Here at the Digitization Centre we are fascinated and excited by the vast amount of primary-source material that our digitization work exposes us to.  Whether a document of historic significance, a beautiful illustration, or even a particularly fine typeface, we are frequently amazed by the materials we’re working to share with the world.  So much so, that not only will we crowd around to ogle a particularly interesting specimen, but we’ve started decorating our workplace with copies of some of our favorites.  But why stop there?  Surely, we can’t be the only ones geeky enough to appreciate such “gems” in our collections, and so we’ve decided to share them here with you.  Below you will find some of our favorites, hand-picked by staff from both existing and upcoming collections.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  

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Flickr Uploads Updates!

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
We’ve uploaded a few new collection albums to our Flickr account! All of our Flickr account albums are curated to between 25 and 50 images that represent the collections. Check out all of our albums. The newest collection is 50 curated bookplates from our RBSC bookplates collection. Here are a few of the images up […]

Explore Open Collections: B.C. Books

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
It’s time again for another “Exploring Open Collections” installment! This week we’re taking a look at one of our biggest collections (and one that’s featured) B.C. Historical Books. Previous to the Open Collections launch B.C. Historical Books was known as B.C. Bibliography and was a standalone site associated with Digital Initiatives – now it’s been […]

Explore Open Collections: B.C. Historical Newspapers

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
  B.C. Historical Newspapers collection is a priceless resource for anyone interested in the history of British Columbia. In fact it is one of our most well used, well-loved collections!The [current] selection of 94 papers [and growing!] and 30,000 items reflects the social and culture life of the communities they were published in, making them […]

100+ Years of the Unluckiest Day

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
Check the date of this post Friday November 13. A special day for Triskaidekaphobes, people who fear the number 13. Traditionally, in the Western world any Friday the 13th is considered unlucky. Are you freaked out? If you are, you’re not alone. Recorded fears start as early as the 19th century, but some say the practice  may […]

Explore Open Collections: CiTR Audiotapes

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
In a collaborative effort between the UBC Library Digitization Centre and CiTR 101.9 FM, the Student Radio Society of the University of British Columbia, over 300 digitized audio files of CiTR vault content are now available from Open Collections to listen or download in the CiTR Audiotapes Collection. The CiTR Audiotapes collection offers a wealth of […]

Exploring Open Collections: What Can You Find?

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
With over 138,535 unique digital objects on Open Collections (and mores showing up every day!) you might be overwhelmed, especially with all whiz-bang visualizations and featured collections. In our “Exploring Open Collections” series we’ll pick an aspect of the portal to explore and share with you guys! With so many objects how do I find […]

Introducing Open Collections

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
Ancient Egyptian scrolls, sixteenth century explorer’s maps, misty photographs of the British Columbia pioneer towns, and audio recordings of your favorite local bands—these are just some of the resources we offer digitally. Now, with a new digital portal called Open Collections, you will be able to access our materials in a whole new way. Open […]

How We Digitize: An Open Book with the ATIZ

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
We’re written about a few of our digitization techniques from the context scanner to flatbed scanning, but now it’s time to get into the hard stuff- that’s right I’m talking about the fancy book scanners.   These book scanners, known as ATIZ (pronounced A-tease) workstations, are used from imaging rare books –ones we can’t chop into […]

Family, Friends & Festivities! (and Photos)

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
Thanksgiving is a time for fun, food and friends! To celebrate this festive weekend we’ve gathered together some of our favorite f(ph)otos of families from our digital collection. Want to see more? Type in “family” in on our digital collections page! Refine your search to find only images or search within specific collections. To enlarge the image […]

Our Impact Report for 2014-2015

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Alexandra Kuskowski
We’ve got an exciting announcement! You can now check out our 2014-2015 Impact Report. To download it click here. It’s a short 2 pager, packed with tons of cool information, and pictures! Learn about the new projects we’ve added over the year, get some juicy quotes from our collaborators, and find out whats coming up.   […]

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