Every year our team and our members accomplish wonderful things, and we want to celebrate our work and theirs. Please take a moment to look back on 2018 with us and read about what we’ve done – and what we’re working on for 2019. Continue reading OurDigitalWorld’s 2018 Year In Review
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!
Written by Ethel Willson Trewhella, only 600 copies of the book were printed. Four of those copies were donated to Newmarket Public Library’s history collection. And one of those was chosen to be scanned, electronically digitized, and uploaded to the library’s Digital History Collection.
“We are very happy to have this important book available in a digitized version that anyone can access through our website,” says Angele Barnett, the library technician in charge of the project. “Especially since the several copies of the book that we received over the years have become worn.”
Having the book digitized provides everyone with an opportunity to read it online, which will help in preserving the original copies from further wear and tear.
We’re happy to be a part of this project and to be able to share Ethel Trewhella’s work with the VITA Digital Toolkit. You can browse and search the book here.
Go through your attic! Clean out your closets! Empty that shoe box under your bed! Public libraries throughout Prescott-Russell are looking for old photos of local francophone heritage.
Digital Prescott-Russell is a project created to digitize photos from the 19th and early 20th centuries that depict the lives and traditions of the region’s French-speaking residents.
The first phase of the project involves collecting donated photos taken before 1950 that were taken in Prescott-Russell. The library branches will index and catalog each photo before scanning them and making them available online. All seven public libraries in the united counties are participating in the project.
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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