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Have You Visited the Pew Research Center Lately?

April 26, 2014 | Richard | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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The Pew Research Internet Project includes the kind of information that we like to cite in library reports and documents, notwithstanding its focus on the United States.

According to the website, "The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the internet through surveys that examine how Americans use the internet and how their activities affect their lives."

Much of this information is applicable across the boarder here in Canada.

The website was listed as an Outstanding Choice Title in 2006.

While there have been some formatting changes in recent times, it is worth quoting the review in full:

"Outstanding Title! 44-0384 Internet Resource

Pew/Internet: Pew Internet & American Life Project.
http://www.pewinternet.org/

[Visited Jun'06] Anyone searching for information on the digital divide, generational differences in Internet use, or how people use the Internet in everyday life will find this site essential. One of six projects from the nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center, Pew/Internet hosts reports and data that "explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life." Content dates from 2000 to the present with frequent updates. Searching for reports is easy and may be accomplished through a pull-down menu listing broad categories (e.g. demographics, health, education, online activities and pursuits, and family, friends, and community) or a search box. The site is organized into seven sections that include Reports, Presentations, Data, Press, and Latest Trends. Each section offers summaries and access to full-text documents. The Reports section summarizes recent reports, e.g., "Finding Answers Online in Sickness and in Health" and "Internet's Growing Role in Life's Major Moments," and provides links to the full text in PDF file format. The Data section provides links to the survey datasets for the reports; Latest Trends provides links to charts and Excel files for "Who's Online" and "Internet Activities." The site offers a wealth of Internet usage information and analysis that differs from the plethora of marketing research sites online, and it provides vital data not covered by other entities such as the General Social Survey http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/projects/gensoc.asp or the various public opinion polling agencies. Visitors may use the RSS feed or sign up for a newsletter. Content is also searchable through the main Pew Research Center site http://www.pewresearch.org/. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections.

--S. Clerc, Southern Connecticut State University - Copyright 2006 American Library Association"
 
Looking at the website in 2014, we see a continuation of the same preoccupations, as many new and interesting reports, presentations, and data sets address issues pertinant to Pew's mission:
 

Summing Up: I would recommend bookmarking The Pew Research Internet Project website, and check it from time to time for developments important to our work.

Make it your Business

March 19, 2014 | Diana | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

There are a lot of resources on businesses at the library. In addition to the business programs, business inc., and business network, there are the business databases. The most popular ones include: 

Business Insights: Global (Formerly Business and Company Resource Centre)
This database is international in scope. You can research, analyze, interpret & better understand country, company, and industry information as well as gain access to key financials, market share reports, and investment reports on private and public companies worldwide. You can make investment decisions with access historical stock price trends. It is also possible to compare countries, companies and industries and to export a comparison chart. 

 


Financial Post (FP) Advisor
This database provides detailed information on Canadian publicly traded companies, and some private companies, Crown corporations and municipal & provincial agencies.  You can find details about companies, information on predecessors and defunct companies, investor reports, historical reports, industry reports, information on dividends, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

 


Mergent Online
This database contains detailed global financial data on over 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. public companies from 100 countries, 20,000 U.S. municipal bond issuers, and extensive information on corporate bonds, dividends, corporate actions and unit investment trusts. You can access industry reports on a variety of sectors as well as country reports on over 90 countries.

 


Scott's Business Directories Online
This database contains company information on over 190,000 businesses located in Canada.  Information includes basic contact information on Canadian agencies and companies in manufacturing, government, medical educational sectors. You may find web site and email address as well as size of company, annual sales and year established.

 

Helping your Job Search Along

February 3, 2014 | Susan | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The library has so many useful online databases to help the job seeker such as: 

Scott’s Business Directories Online provides information about Canadian agencies and companies in manufacturing, government, medical and educational sectors.  Scotts

 

Career Cruising an interactive career guidance resource with in-depth profiles of careers, colleges and universities, available also in French.

