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Dear Mike and Peter,

I too want to send my thanks to Mike and Peter for their vision to establish
such a valuable community of school library practitioners. I quickly learned
that education really does not have borders. I was able to sit at my
computer in Barrie, Ontario Canada and learn from talented and knowledgeable
teacher-librarians (media library specialists) around the world. For a
number of weeks I was a lurker, while I understood the protocols of
participating within a listserve. My first target was to make a request for
online resources for primary students on the topic of farming as they
prepared for a visit to the International Plowing Match in Ivy, Ontario
Canada. My searches on the internet-- using Alta Vista years ago, led me to
many university web sites on farming and agriculture. But, LM_NETTERs came
to my rescue. The Moo milk site is still up and mooing. From there I have
been able to research many more topics by being a passive viewer. The topics
range through the grades to the technical decisions of selecting a new
library automation system. I am able to be on the cutting edge of knowledge
of challenged material and plagiarism strategies across the grades. We have
also shared some emotional times together such as 9-11, fires in Australia,
floods, tornadoes, school shootings, sick children, union issues as our jobs
have been eliminated. The support felt through the messages has been
encouraging and reassuring. We have cried together and laughed together as
I currently moderate three local listserves for the teacher-librarians in
our board. Of course I knew where to get the basis of the design of the
protocols for our listserves -- LM_NET of course. Mike and Peter, you are
courageous leaders in the best profession there is. May your new paths lead
us to new endeavours.
Warm regards,

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