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Vol. 23 No. 7 — July/August 2003
Staying Up-to-Date
by Kathy Dempsey

This is the issue of CIL that keeps us all up-to-date on so many things: vendor mergers and addresses, products and services, hardware and software, new area codes and URLs. You'll want to keep it handy!

The library and information industry has never been a stagnant one, and the last few years have seen more upheaval than usual. But change is good, they say. And reporting change is what this Computers in Libraries Buyer's Guide and Consultants Directory is all about.

As always, inside you'll find reliable information on companies and consultants and everything they offer to libraries. Even more broad than the tech spectrum of our usual CIL issues, we expand the Buyer's Guide to cover all the "extras" that you need to run your business: shelving, cables, furniture, library cards, etc. And if you'd like a little help putting it all together, check out our Consultants Directory.

What's that, you say? You'd like to hire one of these consultants, but you don't know how to begin? Say no more—we've got the answers for you right here. This year's insightful feature is by consultants, about consultants. It gives you the inside scoop on how to find them, what traits to look for, and what questions to ask. We hope you'll find it really useful.

To make room for our directory listings, in this issue we don't run our regular departments or columns. Sorry if you're missing your favorite pundits, but they need their summer breaks just like the rest of us do! Don't worry, they'll be back in September.

Also in September, keep an eye out for something important—our list of new themes for 2004. I know that many of you who've written for CIL already or who have sent in queries are eagerly awaiting these themes. To those of you who haven't submitted article ideas yet, please join us! Any working librarian is qualified to write for us; you don't have to be a famous person running a spectacular project. If you're a regular subscriber who already reads our features, you'll know what we're looking for: We want people to tell their tech stories, to reveal what they've tried and what they've learned. The idea is to share your experiences with your colleagues so you're not all out there reinventing the same wheels.

If I've enticed you, check our Web site. In the CIL section you'll see "How to Contribute," which includes FAQs. By mid-August we plan to have the 2004 themes posted online, and you'll see themprinted in September. Sharing your experiences is doing your part to keep all your peers on top of all the latest technologies and tips. So to achieve fame and fortune, find our Online Query Form and send in your ideas! We can all help each other stay up-to-date.

Kathleen L. Dempsey is the Editor of Computers in Libraries. Her email address is:

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