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 Nancy Fong, snowshoes, workflows, strategy, and automatic indexing.
It’s not winter …. yet ….. but it still seems like a good time to talk about snowshoes. In the final of a series of articles curated by Catherine Coles called More Than Just Books we hear from Jessica Watts and Snowshoes at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
What happens when your enormous collection of media moves from analog to digital? What happens to the workflow? Kathryn Lee gives us a peek inside exactly that at the CBC: Coast to Coast to Coast: Digital File-Based Workflows at the CBC.
Libraries are always talking strategy. In the return of the Keeping Current column, John Pateman (our Open for All? columnist) reviews the 2005 book Blue Ocean Strategy and relates it to libraries: Blue Ocean Strategy & Public Libraries.
Turn up the TermoStat! Can an term extraction tool be used for automatic indexing? Lynne Bowker, Rebecca Mackay, Deni Kasama, and Jairo Buitrago Ciro investigate in Different Views of “aboutness”: Rise of the Machines?
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Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf