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Come see DIME staff at 2019 fall conferences


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If you're heading to any of the following conferences, look for the following presentations by Minitex Digital Initiatives and Metadata Education (DIME) staff. We'll also have booths at many of these conferences, so stop by and see us!

MLA Conference, September 19-20, Prior Lake, Minnesota

From Amateur to Zealot: Becoming an Effective Library Advocate
September 19, 9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Presenters: Sara Ring with several other speakers

Library funding affects all libraries and our communities, but do you feel equipped to advocate for libraries? Regardless of your job title, position, or type of library, learn tips from colleagues that will help you advocate at the local, state, & national levels. In lightning round style, speakers will walk you through the A to Z of Minnesota library advocacy to help you gain ideas applicable for advocacy at every level. After this session, you will better understand opportunities for action, current issues, and how to obtain the latest news.

Story Maps: Sharing Stories of Places and Experiences
September 19, 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Presenter: Greta Bahnemann and Kate Dietrick (University of Minnesota Libraries)

Story Maps have become an increasingly popular way to share digital content in an innovative and interactive way. Users can gain an understanding of issues and experiences using Story Maps, which can show data in a different way. In this session, the Minnesota Digital Library's Metadata Librarian and the Curator of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest will share their experiences collaborating on a Story Map project. This project documents one of Minnesota's most iconic phenomena: going up north to the lake, as well as the Antisemitism some Minnesotans faced in the mid-20th century. Our Story Map explores the many nuances associated with both a particular time period and place. We will provide an overview of our project, including our workflow, challenges, and eventual outcome.

All Roads Lead to Access: A Minitex Cataloging & Metadata Update
September 19, 2:15 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Presenter: Lizzy Baus and Sara Ring

The cataloging world continues to be in flux. As the standards, best practices, and implementation tools change, we can only do our best to keep up. We must also try to address the ways our legacy data impacts our communities. Join Minitex staff for an update on current developments and trends in the cataloging & metadata world, including technical advancements, social justice initiatives, and some inspiring collaborations.

Preserving the Now: Is Our Library History Headed Towards a Digital Graveyard?
September 20, 9:10 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
Presenter: Sara Ring and Carol Nelson

Minnesota libraries have a rich history of the development of new programs and services. Pre-Internet, library staff published information about new endeavors in print journals and newsletters, which later become a part of our collections. Increasingly, today's communications about programs and services are only publicized via email, online newsletters, or on our websites with no guarantee that the information will be preserved for future researchers. Join us (MLA and Minitex staff) for a discussion of how we can begin the work to save the history of our libraries. What tools, resources, and training can we develop collaboratively that will allow us to archive our born-digital documents, statistics, and announcements? Members of the MLA digital preservation task force will also share the results of their work.

SDLA Conference, September 25-27, Spearfish, South Dakota

Preconference: Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Developments in Library Linked Data Implementation
September 25, 1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Presenter: Sara Ring
In today’s digital information age, libraries must meet users where they are – on the web. Library data remains largely hidden from search engines and other services that people frequent on a daily basis, and the library linked data movement seeks to expose and integrate our rich, authoritative data into the web. The progress of implementation has been slow but steady over the past several years. In this preconference, you will learn about the purpose and principles of linked data and what it means for all libraries. There will be several hands-on opportunities to gain a better understanding of the concepts discussed, and the presenter will also show how the principles of linked data are interwoven with our cataloging standards (e.g. RDA, BIBFRAME). The session will conclude with some of the more recent and promising examples of implementation in libraries.

All Roads Lead to Access: A Minitex Cataloging & Metadata Update
September 26, 9:15 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Presenter: Sara Ring

The cataloging world continues to be in flux. As the standards, best practices, and implementation tools change, we can only do our best to keep up. We must also try to address the ways our legacy data impacts our communities. Join Minitex staff for an update on current developments and trends in the cataloging & metadata world, including technical advancements, social justice initiatives, and some inspiring collaborations.

NDLA Conference, September 25-27, West Fargo, North Dakota

All Roads Lead to Access: A Minitex Cataloging & Metadata Update
September 27, 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Presenter: Lizzy Baus

The cataloging world continues to be in flux. As the standards, best practices, and implementation tools change, we can only do our best to keep up. We must also try to address the ways our legacy data impacts our communities. Join Minitex staff for an update on current developments and trends in the cataloging & metadata world, including technical advancements, social justice initiatives, and some inspiring collaborations.

Unpacking the Toolkit: Update on RDA
September 27, 10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Presenter: Lizzy Baus

As the RDA Restructure and Redesign (3R) project continues, the RDA Toolkit has gone through some significant changes. Join Minitex staff for a look at the current developments and future directions.

DLF Forum, October 14-16, Tampa, Florida

Visual copyright tools: promoting standardized rights statements through a community of practice
October 16, 10:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Presenters: Molly Huber and Nancy Sims (University of Minnesota Libraries)

This session compares two new visual tools used to assign RightsStatements.org statements. While they differ in structure and scope, both use design principles to clarify legal concepts, easing implementation. They’re Twitter and search engine friendly, and they dovetail with broader efforts to promote RightsStatements.org worldwide.

Minitex Technical Services Symposium, November 14, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technical Services
The symposium will feature a keynote address by Amber Billey. ​
Call for proposals is out now!

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