Mike Ridley

Mike RidleyMichael Ridley a Librarian and Instructor (First Year Seminar program) at the University of Guelph. He is also a PhD student at the Faculty of Media and Information Studies (FIMS), Western University. Ridley is a former Editor-in-Chief of Open Shelf (2014-2017). He can be contacted at mridley [at] uoguelph.ca and on Twitter @mridley.

Contributed Articles

Farewell … and Welcome
February 1, 2017
With this release of Open Shelf I’m stepping down as Editor-in-Chief. When introducing Open Shelf in August 2014 (Welcome to Open Shelf) I noted this: “Open Shelf is a work-in-progress. We’ll likely stumble a bit in the early days. Please be patient with us. As we get our footing we will experiment more with different formats
What’s New in Open Shelf: January 15, 2017
January 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 the library service desk, Mita Williams, reading journals, RA training, and Helen McDonnell. The Library Service Desk. John Pateman takes down the desk,
What’s New in Open Shelf: December 1, 2016
December 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 release we feature Kelli Van Buskirk, Kelli Babcock, Pokémon GO!, RA skills, free flow books, empathy, and InsideOCULA for December. The ever popular Random Library Generator column
What’s New in Open Shelf: November 15, 2016
November 15, 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 release we feature a special issue on the New Librarians Symposium held in June 2016. Sometimes a particular meeting or conference taps into seam that is insightful
What’s New in Open Shelf: November 1, 2016
November 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 release we feature Nancy Fong, snowshoes, workflows, strategy, and automatic indexing. Sarah Macintyre’s The Library IT Crowd interviews have introduced us to some of the wonderful technology folks in
What’s New in Open Shelf: October 15, 2016
October 15, 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 release we feature bravery, hotspots, collaboration, genre plans, openness, and Friends. Be brave. Easier said than done. In Bravery in Collaboration Jennifer Brown explores bravery as an
Academic Librarians & the PhD
October 1, 2016
I started my Library and Information Science (LIS) PhD in September.
What’s New in Open Shelf: October 1, 2016
September 28, 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 release we feature adventure collections, librarians & the PhD, the Right to Know, and the October issue of InsideOCULA. In the third of a series of articles
What’s New in Open Shelf: September 15, 2016
September 15, 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 release we feature loved libraries, Dina Pen, leadership, bookmarks, library worker skills, pedometers, and Steve Marks. Road trip! What does a librarian do while on vacation?
What’s New in Open Shelf: September 1, 2016
September 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 release we feature rebranding, beyond the books, continuing education, and new library buildings! The Market Share column returns (welcome back Andrew and Susanna!) with a story