VITA 5 adds new tools for discovery and sharing, inviting more interaction and sharing!

What’s new?

  • Groups and Exhibits are now more dynamic, full text searchable, and optimized for global discovery
  • Reach out to the community to share their stories and photos with the new Community Contribution option
  • My Favourites lets your users “collect” items, personalize and sort them
  • Multi-point geography, a spiffy new uploader, and design upgrades…

See our recent newsletters for more information!

Funding for these VITA 5 developments provided by the Government of OntarioGovernment of Ontario logo




Think, if you will, of a scrapbook created by someone who moved to Canada and what it documents… perhaps it includes photos of a family homestead in the Old Country, clippings announcing a ship’s arrival on the shores of Nova Scotia, a brochure from the train traveled from Halifax to Regina, Saskatchewan, and announcements about children born, married, or died on the new farm outside of town. Our lives–and our memoribilia–cover miles and miles. The latest addition to VITA allows you to harness the power of geolocation and map those journeys all in a few clicks…

Mulit-point Geography in VITA31.19 PM
For every record, the new tool lets you:

~ add new constraints instantly (change from Ontario, Canada, to Norway or Italy)
~add multiple locations to any record (each point of departure and destination and arrival)
~add labels to each location for context (what happened there?)
~export your locations to Google Earth
and more…

Stay tuned as we prepare to roll this out next week…

OLA Live!

OLA Live!

We had a wonderful time at OLA’s Super Conference 2014. This year we joined Ontario Library Association in celebrating 20 years of Super Conference and hosted a booth featuring the OLA Live! digital archive ( In the spirit of a digital memory-maker-space participants came by and could leave memories of their conference experiences over the years, and we uploaded the realtime videos and podcasts captured during this year’s conference.

This is an exciting new way to use VITA for special events and memory building, celebrations and more.

Haven’t seen the OLA Live! site yet? Click through the site for interviews with David Usher, memories from SuperCon attendees and celebrities, Forest of Reading award winners, and more!

Welcome to our latest VITA Toolkit subscribers!

Some are still actively building their collections, so keep an eye on the Showcase page for new collections from all around North America:

New partnerships:

Chatham Kent Partnership:

Grimsby Chatauqua:

  • Grimsby Public Art Gallery
  • Grimsby Historical Society Archives
  • Grimsby Public Library
  • Town of Grimsby

Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage Portal:

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Hall Museum
  • Including other private and local organizational collections
Upcoming ConferencesUpcoming Conferences
National Council on Public History (Ottawa, Ont. Apr 18-20)

Atlantic Provinces Library Association (Charlottetown, May 14-17)

Ontario Genealogical Society (Oshawa, Ont. May 30-June 2)

Ontario Heritage Conference (Midland, Ont. June 7-9)

American Library Association (Chicago, Ill. June 29-July 2)


Atlantic Provinces Library Association (Charlottetown, May 14-17)

Canadian Library Association (Winnipeg, Man. May 29 – June 1)

Ontario Genealogical Society (Oshawa, Ont. May 30-June 2)

Microfilmed NewspapersOurDigitalWorld is very pleased to announce our new All-in-One Newspaper Digitization Service!

Want to move your newspaper collection online? Whether you have paper or microfilm copies, index records, or clippings, we’ll do all the legwork and handle everything from digitization to display.

More information coming to this website soon. Meanwhile, you can check out this brochure or talk to us about your project ideas!

Whitby Chronicle

Building on great things, Whitby Public library has launched its new Whitby Digital Newspaper Collection. The project was made possible by a generous anonymous donation. Containing 40 titles and 140 years of local news, the newspapers can be browsed and index records searched. Coming soon will be full text searching for the newspaper pages themselves! These papers are a genealogists’ delight, and a boon for anyone from or interested in the history of Whitby, Ontario.
Check out the collection here and don’t forget to explore the Whitby Images site as well, where more than 6000 photos, documents and more.