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.
In this special issue, we bring to the forefront some very bizarre stories. While they may have eluded the mainstream news outlets, these stories could not hide from us! Some foolhardy, even jestardly things have happened locally, nationally and internationally for libraries over the past year and we deliver these foolish stories to you for your reading pleasure!
A recent initiative is receiving positive feedback at one Ontario University Library: The Artisanal Cuneiform Experience workshops!
The Conservative Party leadership race is heating up, and you will never guess how libraries are involved in some crazy shenanigans.
We welcome Shaz Stevenson from the Open Shelf Public Library, who shares his recent interaction with the eccentric Night Vale Public Library in an audio broadcast called Tales from the Shelf Vol. 1.
President Donald Trump continues to be controversial by introducing a book travel ban that has expanded to include two new countries (his targets may shock you)!
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf … be as foolish as you like.