We envisioned this year’s July issue to be an inaugural attempt at creating a contributor-driven “unconference issue.” And while this month’s issue is a compact one, I think its contents speak to the spirit of an unconference—user-driven conversations and knowledge-sharing that span a wide range of topics, media and scope, engaged with at our own pace.
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 violent conflicts, body positivity, sabbatical success, leadership development, and InsideOCULA for April.
The world is a scary, dangerous place. In this edition of her High5 series, Jennifer Dekker recommends five valuable sources for data in Violent Conflict: Public Sources of Data and Analysis.
Body positivity 101. That’s the message behind Riots Not Diets: Body Positivity & Our Library Collections. Adele Georgievski surveys the literature and provides some recommendations for your collections, your community, and perhaps even for you.
Going on a sabbatical? Lucky you! Perhaps you need to find the Seven Lucky Charms for Sabbatical Success recommended by Kathleen Scheaffer and Paulina Rousseau.
Leadership development is critical for the future of the profession. What opportunities exist for those interested in exploring their leadership capacity? As Michelle Sawh explains in The Public Library Leaders Fellowship Program, this initiative responds to the key challenges and provides the essential experiences necessary for current and future leaders.
And finally, this release of Open Shelf includes the April issue of InsideOCULA. The newsletter of the Ontario College and University Libraries Association contains stories about award winners Karen McGrath and Colin Clarke, professional involvement, OCULA SuperConference planning, personal librarian programs, academic library advocacy, scholarly communications, research skills for aboriginal undergrads, and the Spring OCULA Conference.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf