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Have you been curious about web design, and would you like to know if it's something you'd be good at or enjoy doing? A recent blog showcased our eLearning resources on programming. Besides those, there are many free and open-source tools in the web that will enhance your path forward.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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While we're practicing physical distancing, it's a great time to take a look at our digital collections for ways to stay engaged with learning about the things that interest us. If you don't have a library card, you can also get a temporary digital card to borrow these books from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi Joe, thank you for your comment. I had a similar reaction when I saw that the sole copy of the Concept of Mind was tucked away in the TRL stacks collection. The library relies increasingly on circulating metrics to determine the currency of its collections, which has the effect of marginalizing important but oft-forgotten books like this one. I think a balance is needed, where books of cultural importance are afforded collection space regardless of their circulation metrics. Your comment is refreshing because it indicates that there's public demand for such books. Also, sometimes print availability affects how well a book is represented. It looks like the last popular paperback edition of Concept of Mind was published in 2000 and a rarer Rutledge edition in 2009. Between the selection pressures that librarians often face, this one might have been overlooked. The Meditations seems to be available for circulation as well as ebook. I concur with your sentiment on the Dialectic of Enlightenment as well. On the encouragement of your remarks, I'm going to contact the collections development department to see if they'd consider purchasing circulating copies of the Concept of Mind and the Dialectic of Enlightenment, and see if the reference copy of the former can be shifted to open stacks for easier access. From previous experience, the library is open-minded about such requests and takes the input of the public seriously.
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World Philosophy Day, introduced by UNESCO in 2002, is recognized annually on November 21. World Philosophy Day celebrates the continued importance and role of philosophy in human endeavor. Philosophy is the wellspring of our intellectual culture and curiosity, and from where the special sciences emerged. More than ever, philosophy is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
My apologies, I meant to say either knockout or insert genes. Follow this link for an overview and publications on the subject: https://www.geneticsandsociety.org/internal-content/about-human-germline-gene-editing
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Hi David, it works the same as any other cells, where they target specific sequences of DNA and either delete or knockout genes. CRISPR/cas is one such method, but more precise. Germline editing is (mostly) illegal. If you're interested in the subject I'd highly recommend giving a look at one of the books mentioned above.
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Fantastic blog. Really fascinating to learn about Ontario's role in the development of nuclear energy. I wonder how nuclear will factor in the future of renewable energy (although it's traditionally classed as non-renewable due to finite uranium resources)
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What a lovely recollection of this episode in the Osborne's collection history. As a Harry Potter fan, this was really cool to learn about, esp. the detail about Maurice Sendak designing the collection logo!
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Hi DM, thank you for your comment! I did provide links to some accessible resources in the last paragraph, as we all as one of the pictured books, but I'll be sure to include more in the future! Glad you liked the article otherwise, - Angjelin.
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As Digital Literacy Week approaches, the Business, Science & Technology department are excited to promote our program Blockchain 101, taking place on Tuesday, May 28, at the Hinton Learning Theatre from 6:30-8:00 pm. Unless you’ve somehow purposefully shielded yourself from the social media ether and the internet altogether, chances are... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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While some old books enjoy the fortune of having circulating copies ten, thirty, even a century after publication, many, often unfortunately, live on only as reference copies. Here I'd like to shine the light on a batch of books still seminal in the treatment of their subjects, most of which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Gale courses, one of TPL's popular eLearning resources, offers a great array of courses and video tutorials on business, accounting, finance, and computer applications. If you've considered enrolling in a course, but found the commitment a bit cumbersome, a great way to follow through with it is to join a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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