ODW Quarterly Newsletter
March 2021
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Spring into 2021with OurDigitalWorld!
Cemeteries Module Meeting

ODW recently co-hosted a one-day think tank to explore and consider sustainable systems for capturing and sharing cemetery, headstone, and related genealogical resources. The event was held thanks to the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage First Spark grant.



Heritage Content Priorities Task Group:
Final Report now available online

As part of the Heritage Content Priorities Task Group (HCPTG), OurDigitalWorld is happy to share the Final Report with our partners and community at large. The report is based on the work of the task group and HCPTG Digitization Survey that circulated in Spring 2020 and presents eleven recommendations for the development of the Canadiana collections and Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s digitization, hosting, and preservation services.
Capturing COVID-19 as a Community Collection

This panel session at Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2021 shared experiences from three Public Librarians about using the VITA Toolkit contribute module to collect living memories of the COVID-19 pandemic and community experiences.

The panelists discussed the challenges and benefits of  engaging community leaders, encouraging users to overcome ‘pandemic fatigue’ and navigate new technology to contribute to the collections, and about how the materials will be used going forward.

See a few of the community collections from
Newmarket, Kawartha Lakes, and Halton Hills
and more items mapped on the
COVID Community Collections Timeline

Welcome Smiths Falls
Public Library

This is a new and quickly growing collection of paintings, photos, postcards and documents depicting the life, leisure and industry in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Learn more about this historic town along the Rideau Canal by visiting the Smiths Falls Digital Collection.

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Coming soon:
Port Perry area newspapers

The Scugog Lake Historical Society has persevered through the pandemic with their project to digitize the Port Perry Star, Ontario Observer and Northern Ontario Observer, covering 1857-1933.

OurDigitalWorld provided our All-in-One Newspaper Digitization Service to find the best available copies and partnered with CRKN to digitize tens of thousands of pages. The collection will be available soon on the Scugog Digital Newspaper Collection VITA Toolkit site and discoverable through the Ontario Community Newspapers and OurOntario.ca portals.

Spring conferences: Join us!

We've been busy with the early 2021 Conference season! We missed seeing you in person, but registered delegates for the ALA Mid-Winter and OLA Super Conference can still login and find our booths and on demand sessions.

Stay tuned to find us, set up a text chat or join a video session at the National Council on Public History March 11-27 #ncph2021 and British Columbia Library Association May 3-7 #BCLAconf2021 conferences and more later this spring.
March is Women's History Month
Agnes Macphail was born to a farming family in
Grey County, Ontario on March 24, 1890.
In 1921, she was the first woman elected to Canadian Parliament.

Agnes Macphail with young supporters
Photo courtesy of a private collection, Grey Highlands Public Library Learn more ...
Funding opportunity:
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has announced its Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives regranting program.

The program has distributed over $US 24 million to digitize collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions.
For the first time this year, Canadian nonprofit institutions are eligible to apply for an award.

Also this year, the program will have a thematic focus on collections documenting the hidden histories of people who have previously be under-examined or unknown to broader audiences.

Visit the organization’s website for more information.
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