Lacrosse, Twitter, and Digitizing First Nations Materials

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



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 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

Discussing women’s history at the OWHN Annual Conference in October

Allana Mayer will be presenting her work on our Ontario’s Multicultural History virtual exhibits at the Ontario Women’s History Network Annual Conference, happening in Ottawa and Gatineau October 26th-27th.

This year’s conference theme is Exhibiting Gender: Telling Her Stories. Allana will be chatting about curating exhibits and what’s available online about women’s history in Ontario.

All are welcome to register, and there are early-bird discounts if you register before October 9th. We hope to see you there!
Click to see the program.

Our VITA sites are back online!

We are thrilled to say that we’ve finished the restore process for our VITA Toolkit partner sites. All sites are now back online, and your search results should be working.

You may discover an occasional item record that fails to load as we finish restoring some of the biggest files in our collections.
See a list of our VITA Toolkit sites on

If you visit a VITA site and continue to see an error message about the site being offline, please make sure to clear your cache and refresh the original URL (removing the “/offline” at the end).

If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch at If you’re with a VITA member organization and want to stay updated about the administrative side of VITA, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

An update on our VITA Toolkit disruption

Due to an unexpected service interruption, some of our VITA Toolkit digital collections are offline. We are working diligently to restore these collections for public search and discovery. Many are now back online, but as a result of this, you may encounter some links to an “offline” message either on individual VITA Toolkit sites or in the portal. All content will be back and available as soon as possible.

The Government Documents and INK sites are not affected.

Thanks for your patience. Please check back or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Unexpected Service Disruption with VITA Toolkit websites and management

We had an unexpected server issue over the weekend. All VITA sites and accounts are affected. We are currently restoring the sites.

You may see some sites come online ahead of others – the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario Digital Collections is already back online, for example. Other ODW websites such as will have some links that lead to “offline” content for the moment, but INK and Government Documents are not affected.

We will post an update as soon as you can start using VITA again. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue. If you have any concerns, please let us know at Thank you!

Library and Archives Canada is looking for your input!

Late yesterday afternoon, Library and Archives Canada announced a ten-day consultation period about their upcoming Strategic Plan to 2022.

Continue reading Library and Archives Canada is looking for your input!