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Becoming the University of Toronto Music Library: Wrapping Up our 100th Anniversary Year

In 1921, the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto (which had been established in 1918) took over the operation of what was then the Toronto Conservatory of Music’s library. This month, we wrap up the series by looking back at the ways we celebrated this year.

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He reo e kōrerotia ana. He reo ka ora: Subject headings, a living language and Māori well-being

Ko tēnēi te mihi ki te tangata o te whenua nei. Karanga mai, mihi mai, karanga atu ra. I would like to acknowledge the traditional people of the land on which the Ontario Library Association offices sit. Te reo Māori is an official language that is intended to be an integral part of everyday life…

Global Accessibility Awareness Day in libraries: What is it and how to mark the day

Many of us take web access for granted—we do not have special needs which might complicate our interaction with web interfaces or prevent our accessing information online. But the web is not necessarily easily accessed by everyone and Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an opportunity for all of us to focus on meeting the…

Class matters

Social class is the most significant single determinant of public library use and non-use. A recent study in the U.K. found that 46 per cent of adults had used a public library in the previous twelve months. In 2016, fifty three percent of middle class people visited the library, which was down from 58 percent…

Copyright in photographs in Canada: Reprise

Canada’s Copyright Act was amended in 2012. These changes have had an impact on the legal rights of authors, including photographers. In 2015, Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Carolyn Soltau, and Tierney G.B. Deluzio addressed this issue in an Open Shelf article entitled Copyright in Photographs in Canada since 2012. In this “reprise” of the question of…

If you buy games, they will come … maybe!

Having board game collections in libraries isn’t a new thing. In fact, I am sure most of you reading this article have some sort of collection. Regardless of whether the board games circulate, you are going to want to consider developing targeted programming to ensure that your collection is used to its full potential. Most…

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the Internet Archive: SALIS digital book collection

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists) and the Internet Archive (IA) are partnering on a unique project: The SALIS collection of books on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. SALIS is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug information while the…

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