Spring-clean your VITA site with these design resources

logo-hor1It’s spring, and that means spring-cleaning time. If you’re thinking about refresing the look and feel of your VITA Digital Toolkit site, we can help!

Our helpsite has tons of useful resources we’ve written about how to navigate and customize the front-end of VITA. We’ve also added some example resources from other VITA members who have graciously shared templates, posters, event plans, and other documents you can learn from. Continue reading Spring-clean your VITA site with these design resources

Grimsby Public Library’s digitization of the Grimsby Independent is complete

Three co-op students, a handful of volunteers, 10,000 pages spanning 64 years, and about 500 hours of labour later and the Grimsby Public Library has a reason to celebrate.

We’re delighted to see VITA member Grimsby Public Library receive some much-deserved attention for their digitization of the Grimsby Independent. You can see the completed project on their VITA site, along with index records of other papers.

There’s also a party today! From 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the Grimsby Public Library, there will be both cake and history!

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This week: ODW at the OLS-N First Nation Spring Gathering and the AAO Annual Conference

You can find us at several industry events this week. Tomorrow, Allana will be at the OLS-North First Nation Public Libraries Spring Gathering in Sudbury, sharing information about digitization and upcoming funding opportunities.

Later this week, Loren and Jess will be at the Archives Association of Ontario’s 2019 Annual Conference, where ODW will have an exhibitor booth and Loren will be presenting a session on working with newspapers publishers to ensure preservation and access of Ontario’s local news. Continue reading This week: ODW at the OLS-N First Nation Spring Gathering and the AAO Annual Conference

Congratulations to the recipients of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program grants

Congratulations to our two VITA member organizations who have received grants through the Library and Archives Canada DHCP funding opportunity this year.

The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario have been receiving a multi-year grant to digitize Tweedsmuir histories and other WI documents.

Our new member, the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation, will be digitizing and sharing the work of George Hunter, one of Canada’s most celebrated photographers.

The recipients of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) for 2019–2020 were announced today at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Twelve projects submitted by organizations from Ontario will receive funding. They include:

  • Images of Ontario by George Hunter, RCA – Digitization and Preservation Project (Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation), Mississauga, $24,906
  • The WI Historical Documents: A Legacy to Canada (Federated Women Institute of Ontario), Stoney Creek, $100,000

Presentation on the challenges of historical newspaper digitization & research, tonight!

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Tonight at 7pm Walter Lewis will be presenting to the Uxbridge Genealogy Group at the Uxbridge Public Library.

Walter’s interests lie in both the intricacies of digitizing old print & microforms, and in navigating historical newspapers’ own idiosyncrasies. The presentation will cover the accuracy and biases of local journalists, the many interesting ways to find birth, marriage, and death information, things all researchers should know about microfilm and OCR, tips & tricks to navigate conflicting stories, and the ways local coverage changed over time (and slowly got replaced with syndicated stories).

If you’re in the area, stop by the Uxbridge Public Library and enjoy the talk!