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Open Shelf Editorial Board
Members (2019/2020)


Open Shelf editorial team

Kerry Badgley (Digital Story Editor)
Justin Ball (Digital Editor)
Catherine Fournier-Boulianne (Digital Editor [French Language])
Christine Moffatt (Metadata Editor)
Kiah Russell (Digital Copy Editor)
Bennett Steinburg (Deputy Editor)
Wallis Sung (Social media team)

OLA staff

Manager, Marketing and Communication, OLA
Manager, Technology, OLA
Shelagh Paterson (Executive Director, OLA)

OLA Board liaisons

Hélène Carrier
Erika Heesen

InsideOCULA editorial team and divisional liaisons

Kerry Badgley (OLBA)
Sarah Bonato (OHLIA)
Rob Makinson (OCULA [InsideOCULA])
Jeff Dodge (OPLA)
Suzanne Fernando (Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee)
Catherine Lachaîne (ABO-Franco)
Jennifer Brown (OSLA)
Rhea Smith (OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Task Force)
Eva Stephanian (OLITA)
Julie Waddick (OHLIA)


Jennifer Brown (It’s Elementary)
Jeff Dodge (Readers’ Advisory)
John Pateman (Open to all?)



Open Shelf Editorial Board
Terms and conditions

Last updated: December 7, 2018

Open Shelf ( is the official magazine of the Ontario Library Association. It is an open access publication issued for OLA members and interested readers as a forum for commentary on ideas, activities, trends, and issues affecting libraries and information professionals across Ontario and beyond.

Open Shelf publishes articles on topics relevant to libraries, information professionals, information technology, and information management. The magazine also includes a wide range of columns and special features.

The Open Shelf Editorial Board is responsible for the overall editorial direction, management, and production of the magazine.


Deputy Editor
Digital Editors (including Digital Copy Editor)
Executive Director, OLA
Marketing and Communication, OLA
Columnists, feature editors and divisional liaisons
Members-at-large (~8-12 people)

Columnists are responsible for regular contributions around a theme, issue or perspective. The frequency of these contributions will be determined with the Editor-in-Chief but should normally not be less than four times a year.

Feature editors are responsible for a particular feature that appears regularly in Open Shelf. Typically feature editors are coordinating the work of other contributors or managing a service that appears in Open Shelf.

Members-at-large are responsible for identifying topics and ideas of potential interest to readers and for identify writers or contributors who may be interested . Members-at-large may also curate articles with specific writers or contributors throughout the editorial process. At least one member-at-large should be a designated representative of each of the OLA divisions.

Terms of membership

The Editor-in-Chief, the chair of the Editorial Board, is appointed by the OLA Board of Directors for a 2-year renewable term.

The Art Direction and Design team are determined by the OLA Executive Director in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief.

Columnists and Feature Editors will be members of the Board as long as their contributions are ongoing.

Members-at-large will serve for 3 year renewable terms. Members-at-large will be sought from throughout the OLA membership and be appointed by the Editorial Board. Members appointed by an OLA division will serve a term as specified by the appropriate division.

OLA staff members, as appropriate, will participate in Board communications and discussions but will not hold a vote should voting be necessary.


The Editorial Board will meet annually at the OLA SuperConference and conduct its business throughout the year using a variety of collaboration tools. The Board will convene digitally three times during the year with a set agenda.

Quorum and voting

As much as possible the decisions of the Board will be achieved via consensus. Should a vote be necessary, a quorum will consist of 50% of Board members and a simple majority is required to approve a motion. Voting will be done electronically.



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