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Whitney Kemble

Whitney Kemble is the liaison librarian for Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She has a BA in History and English from the University of Victoria, and master’s degrees in History and Information Studies from the…

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Call for proposals on language & power

“You know you’ve just talked your way into an article for Open Shelf?” Anyone having a conversation with me may find themselves at the receiving end of this question. Or, in the case of regular Open Shelf columnists Jennifer Brown…

Values in action: A conversation about library governance

“To govern: To conduct the policy, actions, and affairs of (a state, organization, or people).” As is so often the case, the dictionary definition of a noun makes “the thing” sound simple and straightforward … and then we humans put…

Safe Spaces: Race & privilege

The Safe spaces column is an attempt to explore today’s persistent socio-cultural debates in light of the alleged values of the librarian profession: intellectual freedom, equity, inclusiveness, diversity, evidence. The first topic Safe spaces attempts to parse is the current debate over cultural appropriation. …

InsideOCULA newsletter: July 2018

With the arrival of summer, many of us will be looking forward to holidays, but summer months spent at work can also be a useful time to revisit projects or start new ones. In this month’s issue of InsideOCULA, we look back at past successes and highlight renewed projects from the OCULA community.

What is e-learning in libraries?

Continuum dives into the e-learning waters by addressing a spectrum of issues including the nature of e-learning, the role of technologically-informed teaching and learning in library work, and the resources that are needed to make e-learning happen.

Just-in-time training: DIY online RA education

Nothing lasts forever—especially when it comes to training. Consistently learning, growing and refreshing your skills is not just for new professionals, but a value-added ability for all library staff. Markham Public Library (MPL) has been working diligently to respond to…

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