Career cruising

Financial Post (FP) Advisor provides information on Canadian publicly traded company i.e. private companies, Crown corporations and municipal and provincial agencies as well as predecessors.

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Safari Tech & Business Books Online provides the latest books and videos from major technology and business publishers.  Covers web and software development, management, and marketing.

Safari

 

Business Insights: Global (Formerly Business and Company Resource Centre) is international in scope, contains company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories market reports, as well as chronologies.

Business Writing provides core skills for business writing including letters, reports, emails, etc.

Susiness writing

Marketline provides current industry trends & product development.  News on companies and industries worldwide.

TenseBuster includes lessons and practice tests to help improve English grammar.  Elementary to advanced levels and ESL.

Tense buster

 

These are just a few to get you started,   however many more can be found under Databases and Online Research Tools Business and Careers.

Useful websites include:

You can create your own calling card using templates in MS Word using Vistaprint: www.vistaprint.com and Microsoft Office Online:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates

 

Career and job search programs offered at the library can be found at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes

Our uncommon shared future

December 19, 2013 | Richard | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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And what's brought down . . . deposited books caught by a passing maelstrom

IMG_0413The move to the electronic forms of publication, and sometimes to the exclusion of print versions, is something many of us have understood to be coming. In May of 2012, I reported in Government Publication to go paperless by 2014, that the Canadian Government will stop producing print publications.

How will this new environment change the way we conduct research? Naturally we will be more dependent on computers, but we will also be more reliant on the institutions, public and private, that preserve and make accessible e-content, content that was once only available in print.

The preservation and access to electronic publications sounds straightforward, but it is not. Required are stable links to authoritative information available on various devices through a variety of platforms and applications using agreed upon standards over the varying life spans of various documents or publications.

Many of us are familiar with the experience of locating information on the internet in an idiosyncractic way. Google can be great, and so can much more specialized search engines like "MADGIC ", or even "Government of Canada Publications Search", but why can it still be difficult to find what you expect to be obvious? Such difficulties are larger than issues related to simple indexing. It could be that aggregation will eclipse indexing as the single largest challenge facing our new information ecology. In fact, it may be time to begin re-defining the very term publication.

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For an expert summary and detailed discussion of the evolving digital landscape, I can highly recommend, Facing Change: A Perspective on Government Publications Services in Canadian Academic Libraries in the Internet Age, prepared by Sherry Smugler for the American Library Association. Ms Smugler began her career at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library and subsequently became a Government Publications and Reference Librarian at the University of Toronto's Robart's Library. Facing Change should be of interest to anyone who deals with the production, use, and administration of government information, not just to those in academe.

The report emphasises the need for co-ordinated approaches to addressing the complex issues surrounding the provision of government documents online in an era of diminishing resources. The following example illustrates 'why'.  Library and Archives Canada (LAC), charged with preserving our history and making it available, announced last year the elimination of 210 positions, including government documents specialists, and cuts to digitization staff by 50%.

The future looks daunting. Currently, less than 1% of LAC holding's appear to be digitized. By one account, provided by the Canadian Associaton of University Teachers (CAUT) "it will take LAC 300-700 years to digitize its pre-2004 holdings". Computers will advance, but most of the material still appears on pages of printed type. Here we are only talking about the historical record. Not mentioned are subsequent post-2004 holdings.

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One Facing Change conclusion: the "best way forward may include a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations and insitutions with a stake in the creation, preservation, organization and dissemination of government information". Some of the many current stakeholders in this collective effort are listed in Smugler's report:

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CIC-Google Government Documents Project
Depository Services Program (Canada)
Digital National Security Archive (ProQuest)
Digitization Projects Registry (US)
Early Canadiana Online
Government of Canada Web Archive
HathiTrust Digital Library
Internet Archive
Library and Archives Canada
Library of Congress Web Archiving
LOCKSS
National Security Archive
Parliament of Canada
Save Library and Archives Canada (CAUT)
Statistics Canada
University of Toronto Academic Librarians

To this list, we may also want to include, the TPL Digital Archive and Our Digital World.

