Finnish settlement to Ontario, especially to northern Ontario, exploded 100 years ago. They brought their culture with them and have been keeping it strong ever since – including in such places as Thunder Bay’s Finnish quarter.
A few years, Rick Bell donated to Brock University a trove of photographs found in his mother’s house in St Catharines. While many of the later photos are of his family members, there are a number of late 19th century studio portraits depicting unidentified people. We wrote about these mysteries in our virtual exhibit about black history in Ontario:
Registration is now open for the GLAM Wiki Summit Toronto 2019 – happening May 23rd in Toronto at Ryerson University: Continue reading Register for the GLAM Wiki Summit Toronto 2019 on May 23rd
All month long, we’ll be sharing Mystery items from our VITA members’ collections. A mystery item is any record tagged with a question – often a request to help organizations complete their metadata about a piece of local history.
Our count of mystery items in VITA collections right now is over 11,000. That’s a lot of unsolved mysteries!
Often we’re looking to identify people in photographs, or get a more accurate idea of when a picture was taken. Occasionally we want to know who made an object in our collections. Sometimes we need help figuring out what handwriting means, or knowing more about the long-term history of a business or group.
And sometimes we just want to know – What the heck is this thing?
Worried about how your library will tackle digital preservation? Dealing with writing policies and procedures around stewarding your digital collections? Take a one-day course on April 5th to learn the basics: Continue reading Learn the basics of digital preservation with the Archives Association of Ontario
#1Lib1Ref is a yearly chance for library and heritage professionals to try their hand at improving Wikipedia’s accuracy and reliability. The campaign starts today and goes until February 5th. Continue reading It’s #1Lib1Ref time again!
We’ll be at the 2019 Ontario Library Association SuperConference in January! We’ll be presenting in a session about our report on digitization in Ontario public libraries, and we’ll be manning our usual vendor booth in the Expo Hall.
You can still register for our next two webinars with the Southern Ontario Library Service, about ODW’s work with public libraries in the province: Continue reading Two more free webinars with SOLS
For the next two weeks, join us on Twitter as we helm the @openGLAM account to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities we face in Canada.
We’ve just gotten started this morning and will be covering a variety of topics related to digitizing and sharing our cultural heritage. You can learn more about the Open GLAM initiative, run by Open Knowledge, on their website.
Join us with your thoughts, your questions, and the things you want the rest of the world to know about working with open heritage in your organization!
Library and Archives Canada has announced that the next round of their federal project funding for heritage is open: