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Reviving the Pages: Open Shelf Magazine Returns!

The Summer 2023 Open Shelf magazine coverWelcome back! We are so pleased to announce the return of the OLA Open Shelf Magazine. After a prolonged absence due to how these past few years have been, we are happy to announce our triumphant return! This Summer 2023 issue marks the relaunch of quarterly editions of Open Shelf Magazine – and we are glad to be back, along with some new friends!

We would like to warmly welcome our new volunteers and the contributors who make this publication possible. This issue discusses everything from safety in our public libraries to artificial intelligence. While we looked for a theme, it seems we have too much to talk about since we last saw you all – so, I guess you might say that our theme is everything except the kitchen sink!  

We hope you enjoy this issue, and we want to thank you sincerely for your patience while we’ve been working on the revamp. We’re glad to have you here and hope that you enjoy the content your colleagues and friends have lovingly prepared for you. As always, we are eager to read your submissions, so if you would like to be part of a future issue you can reach out to

The Open Shelf Team 

Articles in the Summer 2023 Edition

  1. In Memory of Sharron Smith
  2. Reader Poll – Summer 2023 Edition
  3. My Sometimes Dad
  4. Bienvenue à la Bibliotheque: Anglophone and Francophone Perspectives on French-Language Services (Part 2)
  5. Customer Relationship Management for Readers’ Advisory
  6. Chat GPT: Threat or Menace?
  7. Freedom of Expression
  8. What is a Social Worker’s Place in a Library?
  9. Creating a Village Library in Meaford

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