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 romance (!), collaboration, community hubs, participation, and learning.
The Readers’ Advisory column takes on a hot, a very hot, subject: romance. In Red Hot RA: Demystifying the Romance Genre Jennifer Green talks about the very popular genre that everyone seems to love to hate.
In the last of her four part series of accessibility issues, Katya Pereyaslavska looks Managing Accessibility Projects Through Collaboration and provides a series of best practices to make collaboration work
Does the Ontario government’s recent interest in “community hubs” help or hinder public libraries. In the return of the Policy Wonk column, Todd Kyle discusses Public Libraries: the Original Community Hubs.
“We need to think beyond simply creating more activities and ensure that people are aware, feel included, and have the resources to participate.” Participation is the theme of John Pateman’s latest instalment in his provocative Open for All? column.
And finally The Guelph Library Project: an Update. This “project” is really a course at the University of Guelph where 1st year undergraduates are exploring the future of the downtown public library. As the course moves towards its conclusion, students are formulating scenarios and recommendations.
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