The Minnesota Digital Library annual meeting planning committee is seeking your ideas for breakout sessions for the MDL 15th Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. The overall theme of this year’s conference is Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Collections and we are pleased to feature as our keynote the team behind Umbra Search African American History.
The February issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- Save the Date and Call for Proposals for the 15th MDL Annual Conference
- Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change
Cataloging & Metadata
- Upcoming ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7
- February 2017 RDA update released
- RDA Toolkit new site February 28
Digitization & Preservation
- New Primary Source Set on Postcards
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Minnesota Library Association
I attended the webinar “Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change,” offered by the American Library Association and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. This was the first webinar in a free learning series that explores different dialogue facilitation approaches and positions librarians to foster conversation and lead change in our communities.
The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of ALA, is offering a webinar exploring the issues surrounding RDA Rule 9.7. This is the rule that concerns recording a person's gender in the name authority record. Previously the instructions provided exactly three controlled-vocabulary options: male, female, or not known. This webinar will provide a basic introduction to queer theory and gender non-binary identities, explain the process a group of catalogers took to get the rule changed, and describe current best practices for recording gender in RDA name authority records.
The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) has released their usual February update to the RDA rules. Many of the changes this time around are related to the decision made in November 2016 to adopt the new IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) as a conceptual model. This replaces the Functional Requirements suite of standards (FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD, etc.) that are now superseded by the LRM. Though most of the changes required to adapt to this new standard will take effect in the April 2018 release of RDA, it is clear that the RSC is laying the groundwork now.
The RDA Tookit will roll out a new rdatoolkit.org site February 28. The site will include a more dynamic home page with images and headlines that will make valuable information more conspicuous and accessible, and a new section called Shop RDA, which will list new RDA-related books, webinars, and online courses with links to where these items can be purchased.
We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Set collection. Each Primary Source Set focuses on a historic topic and showcases the various resources found in Minnesota Reflections that relate to that subject. This new primary source set, which focuses on postcards, is the first in a number of new primary source sets that will focus on physical formats found in Minnesota Reflections.
New content has been added to the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Collection in Minnesota Reflections. The collection now includes founding documents of the Association, scripts from a library radio show that ran from 1938-1939, the first traveling library book list from 1898, conference programs dating back to 1896, and association newsletters from 1939-2005.