The B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP), an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, has been awarded a Programs and Services Merit Award by the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA). The award was presented at the annual BCLA conference in April. The awards committee noted that the organization was impressed with the project’s scope and its ability to connect communities across the province through their histories.

The BCHDP, launched in 2006, provides matching funds for digitization projects that provide free online access to B.C.’s unique historical material. In 2007, funding was awarded to 17 successful program applicants from around the province; that number increased to 21 in 2008. For more information, please visit

Congratulations to University Archivist Chris Hives, and his team members Bronwen Sprout and Rob Stibravy, who developed and administered the program. Congratulations also to the adjudication team members: Pat Roy, George Sipos, Mark Jordan, Chris Ball, Patrick Dunnae and Simon Neame. Thank you all for your vision and commitment.

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