New Minnesota Reflections website is faster and mobile-friendly

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The Minnesota Digital Library has launched a faster, mobile-friendly website for it's primary project, Minnesota Reflections. Minnesota Reflections is a database of 53,967 digitized original materials shared by 190 cultural heritage organizations located across Minnesota. The new site was announced today at the MDL Annual Meeting in St. Paul by Jason Roy, head of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Digital Library Services unit.

In his announcement, Roy highlighted the new site's faster load times, phone- and tablet-friendly layouts, and several powerful new features:

  • Site visitors can now browse the collection geographically by zooming into a map and clicking on pins.
  • New, easy-to-use search-limiting facets enable users to quickly narrow their search results by type (still image, text, etc.), date, topic, contributing organization, and many more.
  • Users can easily view audio and video content directly on the site using updated streaming technology, including captioning.
  • Social sharing links and citations in multiple formats make it simple for users to cite content and share it.

The project team included Scott Hreha, Link Swanson, and Paul Swanson from the Minitex IT unit and Jason Roy and Chad Fennell of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Digital Library Services unit. The site is located at

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Zachariah Miller

Zach is the Head of Communications at Minitex. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he worked in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Zach holds a BA in Philosophy with minors in Physics and Asian Studies from Saint Olaf College and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Rachael, and their children, Neil and Ingrid. In his free time, Zach enjoys learning about languages, playing the guitar (poorly), and playing tennis. You can reach him by phone at 612-301-6658 or email him at