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 Tom Bentley, unmet needs, librarians & archivists, beyond books, and Lina Kim.
Do libraries focus on the unmeet needs in our communities? In Prioritizing Library Services For Those With the Greatest Needs John Pateman explains why “the Community-Led library focuses on potential or lapsed users, who make up 40% of the community”.
Libraries aren’t just about books. Bessie Sullivan explores library collections and library lending beyond the books in What About the Books?
A few reminders:
Open Shelf is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief. Perhaps it is you? Details here.
The August 1st release of Open Shelf will be a “greatest hits” package i.e. the articles with the greatest number of hits (views). If there was an award for these, we’d called them “The Shelfies.”
And lastly, we don’t publish an August 15th issue (in order to let the hundreds of Open Shelf staffers have a vacation). See you again with the September 1st issue.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
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