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Reblog: How to Spot Fake News

I’m reblogging this post by the Toronto Public Library about identifying fake news.

It’s important that we remain critical about content online. Information professionals should especially scrutinize online resources.

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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.

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

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

This weekend, the inaugural Toronto International Book Fair was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Many authors such as Margaret Atwood appeared at the event. Here are a collection of photos I took at the event.

The Toronto Public Library was also present at the Digital Zone, where they offered workshops for 3D printing and other services. It was great to see them engaging in the latest technology and instructing visitors on how to use it.

Book Printing at the TPL

The Toronto Public Library is offering a new book printing service!

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I will always be a writer first and an information professional second, so it’s exciting to know that as a Torontonian, if I decide to self-publish, I can print it at the library.

This is a great opportunity to have a book printed at a reasonable cost. Books can be between 40-800 pages and it can be anything from a cookbook to a dissertation.

I can see the makerspace/DIY trend going strong in the TPL, as they continue to offer other opportunities such as training you to use a 3-D printer among other things. Though I will not be entering public librarianship, I admire the initiatives by its staff and will definitely take advantage of what they offer.