There is a strong need to explicitly acknowledge deeply embedded racist thinking in order to move towards systemic change in public libraries.
Our conversation around the opening statement “A master’s degree in library science should be required for anyone wanting to be a librarian. True or false? And why?” finishes with this third panel.
From therapy animals to household pets to wildlife, many of us know firsthand the power that animals have to improve our mood and add healthy behaviours to our lives. Especially during a crisis.
I’m still going to work because, while I’m a librarian, my library serves hospital leadership and front-line health workers.
April 19-15, 2020 was National Volunteer Week in Canada. OLA recognized the many members of the library sector in Ontario that contribute to the strength and success of the association, including those who produce Open Shelf.
This is how I imagine someone scheduled to host a meeting looks when they try to sneak quietly into an already started Zoom meeting…
Across the country, libraries are closed but library staff are still working hard to provide remote programming and virtual services, including RA.
COVID-19 has definitely created new access needs. Unfortunately, not everyone has a well-equipped home office that comes with internet access, which is where the public library can help.
Both the library closure and the closure of all publicly funded schools and child care centres after March break have left me curious to know which online resources will assist me and other parents like me who now find themselves with home-schooling responsibilities.
We at Open Shelf didn’t publish an April Fool’s issue .. now is not the time for pranks, even those focused on satirical articles, short stories and mystery podcasts. What do people (readers) need right now? Positivity and something to do.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has been releasing official announcements related to public schools in the province since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020. Each announcement has led to another phase in remote teaching and learning in Ontario.
This column showcases diversity in library work in Ontario by introducing Open Shelf readers to library staff from around the province.
Call-outs, shaming, and other forms of “weaponized” communication shut down conversation and political debate, and more importantly, limit the number of social spaces where differing points of view can be heard and respected.