Hello all! My name is Kayla Hilstob and I have recently joined the Digitized Okanagan History team.
This summer, I completed my Master of Library and Information Studies at UBC Vancouver. My role in this project is to research and plan how we may include local historic newspapers in the DOH project. I will be exploring what’s out there, and how we may work with our partners to digitize and make it publicly available on this site.
Before joining the team, I studied political science at UBC, and then worked at UBC Okanagan (UBCO) library. Finding my love for libraries, I attended UBC’s iSchool and continued building my skills with UBCO library as a student, in research and records management. I look forward to using these skills on the DOH project, while learning more about the region.
Being from Lake Country and with family history here, I feel personally drawn to the project. There is much to be discovered in the thousands of pages of historic newspapers for anyone looking to learn more about the history of their family, local arts & culture, and the economy. I also feel that newspapers are a unique source to understand political history and public opinion. This new portal would invite this kind of exploration, among others!
I am excited to play a role in making this kind of information easily available and accessible to everyone, and look forward to eventually browsing the collection, myself. If you have any suggestions or questions about the project, I would be happy to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment or send me and email.
This position is made possible through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions program. This program allows young Canadians to gain practical work experience related to their studies and explore career opportunities.