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.
Eleven weeks of working from home, but who’s counting? Open Shelf team members can’t be the only folks who are keeping track of the days spent in this “new normal” so our lineup this month is designed to (hopefully):
- lighten your spirits (animal therapy is a real and “good” thing)
- bring you the perspective of someone close to front-line health care workers (hospital librarianship during the pandemic)
- maybe even make you laugh out loud (we’ve got a new “meme a month” column).
Plus, our regular columnists Bessie Sullivan (Trees and Forests) and Kristen Caschera (Readers’ Advisory) share the reality of providing support to patrons while libraries are closed. Not only is it possible to provide advice on “what to read next” from afar, library parking lots are providing much-needed access to internet service in rural communities.
However, not all our content is COVID-19-related. InsideOCULA brings you an article on “the coloniality of the library catalogue” based on the 2020 OCULA lightening strikes and we have two volunteer opportunities to offer: Working on a metadata project and coordinating social media for Open Shelf.
Finally, the second installment of Amber Matthew’s series on racism in public libraries is relevant and timely.
Here are the articles published this month, in the order that they appear in the magazine:
- From the editor: To volunteer
- Memespiration: Zoom, Zoom
- Animal therapy or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the quarantine
- Hospital librarianship during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Theory in practice: Moving from systemic racism to anti-racism in Ontario public libraries
- Librarians need an MLIS: True or false? (Round III)
- Trees and forests: The wrong side of the digital divide
- Readers’ Advisory: Remote RA
- Indigenous metadata and reconciliation: A reflection on the 2020 OCULA Lightning Strikes
- Volunteer call: Metadata project
- Volunteer call: Social media coordinator
- Claim this space: Share your story ideas
I’ve been reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down!
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And don’t forget to answer our poll this month (located at the left-side panel): Are animals providing you with some “stress release” during the COVID-19 lockdown?