Dear Santa, We’re the Open Shelf editorial team. Our favourite things to do are to engage with our friends in the OLA community. We write, we provide feedback, we get creative with pictures and tweets, we play tag all the time, and just basically have lots of fun. We’ll be snuggled at home during the holiday season, hopefully taking a break from work but still dreaming of new stories we can tell in Open Shelf in 2021. Although this has been a crazy year—the “Year of COVID”—we’ve still been able to play with our Open Shelf contributors and they have sent us lots of great stories to print in the magazine.
What’s New in Open Shelf? is a Table of Contents of sorts. Open Shelf publishes when we have compelling new material. Every two weeks is our plan.
In this release we feature speaker contracts, accessibility competencies, bullying, reading about reading, and well-being.
Ever wonder why you’ve never seen Dolly Parton at SuperConference? OK, probably not. What about Neil Gaiman? Now we’re talking. Well don’t hold your breath. In Scandal, Demand & Scheduling or Why We Don’t Get Some of the Speakers You Asked For, the latest instalment of the Bird’s Eye column, OLA Executive Director Shelagh Paterson explains some of the mysteries of keynote speakers at the conference.
In the second part of her series on accessibility, Katya Pereyaslavska explores Emerging Librarian Competencies: Accessibility as a Core Competency. As accessibility issues become increasing important for reasons of both legislation and service equity, Katya outlines sources and strategies to help the new librarian develop the necessary expertise.
As librarians, library workers, and those who support libraries, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of reading. That’s what the Readers’ Advisory column is all about. But have you read the research literature on reading? Do you know what scholars are saying about the nature of reading and the reader? Pauline Dewan thinks you should and in Reading about Reading: Elevate Your Work from a Job to a Passion she provides an overview and some recommended sources.
Can public libraries contribute to individual and community well-being? John Pateman thinks so and the literature backs him up. In Public Libraries and Well-being, the latest instalment of the Open for All? column, John explores the relationship between library membership and personal well-being. And yes, reading has something to do with it.
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