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How Does the Ontario Government Work?

How Does the Ontario Government Work?

“… or Who Does What, Who’s Who, and What’s Going On? Working with a not-for-profit funded in part by the provincial government, I’ve learned how important it is to (attempt to) understand How Things Work, including Who Does What, Who’s Who, and generally What’s Going On. Living away from Ontario for quite a while, though, I’ve …”

Stephen

Posted on: January 13, 2018, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

A LIBRARY BUILDING CHECKLIST 24 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY

A LIBRARY BUILDING CHECKLIST
24 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY

http://architectjeff.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Library-Building-Checklist.pdf

Stephen

Posted on: January 12, 2018, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized

The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions aren’t Coming True

The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions aren’t Coming True

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-extinction-of-libraries-why-the-predictions-arent_us_5a3d3acde4b06cd2bd03da4a

“For what purpose do libraries exist? For books, right?

The purpose of libraries has always been a hub for information. Our need for information has not changed just the way we receive the information has.

Five years ago Forbes published an article asking this very question, “Will Public Libraries Become Extinct” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2012/10/02/will-public-libraries-become-extinct/#2d5f14b3693c) and the answer in the article was yes, in fact the prediction was that we would see a decline within 5 years and within 15 years, poof they will be gone.

Just 5 years prior to this prediction the Pew Research Center released a study that indicated that “Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in the survey. And young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (age 18-30) led the pack. Compared with their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and in general patronage for any purpose. Furthermore, young adults are the most likely to say they will use libraries in the future when they encounter problems: 40% of Gen Y say they would do that, compared with 20% of those above age 30 who say they would go to a library.” (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/677/in-search-of-solutions)

We have seen a surge in library usage since this study as libraries helped people everywhere during the “Great Recession” and continue to be not only valid but thriving.  Why is this?”

Stephen

Posted on: January 12, 2018, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

THE KINDLE CHANGED THE BOOK BUSINESS. CAN IT CHANGE BOOKS?

THE KINDLE CHANGED THE BOOK BUSINESS. CAN IT CHANGE BOOKS?

https://www.wired.com/story/can-amazon-change-books/

Stephen

Posted on: January 11, 2018, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Be More Creative

How to Be More Creative

http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2018/01/how_to_be_more.shtml

“1. Ask yourself WHY you want to become more creative

2. Realize you already are creative

3. Identify what blocks your creativity

4. Remember a time when you were creative

5. Define what you mean by “creative”

6. Identify a project, goal, or vision you want to be creative about

7. Immerse

8. Re-frame failure

9. Identify and go beyond your limiting assumptions

10. Stay inspired and fascinated

11. Ask WHAT IF (and other powerful questions)

12. Make connections between seemingly disparate elements

13. See through others’ eyes

14.Pay attention to your subconscious

15. Suspend logic and linearity

16. Trust your instincts, intuition, and hunches

17. Entertain the fantastic

18. Collaborate

19. Have fun

20. Look for happy accidents

21. Change environments

22. Be comfortable with ambiguity

23. Acknowledge your progress

24. Give and receive feedback

25. Honor the Polarities”

Stephen

Posted on: January 11, 2018, 6:19 am Category: Uncategorized

Mandatory Deposit Laws in Selected Jurisdictions (131 Countries; 2017 Update)

Mandatory Deposit Laws in Selected Jurisdictions (131 Countries; 2017 Update)

“From the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress:

This report contains data on 131 countries, indicating whether or not published books are subject to a mandatory deposit requirement at the national level and, if so, how many copies are required, where they must be deposited, and whether the deposit is part of the copyright system. Citations to the controlling legislation for mandatory deposits are provided. In all but thirteen of the jurisdictions surveyed, deposits are required. For some of these thirteen jurisdictions, deposits are voluntary, while in others, no information regarding deposit practices could be found. Asterisks in the copyright system column indicate that the deposit requirement is contained in the copyright law.

Direct to Mandatory Deposit Laws in Selected Jurisdictions
32 pages; PDF.”

Stephen

Posted on: January 10, 2018, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

We’re all addicted to smartphones — but many of us are trying to curb our habit

We’re all addicted to smartphones — but many of us are trying to curb our habit

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-ways-people-are-trying-to-curtail-their-smartphone-use-charts-2018-1

BI Graphics_01.03.2018_Tech_CoD COTD

Stephen

Posted on: January 10, 2018, 6:09 am Category: Uncategorized