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.
Fooled you (or maybe not) … here is the “regular” issue of Open Shelf for April 2019. This issue features stories and columns about hope—for equitable education and diverse, inclusive supportive workplaces—and determination to live our professional values in action along with a new edition of InsideOCULA.
Here’s what we have lined up to welcome spring, in the order in which the articles appear:
- Librarians Without Borders: 10 years of connections in Guatemala
- Due North: “Proud of the work you do.” A conversation with Tanya Talaga
- Beguiling grief: Receiving positive support in the workplace
- Safe spaces: Two views on inclusivity
- It’s elementary: I won’t be levelling the library … and here’s why
- Open for all?: The last bastion of democracy
- “Calls to action”: L’ABO-Franco Journée Congrès, the Best Bets Committee’s invitation to volunteers, and Canvas[s]OLA
- Our poll: Have you participated in an international outreach program such as Librarians Without Borders? If so, where?
Wiarton Willie has predicted an early spring … still waiting but in the meantime, enjoy!