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 inclusive design, reluctant RA, library space, David Fiander, Karl Marx, and makerspaces.
Open Shelf is delighted with the return of Amanda Etches, this time with a new column called Incidentally. Amanda will be drawing observations (pun intended) on a variety of library events and issues. First up: Inclusive Design at the OCULA Spring Conference.
Readers’ advisory services are essential to effective library service and yet staff are not always comfortable providing recommendations. Diana Krawczyk to the rescue: Reluctant Readers’ Advisors: Help Your Staff Help Readers.
Karl Marx. Finally an Open Shelf article about Karl Marx … and libraries. Leave it to John Pateman to make the connection: Karl Marx and Critical Librarianship.
What’s happening with makerspaces? Ab. Velasco brings us up to date with all things makerspace at the Toronto Public Library: Five Trends in Library Makerspaces.
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