Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders. They were asked "will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust?"
The April issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the articles listed below. Please note: There will not be a May issue of the newsletter, but look for a May/June issue later in June!
- New Pew Research report: The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online
Cataloging & Metadata
- Webinar highlights: Resource Management in FOLIO: A First Look
Digitization & Preservation
- Preservation tips for photographs, documents, and digital files
- New Primary Source Sets:
- Traveling Library Services in Minnesota
- The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934
- MDL staff attend DPLAfest
As the library world continues to evolve and become more web-friendly, there are new ventures and developments all the time. One of these emerging projects is FOLIO, which stands for Future Of Libraries Is Open. FOLIO is an open source, community based project that aims to develop a fully-functional Library Service Provider (LSP) with a modular structure that will enable organizations to use one, some, or all of the pieces depending on their needs. As FOLIO proceeds, the Open Library Environment hosts a series of FOLIOForums to update the wider community on progress and ask for feedback and input.
Starting a project to organize and preserve photographs, documents and other content can be daunting. For Preservation Week this year, we’re passing along a few tips to point you in the right direction. Whether you need to learn how to house your photographs or other family keepsakes, or you want to protect your digital photographs and documents, we’ll offer some resources to get you going. Though this article focuses on personal preservation, many of these tips translate to caring for organizational content as well.
The Minnesota Digital Library has another addition to its Primary Source Set Collection, Traveling Library Services in Minnesota. Minnesota Reflections is rich with images and documents chronicling bookmobiles and other traveling library services in our state. The first remote access to library services was in the form of traveling libraries, collections of 25-50 books packed into a box and delivered to communities requesting them. Bookmobiles emerged in the early 20th century and reached prominence by mid-century. Despite today’s prevalence of remote digital access to library services and resources, there are still hundreds of bookmobiles in operation across the United States. The Traveling Library Services Primary Source Set features images documenting the evolution of bookmobiles through the decades as well as book lists from the earliest traveling libraries.
A new Primary Source Set has been added to the Minnesota Digital Library Primary Source Set Collection. The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 highlights the historic event in labor history that paved the way for new legislation such as the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The summer of 1934 saw a violent and deadly clash between General Drivers Local 574 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and local business leaders united under the Citizens' Alliance, an organization committed to an "open shop." The Primary Source Set features The Organizer, a daily strike bulletin published by Local 574 specifically focused on the events and activities of the strike. Minnesota Reflections holds the entire series of The Organizer, the first daily newsletter of its kind.
Minnesota Digital Library staff members attended the Digital Public Library of America's DPLAfest held in Chicago, April 20-21. Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian, presented as part of a panel session on metadata for digital collections along with staff from the Arizona Memory Project. Together they shared tips on dealing with common problems and provided updates on recent projects at each DPLA service hub. The session was also highlighted in American Libraries. Molly Huber, Outreach Coordinator, coordinated a panel session that was comprised of staff from the Digital Library of Georgia, Illinois Digital Heritage, University of Miami, Washington University in St. Louis, and Penn State.