Another year of TSLL has passed, and I would like to take this opportunity to say two things. First, I would like to say I'm sorry for the delay in getting some of the issues to press. I could offer you a half page of excuses, but I trust in the understanding of all of you who have busy lives. Secondly, and more importantly, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the people who make this newsletter possible. I am always a little embarrassed when someone extends a compliment to me about TSLL because I feel like I'm getting the benefit of the credit when it actually belongs mostly to those who provide the true value, and by that I mean our columnists and other contributors. Just look through this or any other issue, and you will be impressed by the depth of knowledge represented there. That we have people willing to take the time and trouble to share their insights is a testament to the quality of the profession we represent.
Speaking of those willing members, I have some good news and some bad news. First the bad. Richard Vaughan who has so ably served as our Acquisitions columnist for the past several years has written his last column (although I hope not his last contribution) in this issue. Michael Maben is stepping down as Chair of the OBS OCLC Committee because of his selection as Secretary/Treasurer of OBS, so he will also be relinquishing his OCLC column duties. Similarly, Betty Roeske is stepping down as Chair of the TS committee of the Private Law Libraries SIS and will not be writing the private law libraries column for TS any longer. The search for replacements is under way, but I would like to express my gratitude to these stalwarts of TSLL for all of their contributions.
We were all deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ellen Rappaport who had been writing our "Serial Issues" column. She was a great contributor to this newsletter and a truly devoted law librarian.
In the good news category, Caitlin Robinson of the University of Iowa will be our new "Management" columnist as of the next volume. We welcome Caitlin to the ranks of our great columnists and look forward to her insights on this important topic.
I would especially like to thank again (and it can't be done too often or with too much emphasis) the people who really make this newsletter work: Linda Tesar for layout and design (because I can objectively assert that this is the best-looking newsletter put out by any AALL group); Cindy May for her work as Business Manager, which means she is responsible for getting it printed, distributed, and keeping track of all the subscriptions, saving all of you from the disastrous consequences of me being in charge of all that; and Martin Wisneski, our webmaster, and the person who gets the issues up and available online – it doesn't just happen by magic.
Finally, thanks to Mary Jane Kelsey, OBS Chair and Christina Tarr, TS Chair for their contributions both to the SISes and to TSLL. The Chairs help to bring focus and guidance to our organizations, and that is reflected in their columns and the whole newsletter. I look forward to a new year working with new Chairs Gary Vander Meer (TS) and Kevin Butterfield (OBS).