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 leadership, conferences, wordless books, learning commons, InsideOCULA, and farewells & welcomes & introductions.
What does the classic management text Good to Great (2001) by Jim Collins say to us about library leadership? John Pateman thinks quite a bit: Good to Great.
“It may seem strange that a book with no words can help a child develop language …” So begins Leigh Turina’s Ten Wordless Picture Books to Promote Language Development.
In Equity & Social Justice in the Library Learning Commons, Jennifer Brown wonders “if the real value of the library learning commons, and those of us charged with its care, is the potential to empower learners to identify and deal with issues of equity and social justice.”
This release includes the February issue of InsideOCULA which features articles about open learning resources, the CAPAL census, research data management, lightning talk proposals, and theory to practice.
This is the last issue for Mike Ridley as Editor-in-Chief of Open Shelf. He has some parting remarks: Farewell … and Welcome.
And lastly, an introduction to the new Open Shelf Editorial Team: Begin as You Mean to Go On.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Martha Attridge Bufton
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf