Newsletter Issue

Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review, January 2019

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


  • Seeking Comments on the 2019 MDL Strategic Plan
  • New Minitex guest webinar: Co-Curating the Past: Community Collection Building through History Harvests

Cataloging & Metadata

  • Cataloging sessions at ALA Midwinter 2019

Digitization & Preservation

  • An Approach to Applying Standardized Rights Statements, 2019 Edition
  • Minitex introduction to digital preservation virtual course offered

We're looking for feedback on future directions for the Minnesota Digital Library and Minnesota Reflections!

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) Governance Committee has been working through a strategic planning process over the past twelve months. Last year, Minitex completed an environmental scan of Minnesota Reflections and we conducted regional focus group workshops in St Peter and Duluth in May. Last summer, MDL Governance Committee members, Minitex staff, and other stakeholders spent two days developing draft goals, strategies and objectives. Read more

History Harvest event

Join us on Wednesday, March 6 for the guest webinar Co-Curating the Past: Community Collection Building through History Harvests , presented by Greg Kocken and Daniel Ott from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Register now for this free webinar. Read more

The Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association is coming up January 25-29, so we've rounded up some sessions related to cataloging that might be of interest. Read more

Curious about standardized rights statements and how they might be used to describe the rights status of your digital collections? The combined MDL/Minitex and University of Minnesota project team has created a rights determination workflow document , a helpful guide which provides an approach to how the standardized rights statements from could be applied to individual items. Read more

Corrupted image file

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