By: Sarah McCabe, OHS Reach Project Manager  

March 11, 2016


The OHS is pleased to report on the progress of the OHS Reach project, launched at the OHS Annual General Meeting in June 2015. OHS Reach is the initial one-year development stage of a three-year initiative to transform how the Society interacts with members, subscribers, and other stakeholders, and to furnish the expansion of online services and access. The OHS was awarded a 2015 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in support of OHS Reach.

Extensive research has been conducted to determine the best method of online delivery for Ontario History, the peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the OHS since 1899. Several options are being considered in detail by the OHS board’s Ontario History Committee, with a recommendation to be made to the board this spring. Subject indexing of Ontario History will be completed from 1993 to present.

The OHS has commissioned legal counsel to issue an opinion on copyright issues associated with publishing Ontario History online. This information will be of great interest to OHS members who are dealing with similar copyright questions for their own published material.

The OHS membership survey conducted in December 2015 was very successful, receiving individual and institutional responses from across the province. The data collected is being reviewed and analyzed, and will be shared in aggregate with members and heritage sector colleagues. The OHS sends a sincere thank you to everyone who participated! Your very thoughtful comments, compliments, suggestions, and ideas are highly valuable to the OHS, and will assist the Society to enhance its programs and services to better serve its members, and to broaden its role as an advising organization within Ontario’s heritage community.

In January 2016, OHS Reach concluded the stakeholder meetings which were conducted across Ontario, in person and by phone. The OHS was delighted to meet with and discuss the needs of OHS affiliate and member groups, authors and historians, peer organizations, educators, students, archivists, librarians, museum professionals, and many other groups and individuals. Again, the OHS sends its deep gratitude to all for your time and hospitality. A summary of findings will be shared. 

A consultant, Kim Pittaway, has been engaged to undertake a review of the deployment of the Society’s human resources, and to update the Society’s strategic plan.

Over 130 other OHS publications have been digitized, on topics including accessibility, genealogy, food and drink, education, Black history, Native peoples, and much more. These are to be made available in the Society’s planned online e-book store.

Exciting things are to come, including planning for computer infrastructure upgrades and expansion of online services.

Just announced: OHS Reach will present a series of three webinars with OurDigitalWorld on “Project Management for Digitization Programs” on March 23, 30, and April 6, 2016. Click here to register for this exciting webinar series! A webinar on information technology management for heritage organizations is also in development for this spring. Stay tuned!




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