Oshawa Public Libraries Presented with Archival and Preservation Award
On January 30, 2020, Oshawa Public Libraries proudly accepted the annual Archival and Preservation Award from the Ontario Library Association for the work they achieved through the establishment of their Local History Room. This award recognizes significant achievements in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.
The project included digitizing and preserving local historical materials, storing resources according to best practices, and forging strong community partnerships in collection development, displays, and innovative programming.
Oshawa Public Libraries’ Local History Room, located in the McLaughlin Branch, is a beautiful space that is very popular with those who are looking for more information for their family tree, as well as local history enthusiasts. Local History Librarian, Nicole Adams, is very well known for helping information seekers not just from Oshawa, but from all over the world! One customer recently expressed in a thank you email to Oshawa Public Libraries, “I can’t express my gratitude enough. It’s like you’re an angel. We haven’t been able to find these records and our older relatives have become incapacitated. We worried that the knowledge of our family would be lost. You have brought us back together again and I can’t say thank you enough. This service is amazing. You have given us the missing links to begin the research tracing my husband’s family tree.”
“Local history is really about stories. Stories about places, events, and people. By preserving and sharing our past, we learn for the future.”, says Frances Newman, C.E.O.