The Minitex staff would like to congratulate Bobby Bothmann, Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Minnesota State University Mankato, for his election to the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) as a delegate to Global Council. Bothmann's 3 year term as a delegate will begin July 1, 2016.
The April issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- Bobby Bothmann elected to OCLC Global Council
- Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Sets
Cataloging & Metadata
- Upcoming ALCTS webinars
- Is Technical Services Dead?
- Current Trends & New Skills in Technical Services
- April 2016 RDA update released
- Library Technology Conference takeaways
Digitization & Preservation
- DPLA announces the launch of RightsStatements.org
- DPLAfest highlights
- Digital Wax Works
- Copyright Clarity, Future of Libraries, and DPLA's Primary Source Sets
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: St. Cloud State University
- D.A.M. Stories: Adventures in digital asset management
In the coming weeks the Minnesota Digital Library will be launching a new resource for Minnesota Reflections users. The Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Sets will serve as an online resource for teachers and students. Each Primary Source Set will focus on a historic topic and will showcase resources found in Minnesota Reflections that relate to that subject.
This ALCTS webinar on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. considers a provocative question: Is technical services dead? The presenters will discuss the recent past, the present, and the future of cataloging and technical services.
In this upcoming ALCTS webinar on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., presenters will explore current trends and developments in library technical services and discuss how they will impact the future of this field of librarianship. Participants will learn about hard skills (such as programming, language acquisition, time management, and metadata schema) and soft skills (such as collaboration, creativity, initiative, and overall attitude) that will be instrumental in his/her success in the future of technical services.
As is now customary, the RDA Steering Committee (formerly the Joint Steering Committee) released updates to the RDA toolkit and instructions on April 12, 2016. The changes to the rules themselves consisted of minor and fast track changes such as correction of typos, clarification of language, and revisions to make terminology more consistent, as well as more substantive changes.
In mid-March, Macalester College hosted its annual Library Technology Conference, which focuses on all sorts of ways in which technology can make our lives better - or worse, as the case may be.
The three speakers in this DPLAfest 2016 presentation talked about their development of digital curatorial workflows to respectfully and conscientiously share indigenous community cultural heritage and intellectual property, all via open source platforms.
April 14th-15th marked the 2016 DPLAfest held in Washington D.C. I attended sessions at various locations such as the Library of Congress - Jefferson and Madison Buildings, The National Archives, and The Smithsonian Ripley Center. Highlights included getting clarity on copyright from RightsStatements.org, a panel session on the future of libraries, and information about DPLA's rollout of the collaborative Primary Source Sets project.
The newly digitized oral history collection from Saint Cloud State University documents the experiences of World War II veterans from St. Cloud, Stearns County, and central Minnesota.
If you manage digital collections or digital content at your institution, you may be interested in following updates from the new website D.A.M. Stories.