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 loved libraries, Dina Pen, leadership, bookmarks, library worker skills, pedometers, and Steve Marks.
Road trip! What does a librarian do while on vacation? Visit and sketch libraries of course. As part of her inventive (and creative) Incidentally column Amanda Etches brings us All the Libraries I <3: Summer 2016 Road Trip Edition.
CEO Bessie Sullivan asks “What Makes a Library Leader?” and discovers the answer among the participants in an intensive leadership program.
How do you mark your spot in a book? Some people fold down corners but most people use a bookmark … of some sort. Julie Wendland goes public with her obsession with bookmarks in an article entitled …. Bookmarks!
Why Do Library Workers Not Have the Skills To Meet Community Needs? “The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they are trained in all of the aspects of providing library services, but they do not have the key skills that are required to identify, prioritize and meet community needs.” John Pateman takes on an important issue for every library in his Open for All? column.
No matter how hard we try, for many libraries are about books. And we are, but we’re also more than that. In the second of a series of articles curated by Catherine Coles called More Than Just Books we hear from Tania Sharpe and Pedometers at Chatham-Kent Public Library.
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