Dear Santa, We’re the Open Shelf editorial team. Our favourite things to do are to engage with our friends in the OLA community. We write, we provide feedback, we get creative with pictures and tweets, we play tag all the time, and just basically have lots of fun. We’ll be snuggled at home during the holiday season, hopefully taking a break from work but still dreaming of new stories we can tell in Open Shelf in 2021. Although this has been a crazy year—the “Year of COVID”—we’ve still been able to play with our Open Shelf contributors and they have sent us lots of great stories to print in the magazine.
So who knew we’d have 12 articles this month … and at a time when all our lives have been so unexpectedly disrupted? But we do and our topics include acknowledging systemic racism in public libraries, voices (and photos) from those affected by the pandemic, and telling stories through memes.
Plus, follow Round II of the panel on whether librarians need an MLIS, find out how to spot fake news during this pandemic, learn what’s happening with K–12 education, lisez la deuxième partie de la francisation de Scholars Portal, and think about home-schooling as well as job-hunting during a global crisis.
We are blessed with a creative and flexible group of contributors and thank everyone who has helped to make this first pandemic issue so rich in content and insights. And we’d like to shine the spotlight on our hard-working and committed editorial team: Devon O’Leary, Kerry Badgley, Justin Ball and Kiah Russell.
Here are the articles for this month, in the order that they appear in the magazine:
- From the editor: No Fool’s Day
- Memes make the world go round
- Librarians need an MLIS: True or false?
- Theory in practice: Moving systemic racism to anti-racism in Ontario public libraries
- Pandemic photo voices
- What’s happening at school? K–12 education in Ontario
- COVID-19: Academic library tales from the (home) front
- culture@work with Mai Lu
- Consider the source: How to spot fake news
- La francisation de Scholars Portal: Progrès vers le bilinguisme, deuxième partie
- Open for all? Intersectionality
- Wildcard*: Home-schooling and job seeking during a pandemic
And please take our poll: You’ve signed in early for an online meeting and no one else is there. Do you think …