- Digitization Services
June 2012 marks the return of Canadiana's Bulletin. This monthly publication is not meant to replace the quarterly Newsletter, but rather to keep Canadiana.org members informed of ongoing activities and events.
On June 25 Canadiana announced a national search portal commemorating the War of 1812. This open-access resource collects historical documents and artifacts related to the war, including rare or unique books, maps, memoirs and military correspondence. Also featured are images of War of 1812 artefacts contributed by our partners at Parks Canada.
The collection will grow over the next two years as more items are added from our own collection and as additional contributions reach us from partner organizations. Please contact us would like to add relevant items to this collection.
As part of the Digital Collection Management Services initiative announced in our Spring 2012 Newsletter, Canadiana is releasing an information brochure summarizing our digital services. Our wider aim is to inform organizations requiring assistance with digitization, preserving and providing online access to their documents contained in microfiche, microfilm or in original text.
· Download our services brochure (PDF)
On June 28 Canadiana held a “Lunch and Learn” presentation about its digital services to the Federal Libraries Consortium. Representatives from 11 federal government libraries attended the event and expressed substantial interest in a Canada-based digital preservation solution. Canadiana wishes to thank Anne Chartrand of Library and Archives Canada, who coordinated and organized the session.
Earlier this year Canadiana made the decision to obtain certification as a Trusted Digital Repository by means of an audit from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries.
Through this audit, we hope to become the second certified Trusted Digital Repository in Canada. This audit conforms to the guidelines contained in the TRAC checklist and evaluates repositories on three main areas: Organizational Infrastructure, Digital Object Management, and Infrastructure and Security Risk Management. Substantial progress was made toward all three requirement areas in June and regular update reports will follow over the next few months.
Canadiana held its Annual General Meeting June 7, 2012 in Ottawa. Key items included the election of a new Board of Directors as well as the appointment of Leslie Weir, University of Ottawa's Chief Librarian, as incoming President. Leslie replaces Lynn Copeland, who successfully guided Canadiana through the past three years of significant change to the organization. Jane Pyper, Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Library, takes over as Vice President.
The Board thanked Canadiana staff for a very productive year and looked forward to seeing the new initiatives come to fruition during the year ahead.
Special recognition was given to Christine Veilleux for 30 years of excellent work with Canadiana as a researcher and translator.
Each month, Early Canadiana Online expands its collections as hundreds of titles pass through the scanning room. Recent additions worthy of note include:
· The Trinity College student publication, Rouge et noir. The great Canadian poet, Archibald Lampman, contributed some of his earliest writings to this magazine. His first published poem, “Verses” appeared in the Feb. 1882 issue.
· The Listening post, The Brazier, The Rouelles camp magazine, and In & out. With these four titles, we continue to add to our collection of “trench journals” and other magazines relating to the First World War.
· Ayamiaywatikom mawnitosaykaekan = La croix de Ste Anne and La croix = Ayamiaywatik. Published mostly in Cree syllabics, (with some French and English text), these were primarily religious journals with interesting descriptions of Cree life.
· Le Figaro and Le charivari. Two humorous French-Canadian magazines. In the second half of the 19th century, mounting political and religious debates in Quebec produced a boom in satirical magazines catering to the new literate middle classes. There are currently 35 such magazines in ECO.