MDL rights work and associated metadata changes 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. The statement's URI is also shared. All of this work is explained and shared via an expanded section of the Minnesota Reflections Metadata Guidelines. These Guidelines can be shared and downloaded as a pdf. 

Why the changes? We are working to make the Minnesota Reflections collection easier to understand, use and re-use. We believe standardized rights statements plays an important role in that work. Throughout 2019, we will be expanding this work and providing more information on new training opportunities associated with this rights work. Watch both the MDL section of the Minitex news platform and the DIME Newsletter for updates.

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Greta Bahnemann

Greta is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library where she is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library’s primary project, Minnesota Reflections, a digital collection of more than 274,000 images, maps and documents.

Before starting at the Minnesota Digital Library in June 2010, Greta worked as a complex original cataloger at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Greta holds a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, Morris; a M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture; and a M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.