Saturday, 20 January 2018

OPL updates local history content online

The local history page on Ottawa Public Library’s website is being improved.
Librarian Romaine Honey tells me it’s a work in progress, now including an explanation of OPL local history collections; lists of community organizations and local history blogs; and a link to Recommended Resources catalogue lists.
There's a “Digital Ottawa” section which includes links to Internet Archive digital versions of titles held in the Ottawa Room (something I've been advocating for a long time). At the moment there are only 49 digital titles listed with more being added monthly. I hope they take a look at the rare volumes in the glass front cabinet in the Ottawa Room and add those as many are also already digitized.
“Digital Ottawa” has links to digitized community newspapers and the Ottawa Digital Archive on the Toronto Public Library’s Virtual Reference Library too.
This is a significant step forward. Maybe one day we'll see OPL contributing by digitizing some of their unique material.

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