Canadiana Bulletin - October 2012

   Vol. 10, No. 3   October 2012 logo Prepares for Trusted Digital Repository certification

Canadiana is working with the Centre for Research Libraries (CRL) to obtain certification as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR).  An initial informal review took place in September with positive results. Canadiana is one of 5 Canadian institutions intending to obtain TDR certification, the others being Scholars Portal at University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Library and Archives Canada and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

The main purpose of the project is to create a digital preservation system that can ensure the long-term integrity and usability of the objects in an institution’s care. The main areas under evaluation are: Organizational Infrastructure, Digital Object Management, and Infrastructure and Security Risk Management.

Canadiana will provide periodic update reports on its certification process.



Quebec launches mass digitization project

The Réseau Québécois de numérisation patrimoniale (RQNP) has launched an appeal for digitization initiatives relating to printed documents and other material that played an important role in the cultural evolution of Quebec. In light of all the notices we received regarding this subject, we are taking the opportunity to inform our members about the digitization services available to member organisations at preferential rates. As a Center of Excellence in the field of documentary heritage digitization, acts in support and serves as the hub for everything that relates to production, access and management of digital collections in Canada. Our library team also manages the creation of metadata which often require improvements and touch ups in order to insure coherence and good functionality on various content distribution platforms.

We urge our members to explore partnership opportunities with as a service provider in these and future projects.

• Digital Collection Management Services
• Appel à la numérisation du patrimoine culturel québécois



International interest

Canadiana is continuing to get membership and subscription enquiries from various international institutions. The latest foreign institution to become a member is the Wisconsin Historical Society. The broad range of subject matter and varied nature of the  material contained in Canadiana’s digital holdings is the main driving force behind this interest.



New on Early Canadiana Online

Some 1,200 magazine issues and close to 100 books have found a new home on ECO during the past 6 weeks. Recent additions include:

Dozens of family histories, such as, La famille Juchereau Duchesnay; The Genealogical record of the Boggs Family; Généalogie de la famille de Pierre Duguay and The Inch family of Ulster, Ireland, and New Brunswick, Canada. Also of interest to genealogists are the details of land ownership history in Quebec found in Pierre-Georges Roy’s six-volume book, Inventaire des concessions en fief et seigneurie, fois et hommages et aveux et dénombrements conservés aux Archives de la province de Québec.

Several books relating to the First World War, including the government publication One Week’s Budget for a family of five, (outlining what the Canadian family should be eating/cooking to help conserve food for the war effort) and the striking  Art & War, Canadian War memorials. This later book encompasses a collection of paintings meant to provide future generations with “... a complete pictorial record of [Canada’s] sacrifices and achievements ...” Included in the 56, often poignant, illustrations, are paintings by Group of Sevens artists A.Y. Jackson and Frederick Varley. Also of interest may be the publication, Women in the productions of munitions in Canada, which illustrates some of the roles women played during wartime, as they joined the work force in unprecedented numbers.

An apparently short-lived magazine, The Illustrated Police News and Sporting Times, with its sometimes sensationalized reporting of crimes. The first page of the first issue (July 4th 1879) jumps right into things, declaring the previous week’s murder of one Mary Gallagher, “the most atrocious crime that Montreal has ever had committed.” Just in case that claim doesn’t draw us in, there is also a ghoulish drawing of Ms. Gallagher’s severed head accompanying the article. If you have some “colourful” ancestors in your family tree, you might find some information about them in this journal.



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