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La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario est un organisme à but non-lucratif. Elle a comme mandat, de répondre aux besoins de toutes les bibliothèques, en concentrant leurs efforts dans la recherche, en marketing et en agissant comme plaidoyeur.

2018-2019 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register

(Le français suit) Please disseminate widely 2018-2019 Call for nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register In collaboration with its Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to launch the second Call for Nominations for inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the World Register. This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples, and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity. UNESCO has been designated lead UN agency for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, which aims to draw attention to the urgent need to raise awareness of Indigenous languages and to support their preservation, maintenance and revitalization. Therefore, the Committee would like to put special emphasis on forthcoming proposals relating to this matter. The Committee also welcomes proposals related to all types of documentary heritage. We invite all individuals, private or public institutions, organizations and communities to consult CCUNESCO’s website for more information on this process. The deadline for declarations of interest is March 1st, 2019. ************************** Veuillez diffuser largement 2018-2019 Appel à candidatures: Inscriptions au Registre de la Mémoire du monde du Canada En collaboration avec son Comité consultatif canadien de la Mémoire du monde, la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO (CCUNESCO) est heureuse de lancer le deuxième Appel à candidatures pour le Registre de la Mémoire du monde du Canada. Ce Registre reconnait l’importance du patrimoine documentaire relié au Canada et ses Peuples, et est un des... read more

Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories

Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories “Overall, the need for utilizing data in the best interest and presenting it flawlessly has given rise to the need of data stories. Yes, that means storytelling with data. That’s what most brands and businesses are leveraging these days to scale new heights of success. If you’re new to the concept of data stories, hang it tight. Let’s begin the journey of whats, whys, hows and ifs of turning your data into eye-opening stories. Reasons Why Data Stories Need Your Attention Data Fuels Up Your Stories Visuals + Data = More Engagement Data Stories Can Help You Make an Impact Converting Data into Stories – Tips Have a Plan Ready Before Choosing a PowerPoint Template Measure All Relevant Metrics Use Clean Visualizations Fuse All Data Sources Get Your Business Diagrams Right Three Golden Rules of Turning Data in Stories and Insights Make it Real and Believable Worship the Context Make it Flow Using PowerPoint Templates and Dashboard for your Data Presentations”      ... read more

Toronto Public Library hits milestone with 20 million ebooks borrowed

Toronto Public Library hits milestone with 20 million ebooks borrowed “Ebooks are making gains on physical books, making up 18 per cent of Toronto Public Library total circulation in 2017, along with audiobooks and other digital sources, says Maria Cipriano.” “The Toronto Public Library has become the first library in the world to lend more than 20 million ebooks, the library announced this week. “Our customers are very engaged with the digital book collection,” said Maria Cipriano, the library’s senior collections specialist responsible for ebooks. “As we find out any time it goes down, it becomes an emergency.” The library, which announced the milestone Wednesday, started its first digital collection in 2007, which included books such as Astrology for Dummies, a book on Joan of Arc, and 17 travel guides. By 2017, the collection included more than 170,000 titles, which were borrowed more than 4.6 million times that year alone. Cipriano shared a list of the 20 most popular ebooks borrowed. The Girl on the Train comes in at No. 1, borrowed 19,156 times. Numbers two to five are The Goldfinch(borrowed 13,876 times), Gone Girl (borrowed 12,633 times), The Cuckoo’s Calling (borrowed 10,237 times), and You Are a Badass (borrowed 9,916 times). “I see these trends … come and gone, but you know we have these enduring classics and modern classics that will go out forever,” Cipriano said. “Like the modern classic, The Goldfinch. It’s gone out a tremendous number of times, and any time I feature it on our landing page, it goes out again. Some of these books are going to be around for a long... read more