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What’s new in Open Shelf: February 2021

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.

Features and Columns

Where does all the time go?

Time vanishes, and quickly these days. Just like Batman disappears on Commissioner Gordon. Do you ever see yourself as Commissioner Gordon these days?

“Can I take your order?”: Curbside library services in the age of COVID-19

Six months ago, drive-thru library circulation was a laughable idea. But now academic library services have been flipped on their heads and curbside pickup is very popular.

The COVID-19 effect on small rural libraries

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.

Cultural diversity and inclusion in the workplace

This column showcases diversity in library work in Ontario by introducing Open Shelf readers to library staff from around the province.

New North Branch public library reflects a unique public partnership in Sault St. Marie

Schools and public libraries have long been important centres of activity in Ontario communities. The new North Branch of the Sault St. Marie Public Library is a case in point.

Theory in practice III: Moving from systemic racism to anti-racism in Ontario public libraries

In this final installment of her series on anti-racism, Amber Matthews argues that library staff must recognize libraries as racialized spaces in order to construct equitable social structures.

Knowing ourselves: How the Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples can help us learn who we are

Online reference materials have huge value for teaching and learning, For librarians grappling to give access to comprehensive online resources the Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples is a “tertiary source” worth considering.

Drew Hayden Taylor: A contemporary storyteller

Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor visited Thunder Bay last March. In her last podcast of this series for Open Shelf, contributor Sam Bird took the chance to sit down with this celebrated Indigenous storyteller.

Amplifying the voices of school libraries: Spotlight on Rabia Khokhar

This month features the work of Rabia Khokhar, a teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board. Rabi’s focus is culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.

Volunteer opportunity: Open Shelf editor-in-chief

The Ontario Library Association is seeking an editor-in-chief for Open Shelf, its online magazine. This two-year term will begin February 1, 2021.

Volunteer opportunity: Open Shelf deputy editor

The Ontario Library Association is seeking a deputy editor for Open Shelf, its online magazine. This two-year term will begin October 1, 2020.

Claim this space

This particular blank space is waiting for members of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) community to fill it up, decorate it, contribute.

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