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CARTOGRAPHY 17 Tkaronto: "A New Perspective on Map-Making" Art Starts Map of Toronto on Display from February 1 - March 5, 2018 At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street - 2nd Floor ___________________________ ____________________ __________ Cartography 17 envisions a collaborative, arts-based representation of Toronto’s geography as it existed over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The Opening Ceremonies on November 2, 1977 While recently digging through an old archive of library reports, I discovered an incisive quotation that describes what the Toronto Reference Library is all about. In responding to a survey question in 1996, "Have we made a difference?" John Robert Colombo wrote: Nowhere... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi Nancy - You're welcome. Finding those photos in are archives was a nice surprise.
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Hi Janet - Thanks so much for your recollections!
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October is Islamic History Month! This year we celebrate Islamic History Month in a very timely manner by inviting speaker Dr. Shafique Virani. To be certain, the need for the kind of dialogue that Dr. Virani brings has never been greater. Dr. Virani (Ph.D., Harvard University), distinguished Professor of Islamic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Are you planning a trip, or just dreaming of one? The Humanities and Social Sciences Department, on the 2nd Floor of the Toronto Reference Library, maintains a variety of current and historical travel magazines that you might find of interest. Many of these magazine's initial issues of 2016 are devoted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Imagine my surprise. I had just finished creating a 'word cloud' of some of my favourite French philosophers using a free website called Wordle (see image above). I wanted to accompany the image with a post paying homage to the liberty of French ideas - spurred by the recent tragic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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You step into the Atrium of the Toronto Reference Library, you look up marveling at all the space, the levels, the 10 story plus sky-lit ceiling, and then you ask yourself: "how am I suppose to find anything in here?" Locating staff and then telling them that you need assistance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Historical Maps From Around the World: 1500s to 1950s Are you fascinated by maps? Is cartography your passion? And would you like to view and find out more about the maps held in the collections of the Toronto Reference Library? This is a unique opportunity to experience some treasures. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Dr. Filiz Çakýr Phillip, Associate Curator at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and author of Enchanted Lines: Drawing from the Aga Khan Museum Collection, will deliver a talk on the famous artists in Iran, India, and Central Asia, from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - the golden age of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Bird's-eye view of Toronto, 1893. For description click here. Open in full size Introduction: The explosion of maps on the internet has been made possible, in part, by advances in Geographic information systems, or GIS: the set of tools that capture, store, analyze, manage, and present data that are linked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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One World. One Game. The expression "One World. One Game" pretty much sums up soccer's true meaning. As Toronto now prepares for the Pan Am Games, the city is about to become the World in One City. John Doyle, author of The World is a Ball: the Joy, Madness, and... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Isfahan, Iran: dome of Lutfallah Mosque, c. 1610 Who has not heard of some of the great architectural monuments built in the Islamic world—the Alhambra, the Dome of the Rock, Shalimar Gardens, and the Taj Mahal? There are many more. What role did these masterpieces play in the life of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The Treehouse Talks are free public lectures that operate on the guiding principle that three people, times three talks, equals a thousand new ideas. This formula is not just encapsulated by their motto - "3 People X 3 Topics = 1,000 Ideas"; it is also demonstrated by the list of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
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HISTORY MATTERS Connect with working historians and discover the surpising ways in which the past shapes the present. Join us Wednesday April 2nd for a panel of distinguished researchers to explore the latest archaeological insights into the lives of Indigenous people in Southern Ontario prior to contact with Europeans (event... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi - Yes, there is an audio recording of the recent panel discussion, and it is hosted on the PEN Canada Website. Please follow the link: http://pencanada.ca/event/audio-surveillance-after-snowden/ Click on the 'play triangle' close to the bottom of the page. Thank you for your interest.
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum, Dr. Steven Blake Shubert will trace the story and meaning behind the ancient Egyptian domestic scenes depicted in the University of Toronto’s Lillian Massey Building’s beautiful stained glass windows (see below for event details). Lillian Massey provided money to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Image from PEN Canada Past Event For an audio recording of this past event, go to the PEN Canada website Audio is hosted by PEN at http://pencanada.ca/event/audio-surveillance-after-snowden/ PEN Canada and the Toronto Reference Library Invite you to a panel discussion on "Surveillance after Snowden: National Security and the Limits of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Early nineteenth century adventures in the high Arctic in celebration of Valentine's Day Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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And what's brought down . . . deposited books caught by a passing maelstrom The 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
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And what's brought down . . . deposited books caught by a passing maelstrom The 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog