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Open Shelf Editorial Board
Current Members (2018)


Martha Attridge Bufton (Editor-in-Chief)
Nikolina Likarevic (Digital Editor)
Ryan Tucci (Digital Editor)

Lauren Hummel (Marketing and Communication Specialist, OLA)
Robert Nishimura (Technical Analyst, OLA)
Shelagh Paterson (Executive Director, OLA)

Feature editors and divisional liaisons

Graeme Campbell (OCULA)
Mike Laverty (OPLA)
Sarah Macintyre (OLITA)
Helen Kaluzny (OLBA)
Joanne Plante (ABO-Franco)


Jennifer Brown (It’s Elementary)
Graeme Campbell (InsideOCULA)
Kristen Caschera (Readers’ Advisory)
Jennifer Dekker (High5)
Susanna Galbraith & Andrew Colgoni (Market Share)
Todd Kyle (Safe Spaces)
John Pateman (Open to All)
Shelagh Paterson and OLA President (Bird’s Eye: A view from the top)



Open Shelf Editorial Board
Terms and conditions

Last updated: February 24, 2018

Open Shelf ( is the official magazine of the Ontario Library Association. It is an open access publication issued for OLA members and interested readers as a forum for commentary on ideas, activities, trends, and issues affecting libraries and information professionals across Ontario and beyond.

Open Shelf publishes articles on topics relevant to libraries, information professionals, information technology, and information management. The magazine also includes a wide range of columns and special features.

The Open Shelf Editorial Board is responsible for the overall editorial direction, management, and production of the magazine.


Editor-in-Chief (Martha Attridge Bufton)
Deputy Editor (Fiona Inglis)
Digital Editors (Nikolina Likarevic, Ryan Tucci)
Executive Director, OLA (Shelagh Paterson)
Marketing and Communication, OLA (Lauren Hummel)
Columnists, feature editors and divisional liaisons
Members-at-large (~8-12 people)

Columnists are responsible for regular contributions around a theme, issue or perspective. The frequency of these contributions will be determined with the Editor-in-Chief but should normally not be less than four times a year.

Feature editors are responsible for a particular feature that appears regularly in Open Shelf. Typically feature editors are coordinating the work of other contributors or managing a service that appears in Open Shelf.

Members-at-large are responsible for identifying topics and ideas of potential interest to readers and for identify writers or contributors who may be interested . Members-at-large may also curate articles with specific writers or contributors throughout the editorial process. At least one member-at-large should be a designated representative of each of the OLA divisions.

Terms of membership

The Editor-in-Chief, the chair of the Editorial Board, is appointed by the OLA Board of Directors for a 3-year renewable term.

The Art Direction and Design team are determined by the OLA Executive Director in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief.

Columnists and Feature Editors will be members of the Board as long as their contributions are ongoing.

Members-at-large will serve for 3 year renewable terms. Members-at-large will be sought from throughout the OLA membership and be appointed by the Editorial Board. Members appointed by an OLA division will serve a term as specified by the appropriate division.

OLA staff members, as appropriate, will participate in Board communications and discussions but will not hold a vote should voting be necessary.


The Editorial Board will meet annually at the OLA SuperConference and conduct its business throughout the year using a variety of collaboration tools. The Board will convene digitally three times during the year with a set agenda.

Quorum and voting

As much as possible the decisions of the Board will be achieved via consensus. Should a vote be necessary, a quorum will consist of 50% of Board members and a simple majority is required to approve a motion. Voting will be done electronically.



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