Saturday, January 24, 2015

Capital Sm@rtLibrary in Ottawa, Ontario

For those doing research in the Ottawa-Gatineau region you may be interested in the Capital Sm@rtLibrary. This site, as they so simply put it, "brings together the collections available at 12 libraries in the National Capital Region. In a single search, you can view the resources of all 12 collections."

Capital Sm@rtLibrary

The participating libraries include the following:
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • University of Ottawa
  • Carleton University
  • Canadian Housing Information Centre
  • Algonquin College Learning Resource Centre
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
  • Cité collégiale
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau
  • Dominican College
  • Canadian War Museum
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

Some of the libraries are lending libraries while others you need to visit to look at the item you are interested in. Fortunately the table on the Sm@rtLibrary site provides those important details.

However, what makes this a great site is that the catalogues of all these libraries are searchable in one place. For example, one of my little annoyances (AKA brick wall) that I'm always on the look out for is information that will help show that Hannah, the wife of Charles Howe, of Norton, Kings County, New Brunswick is the daughter of Elijah Baxter and the granddaughter of the Loyalist Captain Simon Baxter.

Into the Sm@rtLibrary search I typed in "Simon Baxter" to see what would appear already knowing that the book "Simon Baxter (the first United Empire Loyalist to settle in New Brunswick)" by John B. M. Baxter is held by the Canadian Museum of History. What I didn't expect to find was "Auction  [microform] :  will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, 15th inst. at 12 o'clock, at the house of Mr. Simon Baxter, in the parish of Norton, K.C" which is held in the Carleton University Library. This auction may have been held in Elijah's brother's house.

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