Vol. 23, No. 2/Winter 2001
By Leigh Poitinger
This has been quite a busy news season. Here in California we've been
turning out numerous stories on the state's electricity shortages, which
has become news across the nation (my mom in Ohio called me the other
day just to ask if my lights were still on after she read about the power
crisis in her local paper).
In this issue, Sammy Alzofon of The Palm Beach Post gives
us an inside look at another major, recent news story - the presidential
election of 2000. As you might recall, Palm Beach popped up once or twice
in reference to the election. Sammy's account of the requests her library
received, as well as how they handled it all, is a great read. And it
just goes to show that news librarians are indeed an indispensable part
of a news organization.
Also in this issue are the biographies of people running for the News
Division executive board, as well as profiles of the Kwapil and Henebry
News Division award recipients who will be honored at this year's annual
SLA conference in San Antonio. In addition, Turid Hegna's recap
of the Online Information conference will make you want to hop the next
plane to England. You'll also find all the regular columns -- Small Libraries,
People, Intranets Q&A -- full of news and tips.
Leigh Poitinger is the News Research Webmaster at the San Jose Mercury
News. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.