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.
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.
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