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.
What’s New in Open Shelf? is a Table of Contents of sorts. Open Shelf publishes when we have compelling new material. Every two weeks is our plan.
In this release we feature the revenge of Snuffy (!), sustainability, Textbooks for Change, Mallory Austin, Loan Stars, and the CLA Forum.
Cortney Lee-Comeau is passionate about sustainability. How could she use her expertise in her new workplace? Find out in It’s Not Easy Being Green: Sustainability at the Huntsville Public Library.
Textbooks for Change is an innovative program to provide current (but used) textbooks to university libraries in developing countries in East Africa. Brady Burke provides an introduction in Textbooks for Change: Creating an Impact with Used Textbooks (including interviews with Adam Frye, Director of Business Development & Cori Moretti, a Textbook for Change Ambassador).
This release of Open Shelf feature a new column from the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) authored by Sarah Macintyre: The Library IT Crowd. The column will showcase some of the great librarians and library workers who are currently working with technology. The first installment introduces Mallory Austin from the Middlesex County Library.
Have you heard about Loan Stars? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Kristen Caschera provides the details in Loan Stars – A New RA Tool for Library Staff.
And finally, an editorial about Why You Should Attend the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Forum.
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