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Link of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 20-Mar-18 The Libraries That Preserve the History of Small IslandsNo matter how small a community or how isolated it is, most have an archive of local history. It might be in the form of public records, or a collection of photographs, or shelves of old books. On islands, these archives are particularly important. Islands are surprisingly indefinable, occasionally mobile, and, in some cases, can spontaneously grow in size. Island life is similarly diverse and unusual, and these archives help preserve their unique cultures.
 19-Mar-18 The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and DiseaseHow your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.
 16-Mar-18 'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg asked John Edwin Mason, a professor of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, to dive into the magazine's nearly 130-year archive and report back. What Mason found was a long tradition of racism in the magazine's coverage: in its text, its choice of subjects, and in its famed photography.
 15-Mar-18 Misinformation OverloadGet an idea of how much the misrepresentation of reality pervades our world and learn tactics for taking a rational and scientific view so that we may both decrease our susceptibility and improve our ability to detect misinformation.
 14-Mar-18 This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelterFood, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.
 13-Mar-18 Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worseSearch engine algorithms aren’t as neutral as Google would like you to think. Algorithms promote some results above others, and even a seemingly neutral piece of code can reflect society’s biases. What’s more, without any insight into how the algorithms work or what the broader context is, searches can unfairly shape the discussion of topics you are researching.
 12-Mar-18 Fake news travels six times faster than the truth on Twitter. And bots aren't the culprits.The scientists calculated that the average false story takes about 10 hours to reach 1,500 Twitter users, versus about 60 hours for the truth.
 09-Mar-18 Best Books to Take You Back to the ’80s When You’re Feeling NostalgicThe best books of the 1980’s ranged from disturbingly prescient dystopian horrors to heartrending sagas, escapist yarns, and everything in between. Here are few staff picks for the best books to take you back to the 1980’s.
 08-Mar-18 International Women's DayMarch 8 is International Women's Day — a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.
 07-Mar-18 New Guidelines Redefine Birth Years for Millennials, Gen-X, and 'Post-Millennials'You hear about Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers all the time, but it’s not always clear who’s a part of these groups. Now, the Pew Research Center is looking to give more structure to these generational nicknames with a new set of guidelines that establishes where each person belongs depending on their birth year.
 06-Mar-18 Citizenship ChallengeTake the shortened Citizenship Challenge to see how well you know Canada!
 05-Mar-18 Is This the Most Amazing Library in the World?Five years ago, North Carolina State University opened the doors on its brand new library, a technological marvel that’s bigger than a football field. Designed by Snøhetta, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is staffed by a bionic librarian, bookBot, who can find any of its 1.5 million books for you. Innovative, yes — but does it rank as one of the most beautiful college libraries in the world? Or even one of the ones you’d most want to work in?
 02-Mar-18 Public broadcaster music library closing, CDs to be digitised, destroyedAs mentioned in its news release of December 12, 2017, Radio-Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure the long-term preservation of its collections of vinyl records  and music scores. Fully digitizing the 151,000 unique commercial CDs (music content, disc covers and liner notes) will protect them from wear and tear over time, thus keeping them available to production teams.
 01-Mar-18 Dolly Parton donates 100 millionth book, announces partnership with Library of CongressAfter presenting her 100 millionth Imagination Library book to the Library of Congress on Tuesday in Washington D.C., Dolly Parton announced a collaboration between the two organizations.
 28-Feb-18 Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience (video)Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive -- and why employers should look for ability over credentials.
 27-Feb-18 To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your ResilienceWherever you live or work, stress is on the rise. For many of us, the initial response to stress is to look for external fixes, however these solutions are often temporary and ineffective. Managing stress over the long term requires cultivating your own resilience skills before seeking external solutions so that you can turn changes, stresses, and challenges into opportunities.
 26-Feb-18 Buy This: A Librarian Action Figure Based on a Real Seattle LibrarianIn a world where information swirls around us like a tornado, librarians are there to keep it all organized for us and let us know about the best of it. The Librarian Action Figure is an homage to those warriors of the printed (and electronic) word.
 23-Feb-18 How to ‘future-proof’ your careerEarlier this month, students from Red River College received expert advice on how to “future-proof” their careers, in order to protect themselves against technological advances that could disrupt the workforce and threaten jobs. This blog post hightlights advice from Sean Mullin, executive director at Toronto’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.
 22-Feb-18 Teaching the Art of Reading in the Digital EraAs the art of close reading has declined, a cohort of experts has emerged to reverse the trend and encourage stronger reading habits.
 20-Feb-18 Lonely library dog goes viral, gets flood of requests after heartbreaking Facebook postAfter having nobody sign up to read to him, one friendly greyhound is now busier than ever thanks to a Facebook post that went viral.
 16-Feb-18 The search for "aha!" moments | Matt Goldman (video)In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create "aha moments" -- moments of surprise, learning and exuberance -- frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional. Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education...
 15-Feb-18 The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition InnovationFacial recognition technology has finally begun to enter the science fiction landscape we had all dreamt it would soon do. Thus, today we’re witnessing a rapid change and growth in its innovation and implementation. This change in pace is attributed to the significant advances in machine learning, resilient ODM (original design manufacturer) competition and increases in processing power that will forever democratize and commoditize facial recognition technology.
 14-Feb-18 5 Famous Books Saved from the DumpsterThe road to publication is paved with headaches, heartaches, and crumpled up balls of paper. No one knows this more than the following authors. Their work went on to achieve worldwide acclaim, but in the beginning, it took an unlikely—and often unsung—literary hero to save their manuscripts from obscurity. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the big books that barely made it to the shelf.
 13-Feb-18 Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read OnlineSurvey the thousands of mid- to late 19th century titles at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Their digitized collection currently holds over 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing you to get a sense of what adults in Britain and the U.S. wanted children to know and believe.
 12-Feb-18 Want to be more creative? Go for a walk (video)When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.
 09-Feb-18 Download Free Coloring Books from Great Libraries, Museums & Cultural InstitutionsA news alert for fans of coloring books... You can now take part in the 2018 edition of #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where museums, libraries and other cultural institutions make available free coloring books, letting you color artwork from their collections and then share it on Twitter and other social media platforms.
 08-Feb-18 10 Quotes on Following Your Dreams, Having Passion and Showing Hard Work from Tech Guru Michael DellIf you're in need of a little motivation, check out these quotes from Dell's CEO, founder and chairman.
 07-Feb-18 The Public Library of 2027The libraries of the future will be very different— and yet, their original charm will remain much the same.
 06-Feb-18 20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google SearchThe company’s flagship product is powered by a plethora of algorithms designed to dole out the most relevant results for anything we type in the search box. But sometimes, it takes special syntax and a little digging to find exactly what you’re looking for. To wrangle Google search, you must first understand how precise you can get with the tool, then learn what to type in or what settings to adjust to achieve that level of precision.
 05-Feb-18 Why We Forget Most of the Books We ReadThe “forgetting curve,” as it’s called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something. Exactly how much you forget, percentage-wise, varies, but unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of what you took in.
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