Category Archives: Digitization

Digitized Canadian Documentary Heritage available to all!

Canadian Research Knowledge Network | November 15, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage will be available at no charge to users. The Canadiana collections are the largest online collections of early textual Canadiana in the world. The removal of the subscription paywall will allow unimpeded access to this unique historical content for researchers, students, faculty, and all users in Canada and around the world…

The Canadiana collections include three flagship collections: Early Canadiana Online, Héritage, and Canadiana Online. The Early Canadiana Online and Canadiana Online collections are comprised of Canadian monographs, periodicals, government publications, newspapers and annuals and amount to over 19 million pages. The Héritage collection, developed in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and CRKN, includes 900 collections of 41 million pages of archival materials.

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Karen Hibbard – 3 Poems by Eve Joseph

Each year, UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting the breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal and professional interests.

Discover the new video poem collaboration 3 Poems by Eve Joseph from artist Karen Hibbard.  Both Eve Joseph and Karen Hibbard were panelists at the recent Spring 2016 UVic Author Celebration event.

Karen Hibbard-Eve Joseph

Screenshot from 3 Poems by Eve Joseph

Karen Hibbard

Karen Hibbard is a contemporary visual artist living in Victoria, BC. She has been teaching art with the UVic Faculty of Education since 2012 and previously taught art at the University of Manitoba. Karen’s video and animation projects are distributed by Video Pool (Winnipeg, MB) as well as archived at VACAVU. She has a MFA in Print Media from Concordia University, Montréal. Exhibiting across Canada, Europe, Japan and the US, she is included in many collections, including Loto-Québec, Banque Nationale du Canada and the MOMA Artist Book Collection.

Her first video poem- Waking at the Mouth of the Willow River by poet Don McKay, Night Field (McLelland and Stewart, 1992) won second prize at the Victoria Writers Festival in 2014.

This 2nd collaboration titled 3 poems by Eve Joseph (2015) features Eve Joseph’s poetry from her book, The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010). The video animation was exhibited at Vancouver Island School of Art in November, 2015. The exhibition entitled In Cahoots was curated by Efren Quiroz.

Eve Joseph

Eve Joseph is a poet/writer who grew up in North Vancouver and now lives in Victoria. Her recently-released book In the Slender Margin, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award. Her two books of poetry, The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) & The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award and in 2010 she was awarded the P.K. Page Founder’s Award for poetry.

Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time edited by James Gifford

The Modernist Versions Project is pleased to make available a critical edition of Ernest Hemingway's very scarce first major work, in our time: The 1924 Text and "In Our Time" & "They All Made Peace-What Is Peace?": The 1923 Text. A hand-corrected .txt file is provided for digital scholarship/textual analysis.

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British Library – great literary treasures online!

May 14, 2014 | British Library

The British Library has posted more than 1000 literacy treasures (manuscripts, diaries, letters and other materials) belonging to authors from the Romantic and Victoria periods: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Bronte sisters, Oscar Wilde, Shelley and Wordsworth. There are newspaper clippings, adverts and photographs provide context for the time the authors lived in. This collection is available from a new website called Discovering Literature –

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Historical Debates of Parliament of Canada

The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal provides a centralized, streamlined means of accessing historical debates of the Senate and House of Commons, in both official languages.

The Senate and House of Commons Debates, commonly known as the Debates, or Hansard, contain the transcribed, edited and corrected record of full deliberations of both Houses of Parliament.

Since the adoption of official reporting (in 1871 for the Senate and 1880 for the House of Commons), the daily editions of the Hansard were issued in bound, well-indexed volumes. This site has been produced from digitized editions of these volumes, all available under their corresponding Parliament and Session, in the Browse function of this portal.

This portal includes reconstituted debates, which represent debates for the years prior to the adoption of official reporting. These reconstituted debates are an unofficial version of the debates, drawn from newspaper reports of the day. Finally, the portal also includes translated debates for the Senate of Canada, which began its official report in English only. All of the reconstituted and translated content can be identified in the records.

In 1994, the House began to distribute its publications electronically by making its publications accessible worldwide through the Parliament of Canada Web site. The Senate followed suit in 1996. To access debates from these dates and later, please visit, under Parliamentary Business.

ARL/Ithaka S=R Survey findings: Libraries and Digitized Special Collections

Feb 21, 2013 | Asociation of Research Libraries

ARL and Ithaka S+R Release Findings on Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections Appraising Our Digital Investment

ARL and Ithaka S+R today released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF), a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections.

"Hundreds of special collections have been digitized by ARL libraries in the past two decades and the majority of our members view digitization of rare and unique materials as critical to their future," said ARL Executive Director Elliott Shore. "This survey offers a close look at the practices, attitudes, costs, and revenues associated with post-digitization activity."

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BC Bibliography

The BC Bibliography is a collaborative venture to combine the traditional tools of bibliography with the new tools of the digital world to transform our understanding of and insight into the history and life of British Columbia.

Bibliography is the science of describing published works. The bibliography of British Columbia is located in traditional printed bibliographies.* The goal of the BC Bibliography group is to build a single searchable database of the bibliography of BC, based on searchable digital versions of the books. The result will allow scholars, students, and the public unparalleled access to knowledge about our province.

This prototype contains 160 works, contributed by:

University of British Columbia Library (lead)
Legislative Library of BC
Royal BC Museum and Archives
Simon Fraser University Library
University of Northern British Columbia Library
University of Victoria Library
Vancouver Public Library

Queen Victoria’s Journals now online

“Queen Victoria was the longest serving British monarch, reigning as Queen from 1837 to 1901 and as Empress of India from 1877. In total 141 volumes of her journal survive, numbering 43,765 pages. They have never before been published in their entirety and have hitherto only been accessible to scholars by appointment at the Royal Archives. Edited excerpts have been published in print but they cover only a fraction of the whole…

Publication of this first release of Queen Victoria’s Journals marks not only the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth (24 May 1819), but also the current Diamond Jubilee celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth II. It makes available online digital images of every page in the entire sequence of Queen Victoria’s diaries, and provides full transcriptions and keyword searching of the journal entries covering the period from Queen Victoria’s first diary entry in July 1832 to her marriage to Prince Albert in February 1840.

The Queen Victoria’s Journals resource is the product of a unique partnership between the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives, working in collaboration with the online publisher ProQuest.

This website reproduces as high-resolution colour images, every page of the surviving volumes of Queen Victoria’s journals, along with separate photographs of the many illustrations and inserts within the pages.

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