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 citizen engagement in science, book covers, the InsideOCULA Newsletter, and we meet Megan Copp.
Siu Hong Yu, in Mine the Gap: Leveraging Open Access Through Citizen Engagement in Science, encourages us to “champion open access not as an end in itself but as a means toward a new participatory science education frontier.”
Don’t judge a book by its cover! Melanie Kindrachuk disagrees and she explains why in a Readers’ Advisory column suitably entitled Judging a Book by Its Cover.
Adele Magowan takes over the reins at the Random Library Generator column. Her first interview is with Megan Copp. Find out why The Price is Right, The Little Mermaid, Nina Simon, and garages are important.
And finally, this release of Open Shelf includes InsideOCULA for March 2015. The newsletter of the Ontario College and University Libraries Association includes stories about library pre-shows, library anxiety, interdisciplinarity, and faculty attitudes to open access.
As always, let us know what you think of Open Shelf.
Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf