Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2019’

Last week we attended the Ontario Library Association SuperConference in Toronto. We love getting the chance to catch up with VITA members and show off our newest upgrades.

Besides our usual Expo Hall booth, we shared research in a few ways. Our practicum student Tiffany Luk presented a poster about web traffic to VITA newspaper collections, and ODW Media Coordinator Allana Mayer led a session on our 2018 survey of digitization in Ontario public libraries.

Grab a copy of our full report, the slides from our presentation, and a list of digitization resources. They’re on our website now!

Discover these new collections in VITA

  • New VITA member Weston Historical Society has digitized and uploaded 35,000 newspaper pages from fragile paper & microfilm
  • Waterloo Public Library has added 125,000 pages of the Waterloo Chronicleand related titles from microfilm and paper, plus their index records, dating back to 1868
  • Newmarket Public Library digitized the 1967 History of the Town of Newmarket, a 370-page text by Ethel Willson Trewhella
  • Timmins Public Library complemented their existing online index of the Porcupine Advance newspaper with 25,000 digitized microfilm pages
  • Oakville Public Library replaced 15,000 pages of already-digitized issues of theOakville Beaver and Oakville North News, improving image quality over old microfiche with better-preserved paper copies
  • The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario digitized some 90,000 Tweedsmuir histories and Women’s Institute documents over the course of 2018, and continue to gather and scan more materials from all over the province