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Vol. 23 No. 8 — September 2004
Fall Brings Political Talks, New Themes
by Kathy Dempsey

Fall is upon us, and the political scene is really heating up this year as the U.S. prepares to elect a new president in November. If you were at ALA this past summer, you probably heard the semipolitical speech given by keynote speaker Richard Clarke. This former White House terrorism czar was a great person to address librarians as they worry about the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act. No matter what the political leanings of the attendees were, all of them seemed to be moved by Clarke's rousing speech. To see Clarke in action, and to see other selected pictures from the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, turn to the Newsline Report on page 55.

I'd also like to call your attention to a letter on page 60 that lists corrections to the ILS comparison chart that we published in the Helping You Buy section of our previous issue (July/August). You'll want to update your own chart to ensure that you have the most accurate information.

Also in this issue are the always-anticipated themes for next year. Those of us who are associated with CIL magazine work hard to choose themes that will interest, excite, and teach its readers. We think you'll like what we've chosen to focus on for 2005. And I personally invite each of you to consider submitting an article idea! I always try to remind subscribers that anyone can get published in Computers in Libraries. This is your magazine, written by and for people just like you. Colleagues want to hear about your tech projects, your success and failures, your trials and tribulations. Why not share? The new list of themes appears on page 31 and is also on our Web site. If you look online you can also find an FAQ and other documents that detail what we need and how you can submit it.

Hopefully, the features in this issue will inspire you to write your own articles. For this theme of Making the Most of What You Have, your peers show how they stretched their budgets, used free or low-cost applications, and built or customized software to do exactly what they needed. Share their lessons, then share your own in 2005!

Kathy Dempsey, Editor

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

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