The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite library professionals to attend a free learning series to explore various dialogue facilitation approaches and position themselves to foster conversation and lead change in their communities.
The January issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- Free ALA training to foster conversation in library communities
- New OCLC report: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries
Cataloging & Metadata
- OCLC implements Connexion client update
- Minitex Contract Cataloging completes several projects
Digitization & Preservation
- New contributions to Minnesota Reflections
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
- St. Cloud State University - World War I addition
- Winona Public Library
- Military Historical Society of Minnesota, part 2
A new OCLC report Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries contains findings from a needs assessement and gap analysis of public library digitization activities. The findings in this report will inform planning around participation in the National Digital Platform (NDP), and also includes recommendations by project partners that could strengthen the public library role in the NDP.
In July 2016, OCLC released Connexion client version 2.63 and have been urging customers to upgrade since then. As of March 1, 2017, OCLC will no longer support previous versions of this software. You can verify the version number of your instance of Connexion client through the Help menu > About OCLC Connexion client.
The Minitex Contract Cataloging program has been busy this winter! We have processed and completed projects for many libraries around the region, including Concordia College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Washington County Library, South Central Technical College - Mankato, and PACCAR Technical Library. Our catalogers process materials of all types and formats, including CDs, DVDs, technical reports, and of course monographs.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum located in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, is a new contributor to Minnesota Reflections. The Museum serves the greater Walnut Grove area as a research and genealogy resource for local history and as the repository for historical artifacts from the area. While Laura Ingalls Wilder is undoubtedly the area's most famous resident, the Museum's mission includes the collection, preservation, and display of all aspects of local history. The grounds inlcude nine buildings including a 1870s railroad depot, an onion-domed home from 1904, the Masters Hotel built in 1876, and several buildings devoted to the display and understanding of local history.
The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce a new addition to the St. Cloud State University's collection in Minnesota Reflections, a 1920 book "Renville County in the World War," which commemorates the service of Renville County during World War I. Portraits of the men and women who served are included with a brief summary of their personal history and service to the country during the first World War.
The Winona Public Library’s new contribution to Minnesota Reflections includes the original library blueprints, the Kenyon Cox sketches for his iconic sculpture, Library Board minutes dating back to 1866, photographs, and historical documents on the creation and operation of the Winona Public Library. The Library also contributed Winona High School commencement programs from the late 1870s and an interesting 1857 map of the City of Winona.
An additional volume from the Military Historical Society of Minnesota has been added to Minnesota Reflections. Together with the other volumes in this collection, these books help to document Minnesota's involvement in World War I. These volumes are filled with invaluable information for historians, genealogists and World War I historians.