Inclusive Design

November 29, 2021 | Carrie

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities from United Nations December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is celebrated annually around the world since 1992. The aim of this day is to "promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of...

Digital Detox

November 12, 2021 | Carrie

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"Woman sitting in the bed in the morning, drinking coffee and scrolling through her phone." by shixart1985 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Throughout the pandemic, technology has been our lifeline in staying connected to the outside world. Technology has helped us stay connected to family and friends, stay up...

ASMR at the Library

October 22, 2021 | Kate

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Have you ever felt tingles in your head or down your spine when someone whispers in your ear or when you get a haircut? Do you start to feel pleasantly sleepy when you hear typing or fingernails tapping on a table? If so, you might be experiencing ASMR, or Autonomous...

Ethical Issues and AI

October 1, 2021 | Carrie

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"Artificial Intelligence & AI & Machine Learning" by mikemacmarketing is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Artificial intelligence (AI) impacts nearly all aspects of our lives. From facial recognition to autocorrect to Google Maps, AI has become a part of our everyday. While AI has the potential to enhance our lives...

Innovation and Failure

August 3, 2021 | Carrie

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Naturally, we love to celebrate and share our success stories and we shy away from discussing our failures. However, failure is an inevitable part of life and the learnings that come out of failure are often more valuable than the success itself. Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda once said...

Celebrating Assistive Technology

June 21, 2021 | Denise

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For people with disabilities, assistive technology and devices are both ordinary and life-changing. The World Health Organization defines assistive technology and devices (AT) as "those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to facilitate participation and to enhance overall well-being." This can include wheelchairs,...

The Need for Data Literacy Information

June 18, 2021 | Fiona

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Digital literacy is a lifelong learning skill. It is important to know where you can get trusted information and how to protect your privacy. Building digital literacy skills creates a stronger community. Atelier-data-privacy by is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Toronto Public Library understands the importance of building digital...

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: May 20, 2021

May 14, 2021 | Melanie L.

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May 20, 2021 is the tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This is a great day to think about digital inclusion. Approximately 1 billion people worldwide have disabilities. Despite the numbers, web designers don't always consider their needs. Removing barriers to technology enables people. As Apple CEO Tim Cook...

Crisis and Opportunity: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Labour Market and Skills Demand

May 6, 2021 | Carrie

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on Canadian society. How will it affect the labour market and what does it mean for future skills demand? "LightScale II / Uwe Rieger (DE)" by Ars Electronica is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Recently, The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)...

A Guide to Open Data

April 6, 2021 | Angjelin

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Open data has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. In fact, you may have come across other terms with the prefix open, such as open source, open access, open knowledge, open education, and open science, to name a few. Are they all connected? A representation of linked data...