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.
How to spread the word … via streaming, a new “tell-all” app or a podcast? This month, we have articles that feature different ways to communicate and thoughts about information and how having more of it can both simplify and complicate our lives. We also share stories about librarians who are helping to change the world (at home and abroad) and taking care of themselves. Plus, our regular Library IT column is back along with another installment of Readers’ Advisory.
And don’t forget to answer our calls for editors, ideas and congrès presentations. Here are the stories, in the order that they appear:
Endnote: Is there a word that contains all the vowels including y? Unquestionably.
- Hollywood me! Hollywood you?: Communicating with a Gami
- Popular cream: Streaming, collections and access to online content
- Librarians on a “Leave for Change”
- Note to self: Schedule time for self-care
- For good measure: Custom-building a tool for tracking greenhouse gases
- Indigenous voices: An interview with Terri Meekis
- Changing times, changing spaces: Reshaping school libraries to align with organizational goals
- The Library IT Crowd: Darin White (Laurier University Library)
- Even RA in a Day is about more than just books
- Three “calls to action”: InsideOCULA, ABO-Franco and Canvas[s]OLA
- Plus, remember to take our poll: Do you practise self-care, and if so, how?