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 month in Open Shelf (in the order the content appears):
- In her From the editor, Martha Attridge Bufton updates us on the unfolding process of strategic planning for Open Shelf.
- The impact of stereotype maps is explored in The world according to … whom?.
- In anticipation of the launch of the new podcast From discord to discourse, Kasey Whalley has a conversation with our editor-in-chief in Navigating professional relationships.
- Mariam Hamou is proud of her London, Ontario community for the development of its brand-new Bostwick Library.
- The latest installment of Rudi Denham’s column What is a library? A library is: People.
- Are you listening? Podcasts can help librarians with readers’ advisory and Jeff Dodge will tell you all about it in Listening your way to better RA.
- A specialist in e-learning is interviewed in this edition of OLITA’s series The Library IT Crowd.
- Finally, ABO Franco has put out a call for submissions and we at Open Shelf are always looking for new contributors and content.
As always, we invite your comments, feedback and thoughts. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check out our two (yes, two!) polls, found in the sidebar of our homepage.
Martha Attridge Bufton, Editor-in-Chief
Nikolina Likarevic, Deputy Editor
Rashed Ahmad, Digital Editor
Devon O’Leary, Digital Copy Editor
Kelly Thompson, Digital Editor