ASSOCIATES (2009, July, v. 16, no. 1)

From the Editor

Welcome to the July issue of Associates, my first as Editor. This issue contains many articles covering a wide range of issues that will be of interest to many library support staff. It has been a pleasure to read the articles as they have been submitted. This issue has contributors from the US, Canada and Australia and I thank them for taking the time to write articles or answer this issue’s question. I am sure there are many aspects of the work or work related activities, done by library support staff, which can be told and I would like to encourage anyone reading this to seriously consider submitting an article.

I would like to thank the previous Editor, Wendee Eyler, for her assistance and Jim Clark, for preparing the content for publishing. I would also like to thank everyone who has expressed their best wishes to me in this new role.

Also we have received one reply to the question of having the Associates in PDF format. If anyone else would like to see it as PDF please contact us.

ALA Conference – Empowerment Conference

This year’s conference was held in Chicago on 9th to 15th July with the Empowerment Conference being held on 11th and 12th July. The theme for the Empowerment Conference was “Who’s da boss’ concentrating on leadership especially for support staff, with standing room only for many of the sessions.

Once again the trade exhibition provided many booths displaying the latest ideas in the many aspects of library work to the latest books being published.

As on previous occasions the Paraprofessional of the Year presentation was an enjoyable occasion to attend. This year’s Paraprofessional of the Year was Tina Adams from North Carolina, State University Libraries, Raleigh. Congratulations Tina.

Always a special event to see is the Book Cart Drill Teams. The winning team with their striking Viking performance was the Oak Park Public Library Warrior Librarians, Oak Park, Illinois.

Kevin Dudeney
Editor, Associates