Column Editor:  Anthony (Tony) W. Ferguson  (Library Director, University of Hong Kong;  Phone: 852 2859 2200;  Fax: 852 2858 9420)  [email protected]

As I have said before, I love the Charleston Conference because it is such a good place to steal ideas and then, once I get home, pretend I thought them up myself.  Of course I can’t simply implement them wholesale, but learning from others as they overcome identical or nearly identical challenges and then copying and adapting the good ideas and rejecting the ones which failed is a wonderful way to improve things back home.  Frequently, just listening to others causes me to think up new ways of doing things to resurrect ideas I previously thought of but rejected for forgotten dumb reasons.  Here are some of the ideas which I came away with from the last conference:

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