The City of Waterloo is working with the Waterloo Public Library to document its streets. The Then/Now Youth Photography Project is sending shutterbugs age 10-17 through the city to capture updated views of archival photographs. Like this one, of the train station in the 1940s, now home to a clothing retailer:
The Government of Ontario has announced $1 million in grant funding this year to support community and cultural development of French communities in the province:
“The FCGP seeks to encourage greater social involvement, learning, innovation, and community engagement for Francophones across the province of Ontario, including at the local community, regional, and provincial levels.”
Mark your calendars: Saturday November 18th is Kanata to Canada – A Journey Through Time.
A daylong event in Toronto, run by the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto branch, it will feature a number of great workshops about how to research and find materials relevant to your own heritage. Jess Posgate will be talking about how to use OurOntario.ca and our many VITA platforms to discover online heritage from our members!
The Ontario Historical Society has opened up nominations rewarding local heroes in heritage and culture:
In 1967, The Ontario Historical Society established an awards program to honour individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the preservation and promotion of Ontario’s heritage. Over the years, new awards have been instituted; sixteen are now offered. The Awards program is intended both to acknowledge the work of outstanding individuals and organizations, and to raise public awareness of Ontario’s history and the people who work to preserve and interpret it.
All recipients of awards receive recognition in subsequent publicity, and a framed certificate accompanied by a copy of the citation acknowledging their contribution to the heritage community.
Carnochan Award: Presented to an individual who has contributed many years of service to the heritage community.
President’s Award: Honouring a corporation, business or individual that has contributed to heritage conservation in the recent past.
Scadding Award of Excellence: Awarded to a historical society or heritage group that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of history.
Joseph Brant Award: Honouring the best book on multicultural history in Ontario, published in the past three years.
Fred Landon Award: Honouring the best book on local or regional history in Ontario, published in the past three years.
Alison Prentice Award: Honouring the best book on women’s history in Ontario, published in the past three years.
Check out all the award categories and get your nominations ready!
We were delighted to attend the Creative Commons Global Summit in Toronto back in April (and more delighted that it’ll be returning in 2018!) and to talk about open culture with fellow enthusiasts from around the world.
Since the conference, we’ve kept up the dialogue about a number of issues that affect cultural heritage everywhere: digitization and lending rights, a robust public domain, and usable licenses for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) that don’t always have clear ownership of the materials they steward.
We’re excited about a new funding program announced by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program focuses on multicultural communities in Ontario – supporting their events and sharing their stories. Small grants of up to $8,000 can get you started on an event series, digitization project, or collaboration with new partners.
We were so excited to see VITA member the County of Brant Public Library release their story anthology, Place Settings.
This compilation of short stories set in and around the library’s catchment area was edited by their 2016-2017 Writer In Residence Krista Foss.
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has released its Annual Survey of Public Libraries and now’s the time to make your VITA collections count!
We had so much fun, we’re doing it again. Library and Archives Canada are starting a second crowdsourced transcription project, after their success with the Coltman Report project using our custom-written transcription tool.
This time: the handwritten diary of Lady Agnes Macdonald from 1867 to 1869, microfilmed years ago but never before available in a searchable format.
Jess and Frances will be hosting a series of live Q&A sessions for anyone learning about VITA this summer. Whether you’re a first-timer, a summer student or intern, a long-time user looking to brush up, or an advanced user with ambitious questions, Jess and Frances will be providing demos and walk-throughs upon request.
ODW was represented at the British Columbia Library Conference at the end of April 2017!
Matt Barry, our Digital Library Developer, has been working with Dan Sifton on the Provincial Digital Library Project, a collaboration between OurDigitalWorld and the British Columbia Library Association.
Our partners at the Grey Roots Museum & Archives sent us some great news: their photograph of Agnes Macphail, the first female MP, is being featured on the #Canada150 commemorative $10 bank note available June 1st! This will be the first time that a Canadian woman appears on our money.
Earlier this year, we were able to get funding for a Digital Library Developer position to work on the Provincial Digital Library collaboration with the British Columbia Libraries Association. Our amazing DLD, Matt Barry, has been working with Dan Sifton of Vancouver Island University, on a proof-of-concept using Supplejack to ingest heritage content from a variety of institutions and platforms.
You may have noticed a few changes lately if you’re on Twitter. Linking to items hosted in VITA now expands to a beautiful full-sized image preview, or a small image preview with some descriptive text: