Choosing a Digital Audio Workstation

November 16, 2018 | Ted

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Interested in audio recording? Which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is right for you? by Michael Chambers Audio recording is more accessible than ever. However, choosing which software to use can feel intimidating. In fact, there are more options than ever before – and choosing the software that best suits your...

Why Podcasts Are Making Waves

October 25, 2018 | Amanda

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There’s something magical about using sounds to paint a picture in people’s minds. Just like the intimacy of radio, when audio storytelling is done right, people are transported.

You Can’t Spell Toronto Without Tor: Anonymous Browsing at Your Local Library

September 17, 2018 | Jonathon Hodge

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In my recent post, I wrote about how to consider your own actions online, and how to go about addressing the concerns created by those actions – that’s a long-winded way of saying I wrote about Threat Assessment. This time, let’s look at one kind of ‘threat’: You are 13,...

Making Effective Digital Privacy Decisions, or We Don't All Care About the Same Things

August 29, 2018 | Jonathon Hodge

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How many of you like Beyonce? What about Imagine Dragons? AC DC? Rachmaninoff??? It's pretty likely that nobody reading this will like ALL of them, or even ANY of them. The point is: while pretty much everyone likes "music", no two people's specific combination of likes and dislikes is identical....

Creating Virtual Reality (VR) Content

August 2, 2018 | Claudia

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Click and hold your left mouse button while moving your mouse in any direction over the image above to move within this environment. Grade Five students visited the Toronto Reference Library's Digital Innovation Hub for a hands-on lesson about Virtual Reality (VR) Website Design. The work featured above was done...

Pop-Up Learning Labs at Your Branch!

May 31, 2018 | Lina

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The Pop Up Learnings Labs, a program now just over two years old, are an awesome addition to the innovation services running throughout the vast Toronto Public Library network. They help provide access to new and innovative technologies in areas that may be a far from one of the permanent...

Technology Programs Help Older Adults Become Digitally Literate

May 31, 2018 | Ab. Velasco

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Computer and library training programs for older adults help bridge the digital divide. Toronto Public Library is committed to supporting older adults in becoming digitally literate. We plan, design and promote opportunities to learn about technologies that enhance daily living and social inclusion. Our classes, workshops and one-on-one sessions aim...

Borrow an Arduino and Take Classes at the Library

May 30, 2018 | Ab. Velasco

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An Arduino program for teens at Fort York Branch. It is truly amazing the world we live in, with all the different technology that we now have access to. Sure, the latest iPhone and gaming systems are great fun, but what’s even more impactful is the hardware and software that...

Are You Digitally Lit(erate)?

May 29, 2018 | Ab. Velasco

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A Youth Hub participant tries out the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. If you’re a teen or a millennial like me, you grew up with technology all around you – from the very beginnings of the Internet to all the “smart” phones/watches/things we now use on the daily. As a...

Let's Learn Tech on Digital Literacy Day!

May 26, 2018 | Marni

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To celebrate Digital Literacy Day, we are hosting a Let's Learn Tech IoT Lab at Toronto Reference Library! At this 2-hour beginner workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience in Raspberry Pi and Arduino. They will learn about the Let's Learn Tech Online program and career options in IoT. The workshop...