Knowledge Ontario

Knowledge Ontario

January 04, 2007 12:10 ET

Live From Your Local Library – Digital Information for Ontarians

Delivering Free Access to Richer Resources, More Authoritative Information than the Open Web

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2007) - Effective today, all Ontarians can enjoy free access to a core of digital information resources, including full-text of magazines, newspapers, journals, essays, encyclopedias, dictionaries and eBook collections. Available to anyone within a public, school, college
or university library, or from home with a library card and Internet connectivity, these resources go well beyond what is currently available on the open Web. Knowledge Ontario, with seed funding provided by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture negotiated licenses to these authoritative and rich information resources for the use and benefit of all Ontarians.

Knowledge Ontario is a province-wide collaboration of libraries (public, school, college and university) responsible for the creation of a suite of services and programs to support the information and learning needs of all Ontarians. Licensing of these core resources is just one of a series of exciting initiatives that includes providing access to Ontario's digital cultural heritage (Our Ontario) and real time chat services that enlist the services and expertise of information professionals (Ask Ontario).

"The information we've licensed is needed by Ontarians daily, whether they are a citizen
seeking health information, a student working on a homework assignment, a researcher in a University lab, or an entrepreneur looking for insight on a business venture," said Peter Rogers, Chair of the Knowledge Ontario Management Group. "This initiative exemplifies Knowledge Ontario's goals - providing equity of high-quality, trusted digital information for Ontarians so they can maximize their potential to develop information and learning skills and be more competitive in today's knowledge economy."

The resources, which offer information relevant to Ontarians at all stages of life, roll out across the province for two years, beginning in January 2007. Subject coverage includes materials in health, business, general reference, research, science, technology, current news, Sampling of the information available can be found at http://access.gale.com/ontario and www.ebscohost.com/KnowledgeOntario

About Knowledge Ontario
Knowledge Ontario is the first ever province-wide collaboration of libraries (public, school, college and university) working together to create an integrated and interactive digital environment about, and for, Ontarians. Collaborating with archives, museums, heritage organizations, and community groups this innovative venture is designed to support the information and learning needs of Ontarians. The Knowledge Ontario initiative is supported by the Province of Ontario. For more information visit www.knowledgeontario.ca.
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Contact Information

  • Gerda Molson, Interim Executive Director, Knowledge Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-363-3388 ext. 43
    Toll-Free: 866-873-9867
    E-mail: molson430@yahoo.com