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.
Join us at the Ontario Museum Association annual conference, October 17-19 in Niagara Falls!
John F. Reid is a genealogist and advocate concerned with making more digitized newspaper content available. Mr. Reid followed up with us after seeing our bid for votes for the Heritage Trust Project grant proposal to enhanceour heritage newspaper portals. See his full blog post here:
Vote for more, better heritage news online!
OurDigitalWorld is a finalist for the EMC Heritage Trust Project grant–and your vote counts! ODW will use the grant to develop and enhance our existing beta news portals (http://ink.ourontario.ca and http://news2.ourontario.ca) so that we can streamline and increase access to one of the largest free collections of digitized newspaper pages and index records. Much of the news content is uploaded by VITA Toolkit subscribers!
The winning project is based on social media broadcasting and accumulated votes for the finalists. Help us with your votes and share the news on your Facebook pages!
We’ll be demonstrating the VITA Toolkit at Ontario Library Association’s annual Super Conference. Join us February 2 and 3 at Expo booth #434/436 for an onsite tour of the software and featured collections.