And what of future stakeholders? Who will they be? And how will they organize? Challenges of changing enivironments make collaboration difficult but even more essential. As Smugler writes, a "healthy democracy thrives on open, free, easy access to information produced by its government". 

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Here is an historical question for decade's end: will 2014, the year that Canadian publications transitioned from paper to bytes, and stopped producing hard copy in print, be viewed as a 'signpost' of progress in our democracy?

Given print's illustrious 500+ year history, who would have predicted, even a decade ago, the swift fulfillment of the antitypes?

Let's hope we can navigate in this new environment, and move more confidently toward the common goal of preserving and providing access to shared government publications, in whatever form they take, for the generations of current and future researchers.

Below is a picture of the Toronto Reference Library's extensive collection of The Canada Year Book, a work that has been published for over 140 years, and considered by many as the government's flagship publication (2). It contains statistical information that documents the economic, demographic, and social life of Canada. According to an announcement posted in the Daily, Statistics Canada "will continue through other means to keep Canadians informed about their social and economic life". The 2012 issue is the first item on the far right pictured below, and the last to be published for the foreseeable future.

 

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(1)  Discussions about types and Set4antitypes are normally part of biblical exegesis, but For Frye, the field of typology* can also have more secular applications. Typology leads to a theory of historical process, he says, pointing to "future events that are often thought of as transcending time, so that they contain a vertical lift as well as a horizontal move forward', much like waking up from certain types of dreams, "when we wake up from sleep, one world is simply abolished and replaced by another".  This sounds familiar enough.

*Typology should not be confused with typography, the art of letterpress printing, Wink.


 (2) For electronic versions of past issues of The Canada Year Book, click here.

 

If you have read to this point, you may also be interested in this earlier post.

Help! I've been asked to recommend some Childrens' Picture Books! Argggh!

October 20, 2013 | Bhowatson | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Books photo clip artHere you are at the Reference Desk happily ready to serve the public when you are asked to recommend a story about firefighters for a child in grade 2.

The Children's Librarian has gone for lunch.  Crazy Librarian clip artYou...are Alone!

This is when I turn to the latest edition of "A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books".  This reference title is one I've been using for many years and still is the best source for finding that special picture book.  It's divided up into various sections:  Subject Headings, Subject Guide, Bibiliographic Guide, Title Index and Illustrator Index.  I sailed directly to the Subject Guide and easily found that "Firefighters" has a 'see reference to "Careers- firefighters".  So I headed over there to find a long list of 60 picture books that contain something to do with firefighters.  

The 8th Edition of "A to Zoo..." contains 13,755 titles that are catalogued under 1,215 subjects. 

When I search on-line, I find a list of 34 titles on Goodreads.com but this list includes fire safety non-fiction titles that I don't want.

At Barnes and Noble, they have a very long list of 118 titles but include items published by Lego and Little Golden Books.  The last time I saw a Golden Book title, it was in a yard sale, so I'm not convinced about the quality of the items listed and also this publisher won't usually be found in a public library collection.

There are lots of entries when I Google, " Picture Books about Firefighters", but still the listings and information in "A to Zoo..." appear to be of the best quality and you know the source - a reference title in publication for the last 30 years.  A real Book!  Wow!

 

 

 

 

Naxos Music Library Jazz

July 11, 2013 | Mary-Beth | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Looking for jazz music downloads?  Naxos Records started as a large independent classical music label and has recently released Naxos Music Library Jazz.  This database contains over 7,500 jazz titles from Naxos Jazz and over 200 other labels such as Blue Note, EMI, Fantasy and Warner Jazz.  The genres included are contemporary jazz, jazz, blues, nostalgia, and world jazz.

0077778135753Browse by label, artist, composer (including lyricist and arranger), genre, and the time period the recording was added to the database library.   You can also browse from the play screen of an album by clicking on the names of the composers and artists.  You can also search by keyword or perform an advanced search.  Results show the artist/title of album and catalogue number. Click on either to get to the play screen.

