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 Free Little Libraries, budget pressures and successes, Islandora, and open access.
Jane Schmidt has been thinking about neighbourhood book exchanges, especially Free Little Libraries. In The Trouble with Twee she suggests “There are many ways to build community – a box of books is one of them, to be sure, but there’s more to the story than appears.”
Budget woes are a common refrain. How about a success story instead? In Making an Inadequate Budget Do Extraordinary Things Haliburton County Public Library CEO Bessie Sullivan says “being poor makes us creative.”
Managing digital collections is complex but the right tools make a difference. In Using Islandora to Build Digital Collections Kelli Babcock, Dan Lerch, and Kim Pham outline how they use Islandora in their workplaces to address the challenges.
Open access publishing is an existential issue for scholarly publishing and academic libraries. So that’s why a recent development left me gobsmacked and prompted this editorial: Open Access, Culture, and Modeling the Way.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf