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.
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?