In July 2016, OCLC released Connexion client 2.63 and announced that users will not be able to log in with previous versions after February 28, 2017. There was a period of time the upgrade message did not properly display upon opening Connexion client so OCLC is extending the deadline to April 3, 2017 to allow for additional time to upgrade. This means that on April 3rd users of Connexion client 2.40, 2.50 and 2.51 will no longer be able login.
The March issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the following articles:
- Deadline extended to upgrade to Connexion client 2.63
- Join the DPLA Community Reps! Applications now open
Cataloging & Metadata
- Highlights from ASIST webinar: From MARC silos to linked data silos?
- OCLC releases update to WorldShare Collection Manager
Digitization & Preservation
- Preservation Week: Bringing awareness to your community
- Geospatial metadata enhancements to Minnesota Reflections
- Getting it Right at LibTech 2017
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Dorothy Molter Museum
The Digital Public Library of America just announced that the application for the fifth class of the DPLA Community Reps program is now open! Learn more below, tell a friend or colleague, and complete the application form to apply by April 24, 2017. The DPLA Community Reps program helps bring DPLA to local communities through outreach activities. A local community could be a school, library, academic campus, professional network, or another group of folks who might be interested in DPLA and what it has to offer. Reps give a small commitment of time to community engagement, and check-ins with DPLA staff.
In the February 28 ASIST webinar "From MARC silos to linked data silos?" Osma Suominen of the National Library of Finland addressed the more practical aspects of moving from a MARC-based world to a Linked Data one. In discussing the current situation, Suominen notes that there are many different approaches in use, for modeling and encoding data. He points out that the "proliferation of data models limits the reusability of bibliographic data. In effect, libraries have moved from MARC silos to Linked Data silos of incompatible data models."
On March 18, OCLC released the latest update to WorldShare Collection Manager. This release includes several new features and enhancements such as the ability to edit grouped OCNs for any WorldCat knowledge base title, a new “Close All Tabs” feature. a new option to clear the search box with a single click, and a redesigned search results page.
Preservation Week (April 23-29) is an opportunity to bring awareness and connect your community to preservation events, activities, and resources. Visit the ALA website to find resources that can help with saving and caring for items, disaster recovery, and how to get started with preservation. There are also resources (event planner, logos, bookmarks, posters, handouts, etc) available to help plan a Preservation Week event at your library. Two free webinars will be offered live, or view recordings of any of the past Preservation Week webinars.
Back in January of 2016, I reported on my participation in the Mountain West Digital Library's Geospatial Discovery Task Force. This work spanned more than 3 years and included 39 librarians and curators from a wide variety of our nation's universities, museums and libraries. After the work of the Task Force ended, I set about applying those recommendations to our 186 collections within Minnesota Reflections.
Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) staff Molly Huber and Greta Bahnemann were joined by Associate University Librarian for Data and Technology John Butler and University Copyright Program Librarian Nancy Sims in a presentation called “It’s Time: Getting it Right on Rights” at the 2017 Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul. The well-attended presentation addressed the groundswell of rights standardization projects that are arising out of the push by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to standardize rights statements across the millions of items accessible through their website.
We are so pleased to announce the addition of a new contributor to Minnesota Reflections, the Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely, Minnesota. These images provide a glimpse of Dorothy Molter's life as a wilderness woman and nurse on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Her family, friends, and her work running Knife Lake resort are documented in these images. The addition of these materials from Minnesota's Arrowhead country helps fill a gap in Minnesota Reflections.