It’s Labour Day on Monday – celebrate the emergence of the 8 hour working day in New Zealand by going online. The wonderful NZ On Screen web site has posted a Labour Day collection. This hand picked selection brings together 13 titles that relate to Kiwi working life. The clever and informative content featured includes:
Revolution – a 4 part tv series on economic change in the 80s and early 90s
maunder (verb) to speak quickly and incessantly, often in a low voice, especially about unimportant matters; to wander
While this is a useful reference tool, it’s just delicious to dip in and find a clever word or expression that tickles your fancy. And by the way, a deipnosophist is one skilled in the art of dinner conversation.
Any favourite words or expressions you’d like to share?
So says Jessica Dorr, the Program Officer for Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was a keynote speaker at the LIANZA (Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa) Conference 2009 held in Christchurch from the 12th to the 14th October.
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Jessica recommended this video on Youtube showing how a library project in Latvia, jointly funded by the foundation and the Latvian government, has turned Latvia’s libraries into centres of learning and opportunity by providing better access to information, jobs, and social connections through technology. The grant—which provided public libraries with computer equipment, Internet connectivity, and skilled librarians—is a huge success story and is helping to close the digital gap in Latvia.