AAO Logo - no backgroundIn Belleville, from May 8 to May 10th, the AAO will be holding their Annual Conference. We’re on the program speaking about our efforts to work with archives, libraries, and newspaper publishers to ensure the ongoing stewardship of Ontario’s local news. Our session is on Friday at 10:45am:

Newspapers often represent the most extensive documentation of a community’s past. From the small weekly rural publication to the long running daily in an urban centre, newspapers can bring forward a community’s stories and events in a way that no other material can.

Across Canada, newspapers are struggling and many have closed. With the decline of print-based advertising in favour of online sources, newspapers are challenged to find new sources of revenue. In November, 2017, the largest closure of news organizations in Canadian history occurred when Postmedia Network Inc. and Torstar Corp., swapped 41 publications, and moved to close 36 of them.

In response, LAM associations are embarking on a new relationship with each other and with newspaper publishers to collaboratively steward Ontario’s local newspapers.

You can see the entire program-at-a-glance as a PDF here.

See also our VITA members the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario talking about their ambitious efforts to digitize Tweedsmuir local history scrapbooks across the province – that’s at 9am on Friday!

Early-bird registration for the conference closes on March 31st.