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Vol. 23 No. 7 — July/August 2004
Happy Summer, Happy New Year
by Kathy Dempsey

Another summer, another CIL Buyer's Guide. Hard to believe it's that time of year again. This is the perfect time to sit down and peruse our directory and think about what to buy with your 2005 budget. Rather than seeing this perusal as work, think of it as a shopping spree! Make a new wish list of library equipment, content, and services that you'd love to have.

And speaking of shopping (as I so often am), this issue carries the third in our four-part series of Helping You Buy articles. This one revisits our 2003 series that explained and rated integrated library systems. Pamela Cibbarelli, who has her finger on the pulse of the ILS marketplace, has once again surveyed all the vendors and compiled a report for us. You'll value this handy midyear update and the at-a-glance chart that can tell you which products have which features. As a bonus, at the end of this Helping You Buy article, Cibbarelli has shared a selection of new ILS product ratings from her latest Directory of Library Automation Software, Systems, and Services, just coming off the presses now. Take a sneak peek!

And speaking of bonuses, you'll be pleased to learn that this year's Buyer's Guide listings will be posted on CIL's Web site! See page 14 to learn more, or rush right to

Here's something you might find interesting: This is, in many ways, the end of 2004 for me. All the queries for this year are in, and all the articles have been chosen. As you read this in July, we'll be picking all the issue themes for 2005. (Any suggestions? E-mail them to me immediately!) New themes and query deadlines will be published in our September issue, and they should be on our Web site by late August. Details for submission are always online at C'mon, send in your article ideas for 2005!

Kathy Dempsey, Editor

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

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