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Staff gathered at the June 26th IST event to hear what TPL’s Alan Harnum had to say about “Computational Thinking” -- how we effectively use computers and other technology to assist us in our work. While we may sometimes feel the ability to use technology is most critical, Alan reminded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
Whether shopping for a new car or a new laptop, Consumer Reports offers trusted advice on consumer products and services. It includes ratings, articles, buying guides and recommendations on thousands of products. It also has videos talking about the strengths and weaknesses of products as well as free newsletter subscriptions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
Canada 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. If you click... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
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,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
The Encyclopaedia Britannica stopped publishing its print version in March of 2012. Although Wikipedia has become a popular place to look for information, according to the Wall Street Journal more than 500,000 people are still willing to pay to use the online version of Britannica. The oldest English-language encyclopaedia still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
Mango languages is a fun way to learn another language. You can choose from among 37 different languages, such as French, Arabic, Korean, Urdu or Pashto. I tried teaching myself several and found it to be a very effective way to learn by reading, listening and repeating the online lessson.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
Did you know you can read an article online describing ancient Egyptian mummies that was written in 1825, or read what the Belfast Monthly Magazine had to say about the education of female children in 1810? JSTOR (short for journal storage) is a digital archive of important scholarly journals, starting... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
There is not yet a way to renew your card online. Please visit any of Toronto Public Library's 98 branches and staff will be happy to help you renew it.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2012 on Ask Me! at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Have you noticed how these funny square codes with lots of dots in them are appearing in a lot of places – like on a subway advertisement or beside an article in a newspaper? QR actually stands for quick response, and the codes were originally created in 1994 to track... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
Go to, click on Sign In, enter your library card number and PIN number - then click on Sign In again. Then click on Checkouts, select the item you want to renew, then click on Renew Selected Item. If you have trouble, call AnswerLine at 416-393-7131
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on Ask Me! at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Great news! There is still time to get your application in to the Business Inc. program. Due to community demand, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, September 30, 2011. Through Business Inc, you will prepare or update a business plan with the help of professionals. You will also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The unemployment rate in Toronto was 8.9% in July 2011 according to Statistics Canada. This was the second highest unemployment rate among all eleven Ontario economic regions (The highest was London, Ontario at 9.3%) If you are among those who are unemployed, the Toronto Reference Library may be able to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Today, there are over 1 million small businesses across Canada that employ almost half of the Canadian private sector workforce. Each year, 130,000 more small businesses are created. Small businesses are providing the impetus that will drive our economy forward. Behind all that there is an incredible amount of work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The second speaker at the IST conference was Dr. Rhonda McEwen, a professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She spoke about her study on how young people use mobile phones during the first year at university – a time of major transition in their lives.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
First there was the real world, and then there was the virtual world. Reality and virtual reality. And now, there’s augmented reality, or AR for short. Fiacre O'Duinn from Hamilton Public Library gave us a fascinating talk about AR at the IST Spring Conference last week. AR is a technology... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
If you plan on attending the lecture on Tuesday May 3rd by Professor Dan Ondrack entitled From the Silk Road to Modern Times: China's Path, you might be interested in checking out a fascinating film depicting the contrast between the old, rural China and the new, modernizing one in Up... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Planning to attend Professor John Percy’s talk on Galileo's Legacy at the Toronto Reference Library Tuesday, April 5th from 1-3 PM? You might be inspired to read more about his talk by checking out some of these interesting and thought provoking books. In Strange new worlds: the search for alien... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The Information Services Team (IST) has launched an internal blog for all TPL staff at New articles will be posted at the beginning of each week featuring developments in information services and supporting technologies. Think of the blog as a weekly version of the IST Bulletin. You’ll find information... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
Have you been to the Toronto Reference Library lately? You may be surprised to see all the changes that are happening. The Library is being renovated. You may be confused as to where to find the picture collection, where the science books have moved to or simply how to renew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Just got back from your holidays and your annual family gathering? Found some new clues for the family tree you’ve been working on? Inspired to look for information on a Toronto relative? Did you know that the Toronto Reference Library has more than 130 historical newspaper titles including complete runs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Swamped with work but need Help? Get the information you need when you need it! Our research specialists are standing by to provide fee-based custom research. IntelliSearch researchers conduct market research for entrepreneurs starting a new business or for those considering investing in a new or unfamiliar industry. Our researchers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Did you know you can sit down with a librarian to get questions answered at a time convenient to you? New to the city or the country and need some guidance? Whether looking for job search, ESL materials, genealogical information, homework help or a good book to read, the Book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Toronto Reference Library Blog