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.
We put great store in being transformative—fundamentally changing how we think and what we do. So we owe a debt to folks like John Vincent, Ontario learning commons informationists and members of the WCAG (2.) working group whose commitment to equity and partnerships shift who we define as in or outside social, economic and political margins.
We also prize maintaining our roots, in libraries in small communities where meeting spaces may be limited but imaginations are not—whether such communities are villages or campuses.
In honour of both change and tradition, here’s what we have for you this month (in order of publication):
- Mark Weiler, a web and user experience librarian, tackles big changes to web accessibility in Crossing the WCAG 2.0 threshold.
- Nikolina Likarevic, an Open Shelf digital editor, explores the role of learning commons in public schools in Powerful IL partnerships.
- LGBTQ+ is back with a twist: Amanda Wilk and John Vincent take on respect for anonymity and links to John Pateman’s interview with John V. that covers the universe (of libraries) and beyond in Open for All?
- Small libraries are the backbone of the Ontario library system and as Kelly Thompson and Erika Heeson tell us, this means wearing Many hats and never shutting their doors.
- And finally, InsideOCULA is back and includes an introduction to a zen den, the need for quality assurance reviews and the new president’s address.
And we have two surveys for you: Tell us what you find most challenging about conforming to WCAG (2.0) and, if you work in a rural or small library, share your rewards and challenges.
We hope you enjoy the show.