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Whitney Kemble

Whitney Kemble is the liaison librarian for Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She has a BA in History and English from the University of Victoria, and master’s degrees in History and Information Studies from the…

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Reader, watcher, owner: Wholistic story-based library experiences

I spend a lot of my time reading books but also watching movies and, more often, watching other people play video games. Why? Because I’m a voracious collector of stories—different stories in different formats, but stories nonetheless. But does the…

Play your cards right! Designing game-based information literacy

Game-based learning has been around since the beginning of time … don’t you think? As kids, we learn by playing and as adults we can find ourselves engaged in team building exercises that involve a game of some sort, even…

Gathering with the voices of Canadian school libraries: Treasure Mountain Canada 5

As a teacher librarian in a busy K-to-8 school it would be easy to get lost in the day to day operations of my own space and forget about the power of connecting with other school library professionals. I am…

Safe spaces: The cultural appropriation debate

The Safe spaces column is an attempt to explore today’s persistent socio-cultural debates in light of the alleged values of the librarian profession: intellectual freedom, equity, inclusiveness, diversity, evidence. The first topic Safe spaces attempts to parse is the current debate…

Chris Jasztrab

Welcome to The Library IT Crowd, a column brought to you by the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA). We showcase some of the great librarians and library professionals currently working with technology, get to know them, and share…

Annotations: Writing short & sweet reader guides

If you work in a public library, chances are you’ve been asked to write an annotation. While it seems relatively simple—write a few words to promote an item in your collection—getting down your key thoughts can often be difficult. Writers…

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