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ISSN 1077-6613

November 2010 (Vol. 17, no. 2)

To and From the Editors

In memory of Bob McKee – Former Chief Executive Officer for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals by Jim Jackson

Editorial by Kevin Dudeney


Bear Thoughts #14: Paradigms II: Still Not Just 20 Cents by Frank Exner, Little Bear
More contemporary examples of the misuse of the word paradigms.

Be It Ever So Humble… by Sue Knoche
How different situations can cause us to wonder, ‘What would happen if …’


What are your interests outside work?
From the responses to the question there is no stopping our readers when it comes to their outside interests.

Short Staffed? No Problem: Working Through Circulation Shortages by Angela Duncan
With the tightening of budgets, Angela shows us ways of maintaining levels of service.

Access to Library Services: Breaking Barriers That May Exist for Patrons with Disabilities, Part II by Yolyndra Green
Yolyndra provides us with more hints when it comes to providing services to library users with disabilities.

News from Canada by Karen Hildebrandt
Karen shares with us what is happening in Canada and her conference experiences.

Coaching in the Workplace by Ben Hogben
Ben shows us how to use coaching in the supervision of staff.

It’s the Silly Season again! by Tinker Massey
Get more from attending conferences with the tips provided by Tinker.

What’s So Great About An Award?
by Allison Sloan
Allison, the Library Journal’s 2010 Paraprofessional of the Year, provides her perspective on receiving the award.

Why my Library is an Interesting Place to Work

In the last issue we asked why some of our readers found their libraries were interesting places to work. Four contributors enlarged on their reasons why.

Two Libraries – Two Communities by Helen Chuckrow

Klohn Crippen Berger Library by Heather Duff

Arid Zone Research (AZRI) Library
by Margaret Ellis

New City Library
by Gail Seidenfrau


Julia D. Ree, Riverside, California
Julia is a cataloguer at University of California, Riverside Campus and is an active member of COLT.

Erica Smith, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Erica is a Library Technician at Five Bridges Junior High School and is an active member of the Nova Scotia Association of Library Technicians.


A Website for the Scientifically Curious by Michael D. Brooks
An interesting website that might be of use for all the family.

Library Association/Conference Information

Paraprofessional Library Support Staff Awards: US, Canada and Australia
A review of the requirements for the major paraprofessional award from the three countries.