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About This Issue

The Publisher/Author Relationship

Eighteen of the twenty authors featured in this issue are being published in Partnership for the first time. Although the editorial work is painstaking for all concerned, we strive to make the publishing experience a positive one for seasoned and novice authors alike, and judging by comments received during and after the process, I believe that we are achieving that goal.

Some Highlights

This issue of Partnership features two substantial articles on public library issues in our Theory and Research section. Technology is another strong theme in this issue, with a number of articles on digitization, digital preservation, and applications of social media, including a fine student contribution: Tapping into the Power of Twitter: A Look at Its Potential in Canadian Health Libraries by David C. Waddell, Morgan Barnes and Stefan Khan-Kernahan, three MLIS candidates in the SLAIS program at UBC.

Heat-Seeking Missiles

Librarians are tweeting! Librarians are pinning! It’s hard to say what the long term impact of these recent developments will be, but it’s gratifying to see librarians exploring and adapting new communications technologies to enhance library services. It reminds me of a meeting I attended years ago at which the CEO of a leading library vendor company, now defunct, complained that “librarians are like heat-seeking missiles — always pursuing the latest technology.” Some of us in the audience took this criticism as a compliment. The fact that librarians are always experimenting with new technology and quick to recognize the practical applications in our field gives me comfort that the library and information profession will continue to keep pace in the modern world and that we will be engaging our users where they live.

Not all technological innovations stick around, of course. Some are stepping stones, and some are evolutionary dead ends. Does anybody still remember Telidon?

Super Conference 2013

Mary Kandiuk, Ann Smith and I will be presenting Get Published! Straight Talk from the Editors at Partnership at OLA Super Conference 2013 in Toronto. The presentation will cover the article publishing process from beginning to end. It is intended for anyone interested in writing for publication in Partnership, but should be particularly helpful to first-time authors. The session (#325 in the conference program) is scheduled for Thursday, Jan 31, at 9:05 a.m.

Transitions

As a publication totally dependent on volunteer labour, Partnership relies on the commitment and dedication of individuals who are willing to contribute their time and energy as a service to the profession and because they believe in the importance of open scholarship. With this issue we say farewell and thank-you to two such individuals who are moving on to other pursuits: Profiles Editor, Christine Neilson and Viewpoints Editor, Cheryl Caballero. Professional Development Editor, Barbara Kelly will be taking over the Profiles section. We are currently recruiting for four positions on the journal staff and hope to make appointments by the end of December or early January, 2013.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

David Fox
Editor-in-Chief





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