Waterloo Public Library’s digitized historical newspaper collection

logoWe’re so delighted to present the Waterloo Public Library’s digital newspaper collection. In the past few months we’ve help them digitize and add 125,000 pages of publications including the Waterloo Chronicle, the Chronicle Telegraph, and the County Chronicle. You can now see complete ranges from 1893 onward, and partial issues dating back to 1868! Continue reading Waterloo Public Library’s digitized historical newspaper collection

Read our report on digitization in Ontario public libraries

OurDigitalWorld-DigitizationReport-2019Jan-Web.pngWe’re delighted to announce the publication of our report on digitization in Ontario public libraries! The report is now available for download.

We asked eighty questions over the summer of 2018, and our obliging survey respondents gave us some great answers about how they’re tackling community history, heritage collections, and the demands of the digital age. Thank you to every public library in Ontario that responded!

Now you can read all the results before you join us at our OLA SuperConference presentation next week.

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Oakville’s A Day In The Life Project

ADayintheLife_18-12-01psdStarting on Saturday, Oakville Public Library’s fourth annual A Day In The Life photo project launches.

Using the VITA Digital Toolkit‘s Contribution module, OPL gathers photographs from the community snapped within a 24-hour period (allowing a week for community members to upload and describe their works) and shares them in their VITA collection – they’re also curated into a virtual exhibit for viewing by year. So far they’ve built up their collections with hundreds of submitted photographs from all over the community!

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ODW on the OpenGLAM Twitter Account

OpenGLAM_Heart_400x400For 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!

A preview of the results from our survey on digitization in Ontario public libraries

This summer we surveyed the public libraries of Ontario to get an idea of how they’re dealing with the demand for digitizing their special and unique heritage collections.

We got a response from 55% of all Ontario public and First Nations libraries, and the libraries that responded cover almost 90% of the total Ontario population served by libraries (which is itself 90% of the total population, so, about 86% of us).

We’re delighted to have such a strong response and can’t wait to share all the results with you. We asked about 80 questions, so there’s a lot to cover! Today we just want to share a few facts – a preview of our upcoming report release in January 2019. Continue reading A preview of the results from our survey on digitization in Ontario public libraries

Lacrosse, Twitter, and Digitizing First Nations Materials

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The Six Nations Lacrosse Team of 1892.

About a year ago, I presented at a virtual conference – actually, a Twitter virtual conference. Presenters needed to give a summary of their topic and research in 15 tweets of (then) 140 characters each, which could include uploaded photos and videos, links to blog posts or Youtube or cited papers, or just plain ol’ text. I’ve certainly never given a presentation under 2,100 characters, so this was a fun challenge.  Continue reading Lacrosse, Twitter, and Digitizing First Nations Materials

Celebrating Ontario First Nations Public Library Week and Ontario Public Library Week

 

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October 1st to 7th is First Nations Public Library Week, and we’ll be featuring materials from our First Nations public library VITA members, Six Nations Public Library and Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library. This year’s theme is “The Future of First Nation Public Libraries.” Look forward to learning more about the families and individuals featured in their digital collections! We’ve put some of our favourite images on the front page of OurOntario.ca and will be sharing more on our social media throughout the week. Continue reading Celebrating Ontario First Nations Public Library Week and Ontario Public Library Week