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Toronto Public Library goes digital with 3D printing, technology hubs

“Want to create a unique figurine? Need a new smartphone case? Forget a pottery class or electronics store, just head to Toronto’s Reference Library. For about the cost of a Starbucks latte, you’ll be able to make customized objects like iPhone cases using one of two 3D printers that will be available as of Feb. 4. The machines are among a dozen new technologies featured in the branch’s Digital Innovation Hub, the first of three set to open in the GTA in 2014.” (via Toronto Star)

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Torontonians Receive $5.63 of value for every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library

“Toronto Public Library recently commissioned the Martin Prosperity Institute, part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to conduct the first Canadian study to measure the library’s economic impact on Toronto. Results clearly demonstrate that Toronto Public Library delivers a strong return on investment through the delivery of library services that enhance Toronto’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all.” (via CNW)

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Toronto Public Library to open 2 digital hubs

“When the Fort York library opens early next year, it will have the usual books and magazines – but it will also have a digital hub, complete with a 3D printer and spaces for game design. It’s part of an initiative by the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to “bridge the digital divide,” TPL manager Paul Trumphour explained. “We’re doing this in the spirit of wanting people to learn,” he told CityNews. “We’re going to be offering a wide range of workshops, not just training but also information – what does 3D printing mean for our world now.” (via 680News)

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Toronto library takes anti-date-rape video off shelf after complaints

“Rest assured, erotica lovers, the Toronto Public Library will not be reconsidering its collection of sexy literature, and there are still more than 250 copies of 50 Shades of Grey available (although the majority are currently out on loan). For a brief moment last year the genre faced a dilemma when one of its lesser-known works, the anthology Hard and Fast, was labelled as pornography by someone who wanted all seven copies removed from the library.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto Public Library to advertise on date-due slips

“This copy of Fast Food Nation brought to you by McDonald’s? In an attempt to diversify its revenue and funding sources, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) is seeking an agency partner to provide it with advertising services on the back of the date-due slips issued to borrowers. The TPL has also issued a second RFP for a consultant to evaluate “all library channels and vehicles” – including in-branch posters and brochure displays; online text and display ads on its website; and its truck fleet, excluding Bookmobiles – for advertising opportunities. One of the principles of the TPL’s newly developed advertising policy is to develop what it calls “mutually beneficial” advertising relationships between the library, the business community and other organizations while using ad revenue to support the delivery of library service.”

via Marketing Magazine

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