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 a special issue on sonification and the February issue of InsideOCULA.
Sonification is the use of data to create sound which in turn creates information or meaning. Three articles provide different perspectives on this emerging and important application.
Jack Jamieson provides some background on data and sound, and then describes some intriguing sonification projects in What Does Data Sound Like? An Overview of Data Sonification.
William Denton reports on a library related project he has bee working on in STAPLR: Sounds in Time Actively Performing Library Reference.
Katie Legere discusses how data is made into music in There’s Information in Music and Music in Information and uses a fruit salad (!) as her example.
And finally, this release of Open Shelf includes the February issue of InsideOCULA. The newsletter of the Ontario College and University Libraries Association contains stories about Library Day at Queen’s Park, The Third Government Information Day in Ontario, OA policies, digitization projects, and Lego!
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf