We envisioned this year’s July issue to be an inaugural attempt at creating a contributor-driven “unconference issue.” And while this month’s issue is a compact one, I think its contents speak to the spirit of an unconference—user-driven conversations and knowledge-sharing that span a wide range of topics, media and scope, engaged with at our own pace.
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 the library service desk, Mita Williams, reading journals, RA training, and Helen McDonnell.
The Library Service Desk. John Pateman takes down the desk, metaphorically and literally in Libraries in Society.
“Has your mind ever drawn a blank when a customer asks your opinion about a book? You know you read it but can’t remember anything about it. If this has happened to you, you are not alone.” Andrea Dunn has help: Remembering What You Read: Reading Journals & Collection Knowledge.
Training library staff in Readers’ Advisory is important. Establishing a culture of RA is essential. Bessie Sullivan explains in Formal Training Isn’t Enough.
“We serve a population of approximately 4000 people and our library right now is only 1000 square feet.” Find out why this is changing as the Random Library Generator column interviews Helen McDonnell of the Callendar Public Library.
Lastly, I will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief in February. I’m delighted that Martha Attridge Bufton will be assuming the role as Editor-in-Chief. Martha’s expertise, creativity, and vision promise to lead Open Shelf into wonderful new realms. All the very best to Martha.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
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