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Wendy B.
North York Central Library
I help promote books, movies, music and databases for the Collection Development department at TPL.
Interests: Books, music, movies, databases
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As someone* once said, writing about music is like dancing about architecture. It's awkward, isn't it? When someone's writing about music, they're usually really writing about something adjacent to music. They're writing about the lives of musicians, or the brains of people listening to music, or music's historical or social... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Si vous êtes passionné de la littérature en français, vous serez ravi de découvrir Cantook Station. Cette collection numérique a au-delà de 5000 livres et livres audio accessibles en ligne avec votre carte de bibliothèque. Les adultes et adolescents y trouveront des romans et bandes dessinées en tous genres, ainsi... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2021 at Digital Library Services
Public libraries were very concerned about this too! I think we all heaved a big sigh of relief when we saw the new platform. Glad people spoke up, and glad LI listened.
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Hi SKS, Because LinkedIn Learning for Library doesn't store any identifying personal data (including your name), it's not possible to include your name on completion certificates at this time. However, I'll pass on your request to the vendor.
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Hi Kamyar, Sorry, that messaging is kind of confusing. We've checked with the vendor, and confirmed that the library version of the platform isn't yet available via the iOS app (or any other app, for that matter). They'll be developing an app specific to LinkedIn Learning for Library in the near future. But currently, we don't have a way for you to log into the iOS app. Your best bet is to use LinkedIn Learning in your browser, logging in via tpl.ca/linkedin.
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Hi Mike, As mentioned in the blog post, the transition from one platform to the other is taking place today, so your account is temporarily unavailable. Try again tomorrow - it should be okay by then.
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Hi Yasir, As mentioned in the blog post, the transition from one platform to the other is taking place today, so your account is temporarily unavailable. Try again tomorrow - it should be okay by then.
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Hi Naimul, Yes, unfortunately we're having login problems today - and tomorrow the service will be temporarily unavailable while they make the switch! Try again Thursday, though. Hopefully all should be well by then.
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Hi Janice, Unfortunately, we're having some issues with our sign-in process today. Try signing in again later today - we're hoping to have it sorted out soon. (If things are working properly, you should never have to pay.)
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Valerie and her team of selectors evaluate about 400 adult print books per week for Toronto Public Library. So when she says she's excited about a new book, we listen. Here are her picks for spring and summer, 2021. There are so many wonderful books coming out this spring-summer season... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Have you learned to code, use Excel or do graphic design lately? Then you may know that your library card gives you free access to Lynda.com. Lynda.com is an online learning platform with over 7,000 instructional videos in subjects such as coding, software, marketing, graphic design and management. In 2015,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Digital Library Services
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What does it mean to be like, or unlike, another person? In a way, it's a silly question. We're all alike: humans share about 99% of our genome with each other. We all sleep, and eat, and breathe oxygen, and feel comfortable at around 21 degrees Celsius. We all like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
Hi Terry, That's right. Otherwise, it's only available in branches. They've been extending home access incrementally since Covid started.
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Hi Mark, Thanks for the suggestion! I'll pass your message along to the relevant department.
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Hi Roger, You can get a Toronto Public Library card for a non-resident fee of $120 per year, but unfortunately you'd have to come in to a branch in person. We have a digital card, but it's not available to nonresidents. However, I know that Woodstock has an excellent library, and if you're looking for genealogical research help, you're in luck! They have the Ancestry database for their customers: https://www.mywpl.ca/37-articles-a-research/databases I hope this helps! Wendy
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Discovering your family's past can be as thrilling as any detective work. And now, we have three databases to help you in your quest: Ancestry Library Edition Available from home until June 30, 2021. Ancestry Library Edition is our largest genealogical collection. It covers the United States and the United... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Local History & Genealogy
Hi Leaside Reader, Thank you! Somehow I missed this question - but I couldn't have answered it better.
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You know the feeling: you're scrolling through your social media feeds and you see an intriguing article. Or a friend tells you about a great recipe (or knitting pattern, or woodworking technique) they found in the latest issue of a magazine. You go to find it, and — paywall. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Digital Library Services
Glad to hear it, and thanks for posting the solution here - it might help other people who are encountering the same problem.
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I've got to admit, I'm stymied - I've just followed all the steps above and I'm not running into the same problems. If creating a new account doesn't work, you can try contacting our Answerline service - (416) 397-5981, or answerline@tpl.ca. They can either offer you better tech support than I can, or put you in touch with PressReader's tech support directly. I hope this gets sorted out! Let me know how it goes.
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Hi Jeff, I just heard back, and the PressReader app is working properly - it's just very counterintuitive. Because of the way we authenticate apps, TPL won't show up on the list of libraries. Instead, we have a two-step, not-very-obvious procedure for signing in: 1. On tpl.ca, navigate to PressReader (by search or via the A-Z list of databases). Select "Access Online" and sign in with your library card number and PIN (if you're not signed in already). You'll be given access to PressReader. 2. Once you're in PressReader, select the little "person" icon at the top of the screen, which leads to the Account sign-in page. You have to create an account with your name, email address and a password. If you've already created one, you can sign in with it - otherwise, select "Sign Up" to create an account. 3. Now that you're signed in with BOTH your library card/PIN and your email/password, it should work for you. You can open the PressReader app (you might have to sign in again with your email and password), and it should recognize you and allow you access. Each sign-in lasts 48 hours, so you'll have to go through the process again in a couple of days. But it should work - let me know if you run into any problems.
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Hi Jeff, Not a bother at all - I'll pass your question on to the person responsible for PressReader. (For what it's worth, I just tried it and I'm able to log in and read newspapers in my browser via the TPL site on my desktop, but I'm having the same problems as you with the app.) I'll also nudge about text mode in OverDrive magazines.
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Valerie has every reader's dream job: she's Toronto Public Library's lead selector of adult print books. She and her team evaluate about 400 books every week. (To hear more about how they do this, listen to this podcast.) So if we want to know what books to look forward to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
(You might need to scroll down in Cantook to find the available copies, but I've just checked and they're there.)
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Hi Heather, Have you tried borrowing Vi through Cantook Station, our French ebook platform? (See link in blog post, above.) It should be available there without holds. Please let me know if you run into problems.
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