Subway Station Library

Subway Station Library

This is a fabulous idea!  A pop-up digital library in a subway station.  Commuters scan QR codes to access books for their commute.


An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof (2004)

An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof (2004).  Anchor Canada, a Division of Random House.  ISBN #0-385-65955-5.

It was first suggested that I read this book after I returned from a trip to visit a friend in Bequia.  Bequia is a small island in the Eastern Caribbean just off the coast of the larger St. Vincent.  It was an interesting trip but I somehow never got around to reading this book.  Another friend, without realizing that the book had already been recommended and knowing my love for all things food, bought me the book for Christmas, so I decided it was time.

Well, I not only read it, I devoured it!  Vanderhoof’s book is so joyous!  It is a celebration of all things Caribbean!  Part cruiser’s travel guide, part cook book – it discusses with great relish all of the joys of discovering other ways of living.

Vanderhoof and her husband decided to get away from it all so they rented their home in Toronto, delegated the duties associated with their business so the business could run on its own while they were travelling, and sailed away.  They lived an experience many only dream of.

If you are a traveller, a sailor, a foodie, or just an appreciator of cultures that differ from your own, you will enjoy this book.  Vanderhoof discusses the subtle nuances between each island enroute.  She talks about the people, the place, and the food.  She also invites the reader into both the pleasures and the challenges of sailing.  She tells her story with the energy that comes with a first and cherished experience.  It is a must read!

British Doctors Prescribe Mood-Boosting Books to Patients

British Doctors Prescribe Mood-Boosting Books to Patients

The value of books and stories realized more and more every day.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, 2012, Hyperion, New York.

Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper imaginatively explores the origins of the marking of time and the implications our adoption of clock watching has on the lives of two principal characters, Victor and Sarah.  Victor, an elderly business man, is dying but searching for a way in which to outsmart death and be re-born in the future.  Sarah, a teenager, has given up on searching for love and thinks she is ready to leave this world.  Both are coming to terms with their own mortality.

Albom’s story is very creative.  I especially enjoyed the manner in which he describes the father of time and how he came to be.  Albom develops this particular character very well.

I could go on – I could tell you more about the specifics of the story – but I would prefer to talk about Albom and his writing in general.  I have also read Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People you Meet in Heaven.  I did not enjoy Tuesdays with Morrie even though it was a best seller.  I respect that visiting and talking with Morrie was a life altering event for Albom, but at the time I was reading it I was also caring for someone who was dying and I felt that Albom was too focused on his own needs rather than the needs of Morrie.  The Five People You Meet in Heaven was, by contrast, a classic in my mind.  It appeared a re-writing of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, ghosts and all.  It was highly imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable.  As I read The Time Keeper, however, my mind turned to Jimmy Stewart and the film, It’s a Wonderful Life and I started to see a pattern.  Was Albom, I wondered, re-writing all of the stories that I think of as the Christmas classics or is that just the way I’m reading his work?  If he is, is it intentional or is it just happening?  And, does it matter?   I am left wondering.  We always re-write the stories that have come before us in one way or another.  I know this for a fact.  But something isn’t sitting right with me here.  I would like to know more about father time, but don’t care to know more about Victor or Sarah.  Perhaps I need to read this again at a later date with fresh eyes.  What do you think?

Debunking the myth of the digital native as knowing more than the older generation

Blog author debunks the myth of the digital native by running into Russell Kirsch in a coffee shop.  In his article, “An Unexpected Ass Kicking”, blog author Joel Runyon talks with Russell Kirsch, the inventor of the first computer.  Kirsch tells him the impossible is possible, if you think it you can do it.  See Runyon’s post here.

Subject Guides I compiled for Sheridan College Library


This guide is intended to direct students to resources that will aid in studio work as well as resources on art history.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This subject guide presents resources in various formats for students and faculty of the Tourism and Travel program.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide provides various sources for locating images in various formats.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 5, 2012
This subject guide presents resources in various formats for students and faculty of the Advertising program.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 23, 2012
Resources in the library to find visual artists’ biographies.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide presents relevant sources of information pertaining to physical anthropology.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 24, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 23, 2012
This guide is intended for use by students participating in the Rhetoric and Composition course.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide is designed to assist ESL students by providing them with resources to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. It also provides information on English language testing, about Canada, and Citizenship Information.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Aug 13, 2012
I also compiled a list of image resources that was posted to their website:
Library Services

Guide to locating images

Where to Find Images

DATABASES – Functional Anatomy:  An interactive database that provides animations, visual representations, and descriptions for all parts of the anatomy. – Resistance Training

Art Full Text (EBSCO): For reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Covers folk art, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, and Sculpture, among other subjects.

