Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Yesterday I attended the BC Digitization Update session in Vancouver, BC. This was a follow-up to the BC Digitization Symposium of 2008 which I wrote about then.

Speakers were:

Lynne Copeland, President,, also University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University

Carolyne Presser, Chair, Marketing & Membership, previously Director of Libraries, University of Manitoba

Simon Neame, Chair, BC Digitization Coalition, and Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia

Gordon Coleman, Project Co-ordinator, BC Electronic Library Network

Chris Hives, University Archivist, University of British Columbia Library

There was a good range of participants from Lower Mainland academic and public libraries and larger museums, and a few from outside the region, as well as representatives from the British Columbia Genealogical Society. the British Columbia Historical Federation and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre, the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre and the Pacific Newspaper Group (a division of Canwest Publishing Inc.).

The first presentation was about's current membership and outreach approaches, next was an update on the BC Digitization Coalition's work, a look at the Digital Collection Builder (DCB) software, and then information on the BC History Digitization Program and its 2010 grants.

There were good questions asked throughout and the session wrapped up with a discussion centred around the participants' comments on the 'Components' document published in the Spring by the BC Digitization Coalition.

I have a lot of ideas and concerns about strategies for digitizing British Columbia and Canada's historical resources, so I'll be posting those and more about these presentations over the next few days.


BC Digitization Coalition

BC History Digitization Program

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