Newsletter Issue

Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review, April/May 2019

The April/May issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review includes the following articles:


  • Registration is now open for the 2019 Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting
  • New MDL webpage and introductory videos on implementing rights statements in Minnesota Reflections 
  • MDL rights work and associated metadata changes

Cataloging & Metadata

  • Getting a Handle on the New RDA Toolkit
  • CLIC Conference recap: Artificial Intelligence, Creative Design, and Libraries

Conference Highlights

  • MDL at the 2019 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Conference
  • DPLAfest 2019: Session highlights
  • Highlights from the 2019 Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
  • Minnesota Digital Library staff attend Minnesota History Whatever 3
  • Library Technology Conference 2019 recap

Please join us on Tuesday, June 4th for the 2019 Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting! This year's meeting will be at a new location, the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. We are pleased to welcome keynote speaker John Bracken, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. His keynote will address DPLA's current projects and strategic direction for the future, including strengthening the cultural heritage network, expanding ebooks initiatives, and exploring opportunities to broaden DPLA's impact in advancing digital access to knowledge. Other topics for the day include OCLC's perspective on the digital library landscape, approaches to digital preservation, new collections management systems, community assessment, innovative ways to use your digital collection, and of course, an update from MDL staff. Read more

Rights Statements: An Introduction YouTube thumbnail image

Want to know more about rights statements? The rights statements project team has put together a new resource webpage , located in the Standards and Best Practices section of the MDL website. It contains an overview of the project, and access to a variety of training materials and resources. Read more homepage

Users of Minnesota Reflections may have noticed some changes to the database's metadata. Based on the recent work of the Rights Implementation Team, we have begun to change how we record and share the metadata associated with the rights to use and re-use items in Minnesota Reflections. These changes reflect the standard we have adopted, namely the work shared via . provides a set of standardized rights statements for digital cultural heritage heritage projects. In order to display this information, we have added some new fields to show the statement and the text that explains the statements. Read more

On April 30, there will be a major update to the RDA Toolkit BETA site that will include a stabilized version of the English text as well as added and improved functionality to the BETA site. Join us on Friday, May 10th for a free 90-minute webinar that will review the impact of the April 30th ... Read more

On April 23, Lizzy Baus attended and presented at the CLIC consortium's annual conference. This year the theme was Artificial Intelligence, Creative Design, and Libraries. All the speakers were well-received, and participants left the conference ready to think differently and explore new ideas. Read more

I attended the 2019 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Annual Conference, held this year in Red Wing on April 24th and 25th, with pre-conference events on April 23rd. MDL was well represented with a professional table at the event, and many conference attendees stopped by. They were especially interested in the new materials on rights statements put together by the MDL/University of Minnesota rights statements standardization project team consisting of me, Greta Bahnemann, Sara Ring, and Nancy Sims. On Thursday morning, I presented about rights statements and their implementation alongside Stephanie Hess of the Northfield Historical Society, one of our rights pilot project participants. Read more

DPLA plenary crowd, photo by Sara Ring, Minitex

I attended DPLAfest for the first time, which took place at Chicago Public Library. Read selected highlights from sessions about digital preservation assessment, creating community history web archives, and controlled digital lending. DPLA has also posted recordings from all the plenary speaker presentations here . Read more

This year's Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Annual Meeting was held at the Renaissance Center in Detroit from April 4th-6th. It was the first time I attended this regional conference, and I enjoyed connecting with Minnesota colleagues and meeting new people. The speakers and sessions were really interesting and informative too, starting with a plenary by Viranel Clerard, a community art advocate who runs the Detroit Mural Project ; a digital catalog of 1000+ public art murals in the city of Detroit. Other highlights included a session on increasing diversity in the archival profession, the benefits resulting from collaborations with on-campus museums, lessons learned from problematic collection donations, and how archival materials contributed to the success of a community archaeological project. Read more

Minnesota History Whatever 3

Staff from both the Minnesota Digital LIbrary and Minitex headed to the American Swedish Institute on March 25, 2019 for a day of history, discussion, and collaboration at Minnesota History Whatever 3. Minnesota History Whatever is an annual gathering open to anyone interested in history - and welcomes teachers, museum professional, librarians, and archivists, as well as representatives from the performaing and visual arts. Read more

The Library Technology Conference on March 20-21, 2019 offered a variety of breakout sessions as well as two dynamic keynote speakers. Read more