It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may eventually slim down to nothing. Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday so many people prefer to look up words using its online product that it's uncertain whether the 126-year-old dictionary's next edition will be printed on paper at all.
The launch of a new website changes all that today. The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada (www.mhso.ca/tiesthatbind)documents the seldom-told story of Chinese immigrants and their role in creating the Canada we share today. A project by the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the website provides a virtual exhibit that explores the history of Chinese-Canadians, the railroad workers and their long struggle to find equality.
Searching for information is NOT like trolling for fish. You know the saying: "Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for life." Answer someone's question, and most likely they'll go away for today. Teach someone how to search for the answer, and they'll continually hunger for more.
Val Dare, the program's founding co-ordinator, says it all began in the mid-1990s. Now retired, the former teacher/librarian for Britannia secondary and member of the arts advocacy committee for the Vancouver school board visited ArtsCan, an annual showcase for artists who want to perform in schools. There, Victoria-based band Marimba Mazuva had brought literature on how to build a marimba.
The introduction of long-awaited copyright reform legislation has generated considerable discussion among Canadians about whether the latest bill strikes the right balance. While concern over Bill C-32's digital lock rules has garnered the lion share of attention with expressions of concern from all opposition parties and a wide range of stakeholders, the other major issue in the bill is the extension of fair dealing -- Canada's version of fair use -- to cover education, parody, and satire.
The rising popularity of electronic books is boosting membership at libraries in the Lower Mainland, officials say.
E-books can be downloaded to an electronic reader or to a personal computer and offer a feature that saves forgetful book borrowers those pesky late fees — they "return" themselves after three weeks by being automatically erased from the devices.
"In Google we trust." That may very well be the motto of today's young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the "digital natives" due their apparent tech-savvy. Having been born into a world where personal computers were not a revolution, but merely existed alongside air conditioning, microwaves and other appliances, there has been (a perhaps misguided) perception that the young are more digitally in-tune with the ways of the Web than others.