The 2nd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC16) will be held on August 9-11th at St. Ambrose University campus, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities). You can help make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a session, workshop, or lightning presentation by April 29, 2016. Visit the website for more information.
This month, our newsletter has a new name! We've moved from the Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Mailing to Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review. The name may have changed, but the content remains the same. The March issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- Call for proposals for 2nd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
- Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation
Cataloging & Metadata
- Web courses from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
Digitization & Preservation
- Call for proposals-MDL Annual Meeting 2016
- Piloting MDL's Scan for Keeps service
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Military Historical Society of Minnesota
- Making the Grand Marais Public Library Ledger searchable
- MDL staff member attends ARLIS/NA + VRA conference in Seattle
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.
There are a number of new webinars and courses from ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) recently announced.
Please submit your ideas for session topics via this form to Molly Huber, Chair of the Planning Committee by Friday, April 8th, 2016.
Topics from past years have included copyright and rights issues, licensing, digital preservation, digital humanities, oral histories, digital storytelling, and using social media to promote a project.
Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) has kicked off a new service we’re calling Scan for Keeps. We have purchased two high-quality portable scanners and related equipment we can take into the community to facilitate engagement with folks who might have items of historical interest and to provide them with digital copies of their materials.
The newly digitized content from the Military Historical Society of Minnesota document Minnesota's involvement in World War I. The Historical Society selected five volumes of county narratives to help tell the story of Minnesota's contribution to the war effort. Each volume contains photographs of the men and women who fought and served during the war.
In December 2015 we noted that the Grand Marais Public Library was a new contributor to Minnesota Reflections. As part of the MDL/DPLA Public Library Partnerships Project they asked us to digitize a handwritten ledger containing the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Marais Public Library from 1904 until 1967.
As the Minnesota Digital Library's Metadata Coordinator, I headed to Seattle on March 8 to attend the ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington.