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.
Is it fall yet? Somehow, time and space seem to have collapsed over the past six months and even the seasons don’t necessarily feel discrete right now. Plus, global warming contributes to a sense of life being off kilter as well, as fluctuating temperatures and volatile storms bring uncertainty to each day.
However, our lineup this month reflects our capacity to survive and thrive despite the unpredictability of pandemics, weather, and just change in general.
Here’s what we’re offering, in the order that the articles appear:
- Memespiration: Where does all the time go?
- “Can I take your order?”: Curbside library services in the age of COVID-19
- The COVID-19 effect on small rural libraries
- culture@work: Featuring Suzanne Fernando
- New North Branch public library reflects a unique public partnership in Sault St. Marie
- Theory in practice III: Moving from systemic racism to anti-racism in Ontario public libraries
- Knowing ourselves: How the Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples can help us learn who we are
- Nish in the library with Sam Bird: Drew Hayden Taylor, a contemporary storyteller
- It’s elementary: Amplifying the voices of school libraries: Spotlight on Rabia Khokhar
- Volunteers: Calling for applications for the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor positions
- Claim this space: Send us your story ideas
What is the difference between a cat and a comma? A cat has claws at the end of its paws, and the comma is a pause and the end of a clause.
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And don’t forget to take our poll this month: Is your library offering curbside pickup and, if so, what’s your turnaround time?