HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
In 2002 the “Historic Niagara Digital Collections” was launched on the library’s website http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/ . The goal of this ongoing project is to electronically index and digitize selected materials from the library’s extensive local history collection starting with an electronic index of the Niagara Falls Review newspaper. Over 1000 local history images were scanned and made available in an online, searchable image database covering such varied subjects as stunters and daredevils to local buildings of historic significance. The database also contains over 3000 records of images not yet digitized. The local history references database contains a constantly expanding index to names, places and events in Niagara’s history. Books, journals, scrapbooks, church records and correspondence held in the library’s collection have been extensively indexed to greatly enhance its value as a research tool. These indexes and databases are integrated with the library’s web-based catalogue so that a single click from the catalogue will take a user directly to the complete index for the item. A name index which cross-references spelling variations assists researchers in locating hard-to-find names and citations which may otherwise go unnoticed. In the last six months of 2002, over 1000 unique visitors used the databases over 6000 times. Making these databases available on the Internet has enhanced the library’s role as an informational, educational and cultural resource, both in the Niagara community and around the world.
The Library is funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture & Recreation. A grant was also received from Human Resources Development Canada for special children's summer programs. The Board extends thanks to all library supporters, particularly the Council and Staff of the City of Niagara Falls.
DONATIONS & FUND-RAISING
Official receipts for income tax purposes are issued by the library for financial donations. A commemorative book plate or an engraved plaque can recognize donations at any of the 3 libraries.
COMMUNITY USE OF MEETING ROOMS
Library meeting rooms were used hundreds of times by organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals. Meeting rooms were also used many other times for library programs for children and adults.
Dozens of exhibitions, displays, demonstrations, readings, films and lectures were enjoyed by people of all ages. The library welcomed many community non-profit groups who set-up public education displays on a variety of important subjects. We also extend particular thanks to the artists and organizations who exhibited their work in the art gallery and in the glass display cases. The “Trudeau” photography exhibition in Nov.and Dec. by photojournalist Rod Macivor about our late Prime Minister was a particular highlight.
LIBRARY RESOURCES & THEIR USE
FINANCIAL SUMMARY (subject to audit)Operating budget 2002
Prepared: March 2003