The Internet Archive is accepting applications from public librarians for a funded program of continuing education, training, and services in the field of web archiving. Applications are due on Friday, August 25, 2017.
The July issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the articles listed below.
- Program opportunity: Public Libraries and community web archiving
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Hennepin History Museum
Cataloging & Metadata
- Upcoming ACLTS E-forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics
- Copy Cataloging with CatExpress
Digitization & Preservation
- Digital Preservation Tools Show and Tell Part 2: Protect and Manage Digital Content
- CONTENTdm Basic Skills 1: Getting Started
- CONTENTdm Basic Skills 2: Working with Text
- CONTENTdm Basic Skills 3: Maintaining Collections
Two new items from the Hennepin History Museum help to document and tell the story of the African American experience in Minnesota. The first item is a letter written to the Reverend Marion D. Shutter, the minister at the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Minneapolis from Booker T. Washington (1856-1915). The second document is a bill of sale for a slave named London. These items were digitized with the intention that they would be discoverable through the Umbra Search African American History resource. Umbra Search makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool. Umbra Search brings together more than 500,000 digitized materials from over 1,000 different libraries and archives across the country.
ALA ALCTS will host a free e-Forum on Tuesday, 9/5/2017 and Wednesday, 9/6/2017 discussing the ethics of cataloging. This is part of an ongoing series of e-Forums, which offer opportunity for anyone to contribute ideas or stories. One of the moderators is Minnesota's own Violet Fox. Catalogers know that the decisions they make in their work can enhance or obscure access to resources. Instructions when applying subject headings are framed in the arguably unattainable prescription to strive for neutrality. Neither the ALA Code of Ethics or the 1994 Guidelines for ALCTS Members to Supplement the American Library Association Code of Ethics speak specifically to the day-to-day challenges faced by catalogers—how would a code written with cataloging practice in mind be useful?
This live online course provides instruction on copy cataloging using the CatExpress interface. We will cover the copy cataloging workflow - including searching, holdings maintenance, exporting, and downloading records. After completing this course, the learner will be prepared to fully utilize the CatExpress service. The course will also touch on some options for customizing the interface, the CatExpress subscription structure, and sources for documentation and statistics.
There are a few open seats left for Part 2 of the Minitex digital preservation tools show and tell series, which will take place August 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Central) File integrity, quality control, and format migrations tools will be discussed and demonstrated. Presenters will show how they use the following tools in their workflow: Exact File, DROID, ImageMagick, Handbrake, and Exiftool.
This course provides instruction on the structure of CONTENTdm, navigating and using CONTENTdm Collection Administration to create and manage a digital collection, as well as using the CONTENTdm Project Client to prepare digital items for addition to a collection. After completing this web-based training, learners will have the foundational knowledge required to begin using CONTENTdm to manage digital items.
CONTENTdm Basic Skills 2: Working with Text provides instruction on the structure of CONTENTdm, navigating and using CONTENTdm Collection Administration to create and manage a digital collection that includes text-based materials, as well as using the CONTENTdm Project Client to prepare digital items for addition to a collection.
Maintaining Collections in CONTENTdm is the third webinar in the basic series for users new to CONTENTdm. This course provides instruction on editing collection items through CONTENTdm administration and the CONTENTdm Project Client. Additionally, the course explores workflows that make it possible through the use of tab-delimited data to import significant numbers of compound objects and/or legacy metadata in one operation.