voice to important aspects of our work and profession, to share ideas, to teach others, to learn from others. Please spread the word about Associates.

I need to mention that Associates subscribers will continue to see my name because I will continue to send out the email version and notification. The web page and subscription lists will remain at the University of California, Riverside, until Kevin and I can figure out a way to transfer all this.

As I complete my tenure as Editor of Associates, I am thankful for all the friends I have made and for the opportunity to work closely with Jim Clark, Assistant Editor, and Jim Jackson, Contributing Editor. The Editorial Board has always been supportive and active. I am proud to be associated with every author and contributor to Associates. Thank you all. 

May Associates live long and prosper!


Wendee Eyler
Editor & Publisher, Associates
Head, Cataloging & Bibliographic Control Unit
Cataloging & Metadata Services Department
Science Library / PO Box 5900
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
tel: (951) 827-5052