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Canada’s First Library Robot Serves Up Books at UBC

Check out UBC’s full press release.

“The ASRS is linked to the Library’s online catalogue. After Library staff or users request an item, the robotic cranes identify and retrieve the correct steel bin, matching the location of the bin to the requested bar code. The automated cranes deliver bins to a sorting station where staff retrieve and relay requested items to the circulation desk. The entire process takes about two minutes . “


“The ASRS stores 30 per cent of the collections previously housed in the Main Library, much of which was in locked storage. With the capacity

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Creative Commons

Michael Geist, professor of law at University of Ottawa, and editor of the BNA’s daily Internet Law News, has today pioneered a new approach to legal publishing in Canada. He has edited a major collection of essays on the future of copyright reform in Canada. And he convinced Jeff Miller at Irwin Law to release the book, In the Public Interest, under a Creative Commons license, which means that Chapters can be downloaded for personal use, free of charge. And Michael has given the royalties to Creative Commons.

Check out this Irwin Law page for a glimpse at how . . . [more]

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By the Week

I’ve put a link on the right menu to a section called “By The Week.” It goes to a page where you can find “This Week’s Links” since I’ve been doing that and as well an image of the website’s front page as of Friday of any given week. This may be mere self-reflection for Slaw, but I think it will be interesting some time from now to be able to look back and actually see the posts we made in a particular week and to have access to the various links referred to in the posts and comments. . . . [more]

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$100 Laptop Computer

The MIT Media Laboratory expects to launch a prototype of its US$100 laptop in November, according to Nicholas Negroponte, the lab’s chairman and co-founder. The facility has been working with industry partners to develop a notebook computer for use by children in primary and secondary education around the world, particularly in developing countries. The laptops should start appearing in volume in late 2006.
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New Website – New Governor General of Canada

A new website has been released for the new Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean. The statement on her home page:

I am eagerly looking forward to meeting my fellow-Canadians very soon. I am convinced that Canada will continue to accomplish great things if we work together for a better quality of life–for our own population and for humanity. Our country is vast and it is blessed with a wealth of colours and the varied music of its tongues and accents. Many have not had the good fortune of measuring its full extent. I

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Bilingual Lexicon of Legislative Terms

Available from the e-Laws website, the website for Ontario legislation, there is a Bilingual Lexicon of Legislative Terms (253 page, PDF). Also available in HTML format. Updated to December 31, 2004. There does not appear to be an index or finding tool for either PDF or HTML version, so the software’s “find” functions do need to be used to locate terms quickly. Still, this is an impressive collection. . . . [more]

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New International Legal KM Group

[via Joy London’s Excited Utterances and Tom Baldwin’s Knowledgeline]

A group of KM professionals recently gathered by conference call to discuss the need and interest of forming a national/international group focused specifically on legal KM.

We agreed that it was logical to form such a group but wanted to solicit feedback and gauge interest from a larger segment of KM professionals before taking the next steps at organization.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey and provide your opinion.

I did my part, and I know there are other Canadian KM-types in ‘the crowd‘ here . . . [more]

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Google Toolbar for Firefox

Google has released a stable (non-beta) version of its toolbar for Firefox. I won’t go through all of the features — some of you may already be using the toolbar for IE, though if you’re not using Firefox you should consider it seriously: tabbed browsing and popup blocking would alone make Firefox superior, but there’s lots more. Of the toolbar features, highlighting searched-for terms, word-find (finding your searched-for terms in a page), and Google suggest are those that make it interesting. . . . [more]

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