We’ve uploaded the slide-decks from our two sessions at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2017:
Speakers: Irene Robillard, Cindy Preece, David Bott, Melissa Redden
Speakers: Stacy Allison-Cassin, Sheila Carey, Danielle Robichaud
165 years ago, on February 12th, 1852, Henry Bibb published an announcement in his newspaper, The Voice of the Fugitive, calling for donations to his Homes For Refugees Fund. This was the latest in a long line of advocacy and activism by Bibb; his most notable was the founding of the Voice in 1851.
Henry Bibb was born in 1815, in Louisville, Kentucky, into slavery. He married a free black woman named Mary Miles in 1848. He escaped when he was 22 and made it to Cincinnati, but returned for his wife Mary and was recaptured. He escaped again – with Mary this time – and they made their way to Detroit, crossing over to Windsor after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850. They immediately began taking in refugees who had arrived in Canada through the Underground Railroad.
On January 1st, 1851, the first issue of the Voice was published in Sandwich (now Amherstburg). Bibb had also self-published his autobiography by this time – Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave. The Bibbs’ Refugee Home Society was also set up in 1851, and during its tenure settled refugees of slavery in approximately 2,000 acres in the Sandwich area. The Bibbs were often available to greet and settle newcomers personally.
We’ve been working with our partners at the British Columbia Library Association for the past few years on a viable form for a Digital Library model. Eventually, we want a technology that can be deployed at both the national and provincial/territorial levels. Continue reading Some updates on our Digital Library project
Come see us at our booth in the Expo, or attend the two sessions we’ve helped organize, featuring VITA member organizations!
OurDigitalWorld is delighted to announce that we’re this year’s recipient of the Ontario Library Association Archival and Preservation Achievement Award!
OurDigitalWorld recently collaborated on a transcription project with Library and Archives Canada: the crowdsourced transcription of the handwritten Coltman Report.
National Digital Strategy
ODW Director Loren Fantin joined leaders from the National Library of the Netherlands, Library & Archives Canada and others at the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy Foundational Assembly in October, to discuss the global digital collaboration strategies and to strike a National Steering Committee to guide Canada in implementing a much-needed national digital strategy.
After 7 years of wonderful service and support from the team at Orion, the O3 platform that supported our VITA Toolkit Network group space is being discontinued. This has offered ODW an opportunity to migrate all our support documentation, tips, discussions, and training materials to a new platform and open our support space to the public.
Spotlight on Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario
Digital access to Ontario’s Tweedsmuir community histories is growing—and growing fast!
Across Canada and the US, OurDigitalWorld is expanding!
Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed new partners from BC, Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario. Our All-in-One digitization projects mean thousands more heritage newspaper pages are now searchable online. We’re seeing a definite shift from closed, standalone systems and paper archives to online digital collections, and together this means the community of collections is exploding!
Sandra Gabriele wrote about moving newspapers into the digital age for AModern 2, and interviewed ODW board member Art Rhyno about his work on microfilm digitization for OurOntario:
OurDigitalWorld shared our digitization expertise at Digital Odyssey 2009. Three of our board members gave talks about various aspects of their work: