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.
We’re trying something new this month: An online panel discussion on the need for the MLIS.
In addition to this foray into a new way to talk with each other, we also have a number of features that look at Finnish library programs, Indigenous-federal relations, being a new manager, and creative card-making for students, which is an InsideOCULA article.
Plus, Readers’ advisory is back along with the latest installment of Wildcard*, a new grad’s journey in the job market.
Here are the articles, in the order that they are published:
Why did the Romanian stop reading? To give their Bucharest!
- Librarians require an MLIS: True or false?
- Finnish public libraries integrate diverse services to support equity and inclusion
- Wildcard*: Solving the child care riddle
- Connecting students to seniors: channelling exam stress into creative card-making at U of T Libraries
- Readers’ advisory: “What are you reading?”
- Three pieces of advice for new managers
- Taking responsibility: An information-seeking journey to understanding Indigenous-federal relations
Finally, find out what Andrea Cecchetto (OLA president) and Shelagh Paterson (OLA executive director) think about our collective goals and priorities for 2020. And please take our poll: Along with our panellists, you can vote on whether librarians should have an MLIS or not!
Joke: For reading addicts