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What’s new in Open Shelf: July 2021

We envisioned this year’s July issue to be an inaugural attempt at creating a contributor-driven “unconference issue.” And while this month’s issue is a compact one, I think its contents speak to the spirit of an unconference—user-driven conversations and knowledge-sharing that span a wide range of topics, media and scope, engaged with at our own pace.

Features and Columns

Starting a library job: Do you have the right hairdo?

The characters from the 1968 musical Hair send us a clear political message: My hair, your hair, our hair belongs to us alone. And yet in public spaces such as the workplace, our hair seems to belong to others. In this article, Rhea talks about the unique challenges she has as a woman of African descent, regarding how she wears her hair at work.

Are publishers that short-sighted? Questioning Macmillan’s new ebook guidelines

“Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers is restricting library access to new e-books, causing long wait times for some titles.”

La francisation de Scholars Portal : Progrès vers le bilinguisme, première partie

Scholars Portal est un regroupement de services et d’infrastructures technologiques créés par et pour les bibliothèques universitaires de l’Ontario.

“The lakes could teach me what the mountains could not”: A conversation with Ktunaxa poet Smokii Sumac

Smokii Sumac is a talented Ktunaxa poet, and recently, we talked about gender, the land and more.

How white is your conference: message from the OCULA President

Angela Henshilwood, OCULA President, introduces herself and discusses the need for more conversations about white supremacy and the lack of diversity in librarianship.

Valuing social institutions: Northern libraries have bang for their buck

Quantifying the social value of public institutions can be challenging and contentious given that standard business metrics may not capture the value of intangible social rewards.

Free speech and hate speech

Can we open our doors to all points of view and also say that our libraries are safe spaces? I think not.

Teacher with a press: Hands-on learning for arts and social science students

Larry Thompson is the master printer in the Carleton University Library Book Arts Lab—a professional doing non-traditional work in an academic library.

Genealogy 101: Finding your roots to find your skill set

Helping others discover their familial roots had exposed an issue in my own family that I realized I needed to address: Finding my own roots.    

Does the MLIS work? Call for panellists

Do we need a master of library science to have an interesting and “good” career?

Miss the last issue of Open Shelf? Read it now!

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