Category Archives: Recommended resources

Examples of writing in which online or print resources are recommended.

Digitization for conservators (2017)

A guest lecture for the Preservation of Books, Photos and Archival Material’s course (SCIE0047) in Fleming College’s Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program, (session instructor Laura Cunningham) on June 16, 2017.

Download the slides for this lecture.

Suggested readings

Overview of the digitization process

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has published one of the best quick overviews of how to set up a digitization programme that I have seen.

Thinking about how to save your information and documents for the long term is a good way to start thinking about digital preservation in general. This next resource frames the problem and discusses it systematically and in clear language.

About images (less technical)

Copyright

  • Murray, L.J. and S.E. Trusow. Canadian copyright : a citizen’s guide (2nd ed.). Toronto : Between the Lines, c2013. 304 p. ISBN 9781771130134
    • Using examples, case studies and very accessible language, this book explains Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians and how Canadian copyright law and policy affects them.
    • The second edition is revised to include the recent changes to the Act and important Supreme Court decisions on user rights. Very easy to read. Includes specific cases (for example, libraries, archives and museums). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Digitization (general)

Digital preservation (a very complex topic)

Digitization standards

I include these so that you can see a sample of what they look like.

Metadata

Digitization for Conservators (2016)

A guest lecture for the Preservation of Books, Photos and Archival Material’s course (SCIE0047) in Fleming College’s Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program, (session instructor Laura Cunningham).

Download the slides for this lecture.

Suggested readings

Overview of the digitization process

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has published one of the best quick overviews of how to set up a digitization programme that I have seen.

Thinking about how to save your information and documents for the long term is a good way to start thinking about digital preservation in general.

About images (less technical)

Canadian copyright

  • Murray, L.J. and S.E. Trusow. Canadian copyright : a citizen’s guide (2nd ed.). Toronto : Between the Lines, c2013. 304 p. ISBN 9781771130134
  • Using examples, case studies and very accessible language, this book explains Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians and how Canadian copyright law and policy affects them. The second edition is revised to include the recent changes to the Act and important Supreme Court decisions on user rights. Very easy to read. Includes specific cases (for example, libraries, archives and museums). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Digitization (general)

Digital preservation (a very complex topic)

Digitization standards (so you can see a sample of what they look like)

Metadata

Digitization for conservators (2015)

 

A guest lecture for the Preservation of Books, Photos and Archival Material’s course ( SCIE0047) in Fleming College’s Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program.

Download the slides for this lecture.

Suggested readings

About images (less technical)

Copyright

  • Murray, L.J. and S.E. Trusow. Canadian copyright : a citizen’s guide (2nd ed.). Toronto : Between the Lines, c2013. 304 p. ISBN 9781771130134
  • Using examples, case studies and very accessible language, this book explains Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians and how Canadian copyright law and policy affects them. The second edition is revised to include the recent changes to the Act and important Supreme Court decisions on user rights. Very easy to read. Includes specific cases (for example, libraries, archives and museums). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Digitization (general)

Digital preservation (a very complex topic)

Digitization standards (so you can see a sample of what they look like)

Metadata

Locating reliable health information on the Internet

Can you trust Internet health information?

More and more, people are using the Internet to find information on all topics, including health information. A recent article  by the PEW Internet & American Life Project estimates that 75-80% of Internet users have searched for health information online, and that most reported high levels of satisfaction with the information they found.

That said, not all sites on the Internet provide reliable health information. And, as Mark Twain famously said: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint”.

Libraries can help you locate reliable health information on the Internet, by providing classes, electronic resources or by answering your questions in person or online. There are also a number of sites you can check to see if that alarming e-mail you just read is a hoax or fraud.

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Cold and influenza season: preventing and coping with colds and flus

What are colds and flu?
A cold is a highly contagious viral infection that last about a week, but may last as long as two weeks.  Symptoms of a cold can include: sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and cough. Sometimes, a cold may also cause conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, muscle weakness, and loss of appetite. Rhinoviruses cause most common colds, although other viruses can cause them as well. Colds usually last about a week, but symptoms may last for as long as two weeks.
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C’est c. difficile

According to an article in the Toronto Star dated July 4, 2008, over 463 elderly patients have died of c. difficile in Ontario hospitals in the past 30 months. This and other coverage has prompted a flurry of concern around this issue.

What is c. difficile ?

Toronto Public health defines clostridium difficile as:

“bacteria found in feces that can cause diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis (inflammation of the colon), sepsis (disease-causing bacteria or toxins are found in the bloodstream and tissues) and even death.”

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Listeriosis outbreak

Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes) is a bacterium commonly found in soil and water, and in domestic animals. It can be responsible for a relatively uncommon but serious food-borne illness called listeriosis or listeria infection.

Listeriosis is caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. Types of food commonly contaminated by listeria include dairy products, fish, meat, and vegetables. Contamination can occur at any point in the farming, distribution, and food preparation process.

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