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 unapologetic reading, science week, lightning talks, studying in the UK, traditional libraries, and Melanie Parlette-Stewart.
A crew from the McMaster Libraries review what they did for Science Literacy Week at McMaster. Promotion, partnership, planning, and good fun made this series of events successful.
Lightning Talks are short, focused, and intense. And just to keep the pressure on, they are recorded. Welcome to this year’s OCULA Lightning Strikes Talks 2016 (from Lisa Levesque, Emily Newman, Amelia Clarkson, Carolyn Pecoskie, Kevin Tanner, and Jessica Whyte).
Who doesn’t want to run away from home? Especially if that means going to the UK! In Crossing the Pond: MLIS Students Researching in the UK, Martha Attridge Bufton describes her experience with the University of Southern Mississippi, British Studies Program.
It doesn’t get more provocative than this. According to John Pateman (Open for All? columnist), the “Traditional Library” (of which there continue to be many) is an “agency of social control rather than social change.” In Old Wine In New Bottles: The Traditional Public Library Pateman looks back to 1915 to measure how little things have changed.
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