The Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, BC, is proud to share its artifact and archival holdings online, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada through Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
The new Bulkley Valley Museum Collections Online web site currently includes over 5,800 archival records and 3,400 artifact records, as well as over 4,200 digitized historic photographs and a growing catalogue of over 750 artifact photographs. Users can search the collection using a range of advanced search filters and options.
In early 2017, the Collections Online team will begin digitizing historic documents using optical character recognition (OCR), which will enable in-text searching of documents via an embedded PDF viewer. The team will also add photo-commenting software that will allow the museum to collect and crowdsource valuable community memories about photographs and other digitized items.
“Ideally we’ll be able to identify unknown people and places in our photographs through this commenting system,” says Kira Westby, Curator at the Bulkley Valley Museum.