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We’re organizing two sessions at the OLA Super Conference! You can also visit us in the Expo Booth on Thursday and Friday – at booth #536!


When Things Get Personal: Digitizing Your Community History
Thursday, February 2 10:45AM

Join ODW and our panel to discuss examples of personal information requests, policies and management from community newspapers & indexes, school publications, and Tweedsmuir histories. We’ll discuss some real-life experiences of the ethics and challenges of undertaking community digitization projects to start the conversation.
Bridging the Gap: Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, Museums
Friday, February 3 2PM

Learn more about Linked Open Data and why it is important to/for the LAM Community. Our panel will address issues in collaborating on LOD projects across LAM institutions and the current state of LOD in Canada.

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Ontario’s newspaper collections keep growing, plus more from Illinois!

Clarington Public Library

  • The complete set of newspapers from Clarington area are online now
  • Browse & search ~150,000 pages from the Orono, Bowmanville, & Clarington area!

Illinois Newspapers Portal
Coming soon…

  • More Kawartha Lakes area newspaper titles and issues, from Lindsay to Bobcaygeon and Omemee!
  • Highland Park and Downers Grove Public Libraries from Illinois are adding community newspapers & index records


Register now for upcoming training sessions!

See the VITA Toolkit training calendar for upcoming dates and sessions.

Sessions include the basics like:

  • Adding and Managing records
  • Managing your Agency
  • Managing your Site
  • Creating Exhibits

Media-specific sessions for text, newspapers, indexing, audio, & video

Community interaction modules like contributions, favourites, and testimonials!

And advanced features like web pages, batch uploads and using templates.

All our webinars are online, in real time, and they’re free and open to everyone!

Join us November 15, 22, 29 & December 6.

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You’re invited to take the new VITA Toolkit Help site for a test drive.

Look familiar? It is! We’re harnessing the power of VITA Toolkit to help you and here’s how…

The new VITA Toolkit Help brings together
all your support materials
in an interactive, open access site.
Go to

Like our look?
VITA Help has a new look and some custom display features we can share with you!

What you’ll find at VITA Toolkit Help…

  • familiar & easy to use platform
  • no login required
  • keyword & advanced search
  • browse by group or topic

Manuals for every workflow

Fully searchable manuals can be browsed online or downloaded in full, by the page, or chapter-by-chapter

New guides about…

  • Promoting your site
  • Helping users search your collections
  • Sample plans, policies & permissions
  • Hosting digitization day events

Share your tips
Use the “comments” feature to add your work-around tips and advice for everyone to see and help build a powerful knowledge base about using VITA. And, yes, you can be anonymous!

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Have a workflow questions?
Got an error message?

Visit the help site at

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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

On Thursday, October 15, 2015 OurDigitalWorld will be conducting our semi-annual hardware review and server maintenance.

There are some upgrades to install so we anticipate having the servers ( and therefore access to our services) offline from 11 AM until 1 PM.

If we are finished in advance of this, we will post a further update.

OurDigitalWorld’s holiday schedule means we will be closed:

December 24-26 inclusive
December 31-January 2 inclusive

However you celebrate at this time of year, we wish you happiness, warmth, friendship and fun, and we look forward to working with you in the New Year!


Whether you’re interested in learning more about the extensive historical collections available through our portals and local history sites or you’re looking for information on how to get started on a digitization project of your own, join us for three upcoming sessions through the Southern Ontario Library Services Special Interest Webinars — free!

Tuesday, November 4 at 11 a.m. EDT

Find Ontario historical collections at your library

Thursday, November 13 at 3 p.m. EDT

Newspaper digitization: Moving your community news online

Thursday, November 27 at 3 p.m. EDT…..

Digitization project planning for local history collections

Join us for live training webinars in October!

New to VITA or want to learn more? Come to the VITA Overview on October 14

Site administrators: Realize your Super Powers on October 14 with Site & Agency Management sessions

Everyone working on multimedia collections will want to learn the Data Management workflows October 22

Plus plan users can discover What’s Plus? on October 22

Working with Audio and Video? Oh, October 22 is for you…

Uploading documents, scrapbooks, or other texts? Join us October 30

Managing full-run newspaper collections is a unique process: See just how unique on October 30

And the fun stuff:

Building and Displaying Exhibits, October 30

How to activate & customize your Community Contributions & My Favourites options, October 14, 22 & 30

For all sessions, please register here — they’re free!