Newsletter Issue

Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review, December 2018

The December issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review includes the following articles:


  • Minitex introduction to digital preservation virtual course offered
  • DPLAfest 2019 Call for Proposals now open

Cataloging & Metadata

  • RDA in a day at Viking Library System
  • Upcoming ALCTS training in the new year

Digitization & Preservation

  • Recap: Minitex Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
  • New Library of Congress crowdsourcing platform launches
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While many of the traditional resources found in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions--books, photographs, objects--can survive for years with no intervention, digital content is much more fragile. Managing it requires ongoing care and preservation activities to ensure continued access far into the future. This online training series--based on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program curriculum--introduces fundamental concepts for managing your digital content over time through a series of six modules delivered in three sessions. Read more

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DPLA is seeking proposals for DPLAfest , a gathering that will explore how libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations across the country leverage technology to serve, inform, and empower communities. They invite proposals that showcase projects, ideas, and solutions designed to help the field meet the technological, social, and civic demands of the 21st century and that highlight the critical role of libraries—and the DPLA network—in shaping the future of access to digital knowledge. The deadline to submit a session proposal is Friday, January 11, 2019. Read more

Viking Library System building

On a recent December day, Lizzy Baus delivered a day-long training to Viking Library System staff in Fergus Falls, MN. The day's material was called "Bridging the Gap: AACR2 to RDA," and the purpose was to help the staff with their upcoming transition to the current cataloging standard known as Resource Description and Access (RDA). Read more

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As 2018 winds to a close, it's time to look ahead to next year and some of the professional development opportunities available. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) has many online offerings, including e-forums, webinars, and online courses. Read more

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Over 130 people attended the 2018 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference on November 8-9 at St. Catherine University. The conference included 3 pre-conference workshops, a keynote by Abigail Potter from the Library of Congress Digital Labs, and 18 breakout sessions. The majority of attendees were from academic libraries and archives, but also from historical society and museum communities. Read more

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The Library of Congress recently launched a new crowdsourcing platform, . The platform will improve discovery and access to LC's digital collections, with help from volunteers. The most recent project, Letters to Lincoln Challenge , challenged volunteers to transcribe 28,000 digitized pages written by or to Abraham Lincoln by the end of 2018. Transcribing the handwritten letters makes the text machine readable and searchable to historians and other researchers. Read more