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.

Contributed Articles

April 1, 2017
April 1, 2017
In this special issue, we bring to the forefront some very bizarre stories. While they may have eluded the mainstream news outlets, these stories could not hide from us! Some foolhardy, even jestardly things have happened locally, nationally and internationally for libraries over the past year and we deliver these foolish stories to you for your reading
Tales from the Shelf, vol. 1
April 1, 2017
Shaz Stevenson from the Open Shelf Public Library (OSPL) has shared with us a story of a request from a strange visitor for a mysterious book. The problem? The only library that has a copy of the book is the Night Vale Public Library. Listen to Shaz tell the story of his encounter with the mysterious
Conservative leadership race and libraries
April 1, 2017
The Conservative Party leadership race is really starting to heat up now that libraries have become one of the key areas for discussion and public debate. This should help to narrow down the crowded field, and already two lead runners are starting to emerge from the pack. Kevin O’Leary Trump has hit the headlines by
Trump moves ahead with controversial book travel ban
April 1, 2017
President Trump took some time out of his busy tweeting schedule to speak to us, the Library Fake News Network (L.F.N.N.), about one of the executive orders his administration has put into motion. Despite the backlash facing the latest travel ban, the administration is moving forward with a ban on books entering the United States
Library implements “ACE”: Artisanal Cuneiform Experience workshops
April 1, 2017
Last year we reported that University of Guelph students had staged a sit-in over the planned removal of the Library’s paper abstracts and indexes. Student protesters had disrupted other library users and staff for over a week before chaining themselves to the Library’s large collection of 1970s Biology Abstracts and Indexes. Reference and information literacy
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