Please note that the Digital Design Studio will be closed effective Friday, December 13, 2013.
This is a landmark day for the Literature Collection at the Toronto Reference Library. For the first time in years, it is finally in the "right" place. The Literature Collection is vast with close to 2000 shelves in the public area alone. It had been on the 3rd floor in the Business, Science & Technology Department for the longest time because it could not fit on the 2nd floor in the former Main Reference Department. Staff had to take the public up one floor to help them find books in the collection among the business books.
When the new Languages & Literature Department was formed on the 4th floor last year, the Literature Collection remained on the 3rd floor. Staff had to take the public down one floor to the 3rd floor. The collection is now finally "home" - along the length of the Yonge Street windows on the 4th floor. Pay a visit to explore the breadth and depth of this exceptional collection. You will see it the moment you step off the elevator.
There will continue to be some service disruptions due to the construction:
For the week of December 1:
The Literature Collection has been moved from the 3rd floor to the 4th floor Languages & Literature Department.
The DVD and video collection has been moved from the 4th floor to the 5th floor Arts Department.
4th floor: the information desk has been moved to a temporary location near the top of the stairs. There are a limited number of computers due to construction. Computers are available on all other floors. Listening stations have been relocated along the atrium wall.
3rd floor: washrooms are closed due to construction. Public telephones are temporarily not available .
5th floor: the information desk has been temporarily relocated near the stairs. Public washrooms on this floor are closed but are available on the 2nd and 4th floors.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Room on the 5th floor is temporarily closed. However, the collection is still accessible in the Baldwin Room in Special Collections on the 4th floor.
This month, politics and beyond with Michael Ignatieff, the world above and beyond with Chris Hadfield, four days of Salon du Livre for francophones and francophiles, and web skills for all.
Click on each image to enlarge or Download The December 2013 @ TRL as a pdf file.
For a full list of library programs to browse or search please check out our Programs, Classes & Exhibits page.
In recent years there has been a tremendous move towards Open Data, especially the making of government data readily available in online applications, as reports and documents, and especially as consumable data for research and “mash-ups”. Geospatial Data has been one of the most popular categories of data provided by all levels of government and by non-governmental organizations.
Join us this Thursday November 28th for a Thought Exchange event on this topic with Raphael Sussman from Land Information Ontario in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
This session will review some of the geographic data, data products, and data-based applications provided by Ontario Government ministries and how the process of information management at the government is becoming much more interactive: the logical corollary to Open Data being Crowdsourcing.
Raphael is a professional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager, Urban and Regional Planner, Landscape Architect, Project Manager, and Ontario Land Surveyor, with an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto (BLA) and a graduate degree from York University (MES). He has expertise in physical design, asset management, information management, project management, Geographic Information Systems, and Enterprise Architecture.
Raphael is responsible for Land Information Ontario (LIO), with a mandate to work towards making all geospatial data about Ontario well-managed, accessible, easy to integrate, and affordable. Raphael has presented, and published, many academic papers for national and regional conferences, and for professional periodicals and journals.
Thursday November 28th 2013 7-8:30 PM
Beeton Auditorium, 1st floor
789 Yonge Street, Toronto (Yonge and Bloor Subway)
No Registration is required for this free Thought Exchange Event
As we prepare to commemorate that day in Dallas, fifty years ago, here are two special views.
1) What might have happened: author and political analyst Jeff Greenfield imagines a world where John Kennedy did not die in Dallas. If Kennedy lived: the first and second terms of President John F. Kennedy: an alternate history
2) What did happen: Toronto poet laureate George Elliott Clarke hosts poets and musicians as they explore the legacy of activism and search for social justice that swept through American youth during the sixties.
John F. Kennedy Remembered
George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto, invites poets and musicians to reflect on John F. Kennedy and his legacy.With Ron Charach and Catherine Graham.
Friday, November 22, 1 pm
On Friday November 22, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30, Toronto Reference Library presents a special memorial event John F. Kennedy Remembered.
George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto, will host poets and musicians reflecting on the impact of the president and the legacy of the 1960s as well as the continuing issues of gun control and political violence.
On Friday, November 22, 1963, at 2 p.m. EST John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated. A symbol of, youth, change and cool style, Kennedy inspired both American and Canadian youth to seek social justice. His death helped radicalize a generation and launch the 1960s--including black power, feminism, Trudeaumania, anti-war protests, environmental activism, Canadian nationalism--that we remember
Those familiar with Clarke's work (especially if they visited his celebration of Poetry Month in April) know both the incisive analysis and the infectious energy he brings to his events. Here he is on another historic observance this year, the 50th anniverary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
The range of material on Kennedy, the assasination and his legacy is vast: from Pop art to Post-Modern fictions by King and Delillo, to conspiracy theories, to sober political analysis. Here is a brief seletion:
For more material on the president, try a visit to the John F. Kennedy Museum:
They have a special exhibit all about this important anniverary.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Friday November 22, 2013
Atrium, Toronto Reference Library
Don't miss this! You've heard him on the radio; read him in the papers. More current than The Daily Show, we have Edward Keenan, author of Some Great Idea. Bring a lunch to this week's Thought Exchange at the Reference Library and hear some of Edward's great ideas.
Toronto has had more than its share of attention recently. But what led up to these events? Keenan realized that something was afoot in Toronto in the mid-2000's; times they were a-changin'. He caught on to the "Ford Factor" before some others.
Part personal memoir, part political history, Some Great Idea is Keenan's unique view of Toronto written with a journalist's keen eye (or should I say "Keenan Eye"?). Some Great Idea : Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto captures and illuminates what makes up Our Toronto.
with Edward Keenan
Edward Keenan currently serves as senior editor and lead columnist at Toronto's The Grid magazine. Edward was the top editor at Eye Weekly, is a contributing editor at Spacing magazine and writes widely on politics, sports and culture. His column on politics and city life appears every Saturday in the Toronto Star. He hosts 'The Keenan Wire Radio Program' Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. on CIUT 89.5FM.
Technology and Creative Community Spaces:
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 2013
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library Atrium
Free! All are Welcome!
Questions? Call Answerline: 416-393-7131
or the Business, Science and Technology Dept.: 416-393-7149
InterAccess is a public gallery, teaching facility and production space, located at 9 Ossington Avenue, which focuses exclusively on electronic media art such as video, robotics, generative and interactive art, sound art and networked art. Come to the Toronto Reference Library to meet artists from InterAccess and learn more about the gallery's projects, workshops, exhibitions and production facilities.
Mitchell Chan is the Education Coordinator at InterAccess, an active new media artist, as well as the co-founder of Studio F Minus, a public art firm. Mitchell will will demonstrate microcontrollers using a project that connects a keyboard to handbells and will present some interactive art installations.
Nicholas Stedman, a creative technologist, designs and builds electronic products, from artwork to robots. His work has been exhibited at art festivals, science centres, and various media outlets. Nicholas is the co-founder of Motiph, and he will demonstrate the “smart” motor he created, called the Moti, as well as other interesting gadgets.
Get up close to the luscious gowns and fans designed for Shaw's latest production of Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde. The show closed on October 19th and Shaw's Design Director William Schmuck delivered the dresses this past Friday. With the help of his assistants, he created a display at the entrance to the Toronto Reference Library. The period represented by the dresses is early 1890s, the beginning of a fashion era chronicled through fashion plates which are currently on display in the Library's TD Gallery.
Here are some of the dresses currently on loan from the Shaw Festival and on display until January 5, 2014. The exhibit is free and open during library hours. Free guided tours of the exhibit are scheduled for November 7th and 14th at 2:00 pm. Meet in front of the Gallery on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library.