February is Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and of course, the month of valentines. We are debuting cryptic crosswords for all of you who love puzzles with our new column 793.73. This month, we are featuring eight clues that challenge readers to identify eight Black authors whose work is worth celebrating. And we are also featuring articles from women co-edit books, find more respectful ways to describe people and their work, want to live in good relationships on Turtle Island, and land the right job because they know how to make the most of the interview process.
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 inclusive design, reluctant RA, library space, David Fiander, Karl Marx, and makerspaces.
Open Shelf is delighted with the return of Amanda Etches, this time with a new column called Incidentally. Amanda will be drawing observations (pun intended) on a variety of library events and issues. First up: Inclusive Design at the OCULA Spring Conference.
Readers’ advisory services are essential to effective library service and yet staff are not always comfortable providing recommendations. Diana Krawczyk to the rescue: Reluctant Readers’ Advisors: Help Your Staff Help Readers.
Karl Marx. Finally an Open Shelf article about Karl Marx … and libraries. Leave it to John Pateman to make the connection: Karl Marx and Critical Librarianship.
What’s happening with makerspaces? Ab. Velasco brings us up to date with all things makerspace at the Toronto Public Library: Five Trends in Library Makerspaces.
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