"The Ministry of Education recognizes the importance of improving electronic access to cultural and historical information," said Education Minister, Russ Marchuk. "With access to a digital collection of history, the learning possibilities for Saskatchewan citizens are endless."
"The University Library at the U of S has led the development of this portal and overall strategy, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance," said Vicki Williamson, dean of the University Library. "This was a wonderful opportunity to utilize our expertise and infrastructure in the field of digitization and also build important partnerships with libraries, museums and cultural institutions across the province for the benefit of education."
Named "Saskatchewan History Online", this new tool allows users to search collections by keywords similar to searching library catalogues. Researchers, teachers, educators, students and the public will be able to find artifacts they previously would have never seen—including photos, scrapbooks and personal items that tell stories of Saskatchewan's past. Beyond the ability to search, another unique feature is "Historypin" which allows people to view changes in a building, location or landscape from past to present using a map-like application on their smartphones.
Today's event is part of province-wide celebrations of Saskatchewan Library Week and Saskatchewan Education Week, and represents a significant milestone in the three-year project. While the site is now available, the University Library and the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance will continue to work together to add more content over the coming months.
The portal is online and available to the public to search for free at www.saskhistoryonline.ca.
For more information, contact:
Gillian Galambos, Communications Co-ordinator
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-6559
Ministry of Education
Tel: (306) 787-1069