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White Paper: Are Library Late Fees a Barrier to Equity?

White Paper: Are Library Late Fees a Barrier to Equity?

A growing number of public libraries have made the decision to eliminate fines charged for overdue materials in an effort to attract more patrons and reduce barriers to library access. This paper explores the reasons for eliminating fines and the impact this has on both library revenue and the return of materials. What steps can help ensure a successful move to a fine-free model? Read this paper to learn more.

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White Paper: Are Library Late Fees a Barrier to Equity?

 

Posted on: July 8, 2020, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

 Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/uncovered-1000-phrases-that-incorrectly-trigger-alexa-siri-and-google-assistant/

“As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations could pose more risk than benefit to users. New research suggests the privacy threat may be greater than previously thought.”

Posted on: July 8, 2020, 6:48 am Category: Uncategorized

Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students

University of Toronto:

Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students

Welcome to Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students. We hope this guide is informative and offers a nuanced approach to thinking about your career. The guide is designed to support you in applying for jobs by showing you how to leverage available resources and make decisions that work for you and your career.

Your Journey encourages you to reflect on your own wants, needs, and values, and how these might show up in different career possibilities. It emphasizes the importance of community in the career process, and having a circle of support and guidance to help you make choices that you feel comfortable with. Your Journey also provides practical tips and strategies – such as how write an effective resume – as well as useful information on your rights in the workplace.

This guide is not able to answer every question you might have, but we hope that it answers some of them, and offers insight into steps you can take to get closer to finding the answers you’re searching for.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on how this guide can be improved, please email sgdo@utoronto.ca.

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Posted on: July 8, 2020, 6:17 am Category: Uncategorized

Inside HigherEd: Compilation on Vulnerable Students and the Pandemic

Posted on: July 8, 2020, 6:17 am Category: Uncategorized

The New Reality: Say goodbye to the office you knew

The New Reality: Say goodbye to the office you knew

The New Reality: Say goodbye to the office you knew

 

Posted on: July 8, 2020, 6:05 am Category: Uncategorized

Coronavirus COVID-19 Riskiest Activities

Coronavirus COVID-19 Riskiest Activities

As #coronavirus lockdowns both tighten & relax worldwide, what activities might be riskier than others?

We collated & visualised the advice & professional opinions from over 500 epidemiologists & health experts as quoted in various media articles.

https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/#activities

Coronavirus-COVID19-Riskiest-Activities

Coronavirus COVID-19 Riskiest Activities

As #coronavirus lockdowns both tighten & relax worldwide, what activities might be riskier than others?

We collated & visualised the advice & professional opinions from over 500 epidemiologists & health experts as quoted in various media articles.

» See the visualisation
» See the data

sources
Primary source: New York Times – When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again

Cross-referenced with articles from Reuters & NPR and others.

note
We had to merge & convert the advice & risks ratings shared by epidemiologists into a single scale. Plus there’s was some disagreement over certain activities and certain contexts. So there might be some blurriness around the risk levels we’ve apportioned. i.e. it’s not a hard scale. We’ve added text captions to qualify this where possible.

As ever, see all the data, sources & extra detail.

methodology
We extrapolated and graded the NY Times data into a 10 point scale. Then weighted and adjusted it according to any risk variance seen in the other articles. Where there was disagreement over a particular activity, we deferred to the NYT Times data or left the activity as ‘UNCLEAR’ in our datasheet. Disagreements & variance between ratings left some blurriness around the risk levels we’ve apportioned. i.e. it’s not a hard scale but a general one. We’ve added text captions to qualify this where possible. See the data for more.

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» See the data

Posted on: July 7, 2020, 9:06 pm Category: Uncategorized

‘What is Twitch?’: Here’s what you need to know about the world’s leading live-streaming platform for gamers

‘What is Twitch?’: Here’s what you need to know about the world’s leading live-streaming platform for gamers

https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-twitch

  • Twitch is a live-streaming platform for gamers and other lifestyle casters that supports building communities around a shared and streamable interest.
  • Twitch streamers “broadcast” their gameplay or activity by sharing their screen with fans and subscribers who can hear and watch them live.
  • There are both free and paid versions of Twitch, with paid tiers removing ads and giving users access to more robust social, streaming, and storage features.

What you need to know about Twitch

“Twitch is a live streaming platform geared towards gamers that launched in 2011. Since then, it has amassed millions of users, with a total of 3.8 million unique broadcasters as of February 2020.

Twitch offers gamers ⁠— or anyone interested in lifestyle casting about other subjects like food or music ⁠— the ability to stream their activity and let others watch in real-time. Streams can last anywhere from a minute to eight-hours and beyond. You can find a stream by browsing various categories, including specific games. If you find a streamer you like, you can follow their channel and get activity updates and notifications.”

Read more:  https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-twitch

 

Posted on: July 7, 2020, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized