How Fortunate We Are
by Barbie Selby
Those of you who actually read Openers will note that this month I'm the only author listed. Earlene Viano, co-editor of Virginia Libraries, has resigned. Earlene has decided her life needs to move in some different directions, and she is working to make that happen. I want to thank Earlene for being the "real editor" of Virginia Libraries for the two years we've worked together on the journal. Earlene and I have divided the duties—I've been the logistics person, Earlene has been the editor. She's done a wonderful job, and it has been a pleasure to work with her. Good luck, Earlene! And, thank you.
With Earlene's departure this issue of Virginia Libraries is going to the dogs, literally. Lillian Barrett of Williamsburg Regional Library writes about their "Paws to Read" program which helps young people learn and enjoy reading by having them read to dogs. Fortunately, this program will also be featured during one of the concurrent sessions at the VLA/VALL Annual Conference.
Virginia is also fortunate that the VLA Paraprofessional Forum continues to sponsor such a successful annual conference. We can vicariously enjoy the VLA Paraprofessional Conference by reading the summaries of meetings included in this issue. Lydia Williams did a great job, as always, in pulling together great photos and meetings to help us appreciate the opportunities offered by this Conference.
Once again Virginia is fortunate. A collection of Virginiana that slipped through our fingers in the early twentieth century is coming home. Minor Weisiger tells us the story of Robert Alonzo Brock and his collections which went to the Huntington Library of San Marino, California. An intriguing cast of characters, a good story, and a happy ending with the materials being microfilmed and soon to be available at the Library of Virginia.
Some students and teachers in the Newport News area are fortunate as well. Jeanne Klesch details an innovative program at Christopher Newport University which trained teachers in the use of technology and the Internet. Klesch became a part of this training when she observed that some information literacy training would enhance the teachers' newly acquired technological skills.
Klesch's information literacy training for the teachers is mirrored in Candice Benjes-Small's article on understanding the difference between a scholarly article and a general interest one. Benjes-Small gives us good tips for helping our own students (and professors?) understand how to recognize and evaluate the relative value of information found in indexes and on the Internet.
As always, I recommend to you our "Virginia Reviews," "Internet Resources," and, especially Morel's President's Column. As Morel points out, we're extremely fortunate to have The Homestead here in Virginia so that we can meet there once every few years. Here's to seeing you there in November!