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.
Question: What does a crossword puzzle have to do with Black History month?
Answer: Our first cryptic crossword is in honour of Black writers.
Douglas Davey will be contributing cryptic crosswords throughout the year in his column 793.73. This month, he is featuring eight clues that challenge readers to identify eight Black authors whose work is worth celebrating.
February is also Valentine’s month and Women’s History month, and we hope that you will also be celebrating those you love, many of whom will be special and talented women. The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year—the first ever—and Helen Reddy’s I am Woman was the anthem of that year. Reddy, who died last September (2020) ignited women around the world to be strong and invincible, to roar and to use their wisdom born of pain to make change. And change they did: their private lives and their public lives, including their work lives.
This was the year that the first faculty union was certified—the Carleton University Academic Staff Association—and amongst the founders were librarians. CUPE was well on its way to certifying unions in many public libraries and negotiating contracts that would see the price of women’s work go up significantly. Helen Reddy was on tour in Canada that same year.
So, this February, we feature articles from women who 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. Finally, we welcome another installment of Readers’ Advisory (it’s “challenging”) and encourage you to take our monthly poll: Do you do crossword puzzles? Y or N.
Here are the stories we feature this month, in the order that they appear in the magazine:
- 793.73: February double header
- High Five: Indigenous Canada: A Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) worth taking
- Open to discovery: Refining metadata standards and creating a controlled vocabulary for Open Shelf
- What’s involved with being an editor for a multiauthor volume?
- Readers’ Advisory: Challenge accepted!
- Technical expertise: The art and science of interview prep
- Ad: Send us your coding stories
- Ad: Interested in a writing collaboration?
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