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MaBiblioNumérique is a new French language eBook provider for adults, children, and teens. It just became available at the Toronto Public Library in mid-March, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to tell you more about it. If you happen to speak French, I recommend Toronto Public Library's En... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Information Services Team Blog
Have you ever felt sheer panic when faced with an unfamiliar piece of technology? A few years ago, when Windows 8 first came out, I was expecting a spiffier-looking version of Windows 7. Instead, the operating system looked different, the icons were in all the ‘wrong’ places, and the Start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Information Services Team Blog
Over the years, OverDrive has made a lot of improvements, but they've really upped their game this fall. Not only are they in the process of retiring the Adobe ID (the thought of which still makes me shudder), but they've allowed for automatic hold borrowing, added a suspend hold feature,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
Today, I’d like to share something amazing that has the potential to change the course of your career: Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short. MOOCs are courses, often offered by top universities, that are available online for anyone with Internet access to take free of charge. This means... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
The library has so many useful online databases to help the job seeker such as: Scott’s Business Directories Online provides information about Canadian agencies and companies in manufacturing, government, medical and educational sectors. Career Cruising an interactive career guidance resource with in-depth profiles of careers, colleges and universities, available also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
Chilton On-Line Auto Repair Manuals are the go to reference sources for do-It-yourself automotive enthusiasts, professionals and students. Chilton has been helping people maintain cars and trucks for more than 80 years. Chilton’s Auto Repair database provides online repair manuals, maintenance schedules, service bulletins, photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
I recently came across a short TEDx Talk by Chrystie Hill, Community Services Director for OCLC's WebJunction, and author of Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community. In it, she asks the audience to think about that all-too familiar question, "When everything is online, why come to the library... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has just been launched by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet Society. Digital Public Library of America website Like the Europeana library, DPLA collects digital objects and their metadata from libraries, archives, universities, and other cultural institutions and makes it all available through an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
Today (November 25th) is the first day in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. 16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence is a global campaign that runs annually from November 25th to December 10th. It was launched in 1991 by the Center for Women's Global Leadership and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
The 37th Toronto International Film Festival is coming up soon, from September 6th to 16th, 2012. If you are suffering from a serious case of film fest fever, find relief through the library and get Film Indexes Online! Image of Fumeo film projector by Mattia Luigi Nappi via Wikimedia Commons.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
The Core Skills for Business Writing Database is one of the many useful resources available on the Toronto Public Library’s website. Customers can access the database from library computers as well as on personal computers when they login with their TPL library card. The database provides valuable training and exercises... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
Library customers sometimes express their frustration about the “slowness” of library computers, especially when trying to access their email accounts. One way of dealing with this issue is to recommend to customers that they try using Mozilla Firefox as an alternate web browser when using library computers. Many library customers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog is a comprehensive directory of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Browse by category (e.g., Medical) and refine by sub-category (e.g., Hospitals), or search using one of three options (look for the drop-down arrow in the search box): word to abbreviation, abbreviation to word, or word... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
Information staff may encounter customers who need a Word 2003 compatible document. Commonly, the issue is that a customer has saved a document using in .docx (Word 2007) format and cannot open the document using a personal computer that is still operating on Word 2003 software. To assist these customers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
E-readers have become increasingly popular in recent months, but not all of the mainstream devices are compatible with Overdrive and are thereore not ideal choices for customers who intend to download TPL's electronic content. As library employees, customers may seek out our opinion on the best e-readers and how to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
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