Martha Attridge Bufton

Martha Attridge BuftonMartha Attridge Bufton, BBA (Hons), MA, MLIS candidate, is the Open Shelf editor-in-chief and a subject specialist in Reference Services at the Carleton University Library. Her research interests include game-based learning, writing communities and the decolonization of information literacy. She can be reached at martha.attridgebufton [at]

Contributed Articles

Canada 150: Diversity & library schools
July 4, 2017
In 1867, library schools as we know them had not yet been founded. Diversity was not formally defined as race, ethnicity or access challenges, and the Indian Act would not be passed for another 11 years. Fast forward to 2017: We think of the concept of diversity differently but perhaps not that of hierarchy. Dr.
Editorial: Reflecting on Canada 150
June 1, 2017
1967—I was nine years old and sang “Canada, one little, two little, three Canadians, we love thee” over, and over, and over again. My mother, a passionate citizen, supported my enthusiasm in principle but perhaps not so much in practice. Our family Saturday morning routine at that time was to visit the North Burnaby Public
Reconciliation paths: CFLA-FCAB TRC report
May 1, 2017
“In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes the following calls to action.” ~ Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada Calls to Action Of the 93 calls to action contained in the final TRC report, only Call 69 refers directly to
RIMMFing: RDA cataloguing sans MARC
April 18, 2017
Author, title, publisher, year of publication—that’s all the bibliographic description needed to find an item, right? Maybe for a monograph but, even for one item, this “streamlined” metadata does not capture the many relationships that a single work can have with other entities.  Which is why the international cataloguing community has spent more than a
March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
In this release, we’re back with an OLA featured member along with some info trends, John Pateman’s Open for all? and a new podcast from OLA’s president and executive director. Fiona Inglis continues at the helm of Random Library Generator and this month she introduces Sharon Bailey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
March 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
What’s New in Open Shelf? This release is a special issue: Academic librarians and the PhD. We explore the relationship between academic librarians and the doctoral degree including: Should it be the terminal degree? Costs and gains Advice to students Research and the “value agenda” We offer no definitive answers … but contribute to this long-standing
What’s New in Open Shelf: February 15, 2017
February 15, 2017
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 trends in libraries and institutions at home and abroad, class and librarianship, Indigenous ways of knowing, Ben Shaw of the IT crowd, and
Trends … here & around the world
February 15, 2017
Featuring trends and happenings in information institutions at home and abroad. Related PostsTrends … here & around the worldTrendzTrends … Here & around the world
Begin as You Mean to Go On
February 1, 2017
My mother, a teacher-librarian at the end of her career, left a great legacy: Pithy principles by which to live. And “begin as you mean to go on” was one of them. So I am beginning work as the Open Shelf editor-in-chief as I mean to go on. My vision for Open Shelf is twofold:
What’s New in Open Shelf: February 1, 2017
February 1, 2017
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 leadership, conferences, wordless books, learning commons, InsideOCULA, and farewells & welcomes & introductions. What does the classic management text Good to Great (2001) by Jim