Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Editor's Comments

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G'day, mates, and welcome to our third open-access issue. ITAL takes on an additional international dimension with this issue, as your faithful editor has taken up residence Down Under, in sunny Queensland, Australia.

The recent ALA Annual Meeting in Anaheim marked some changes to the/TAL Editorial Board that I'd like to highlight. Cynthia Porter and Judith Carter are ending their tenure with ITAL after many years of service. Cynthia is featured in this month's Editorial Board Thoughts column, offering her perspective on library technology past and present. Judith Carter ends a long run with ITAL as Managing Editor, and I thank her for her years of dedicated service, Ed Tallent, Director of Levin Library at Curry College, is the incoming Managing Editor. We also welcome two new members of the Editorial Board: Brad Eden, the Dean of Library Services and Professor of Library Science at Valparaiso University, and Jerome Yavarkovsky, former University Librarian at Boston College, and the 2004 recipient of ALA's Hugh C. Atkinson Award. Jerome currently co-chairs the Library Technology Working Group at The MediaGrid Immersive Education Initiative.

We cover a broad range of topics in this issue. Ian Chan, Pearl Ly, and Yvonne Meulemans describe the implementation of the open-source instant messaging (IM) network Openfire at California State University San Marcos, in supporting of the integration of chat reference and internal library communications. …

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