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 loved libraries, Dina Pen, leadership, bookmarks, library worker skills, pedometers, and Steve Marks.
Road trip! What does a librarian do while on vacation? Visit and sketch libraries of course. As part of her inventive (and creative) Incidentally column Amanda Etches brings us All the Libraries I <3: Summer 2016 Road Trip Edition.
CEO Bessie Sullivan asks “What Makes a Library Leader?” and discovers the answer among the participants in an intensive leadership program.
How do you mark your spot in a book? Some people fold down corners but most people use a bookmark … of some sort. Julie Wendland goes public with her obsession with bookmarks in an article entitled …. Bookmarks!
Why Do Library Workers Not Have the Skills To Meet Community Needs? “The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they are trained in all of the aspects of providing library services, but they do not have the key skills that are required to identify, prioritize and meet community needs.” John Pateman takes on an important issue for every library in his Open for All? column.
No matter how hard we try, for many libraries are about books. And we are, but we’re also more than that. In the second of a series of articles curated by Catherine Coles called More Than Just Books we hear from Tania Sharpe and Pedometers at Chatham-Kent Public Library.
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