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.
Values in action: This idea is the focus of a conversation about governance but of course it imbues all the materials written for Open Shelf this month … if not always.
This July, we are sharing feature articles and columns that are value-laden, from reflections on racial fragility to navigating the depth and breadth of the e-learning continuum, to being motivated by “do-it-yourself” learning opportunities, to thinking especially about language and power.
Plus, the InsideOCULA newsletter is back, just in time to supplement your summertime reading list.
Here are our features and columns (in order of publication):
- In my editorial Call for proposals on language and power, I share the call for proposals from guest editors Jennifer Brown and John Pateman. Contribute to our special November issue!
- Governance—how we organize and orchestrate decision-making in our libraries is the topic of Values in action: A conversation about library governance between OLA President Kerry Badgley and Wayne Jones, University Librarian, Carleton University.
- White fragility is out there but what does it mean? Todd Kyle tackles this sensitive issue in his latest column, Safe spaces: Race & privilege.
- The InsideOCULA team shares another valuable collection of articles on academic libraries.
- Library staff don’t always think of themselves as teachers, let alone e-teachers. But maybe we should. In this first installment of our new column Continuum: E-learning & libraries, Kasey Whalley and Prof. Mark Bullen define e-learning and how it could (and does) look in libraries.
- No time to train? One solution could be self-paced education. Jodi Marr and Andrea Dunn share one such library-based program in Readers’ advisory: Just-in-time training: DIY online RA training.
And take our poll: Do you think white fragility is a useful concept for thinking through issues of race and privilege? Yes or no?
Have a lovely summer (our next issue will be published in September) and as always, we hope you enjoy the show.
Martha (Attridge Bufton)