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.
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 …