Hot off the press it’s the 2019-2020 Digitzation Centre Impact Report!

This report highlights key activities of the Digitization Centre over the past year including: new and highlighted collections, software enhancements and upgrades, and user engagement statistics.

With over 219,000 users accessing Open Collections, engagement grew substantially from last year’s 190,000 visitors. While the majority of users continue to be from Canada and especially British Columbia, there is substantial engagement from outside of British Columbia and internationally.

New additions to Open Collections include:

The Nelson Daily News (featured in a recent blog post): Published between 1902 and 1980, phase I of this project makes available 5598 editions of the newspaper from 1902 to 1920.

Interim Forest Cover Series Maps: Produced from the first-ever systematic inventory of British Columbia’s forests conducted from 1951-1957, these maps are a much-used source of information on timber resources in the province. Very cool looking collection as well.

Pedestal: This Vancouver feminist periodical was published between 1969 and 1976 and was digitized in partnership with SFU Archives and the Vancouver Women’s Caucus.


Other honourable mentions:

Improvements to Open Collections: Search and indexing features were upgraded to facilitate users’ ability to filter and sort their search results.

Additions to the Harry Hawthorn Fly Fishing Collection: As much as the idea of fly-fishing might make you yawn, this collection features many items dating back to the 1700s, offering a unique historical perspective on more than just fishing.

Web Archiving: Major additions to UBC’s web archiving portal on Archive-it include updates to the Trans-Mountain Pipeline collection and the collection related to the Site C Dam.

Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Project: Though it may bore the average user to tears, we have been working hard in preparation for changing our legacy content management system to DSpace 7. While we made excellent progress last year, there is still much to do.

Thanks for checking this out and if you want more details, remember to read the report!

n.b. featured image from the RBSC Bookplates Collection.

Are you wanting to practise your Italian? Learn more about Italian history in its own language? Koerner Library has just acquired a number of recent releases in the Italian language in Humanities and Social Sciences. Check out some highlights below.

Pasolini by Antonio Tricomi
Pasolini by Antonio Tricomi (Italian) | e-book

A profile of Pasolini’s varied works as well as a review of the main critical interpretations of these works.

Il teatro gay in Italia. Testi e documenti - Antonio Pizzo - Libro - Accademia University Press - Mimesis journal books | IBS
Il teatro gay in Italia: testi e documenti edited by Antonio Pizzo (Italian) | e-book

Collects historical and contemporary texts, as well as critical analyses around queer theater in Italy to give a sense of the cultural context in which this movement was born.

Profondo Sud. Storia, documentario e Mezzogiorno - Mariangela Palmieri - Libro - Liguori - Cinema e storia | IBS
Profondo Sud: storia, documentario e Mezzogiorno by Mariangela Palmieri (Italian) | e-book

Considers a large number of documentaries about the South of Italy, and the role these films have played in establishing an identity for this area.

Cityscapes of hellenistic Sicily : proceedings of a conference of the Excellence Cluster Topoi : the formation and Transformation of Space and knowledge in ancient civilizations held at Berl: 9788854910027: Books -
Cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily: proceedings of a Conference of the Excellence Cluster Topoi: the Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations (English, Italian, German) | e-book

Includes contributions in English and German as well as Italian.


Rinascimento in mostra
Rinascimento in mostra: la civiltà italiana tra storia e ideologia all’Esposizione universale di Roma by Igor Melani (Italian) | e-book

Exploresthe “Exhibition of Italian Civilization” conceived as part of the planned 1942 Universal Exposition in Rome.

La Storia sul grande schermo. Risorgimento e Resistenza nel cinema italiano tra Ricostruzione e miracolo economico (1945-1965) - Pietro Cavallo - Libro - Liguori - Storia contemporanea | IBS
Storia sul grande schermo: Risorigmento e Resistenza nel cinema italiano tra Ricostruzione e miracolo economico (1945-1965) by Pietro Cavallo (Italian) | e-book

Examines cinema between the Second World War and 1960s in Italy, and the role it plays in emotionally reconstructing the past.


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