EMC Heritage Trust Project Grant to Help Library Digitize and Preserve Largest Collection of Canadian Company Annual Reports
EMC Corporation today announced the C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library, part of The University of Western Ontario Libraries, was one of eight organizations worldwide receiving an EMC Heritage Trust Project grant through the company's Information Heritage Initiative program. Through the initiative, EMC has donated more than $20 million to date to help advance the preservation and accessibility of information heritage. The 2011 grants will support projects that digitize, protect and improve access to cultural information in communities around the world.
"This is the fourth year of the EMC Heritage Trust Project and the fourth time we have had at least one Canadian organization receiving a grant," said Michael Sharun, Managing Director of EMC Canada. "Preserving Canada's heritage plays an important role in maintaining our cultural identity and EMC is proud to support organizations seeking to make this country's past more accessible."
"Photographs, ancient writings, letters, film, music and visual art are all part of the world's information heritage. Yet many of these historical treasures are at risk of disappearing," said Bill Teuber, Vice Chairman, EMC Corporation. "Through the EMC Heritage Trust Project, we are dedicated to helping local community organizations worldwide preserve and protect these historic artifacts so that future generations can continue to enjoy and learn from them."
The C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library houses the largest collection of Canadian businesses' annual reports in the country. The US$10,000 Heritage Trust Project grant will be used to help digitize the collection and make it more accessible to researchers.
"Our library is shifting from being a storehouse for printed material to being more of a knowledge centre for the Richard Ivey School of Business, which is also part of The University of Western Ontario," says Joyce Garnett, University Librarian. "The goal is to allow people to better interact in a digital environment and digitizing the annual report collection will be a big step forward in achieving that goal."
The Canadian Annual Reports Collection encompasses more than 6,300 firms, dating back as far as 1867. The Libraries'collection includes the annual reports and other documents of two iconic Canadian companies – Canadian Tire Inc. and Labatt Breweries of Canada, now part of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The reports are of value not only because of the financial record they provide of individual companies, but also because they present a view of the social and cultural thoughts from the past and the corporate stories of individual companies.
Digitizing the collection not only makes it more accessible; it helps protect the collection from damage or theft.
The EMC Information Heritage Initiative program was formalized in 2007 to recognize organizations and individuals that protect and preserve invaluable cultural information from around the world through digitization, allowing readily accessible online research and education. Using the same criteria for excellence that guide this initiative and deployed in local communities, the EMC Heritage Trust Project was created to recognize and support people and projects that practice and inspire the digital stewardship of the world's information heritage. For 2011, EMC received 95 applications from 19 countries for grant consideration.
The EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients were selected based on the following criteria: potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to this information; the at-risk status of the information and why it is urgent to digitize; and how significant the EMC grant would be to the overall success of the project.
In addition to the C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library, the 2011 EMC Heritage Trust Project grantees are:
Chile: Organización Comunitaria Funcional (OCF) Londres 38, Memorial House -- The EMC grant will help expand the digital archive and update the online reference catalogue of Londres 38, a memorial space, to help protect records of the memories associated with the repression and violation of human rights that took place in Chile.
Chile: General Historic Archives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile -- The EMC grant will digitize 3,000 photographs from the General Historic Archive collection making them more readily accessible online. Most of these original photographs portray a wide range of Chilean and foreign social, political and diplomatic historical episodes from 1876 to 2006.
China: The Tongji University Library -- The EMC grant will digitize unique and valuable information from the Tongji University Library's collection of books and antiquated texts published during the Republic of China. These resources are significant to the history of city planning and architectural development in the Yangtze River Delta.
Ireland: Boole Library, University College, Cork -- The EMC grant will support the creation of a publicly available digital archive of printed books and papers of mathematician George Boole. Boole laid the foundations in the latter half of the nineteenth century for a system of mathematical expression which formed the basis for all modern computer languages.
Kyrgyzstan: Public Association "Kyrgyz Kitep Borboru" -- The EMC grant will support the digitization of early Kyrgyz books in Arabic type, making selected resources available to the public. Resources include handwritten books and manuscripts which preserve and transmit the history, geography, and ethnography of their time.
Rwanda: Aegis Trust -- The EMC grant will support the creation of a unified digital repository of the Genocide Archive of Rwanda. Resources including audiovisual testimonies, historical photographs, documents, newspapers, and genocide victims' information will be digitized and indexed to make the collection available to the public.
Ukraine: Crimean Tatar Library (in the name of I. Gasprinskiy) -- The EMC grant will digitize the Gasprinskiy Library's collection of rare books and documents in order to preserve and publicize Crimean Tatar literature, language, culture, and history.
For more information on the EMC Heritage Trust Project, please visit: www.EMC.com/heritage_trust.
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Previous Canadian Winners:
Education Heritage Museum: http://canada.emc.com/about/news/press/canada/2010/20100510.htm
CNE Archives: http://canada.emc.com/about/news/press/canada/2009/20090826.htm
U'Mista Cultural Society: http://canada.emc.com/about/news/press/canada/2008/03182008.htm