Community Partners' Meeting

On June 1, 2018, the Digitized Okanagan History project team and our community partners met for a full day of learning and discussion at UBC Okanagan. It was an opportunity to provide updates on the project and to outline our vision for future work together. A total of 39 people participated in the event representing 19 memory institutions throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:08

Experience Profile – Allison Jones

Hello all! My name is Allison and I’m a graduate student in the dual Master’s of Library & Information Science and Master’s in Archival Studies program at UBC Vancouver.

I’m very interested in local history, which is what drew me to this co-op position. In Vancouver, I have led local history walking and bus tours about labour history and social justice. This summer, I am really enjoying learning about the history of the Okanagan. I am also looking forward to working with our partner organizations and learning more about the work of local heritage institutions.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 18:39

Sicamous & District Museum & Historical Society

This site visit was the teams first of the Fall 2017 Term. This visit only had two of our team members heading out and collecting scans. This included our new Co-op student, Sarah accompanied by Sharon who had been on numerous visits over the summer. This Museum is primarily run by volunteers and is located in a building that shares space with the Okanagan Regional Library.

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 18:41

Experience Profile - Sarah Robb

Hello! I am a graduate student entering my last term of my Masters of library and information sciences. Working on the ORHDP has been an incredible experience thus far, I have had the opportunity to do hands on work and be a part of the processes of editing, gathering metadata and scanning. I have got to explore the province and work with great collections in small towns that I would not have had the chance to visit if not for this work.

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 18:49

Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives

Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives was the third over-night trip, and my last on-site collection trip of the season.

Alex and I worked on scanning the textual documents of the Katie Lacey and Kruger Family Fonds, while Sharon migrated finding-aids for them, as well as approximately 1500 pre-scanned photographs. We created more original scans here than at any other repository: over 1400 scans in three days!

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 18:50

Keremeos Museum

The site visit to the Keremeos Museum was the team’s second overnight trip this summer. The Museum was in the process of moving from its original building (an old holding cell) to its new location: the former Keremeos Masonic Hall. The building was quite spacious and came with a piano, much to Eamon’s delight. On our second day in Keremeos, Eamon and I were interviewed and photographed by a reporter for a local newspaper, so we’re looking forward to seeing what she writes about the project!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 18:53

Experience Profile - Emma Smith

I’m an undergrad entering my second year as a Psychology major. I’m enjoying taking a variety of courses, mainly concentrated in the social sciences, with the goal of going into education and/or research.

I’ve also, in no small part due to this project, been looking into a career as a librarian!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 18:54

Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery

Our project necessarily involves forging relationships with people working in the repositories of the Southern Interior; I enjoy meeting new people when we go off-site to a new museum, and occasionally I meet someone who leaves a lasting impression.

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 18:55

Migrating Content

I’m the “Geek Squad” of our project: as a computer science student, it’s my task to scope out the digital records and scanned documents of the community repositories we visit, and migrate these to an Excel spreadsheet so that our team can easily check and supplement their records for items they’ve scanned. Every museum has unique holdings, and the time it can devote to scanning and archival description depends upon its staff and financial resources. Some museums run on volunteers, whereas others have professional archivists.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 18:56

Summerland Museum and Archives

Summerland was our third site visit and first overnight trip. It also happens to be Sharon’s hometown!

We worked in the back room of the Summerland Museum and Heritage Society, surrounded by boxes of archived materials. We quickly got to work on the pre-selected photographs, which came with measurements and plenty of information ready to be plugged into our metadata spreadsheets. Also in the collection was a Women’s Institute minute book, which Alex took to scanning using our Xcanex portable scanner. We captured over 500 original scans during the course of our visit.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 18:56


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