Opening Up Worldwide Access to Key BC Historical Documents: Chinese Canadian Stories, BC Historical Newspapers and More

Mike Conroy: Archived Presentation available here

Denise Fong: Archived Presentation available here

Mimi Lam: Archived Presentation available here

Speaker: Mike Conroy, Denise Fong, and Mimi Lam


UBC Library’s Digitization program has opened up global access to many historical documents. The digitization team will showcase and demonstrate new and upcoming digital projects from the UBC Library Digital Initiatives Unit. Projects highlighted include British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project; BC History Digitization Program; the BC Digitization Coalition and the Community Historical Recognition Program – Chinese Canadian Stories.

Speaker Bio:

Mike Conroy is a graduate of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and has been involved in digitization efforts since 2009. Most recently Mike was project manager for the BC Historical Newspapers Project in his role as Digitization Projects Analyst, UBC Library.

Denise Fong joined the Library as the CHRP project manager in the summer of 2010. Now working under the umbrella of Digital Initiatives, she is responsible for managing the two-year interdisciplinary project Chinese Canadian Stories lead by UBC Library, SFU Library and over 20 other UBC departments and community partners. Before she joined the UBC CHRP team, Denise was the coordinator for another CHRP project From C to C produced by the SFU Teaching & Learning Centre about the Chinese Head Tax. CHRP stands for Community Historical Recognition Program, a grant offered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to fund projects that recognizes and commemorates the historical experiences of ethnic communities affected by historical wartime measures and immigration restrictions.

Mimi Lam joined the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as Community Digitization Librarian in 2010. She is a graduate of the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) at UBC and has worked in various special libraries before joining UBC Library. Prior to IKBLC, Mimi was a Digital Librarian at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre. She has extensive experience working on digitization projects and managing digital collections.