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Letter from a School Librarian in Grahamstown, South Africa:

Dear Ms Singer,

I'm a School Librarian from Grahamstown, South Africa. I spent 17 years of my career designing IT databases for large companies like De Beers. I started teaching in 2001 after the birth of my daughter. I soon noticed a discrepancy between the cognition of children who used paper reference material vs electronic sources. Initially I thought it was just a perception an in typically OCD style set out to either prove or disprove this, I'm incurably curious.

I could not find anything in the literature until I by accident stumbled across a radio interview with Rich Farver's mother.

The eventual answer to my curiosity freaked me out no end.

I am doing a talk at [a school librarians' conference].

I'm basically hoping to wake up the School Librarian population.

It's better to do something than nothing, this is my start. I do not expect smooth flying but, I plan to do my best to persuade at least some.

I have been collecting information for a number of year now and quite frankly if I dump it all on the slumbering conference attendees they will just write it off as toooooo much. I recently bought your book.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, what a treasure trove.

Is there any possibility that you could let me have an electronic list of the invaluable references. I would like to distribute this at the conference.

Please note, school is closed at the moment but I will be collecting my emails from time to time. We live on a farm with no cell or tv or even a land line! Yes, there still is oasis like that, God was kind to us.

The conference is 19-22 April and my talk is scheduled for the 21st.
Hoping to hear from you soon.

Keep fighting the good fight, it even reached the remote corners of South Africa.

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