It was a whirlwind trip to Dickinson, North Dakota this year to attend the North Dakota Library Association Annual Conference, September 22-23, 2016. We enjoyed seeing library staff at the Minitex booth and at the Minitex Cataloging & Metadata Update and Linked Data for the Uninitiated presentations. We hope to see you next year in Grand Forks! Slides for both presentations are included in the article.
The October issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- NDLA Annual Conference cataloging and linked data presentation slides available
- Inspiring! Things to contemplate from the SDLA Conference 2016 Keynote
- Who needs libraries? Advocacy Bootcamp at the 2016 MLA Annual Conference
Cataloging & Metadata
- Recording available: Library of Congress BIBFRAME developments
- RDA October 2016 update includes new project announcement
- Highlights from ALCTS webinar: Putting the Link in Linked Data
Digitization & Preservation
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Crow Wing County Historical Society
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Military Historical Society of Minnesota
Lizzy Baus and I had the extreme pleasure of both attending and presenting at the 2016 South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference "Libraries...Rooted in our Communities." J. Jeff Kober presented a compelling and thought-provoking presentation titled "Things I Wish I Could Tell My Librarian." Jeff's session was fun, engaging, participatory, and he did an excellent job of weaving the themes and thoughts together into a meaningful presentation with some excellent takeaways.
I had the opportunity to attend the Advocacy/Intellectual Freedom preconference at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 28th. This was a day-long event, presented by Jamie LaRue, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and Marci Merola, Director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy. The presenters covered "why library advocacy," learned about telling the library story in a compelling way, discussed how to build a library network of advocates, and other elements of an advocacy plan. The last part of the day focused on Intellectual Freedom, core ALA documents that we can refer to, what policies every library should have, emerging issues in intellectual freedom, and resources available to us from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) recently offered a free webinar outlining the Library of Congress' BIBFRAME-related initiatives. Several speakers discussed completed, ongoing, and upcoming projects, including LC's BIBFRAME Pilot Phases 1 and 2, implementation of BIBFRAME version 2.0 in various tools, and development of new BIBFRAME profiles. They also spoke of the relationship between RDA and BIBFRAME 2.0 as well as several Linked Data projects outside the Library of Congress.The recording and slides from this very informative webinar are now freely available on the ALCTS website.
On October 18, the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) released the latest update to the text of RDA and the RDA Toolkit. As usual, the update reflects some Fast Track changes and updates to the various language translations of RDA. Highlights are included in the full article, along with information about a new project called the 3R Project: the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project.
I attended Putting the Link in Linked Data, the 2nd webinar in the From MARC to BIBFRAME series, offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). This article summarizes the concept of a URI, how it's related to linked data and BIBFRAME, and possible workflows for getting URIs in our MARC records. Each webinar in the series builds off the one before it, so there will be several more articles published about the series which runs through November, 2016.
The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce an exciting oral history addition to Minnesota Reflections. The Crow Wing County Historical Society has made available in Minnesota Reflections an extensive series of interviews conducted during 1936-1939 by the Works Progress Administration. These interviews are type-written pages and number more than 1,200. Together they are made up of more than 3,400 transcribed pages. The content of theses interviews reflect the lives, experiences, and genealogy of people who lived in Crow Wing County.
The Minnesota Digital Library is excited to announce a new addition to Minnesota Reflections. The newly digitized content from the Military Historical Society of Minnesota document Minnesota's involvement in World War I. The Historical Society digitized the final volumes from their collection of county narratives which told of Minnesota's contribution to the war effort. Each volume contains photographs of the men and women who fought and served during the war.