Art Museum Image Gallery (EBSCO): Drawing on the collections of distinguished museums around the world, the content of Art Museum Image Gallery is rights-cleared for use in educational settings, so they can be employed liberally in class lectures, assignments, and academic presentations.

ArtStor: Offers hundreds of thousands of images from all eras and cultures. Click on the orange “Go” button to begin searching. Enter your search term and double click on any image that interests you in order to enlarge it.

Britannica, Academic EditionClick on “Media Collection”, then click on “Images”.

Canada In Context (Gale):  Click on “Images” above the search box, enter your search term, and click “search”.​

The Canadian Reference Centre (EBSCO): Do a basic search. Type in what you’re looking for (for example, ferns), then limit your search by selecting one of the following: black and white photograph; color photograph; diagram, or; illustration. Double click on the image that looks interesting to you in order to enlarge it.

Cinema Image Gallery (EBSCO):  This unique database features an unparalleled range of pictures, posters, video clips, and other material from around the world of film and television from the late 19th century to the present day.

Credo Reference Provideso access 200,000+ images.  Click on “Image Search” above the search box, enter your search term, and click “search”.

Electric Library (Proquest): Do a Basic Search. Enter your search term and de-select all categories except pictures.

Grove Dictionary of Art Online:  Has images of artistic works including paintings, sculptures, carvings, architecture, and even antiques. Click on “images”, and search through the alphabetical listing or enter your search term and click search. This database is best used to find images of the works of the great masters. Just enter their last name as your search term.

Humanities International Complete : Do a basic search.  You can limit your search to bring back results that include images. You can further limit your results to maps, colour or black and white photos, diagrams etc.

Our Ontario Discovery Portal Find historical photographs by click on the word “image” to the right of the banner, enter your search term, and click the green arrow to search.

The above databases can also be searched from home if you know your username and password.  Our staff would be happy to assist you in your search.  Come into the library, ask us via chat from the main page of the website, or phone us at 905-845-9430 ext. 2488.

Art and Image Resources on the Web

Many of the websites listed below allow the use of images in student work or for educational instruction.  Please refer to their Terms of Use when visiting the sites and always remember to cite your sources.  Information on various citation styles is available in the library.

In addition to the above resources we also have an image file with magazine clippings, several different magazines, and an extensive collection of art books that you can check out or look at in the library.  If you have any questions, we’re here to help!

Compiled by Nancy Bertolotti, updated in June, 2012.

Information Literacy and Google

Google has now developed lessons for teaching people how to search using, you guessed it, Google!  Here is a link to their tutorials  I haven’t had an opportunity to walk through them all yet, but I am happy to see that google is taking on the responsibility.  I especially like that they want people to know how to evaluate for credibility.  Three cheers to you Google!!!

Strategy and competition: the Porter Report

The Harvard Business School has graciously shared with the internet community the insights of their Institute for Strategy and Competition led by Michael Porter.  Here you can find links to publications and presentations, competition and firm strategy, economic development, and society.  This is a valuable resource that any business student would benefit from reviewing.

Business Datasets that are available for free online

Below is a link to seven free datasets useful for business:

Health Administration Journals (Freely available on the Internet)

I did extensive updating to the subject guide for health administration journals when I was working at the Bronfman Business Library at York University last summer.  As it has been a while since I worked there I thought I should list those journals that are freely available on the web here so I will have a record of them in case the guide is updated again or taken down from the site.  Here is the link to York’s site:   where the databases to which they have subscribed are included in the list.  Please note, this list was originally compiled by Sophie Bury, Business Librarian at York U. and my role was to update it.  Below are the web links:


Free Medical Journals

American Medical News

British Medical News

Canadian Journal of Public Health

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Health Affairs

Health Care Financing Review

Health Care Management Forum

Health Care Management Review

Healthcare Manager

Health Data Management

Health Law Journal

Health News

Health Promotion International

Health Services Management Research

Hospitals and Health Networks

Hospital Financial Management

Human Resources for Health (WHO)



Journal of Health and Human Services Administration

Milbank Quarterly

Modern Healthcare

New England Journal of Medicine

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