Try creating playlists of album tracks. Click on Playlists and sign up for an account. A user guide on playlists is available after you activate your account and log in.  Don’t forget to download the free app from iTunes.

Naxos JazzFind the Naxos Music Library Jazz database through the Toronto Public Library’s A-Z list of all databases http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/databases/. Sign in with your Toronto Public Library card and start enjoying more jazz today.

 

Summertime Reading - Zinio eMagazines

June 28, 2013 | Joanne | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Chatelaine ENG 6-24-2013 10-02-14 AM   Hello Canada -24-2013 10-03-28 AM
Newsweek 6-24-2013 10-21-58 AM  Golf Tips 6-24-2013 10-07-37 AM

 

Summer is a great time to get caught up on magazine reading. Zinio eMagazines, a new service, offers unlimited access to current issues of over 300 popular magazines. You can check out as many magazines as you like. Magazine issues are always available and remain on your computer or device until you delete them.

Some key features:

  • You will need a Toronto Public Library card to register for Zinio
  • You will have to create two accounts using the same email address and password - one at tpl.ca/zinio to check out magazines and a Zinio.com Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps. The same email address and password should be used to create the two accounts
  • For tablet and device customers there is a free Zinio mobile app to read and download magazines. Go to zinio.com/apps to select the appropriate app for your device.
  • You need to return to the Toronto Public Library Zinio eMagazines page every month to get the next issue

Please see a Zinio User Guide for help with Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines.




Looking for Help with Homework Topics? Try Canada in Context

May 21, 2013 | Mary-Beth | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Canada_in_ContextCanada in Context is a good place to start to find information on topics like Canadian history, government, science, geography, literature, people and more.  You can browse by topic or search using keywords.  You can also limit your search by news, images, audio, videos or magazine articles.

IqaluitIf you click on the Resources tab you can find video tutorials on how to search, tips on using the database  or download the app for your smart phone.  If you click on the Curriculum Standards tab, you can find links to the standard topics covered from grade 6-12 by province.

Find the Canada in Context database through the Toronto Public Library’s A-Z list of all databases http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/databases/. Sign in with your Toronto Public Library card and start searching today.

 

 

 

Articles on Health, Fact Sheets, Reports, Videos ... Just what the Doctor would Order!

February 26, 2013 | Mary-Beth | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Want to stay fit after 40 – or strong at any age?  Try consulting Consumer Health Complete.  It contains consumer health information derived from a variety of resources including consumer health magazines, health reference books, fact sheets & pamphlets and evidence-based reports.  You can also find drug & herb information, images & diagrams, videos & animation as well as alternative sources.

Topics covered include medical conditions and diseases, food, nutrition and exercise, smoking cessation, substance abuse, surgeries and procedures, women’s and children’s health, environmental health and more.

Find Consumer Health Complete through the Toronto Public Library’s A-Z List of All Databases.  Sign in Senior exercisewith your Toronto Public Library card and browse popular sources, search by topic or keyword or find a disease, condition injury or procedure by checking the a-z list under quick find.  To find out more on how to search, click on Database Help.

Garlic, Gingko and Yoga

January 28, 2013 | Joanne | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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What do garlic, gingko and yoga have in common? Information about these alternative and complementary therapy treatments can be found in Natural Standard. Check out this online resource for evidence-based information on:

  • Foods
  • Herbs
  • Supplements
  • Natural Therapies
  • Interactions
  • Side Effects
  • Doses

A Flashcard or Bottom Line Summary can be printed or emailed.

How do major Canadian cities compare?

Which Canadian city has the fastest growing population? Check out Major Canadian Cities, another online resource. Data is taken from the 2001, 2006 and 2011 census. Use Major Canadian Cities to see rankings and comparisons for Canadian cities on:

  • Demographics
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Income
  • Labour
  • Transportation
  • Immigration and Ethnicity
  • Language

 

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