Newsletter Issue

Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review, July/August 2019

The July/August issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review includes the following articles:


  • Come see DIME staff at 2019 fall conferences
  • Call for proposals: 2019 Minitex Technical Services Symposium

Cataloging & Metadata

  • CLIC catalogers attend RDA workshop
  • New OCLC Research Report: Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase

Digitization & Preservation

  • New Primary Source Set: History of Chiropractic in Minnesota
  • DIME staff attend 2019 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting
Aerial photograph of fall colors with a road running through

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! ... Read more

Propose a session for the 2019 Minitex Technical Services Symposium! The 2019 Minitex Technical Services Symposium: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technical Services will be held at the Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Share your experiences and best practices supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in Technical Services! Have you found ordinary or extraordinary ways of reflecting and championing your diverse community and colleagues in your work? Do you understand the importance of equity and inclusion but are unsure how to be an advocate and ally through your Technical Services work? Read more

RDA Logo

On July 17, Lizzy Baus met with CLIC cataloging staff at the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The morning consisted of a presentation on current and future developments of RDA and related standards. In the afternoon we put our new knowledge into practice and worked together to create a description of a book using the RDA Toolkit. Read more

Cover of OCLC Research report: Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase

OCLC Research published the report Creating Library Linked Data with WIkibase: Lessons Learned from Project Passage . The Wikibase prototype dubbed Project Passage provided a sandbox in which librarians from 16 U.S. institutions (including the University of Minnesota Libraries) could experiment with creating linked data to describe resources without having to necessarily know the technical underpinnings of linked data. Read more

Chiropractic student attaches a heart rate monitor

The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce a new Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Set, "History of Chiropractic in Minnesota." Susan J. Vossberg, the Technical Services Librarian at the Northwestern Health Sciences University, developed and wrote this set. Her Primary Source Set explores the history of Chiropractic medicine in Minnesota, including the development of the various schools and training programs in Minnesota. Read more

Indianapolis Public Library

Jolie Graybill, Sara Ring, and Greta Bahnemann traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the 2019 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting , where they had the opportunity to attend numerous sessions and updates regarding CONTENTdm. Craig MacDonald (School of Information at Pratt Institute) kicked things off with a keynote address on User Experience (UX), in which he introduced the concept of capacity-building and the steps needed to intitiate and susatain effective UX practices. Read more