|From The Editors|
When offered the opportunity to edit TSLL, we knew we wanted to try it and knew it would be way too much work, but guessed that it had to be rewarding. Nine months into the job, we've learned it's not only rewarding, it's a professional gold mine. And we're having a great time. This is not to say it's all chocolate and roses. In fact, chocolate and roses have been lamentably absent; we still haven't seen any of Margie's donations (see TSLL v.24:no.2, p.1). But each time we go through the editing process, we marvel at the dedication of TSLL's contributors, the depth of their collective knowledge, and the rich potential of our profession as we head deeper into the information age.
Judging from the survey results, you generally agree. Clearly many of you read it carefully quoting from it, noting what's missing and even remembering our buried reference to a new column.
Of course, we're also delighted to hear you like the new look. Much of the credit goes to our software, Adobe PageMaker, plus Dover Publications and their awesome Clip-Art Series. Thanks go to the OBS and TS Boards for letting us make these purchases. The results also show that we need to add some columns and revive others. Management: the cry is so consistent it sounds almost desperate. We hope one of you will rise to the challenge and volunteer for this column. There is also call for more on the Internet and Collection Development. As luck would have it, we have new columnists for these very topics in this issue both experienced in their areas. Welcome to Kevin Butterfield and Sandy Sadow as new contributing editors. The areas for which we still need columnists are: Serials Issues and Technical Services in Smaller Law Libraries. If you are interested in doing either of these (two to four times a year), please contact us.
We hope you take a particularly close look at the answers to question 2. There are some terrific ideas that might spark the desire to write in some of you. We noted with interest, for example, Canadiana, AV cataloging, and the history of TSLL (which we plan to do in an upcoming issue). A reminder for those who shy away from the timecommitment involved in a column: we also accept articles. Follow fearless Brian Striman's lead; try a series, give us a snippet, or even send poetry. An ode to AV cataloging perhaps? Well, probably not, but you get our drift.
Finally, a huge thank you goes to TSLL's past editors and columnists. Some of you have been at it for many years. TSLL is what it is because of you.
The TSLL Bookshelf
We have just a little extra space in this issue and, being librarians, we thought we'd give you a glimpse of what's currently on our collective TSLL bookshelf. Perhaps not in the same league as FDR and Mussolini (see the TS Chair message), what we'll admit to includes (in alphabetical order by main entry, naturally):
Kurzweil, Ray. The age of spiritual machines: when computers exceed human intelligence. Viking, 1999. According to Kurzweil, the highly respected expert on artificial intelligence, in a mere 20 years computers will start to outstrip human intelligence. Computer journalists are paying attention to this book, and more traditional reviews, such as Library Journal, give it the thumbs up. It's an approachable, provocative and surprisingly upbeat series of essays on the amazing places computing will take us over the next century.