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 rebranding, beyond the books, continuing education, and new library buildings!
The Market Share column returns (welcome back Andrew and Susanna!) with a story about the rebranding of the Innisfil Public Library. It discusses “a tweak on the name, a new logo and tagline, and an invitation to the community to think about the library differently.”
No matter how hard we try, for many libraries are about books. And we are, but we’re also more than that. In the first of a series of articles curated by Catherine Coles called More Than Just Books we hear from Joseph Sansalone and the Car Manuals at Oshawa Public Libraries.
How do you keep pace with the increasing expectations of library users? That’s the question posed by Dolores Harms Penner and Kathryn Deiter in Up to Date or Out of Date? New Skills for Today’s Libraries. The answer, in part, is the new graduate certificate program at Mohawk College.
And finally, a mini-feature on the 2016 OLA Library Building Awards (this year focusing on new library buildings). As Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of OLA, says: “The award recipients, along with their architectural firms, have created wonderful spaces that have become tremendous community assets. They have shown that libraries can be well-designed places for play, energy, serenity and excitement.” The five winners are featured: Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Renewal & Library | Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch Library | Haliburton County Public Library Wilberforce Branch| Ryerson University Student Learning Centre | Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch.
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