February is Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and of course, the month of valentines. We are debuting cryptic crosswords for all of you who love puzzles with our new column 793.73. This month, we are featuring eight clues that challenge readers to identify eight Black authors whose work is worth celebrating. And we are also featuring articles from women co-edit books, find more respectful ways to describe people and their work, want to live in good relationships on Turtle Island, and land the right job because they know how to make the most of the interview process.
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 community hubs, the public lending right, YA fiction about disabilities, Aaron DeVries, Caroline Haythornthwaite, Susan Cleyle and insideOCULA.
With public libraries facing unprecedented challenges, here’s a good news story from Kimberly McMunn at the Hasting Highlands Public Library: Program Turnout Without Resource Burnout: A Case for Community Hubs.
Open Shelf has teamed up with the Canadian Library Association to continue the publication of the columns of the CLA Copyright Committee. These columns provide a detailed consideration of current copyright issues. The second article in this new column is The Public Lending Right in Canada: a Librarian’s Perspective by Rob Tiessen.
Ever wanted to know more about the keynote and spotlight speakers coming to the OLA Super Conference in 2016? We did. And so Annesha Hutchinson is going to interview them …. in a fairly idiosyncratic way. In this release: Caroline Haythornthwaite (OCULA Spotlight Speaker) and Susan Cleyle (Careers Spotlight Speaker).
And finally, this release of Open Shelf includes InsideOCULA for November 2015. The newsletter of the Ontario College and University Libraries Association includes stories about a job exchange, digital literacy and creative spaces, social media and Open Access Week.
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