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 bravery, hotspots, collaboration, genre plans, openness, and Friends.
Be brave. Easier said than done. In Bravery in Collaboration Jennifer Brown explores bravery as an essential feature of how we work together.
In the fourth of a series of articles curated by Catherine Coles called More Than Just Books we hear from Jessica Veldman. Connecting Communities at the Wellington County Library is about their very successful hotspot lending service.
Apparently “the biggest cause of RA angst is keeping up with books and genres.” Pauline Dewan is back to provide some helpful suggestions in “So Many Books, So Little Time”: Creating Your Own Genre Plan.
“We found that those who needed libraries the most (those with the greatest needs) often used them the least.” In Open to All? John Pateman reflects on the 2000 report of the same name and how its recommendations still resonate and challenge us.
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