Come the holiday season, there seem to be few topics of conversation less controversial than deciding upon which is the perfect movie to ring in the end of the year (team Princess Bride here), but in a big part of Europe this question isn’t up for debate. On New Year’s Eve, many TV stations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia will religiously broadcast a short black and white British sketch, in English, that is virtually unknown to most of the English-speaking world.
Dinner for One is served to 90 years old Miss Sophie by her equally elderly butler, James. Having outlived all her friends, Miss Sophie nevertheless insists of holding a birthday dinner every year, toasting each course with her long-departed guests. Following the same procedure as every year, James finds himself impersonating each of the absent guests, becoming increasingly inebriated with every round.
I first heard about The Second Chance Foundation from a segment on CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition in 2017. This interview prompted me to reach out to Bev because I knew that this was an organization I wanted to be involved in. We determined, based on her clients’ needs and my expertise, that I would offer introductory internet skills workshops focusing on information literacy.
Words create reality; what we say and write makes ideas concrete. The explosion of research about algorithms has resulted in specific descriptive phrases about their nature and characteristics. Let’s take a brief tour through some of them to see how they reflect our hopes and concerns.
As library professionals, we are trained to understand the critical role that metadata plays in the discoverability of information in a wide range of contexts. With a shorter list of tags, the Open Shelf editorial team now has a controlled vocabulary that will enable improved discoverability of the magazine content.