February is Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and of course, the month of valentines. We are debuting cryptic crosswords for all of you who love puzzles with our new column 793.73. This month, we are featuring eight clues that challenge readers to identify eight Black authors whose work is worth celebrating. And we are also featuring articles from women co-edit books, find more respectful ways to describe people and their work, want to live in good relationships on Turtle Island, and land the right job because they know how to make the most of the interview process.
So we have come to the end of 2019 and we hope we are finishing with a blast of good cheer.
This month, some of our stories are seasonal, to celebrate the holidays and think ahead to 2020. Others continue stories that our columnists have already begun: Rhea Smith’s latest installment of Wildcard*, her “new grad” column; Krista Woltman’s article on training to be a genealogy librarian is the second in her Genealogy 101 series; and Samantha Martin-Bird’s podcast continues with a conversation with Canadian Roots Exchange CEO Max FineDay.
Our two InsideOCULA articles highlight an academic library volunteer program and the reflections of a student rep and we also weigh in on the conversation about retirement (mandatory and otherwise) for faculty members. Finally, our editor-in-chief, Martha Attridge Bufton, reflects on good relations and updating our author guidelines in order to work respectfully with Indigenous contributors and communities.
Here’s our lineup, in the order in which the stories appear in the magazine: Why do words and punctuation always end up in court? To be sentenced!
Why do words and punctuation always end up in court? To be sentenced!
- Editorial: A walk in the snow
- Good tidings from Ontario libraries
- New Year’s resolutions in November
- Wildcard*: A Christmas wish for library-job seekers
- Leslie Weir: LAC moving forward
- From discord to discourse: Same library, different roles
- Genealogy 101: So you’re a genealogy librarian. Now what?
- Happy retirement! Reflections on public policy and equity in the workplace
- “Unapologetically Nêhiyaw”: A conversation with Max FineDay
- Libraries upholding privacy values: Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning migration
- Good news update
- ’Twas the night before Christmas
And to finish off 2019, our poll asks, “What is your favourite holiday song?”
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