I killed the Telecom Update

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At least I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for the demise of the Telecom Update. I wonder if that guy in the Telecommunications Policy unit of Innovation Science and Education Canada who wrote the report every few weeks is grateful or pissed at me? Here’s an example of the Telecom Update (and thanks to my web guy at Pivot Point Solutions …

Ah the memories

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I found this Motherboard article about the advent of encyclopedias on cd-roms in my RSS feed last week and instantly I was transported back to library school nearly 30 years ago.   Picture it. Fall of 1988 and I’m one of the youngest students in the first term “reference sources” class at SLIS, the School of Library and Information Science …

Right to Know Week

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Yippee! It’s Right to Know Week. It’s not exactly up there with ‘pumpkin spice month’ or homecoming week but for a tiny segment of the population – Right to Know is important. What the heck is it, you ask? Well it was created in 2002 at an international gathering of access to information practitioners and has ten core principles: Access …

My volunteer work is such a huge rabbit hole

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To be a good information professional requires doggedness and an insatiable curiosity in the hunt for coherent and accurate information that meets the needs of your clients. That strength is also a bit of an Achilles heel. Let me explain. I’ve been volunteering with the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library for nearly a decade. I love the work because …

Diana, Mother Teresa, porn and the importance of metadata

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20 years ago this week, millions watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on television. She died in Paris as a result of a car accident/drunk driver/paparazzi/’Charles-The Queen-Camilla did it’ on  August 31 1997. The day before the funeral, iconic international nice person Mother Teresa of Calcutta died. Diana visited with Mother Teresa a few times so their deaths …

More about fake news

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Fake news is still a thing and recently I listened to some very interesting podcasts with new information that I must share – because it’s frightening! First this librarian podcast Circulating Ideas interviewed a Canadian academic librarian, William Badke, about information literacy and fake news. Information literacy is so important and so undervalued. I still remember speaking to a class …

Infomart

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Minor update: The red flags I mention in the last graf apply to more databases than just Infomart.  Many other newspaper, magazine or scholarly databases use algorithms and scripts instead of humans to clean the data. That situation won’t change so it’s good to keep it in mind when searching. ********************* I  was really sad last month to read that …