SOLSBilLogo3This fall we are excited to partner with the Southern Ontario Library Service to bring you three (FREE!) webinars exploring the work ODW has done with public libraries to help provide digital content to people living in communities across the province. There’s something here for everyone: students, genealogists, researchers, historians, technologists, library or archives workers, artists, and the curious.

Click on the links to learn more and to register:

Tuesday November 20th – 10am to 11am

As patrons and researchers rely more on online resources, moving community newspapers from paper and microfilm to digital format is becoming a strategic priority for public libraries. Hear from one librarian who, with the help of the Friends and other local funders, undertook a full-scale project that included digitizing 100 years each of two local newspapers as well as migrating an existing digital newspaper index using the ODW’s all-in-one newspaper digitization service ( We’ll discuss the process of implementing the project, funding opportunities, other aspects of sharing newspapers in an online environment like copyright, personal information and promotion, and the impact of making your local newspapers available online

Tuesday November 27th – 10am to 11am

Cramahe Township Public Library was awarded a CSIF Ontario Provincial Grant to implement an extensive local history digitization project in 2013. In collaboration with the then Heritage Cramahe Chair and OurDigitalWorld, the project took off and has been active ever since.

Originally the library employed two people to digitize and describe maps, photos, postcards, documents, letters, biographies, reports, artifacts, the Colborne Women’s Institute scrapbooks, and the only existing copies of the now-defunct Colborne Chronicle Newspaper and other local newspapers using the VITA Digital Toolkit.

Rather than stopping there, Mary Norton has leveraged evidence of local impact to maintain part time staff and keep the online local history collection growing and more dynamic. We’ll discuss the value in local collaborations, using the VITA Toolkit for online engagement, and in the impact of digitizing local history collections to make them freely searchable and discoverable to community members locally and across the globe.

Tuesday December 4th – 10am to 11am

OurDigitalWorld offers access to one of the largest cumulative collections of Ontario newspapers online today ( The collections are digital index records and digitized newspaper content from hundreds of local organizations, content that has been growing and changing with technology and patron expectations. As a result, end users — your local patrons and users from around the world — are searching these collections to find keywords, family names, photographs, or specific date ranges and they might experience different result sets, depending on the source. This session will help you help your users understand the collections, how to effectively search for best results, bookmark and export their results, and also identify how to follow up for more information on local newspaper content. We’ll also talk about encouraging and promoting discovery of your local newspaper collections.