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.
Happy 2020! Yes, it’s a bit late to offer this greeting except for the Open Shelf editorial team, given that we took our annual hiatus in January. This month, we are presenting articles in both official languages, along with stories from northern, southern, and eastern corners of the province, while featuring the voices of those who work in rural and urban libraries, both new grads and seasoned professionals.
In addition, we are putting out a call for panellists to weigh in on this question: Does the MLIS work as a foundation for library work?
Here are the stories for this month, in the order that they appear in the magazine: Why did Shakespeare write with ink?
Because he couldn’t decide which pencil to use … 2B or not 2B.
Why did Shakespeare write with ink?
- Wildcard*: Do you have the right hairdo?
- Are publishers that short-sighted? Questioning Macmillan’s new ebook guidelines
- La francisation de Scholars Portal : Progrès vers le bilinguisme, première partie
- “The lakes could teach me what the mountains could not”: A conversation with Ktunaxa poet Smokii Sumac
- How white is your conference: Message from the OCULA President
- Valuing social institutions: Northern libraries have bang for their buck
- Open for all? Free speech and hate speech
- A road less travelled: Teacher with a press
- Genealogy 101: Finding your roots to find your skill set
- Call for panellists: Is the MLIS a good foundation for library work?
And don’t forget to take our poll. This month, we’d like to know if you think we have to choose between libraries being safe spaces and libraries being places for free speech.
Joke: For reading addicts