VITA Toolkit newsletter:
Toolkit upgrades, new collections,
training, and more!
  • VITA 5.3 upgrades & features
  • New collections
  • Upcoming training sessions
  • New contact:

VITA 5.3: Upgrades & New Features

Data management features: All about Groups!

Associate Agency Example

"Associate Agency" groups for small collections

For agencies that manage small collections from affiliate groups in the community, you can use the new Group: Associate Agency settings to provide the affiliate’s contact information along with their records.
Show-Hide Groups screen

Too many groups?

Now you can show/hide Groups shared by other agencies...

In data management on your record “Group” screen, click the “Show/Hide” button to see or not see other agencies’ shared groups

Public site features: Meeting user needs, better...

“Print record” button

Let your users print a formatted version of just the metadata from your records.

One click and the user’s print dialogue box will appear. The print-ready result is a formatted version of the record with the record URL, title, description panel contents, and no graphics or files.
Try it here


Show us your thumbs!

Display thumbnails for external Links...
Just like in exhibits – when you add an item from an external URL, now you can add a thumbnail to illustrate it!
Things you can do with JPEG 2000s...
Add a credit line
While watermarking interferes with the user’s experience of an image, adding a credit line ensures that your organization’s brand floats in the bottom right hand corner of your JPG 2000 viewer.

OCR Snippets 4 ways
OCR can be downright ugly, but it’s oh, so useful. So we’ve come up with some new ways for you to display your full-text results:
*For JPG2000 page images only
See full "How does it work" instructions in the VITA Toolkit Network

What's new with you?

More Community Newspapers collections...

New titles, indexes, and more than 100,000 searchable pages

Richmond Hill Newspapers New titles from City of Kawartha Lakes 
  • Search pages and index records of the Canadian Post
  • Plus Victoria/ Warder and the Fenelon Falls Gazette, 1876-1916
New US titles from Cook Memorial Public Library
  • Search Lake County / Libertyville Independent, 1894-1922
  • Plus ~40,000 index records

Upcoming VITA Training

Please welcome Frances O'Regan as our new Training Coordinator!

Frances is re-thinking how we provide VITA Training sessions, so our first—slightly different—sessions will take place on Training Tuesdays! from May 17-June 7:
  • Introduction to using VITA: Adding records and images
  • Creating Virtual Exhibits
  • Adding books & documents: Uploading multi-page objects
  • Digitized Newspaper Collections: Adding community publications, issues and full text
  • Newspaper fragments: Working with clippings & index records
  • Managing your agency profile: Users, settings and contact information
  • Managing your site: Branding, settings and labels
  • Crowdsourcing user contributions & adding favourites
Login to the VITA Toolkit Network or go to the Training Calendar and use the links in the descriptions to register.

New VITA Contact Information

For VITA Toolkit support and troubleshooting
or to report error messages,
please email

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