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.
Cultural ownership, advocacy and engaging readers in new materials are topics we tackle in Open Shelf this month.
Kasey (Mallen) Whalley, a school library technician and gamer, challenges us to rethink what ownership means, in Reader, watcher, owner: Wholistic-based story experiences.
Todd Kyle brings us the second installment in his limited-series exploration of libraries in the cultural wars: Safe spaces. His topic this month is the cultural appropriation debate and reconciling our core values with the censorship of creative endeavours.
Play your cards right!—Martha Attridge Bufton, Colin Harkness and Ryan Tucci share their “voyage of discovery” into the world of game-based learning in information literacy.
And on the regular column beat, taking time to gather, reflect and rejuvenate one’s practice is the focus of Jennifer Brown’s latest It’s elementary column while Jennifer Green gives us a “short and sweet” method for writing annotations in Readers’ advisory and Chris Jasztrab gives us a peek into the life of an information technology and technical services manager in the Library IT Crowd.
Finally, Kerry Badgley, 2018 OLA President, and Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, give us their “Bird’s eye view” of what’s in store for our association this year.
And let us know what you think via our reader poll: Who owns the story? Designer or gamer or both?
Hope you enjoy the show!