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 the revenge of Snuffy (!), sustainability, Textbooks for Change, Mallory Austin, Loan Stars, and the CLA Forum.
Cortney Lee-Comeau is passionate about sustainability. How could she use her expertise in her new workplace? Find out in It’s Not Easy Being Green: Sustainability at the Huntsville Public Library.
Textbooks for Change is an innovative program to provide current (but used) textbooks to university libraries in developing countries in East Africa. Brady Burke provides an introduction in Textbooks for Change: Creating an Impact with Used Textbooks (including interviews with Adam Frye, Director of Business Development & Cori Moretti, a Textbook for Change Ambassador).
This release of Open Shelf feature a new column from the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) authored by Sarah Macintyre: The Library IT Crowd. The column will showcase some of the great librarians and library workers who are currently working with technology. The first installment introduces Mallory Austin from the Middlesex County Library.
Have you heard about Loan Stars? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Kristen Caschera provides the details in Loan Stars – A New RA Tool for Library Staff.
And finally, an editorial about Why You Should Attend the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Forum.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf