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My NaNoWriMo Adventure (#NaNo2016)

Last month, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The objective was to write at least 50,000 words within a month. Although I didn’t win, I was still able to get a lot of writing done. It was also a great time to socialize with fellow local writers.

The Toronto Public Library has been involved by hosting write-ins and author spotlight events. You can learn more about NaNoWriMo and how the TPL is involved by reading this blog post.

NaNoWriMo is an incredibly productive, chaotic and fun experience; I encourage all writerly types to try it. One should also consider participating in Camp NaNo in April and July, where you set your own word count goal.

The Art of Cartography

I went to the Art of Cartography exhibit hosted at the Toronto Reference Library. It was fascinating to see how cartography and its practices have changed throughout the ages.

Highlights included:

Frislanda, a fictional island that had been included in maps for over a century
-The politically charged ‘beaver maps’

Below are the images I took.

Reblog: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

I’m sharing a great article about Pokemon GO and libraries. It covers topics on how the game can be used by the library and its issues.

It’s exciting to see the societal impact of a single game.

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Source: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

OLA Super Conference 2016 (#olasc16)

In January, I attended the OLA Super Conference 2016. I learned a lot and met old and new friends.

Thursday

The first session I attended was Tracy Church’s Introduction to Prospect Research. This was a great, condensed introduction to prospect research.

Her presentation is available here.

The second session I attended was I Found my Dream Job, But It’s not in a Library, hosted by June Avila, Hannah Loshak and Emily Porta. They spoke about their non-librarian paths in the information field and told us about the alternative and niche careers available to information professionals.

Their slides contain various examples of non-traditional jobs and the options out there.

Friday

The first session I attended was Dayna DeBenedet’s When the Job Search Ends: Management Tips. She provided excellent information and personal advice on how to be a manager and lead one’s staff.

Her slides have further details on the steps and things to consider when you’re a head librarian.

The last session I attended was Launching the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) in Brampton, hosted by June Dickenson, Catherine Carreiro and Jael Richardson. They spoke about the goals, events and progress of planning this upcoming festival. It will promote diverse Canadian literature and authors on a level that has never been done before in this country.

The slides can be viewed here.

You can track the developments of the FOLD, learn how to get involved and find out how to register here.

In between sessions, I attended the Expo and obtained many free goodies (see below).

The conference was wrapped up by Wab Kinew, who was a keynote speaker. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recording online. Regardless, his speech was amazing and I highly recommend checking out his works.

Learn Online with Lynda.com – Now Free for TPL Cardholders

I’m extremely excited to learn that patrons of the Toronto Public Library (TPL) can now access Lynda.com courses for free! I personally plan on taking advantage of some of the technical courses available, once I have more time. A colleague of mine is planning to register with the TPL just so she can access Lynda.com courses.

The TPL has made great strides in making information available and empowering their users to develop new skills. I am proud to be one of their patrons.

Click the link below to learn how to use your TPL account to access Lynda.com.

Learn Online with Lynda.com – Now Free for TPL Cardholders