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.
This issue continues the conversation we started in July about race. We also share two articles about innovative community-inspired programming as well as a new column that celebrates the work and experiences of colleagues across the province.
Here are the articles and commentaries in this issue, in the order that they appear:
- In July, Todd Kyle wrote his second column for Safe Spaces, a column that has engaged our readers and resulted in two letters to the editor, which we are publishing a column we call Hear to listen … Ici et tout ouïe. In From the editor, Transformative conversations reflects the Open Shelf editorial team’s thinking about this issue and how decision making can support what Philomena Essed has called the 5 Rs of racism.
- culture@work marks our new collaboration with the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. This first column features Mandissa Arlain, a library technician at Ryerson University Library and Archives.
- In his regular column, Open for all?, John Pateman also reflects upon the issue of race and its impact on libraries as accessible, respectful and inclusive spaces.
- Finally, our two feature articles highlight innovative community-responsive programming. In The Spark: Community-led initiatives at the Brockville Public Library, Brandy Smith shares three programs that were sparked by ideas from community members while Richard Anderson and Janice Chuang share their adventures with creating virtual reality programming in Sharks, dinosaurs, outer space and more.
As always, we hope you find Open Shelf interesting and engaging.