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.
What’s New in Open Shelf?
This release is a special issue: Academic librarians and the PhD. We explore the relationship between academic librarians and the doctoral degree including:
- Should it be the terminal degree?
- Costs and gains
- Advice to students
- Research and the “value agenda”
We offer no definitive answers … but contribute to this long-standing debate about status and credentials.
As important, our editorial recognizes a great Canadian storyteller, Stuart McLean. Stuart (because this is how so many of us think of him) died this month but left an incomparable legacy to which fellow storyteller Gail de Vos pays tribute.
Food for thought, thoughts for the heart.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.