April Foolish

April FoolishApril Foolish is a renowned librarian, currently CEO at the Erehwon Public Library. She would like to acknowledge librarians who have been true mentors to her, quite literally putting words in her mouth: Robin Bergart, Shelagh Paterson, Mike Ridley, Todd Kyle, John Pateman, and Robin Sakowski.

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Trump to Build a Library Wall!
April 1, 2016
Disturbing news for our colleagues south of the border.
What’s New in Open Shelf: April 1, 2016
April 1, 2016
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 Special Issue we feature New LAC Head, call for papers, books & libraries editorial, A&I revolt, Mr. Trump, and architectural interiors. [Editor’s Note: This Special Issue of Open Shelf
Conference Notice: Call for Papers & Panels
April 1, 2016
Libraries Ontario Limited (LOL) invites papers and panel proposals for the 2016 symposium. This year’s symposium will be held on April 1, 2016. The symposium theme is: Through the Looking Glass: Librarians Watching Themselves Through the Eyes of Other Librarians Reflected Through the Lens of the User: Intimations of Library Work, Life, and Play in
New National Librarian and Archivist!
April 1, 2016
Canada has a new National Librarian and Archivist! And you won’t believe who it is! In an extraordinary and unexpected move the federal government has named a new National Librarian and Archivist. Don Cherry! Guy Berthiaume, who until today held the position, will be missed for his exceptional leadership. But what can we say …
Libraries, Books & Reading: A Critical Commentary
April 1, 2016
There has been much discussion about the future of the book and the role of the book in libraries. Much discussion. Did I say much already? Because, let’s face it, people don’t read anymore. At least not words. This editorial boldly puts forward a mission and direction for libraries that cannot be denied. When the
Architecture Special: Library Interiors … Who Knew?
April 1, 2016
Libraries are changing, outside and inside! Last year our Architecture Special focused on the exteriors of libraries. But inside is where the real action is. The Open Shelf Architectural Awards jury scoured the world (well, maybe the Internet) for the best of the best. Libraries have never looked better. Let’s see winners! Winner! Chief Librarian’s Office
Students Stage Peaceful Protest Over Electronic Databases
April 1, 2016
Last week up to twelve University of Guelph students staged a protest in the Library’s Learning Commons. The students entered the library at 8am on Tuesday, as soon as the doors were unlocked. Many of the students were wearing tweed jackets with elbow patches, and some were carrying briefcases. They linked arms and formed a
I Was Wrong!
April 1, 2015
The library world was shocked recently when the federal government announced in a joint statement from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Industry and Canadian Heritage that it was completely wrong on federal libraries, the digital economy, science, the census, and just about everything else. According to the statement, the government agrees with
What’s New in Open Shelf: April 1, 2015
April 1, 2015
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 politics, study rooms, SuperConference 2016, more politics, Dewey classification, and library architecture. [Editor’s Note: This Special Issue of Open Shelf is being edited
Canada to Be a Library Super Power!
April 1, 2015
Stephen Harper has done it again, putting Canada right up there alongside the world’s super powers. Back in 2007 he announced that Canada was going to become an energy superpower; this time it is Canada’s libraries that are in the spotlight. At a pre-election news conference on his government’s priorities Harper said that “One of the