One of the nicest surprises I had during the 2005 Christmas holiday season was an invitation from Editor David Hoffman to appear regularly in this publication. Writing a column is something I have wished to do for the last couple of years. Frequently, I come across an idea or situation and think it would make a great article for someone to develop. Now I can be that someone!
Immediately after accepting the invitation, I started trying to think of a column title. Existing column titles in this journal are descriptive and inviting: Stephen Abram's The Pipeline, Linda C. Joseph's CyberBee, and Mary Alice Anderson's The Media Center. My intent is to write about technology, education, and librarianship, with a strong dose of ethics, as these are my principal interests. As I often do when presented with a question that calls for creative thoughts, I turned to colleagues for title ideas. I queried my three favorite listservs: LM_NET (for librarians), EDTECH (for educational technology specialists), and TLC (for Texas librarians). Even though I did this in the busy week before Christmas break, within hours I received over 50 responses. Not only that, many people contributed a number of possibilities. Now my challenge was to pick the one that fit for me. A number of people suggested that I play on my last name. I have had fun doing that in other contexts and decided to take the advice, thus settling on the name Belltones.
In this initial appearance of Belltones, it seems appropriate for me to tell a little about myself. Like many readers, I never really left school. After earning a B.A. in English and Secondary Education, I taught language arts in secondary schools, mostly junior high, for 10 years. During that time I decided to go back to school and earn an M.L.S. After that, I had the opportunity to start up a brand new junior high school library and stayed there for 15 happy years.
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