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.
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 successful tweeting, effective systems, video art, and a national voice.
If everyone is tweeting way is it to hard to get it right? Megan Sioui and Kristen Lemay to the rescue with “Let’s Give Them Something to Tweet About: Applying Best Practices at Western Libraries.”
Libraries have “systems” for everything (e.g. policies, procedures, rules, methods), John Pateman considers them in “Systems“and finds many wanting.
How do visual artists see “information”? Robin Bergart was curious and the result is “Dredging a Wake: An Interview with Video Artist Jenn E. Norton.”
And finally, in “A National Voice for Libraries“, I editorialize about the importance of reinventing the Canadian Library Association.
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Editor-in-Chief, Open Shelf