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 is multi-lingual (in English and en français), multi-modal (text and audio) and invitational.
Here’s what you’ll find in Open Shelf, in the order that the content appears:
- As Agnieszka Gorgon and Caleb Domsy share in The Research Hub: A remote collaboration story, working at a distance can be an intense, challenging but ultimately satisfying experience.
- Teens will use their public library. As Laura Martin shares in Teen Lunch Bunch, young people in Niagara Falls are thriving in a program that feeds them—body and soul.
- Writing in both English and French, Amanda Wakaruk and Mélanie Brunet take issue with the relevance of Crown copyright in Canada’s Crown Copyright/Le droit d’auteur de la Couronne au Canada.
- Readers’ Advisory can happen in face-to-face and virtual environments. According to Kristin Caschera, the 2018 RA for a Day event provided participants with a treasure trove of tips for communicating “best bets” online.
- Finally, OLA members have the opportunity to answer our call (or invite for applications): We’re Seeking digital editors.
As always, we invite your comments, feedback and thoughts. Hope you enjoy the show.
Martha Attridge Bufton