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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...

Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories

Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories https://slidemodel.com/turning-data-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”      ...

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.” https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/08/16/toronto-public-library-hits-milestone-with-20-million-ebooks-borrowed.html “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...

Have your say. Complete the MakingItWork Survey today!

Supporting Ontario’s culture sector through career development and business skills training   https://na1se.voxco.com/SE/114/MakingItWork/   Have your say. Complete the MakingItWork Survey today!   WorkInCulture is pleased to share our MakingItWork survey! MakingItWork is an exciting new research project taking an in-depth look at the experiences of cultural workers, artists, and organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) in Ontario’s arts, culture, heritage and library sectors. With this survey, we’re aiming to get to the heart of what it’s like to be an artist, a cultural worker and/or operate an organization in our broader cultural sector. The MakingItWork survey, developed by Nordicity, is confidential and should take less than 20 minutes to complete. The survey is available in both English and French, and is accessed via the link below.   TAKE THE SURVEY   By completing the MakingItWork online survey, you will be directly contributing to the building of better programs, services and supports for yourself, as well as for the cultural sector as a whole. In addition, you will be eligible to win a pair of passes to the Creative Works Conference to be held in Toronto on May 10, 2019. Thank you in advance for your contributions to MakingItWork, and for helping us build a stronger cultural sector. Sincerely, Diane Davy Executive Director WorkInCulture     Copyright © 2017 WorkInCulture,Cultural Careers Council of Ontario All rights reserved. WorkInCulture | 27 Carlton Street Suite 304 | Toronto ON, M5B 1L2 416-340-0086 | info@workinculture.ca Want to change how you receive these emails? You can...

Ontario Government Introduces [Freeze] Compensation Framework for Designated Executives of Broader Public Sector Employers

“Generally, the “Broader Public Sector” refers to the organizations that receive funding from the Government of Ontario. They are not, however, a part of the government itself. Examples of BPS organizations include hospitals, universities, colleges, and school boards.” It appears to apply to library boards as well. “On July 8th 2014 the Ontario legislature reintroduced as Bill 8 that amends the Ombudsman Act, see:  http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3000 The Bill was carried on first reading.   (PDF: http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/41_Parliament/Session1/b008.pdf) “Of significance, the BPSECA would also apply to libraries. Schedule 9 sets out that local boards as set out in the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act (including library boards) would be subject to the Ontario Ombudsman. “ Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay: August 15, 2018 Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay "TORONTO — Ontario has frozen executive pay across the public sector as it reviews how salary increases are granted to top earners at agencies that include the school boards, universities and hospitals. In a directive issued to public-sector agencies, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says all base salaries for executives cannot increase beyond their current amounts. Bethlenfalvy says the government will review its compensation framework program by June 7, 2019. The freeze affects those who make $100,000 or more at public sector organizations. The move comes after the Progressive Conservative government froze wages of managers in government ministries and ordered a review of executive and management compensation earlier this summer. Premier Doug Ford, who took power at the end of June, has pledged to find $6 billion in “efficiencies.” His government has created an independent commission of inquiry and ordered...

Factitious – A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News

Factitious – A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2018/08/factitious-game-testing-your-ability-to.html Via Free Technology for Teachers “Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University’s School of Communication. I learned about the game last month when Larry Ferlazzo featured it and I have since shared it in a couple of professional development workshops. It was a hit in both workshops in which I shared it with teachers. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You’ll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story. After you make your selection you’ll get instant feedback and an explanation of how you can tell if the article was a real or fake news story. Factitious does offer the option to create an account to save your progress in a game, but you don’t need to create an account in order to play the game in “quick start” mode. Applications for Education Factitious could be a great game to have students play at the conclusion of a larger lesson about evaluating the credibility of websites. If you don’t want to have students play the game on their own, you could print the articles listed in the game and use them as part of lesson that you teach to your...

Read Novels to Your Little Kid

Read Novels to Your Little Kid    https://offspring.lifehacker.com/read-novels-to-your-little-kid-1828237592 “Picture books can be magical for readers of all ages, even adults. But when it comes to reading aloud to young kids, I’ve learned not to ignore chapter books and novels. It may seem daunting to open up a hundred-plus-page tome when your audience has an attention span the length of a Peppa Pig episode, but the experience of making it through the story can be deeply rewarding. In a memorable Reddit thread, one father shared what it was like to read The Hobbit to his six-year-old son over the course of two months.” “Here are some tips: Choose your first novels wisely. Sarah Mackenzie, founder of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and author of The Read-Aloud Family, says that the most important things to look for are “short chapters, lots of dialogue, and memorable characters.” Some great examples she gives include Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald. Here, we’ve rounded up 14 chapter books for preschoolers that librarians keep recommending. Let them fidget. Don’t expect your kids to sit there, legs crossed, hands in their laps, hanging to your every word. They’ll listen better if they have something to do, like color, mold Play-Doh or sort socks. Read in short bursts. Remember, the dad on Reddit spent two months reading The Hobbit to his son. Tackling a massive novel is a great endeavor, but if you look at as a string of 10 to 30-minute reading sessions, it’s...

HBR: What the Best Nonprofits Know About Strategy

What the Best Nonprofits Know About Strategy https://hbr.org/2018/08/what-the-best-nonprofits-know-about-strategy   Customers: Segment them differently. Product: Build on openness, goodwill, and the wisdom of crowds. Marketing: Forge aligned partnerships. Revenue: Embrace a unique path to financial sustainability.  ...

Princh Poll results: The physical collection and the digital collection are both equally important in today’s libraries

Princh Poll results: The physical collection and the digital collection are both equally important in today’s libraries https://princh.com/printing-trends-in-libraries-whats-next/#.W3Q5j1UrLcs “Two weeks ago week we asked you here to pick which one is more important for you: the digital collection or the physical collection. The poll results revealed that more than two-thirds of the respondents believe that the physical collection and the digital collection are both equally important in the library’s activity. Stay tuned for a new poll next...