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, we hear from those impacted by recent cuts to library services and about technological inclusion in school libraries. As we start two new series:
Genealogy 101: Librarian Krista Woltman explores the role genealogy plays in the lives of public library patrons, as well as in the profession of librarianship, and
Good news: Teacher-Librarian Jennifer Brown gathers stories from K–12 students and staff throughout the province about the great things happening in school libraries,
we welcome back our series What is a library? and From discord to discourse. Plus, we have a new installment of our regular column Open for all?
Here are the stories, in the order they appear:
- Genealogy 101: Knowing your genealogy patron
- From discord to discourse: Teamwork
- Technological inclusion: New learning commons creates seats at the digital table
- Good news from school libraries
- Democracies need libraries
- The shock doctrine: Cuts to OLS – N an onslaught on public services
- What is a library?: Community
- Open call to OLA members: Canvas[s]OLA
- Plus, remember to take our polls (located in the right side panel)!