Thursday October 25, 2012
150th Anniversary of the London UndergroundOn 10 January 1863 the world's first underground train pulled out of Paddington station to make the first public passenger journey - 3½-miles under the streets of London from Paddington to Farringdon and into the record books. The original Underground line was built and financed by the Metropolitan Railway, a private company which had been formed in 1854 to undertake the project to link the mainline stations at Paddington, Euston and King's Cross with the City centre business district to the east. Travelling on the new railway was a novelty that thousands of Londoners were eager to experience and on the first day of public service – long queues formed at every station. The line was a huge success with 26,000 passengers using the railway each day in the first six months. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, London Transport Museum and Transport for London are planning a whole range events and activities.
(Source: Peter Scott's Library Blog)
Posted by Denize Tan in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Thursday Oct 25, 2012  Bookmark and Share
Tuesday July 03, 2012
If you've ever wanted to know the history of each of Toronto's streetcar lines, how to identify different TTC subway trains, the chronology of Toronto's Christmas-painted buses, or really anything else you can think of (and more) about Toronto's transit system: Transit Toronto is an unofficial but fantastically detailed site about the TTC.

The promised streetcar route histories; field guide to ID subway trains; and the chronology of Christmas buses. But do explore: if you're at all a transit/transportation/Toronto enthusiast, you'll find a wealth of reading material.
(Source: MetaFilter)

Posted by Denize Tan in MAPS/ATLAS on Tuesday Jul 03, 2012  Bookmark and Share
Wednesday June 06, 2012

Here's more news from our Canadian colleagues regarding the ongoing erosion of library services and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The announced cuts to the LAC include:

  • Elimination of 30% of archivists and archival assistants;
  • Reduction of digitization and circulation staff by 50%;
  • Reduction of preservation and conservation staff;
  • Closure of the interlibrary loans unit;
  • Elimination of the National Archival Development Program (NADP) which supports -programming at provincial, regional and university archives across Canada.

The following libraries will also close or be affected:

  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada;  
  • Transport Canada;
  • Public Service Commission of Canada;
  • Public Works and Government Services;
  • Natural Resources Canada;
  • Parks Canada;
  • Industry Canada;
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • Health Canada;
  • Agriculture Canada;
  • The National Capital Commission;
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Canadians or other concerned individuals can write, email or telephone their Member of Parliament or contact the Prime Minister directly via email [] or fax [613-941-6900] to register their concerns about these cuts.

Additional information on LAC & NADP activities are listed below:

(Source: Free Government Information (FGI) - Because government informati)

Posted by Denize Tan in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Wednesday Jun 06, 2012  Bookmark and Share