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Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand

Toronto Public Library looks beyond books in rebrand A new look gives the city’s library system flexibility to promote the wide range of services it offers. http://strategyonline.ca/2019/09/09/toronto-public-library-looks-beyond-books-in-rebrand/  ...

CELA announces new Executive Director

CELA announces new Executive Director I am pleased to share the announcement of CELA’s new Executive Director with you. Rina is looking forward to working with you and your organization to continue advancing equitable public library services for Canadians with print disabilities. Sincerely, Lindsay Tyler Senior Manager, CELA / Gestionnaire principal, CAÉB 437-637-5243 1-855-655-2273 celalibrary.ca / bibliocaeb.ca On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to announce that Rina Hadziev has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Rina brings over 15 years of experience in public library leadership, most recently as Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in Victoria, British Columbia to her new role as CELA’s Executive Director. Rina was a member of the CELA board from 2016-2019, and played a key role advocating for improved access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for libraries and their patrons through her participation with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council Digital Content Working Group. In her role with Greater Victoria Public Library, Rina spearheaded the integration of new technologies, e-resources and digital collections to better serve library patrons. Rina will join CELA effective October 7, 2019, succeeding Michael Ciccone who left CELA in late August to become CEO of London Public Library. Like Michael, Rina is passionate about the vital role of public libraries in ensuring and facilitating equitable access for their patrons with print disabilities. Under Rina’s leadership, CELA will continue to build on its existing relationships, and her collaborative style will help CELA develop new partnerships which are essential for the continued improvement of accessible library services...

CBC’s chat bot helps you spot ‘fake news’ — and avoid spreading it

CBC’s chat bot helps you spot ‘fake news’ — and avoid spreading it https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chat-bot-canada-federal-election-disinformation-1.5270765 Chat Bot is a Facebook Messenger tool meant to help you tackle disinformation CBC News · Posted: Sep 16, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: September 16 Chat Bot is a tool for Facebook Messenger that guides you through five weeks of learning about misinformation and disinformation, from deep fakes to suspicious articles. (Tim...

The Importance of Coffee in Community Building: Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index

And this is why coffee is so important – or having coffee with others (tea works too) Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index Municipal World Exploring the Holroyd Latte Index “There is not a small town or city in Canada that doesn’t obsess about attracting and retaining professionals. Getting teachers to come to smaller towns and rural areas is a challenge, but even larger centres have trouble attracting medical professionals, lawyers, accountants, and top IT talent. In a robust job market, like we have now, getting high-demand professionals to relocate to non-metropolitan centres is a formidable challenge for municipal leaders.” “Dr. Carin Holroyd – a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, an unrepentant Vancouverite, and a small-town admirer – has given a great deal of thought to these issues. She has created, unofficially, the “Holroyd Latte Index” to describe what she thinks is an important indicator of community vitality. The Holroyd Index rates towns based on the quality, variety, and character of the cafes in the...

Ontario Libraries: Learn about Edge

Did you know that you have free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services? This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operation Did you know that you have free access to a tool to help you assess your library’s digital services? This tool will allow you to answer questions, such as: What are our library’s digital strengths and opportunities? What are ways to take action on these identified opportunities? How do our program offerings compare to other libraries in Ontario and North America? As part of the Ontario province-wide Edge subscription, you have access to a toolkit that enables your library to assess technology services and operations to make improvements to better serve your community. Join us for an Edge 2.0 overview to learn about the resources and tools available to you. The Edge Team at the Urban Libraries Council Next Webinar: Edge 2.0 – the technology tool to get you from assessment to impact Thursday, September 19, 2:00pm-3:00pm Hear from the Edge Team directly about the different phases of Edge from preparing for your Edge Assessment to taking action on your results. Sign-Up for the Webinar Create an Account By creating your Edge account, you will get access to all of the Edge toolkits and resources...