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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

MaBiblioNumerique is Now Cantook Station!

After the recent sale of Archambaut’s MaBiblioNumérique French Ebook platform to DeMarque,  all data from the SOLS shared French ebook collection has been successfully migrated to DeMarque’s platform, Cantook Station. An overview of the new platform is available here: My new library on Cantook Station Set-up information has been sent to all member libraries of […]

Digital Archive Ontario, the New Virtual Reference Library

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has revitalized — and renamed — our Ontario-facing site formerly known as the Virtual Reference Library (Prince reference not intended). It’s now: Digital Archive Ontario.​ You can access it on LearnHQ. The updated name reflects the site’s increased emphasis on historical digital collections. Started in 1999, the site has changed over time — it […]

Free Coding Books for Public Libraries!

Free coding books? Yes, thanks to the CanCode Program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Canada! The CanCode program is investing $50 million over two years to provide educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth (K-12). One of their many funded initiatives is TakingIT Global’s “Code to Learn” program. […]

Connecting Families Bridges the Digital Divide in Canada

The Government of Canada’s Connecting Families initiative is investing $13.2 million over five years, from fall 2018 to March 2022, to help bridge the digital divide for Canadian families who may struggle to afford access to home Internet. A secure online portal will enable Canadian families who receive an eligibility letter to access high speed […]

Buzz about LittleBits

Have you heard the buzz about littleBits?  LittleBits are little colour coded magnetic blocks that make electronics easy to build. After Elgin County Library purchased our first set in 2016, we knew we wanted more. Our staff marveled at the simplicity of littleBits and it’s the simplicity of the kit that attract children to tinker […]

Mobile WiFi Hotspots – New professional resource page & a discounted offer

We’ve added a new Professional Resource page on LearnHQ on mobile Wifi hotspots – it’s got some basic tech information, examples of library programs and policies, and more.  It’s amazing what these devices can do to bridge the digital divide, especially for those patrons who do not have internet access at home. Some libraries have asked […]

STEM and STEAM programming for newbies, with littleBits!

Have you had a chance to play with littleBits yet?  It’s a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to “turn ideas into inventions”.  (For more on how it all works, here’s a short TED talk on littleBits). Here’s what makes them ideal for both staff and patrons exploring STEM and STEAM: Magnetic – The bits […]

MagnusCards: Guiding People to Independence at Libraries

Today’s guest post is by Nadia Hamilton, founder and president of Magnusmode –  a groundbreaking app designed to help those with cognitive needs find their own way in the world.    Learn more aboy how this app is used in libraries, and about the SOLS consortia purchasing discount for MagnusCards! ***************************** MagnusCards is a new app with […]

Lincoln Public Library catches the STEM wave!

In this week’s guest post, Margaret Daley Leanne Good of Lincoln P.L.tellu s how they have introduced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programming at their library! At the Lincoln Public Library, we have been hearing a lot about STEM this past year. I had a parent ask me, “What is this STEM”?  I explained that it […]