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Current editors:
Beth DeFrancis defrancb@georgetown.edu, Editor
John Connolly jpconnolly@crimson.ua.edu, Assistant Editor

January/February/March, 2004
Volume 50, Number 1

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OPENERS

A Community Effort

by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner

You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again?

-T. S. Eliot

In 1996, when Cy Dillon began his first term as editor of this journal, he said it was "the voice of the library community in Virginia, and it should be a voice that resounds with the richness, diversity, and vitality of that community." Barbie Selby and Earlene Viano have made sure that was the case since the fall of 2001 by producing a vibrant publication featuring capable writers addressing a wide selection of important topics. Their competence and thoroughness makes the transition to new editors much easier than it might be, but those same qualities create a challenge for us to preserve the quality they maintained.

Both veteran editor Dillon and new editor C.A. Gardner ("Lyn") of Hampton Public Library believe this issue will be up to that challenge. There is legislative news from President Sam Clay, a frank interview with one of Virginia's best known writers, a long discussion of contemporary nature writing in our region by a North Carolina author and publisher, coverage of current discussions of the future of MARC format, word of a new health information initiative, an extensive report on the activities of the 2003 Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, and another fine selection of reviews of books on Virginia.

If VLA members expect to continue this level of quality in our flagship publication, we will have to contribute good articles, support the efforts of co-workers who write for Virginia Libraries, and continue to fund the magazine. It is, after all, an interactive process. As editors, we depend on your connection and your action as the foundation of our work. Experience shows that you are a dependable lot, and our expectations are very positive as we look at the task ahead.

The new editorial team has committed its own talent and expertise to the cause.

C.A. Gardner earned her M.A. in English Literature from ODU in 1996 and her M.L.I.S. through Florida State University in 2003. She served as editor at The Mariners' Museum from 1999-2001, where she wrote and edited everything put before the public--newsletters, books, exhibitions, website text, educational newspapers, and more. In the library world, she has edited the VASLA Bulletin for the Virginia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Lyn has had fourteen short stories and over one hundred poems published. Currently, she catalogs for Hampton Public Library. She wishes to thank VLA once again for the generous scholarship that helped fund her library studies--and for this new opportunity to give something back to the organization.

Cy Dillon has recently worked as associate editor of the Nantahala Review, a literary and photography journal devoted to the Appalachian region and published on the World Wide Web. He also continues to publish poetry, book and compact disc reviews, and articles in literary encyclopedias. A long-time advocate of resource sharing, Dillon serves on the Appalachian College Association Central Library Council, and chairs the ACA's Shared Catalog Committee.

Our family of contributors will be diminished by one, beginning with this issue. Scott Silet, who has contributed a fine regular column on Internet resources for librarians, is leaving the state to become an academic library director elsewhere. We will miss his reliable and helpful work, and wish him well in his new role.




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