We're excited to share the news that Metropolitan State University is our co-sponsor for the Minitex Technical Services Symposium: Linked Data and the Future and MarcEdit workshop, and both events will take place on December 6 in the Library and Information Services building, located at 645 7th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota. We're also excited to provide you with more information about the keynote speaker, Jean Godby (OCLC Research), and MarcEdit workshop presenter, Terry Reese (creator of MarcEdit). Registration and the full program will be announced soon!
The October issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the articles listed below.
- Minitex Technical Services Symposium: Keynote and location announced!
- Save the date: Primary Source Sets guest author open house
- South Dakota Library Association: Highlights from the 2017 conference
- Radical librarianship at the 2017 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference
- North Dakota Library Association: Highlights from the 2017 conference
- Libraries Transforming Communities: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation
- Libraries Transforming Communities: Using reflective structured dialogue
Cataloging & Metadata
- ALCTS webinar summary: Introduction to Python and PyMARC, Part 1
Digitization & Preservation
- Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report
- MDL Staff at the 2017 Oral History Association Annual Meeting
Have you seen Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Sets? Have you thought to yourself "I want to do that?" Then this is the event for you! Join us on Thursday, November 30th, 2:00 p.m. for a Primary Source Sets Guest Author Open House at Minitex.
I attended the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services webinar Introduction to Python and PyMARC: Session 1. The presenter, Lauren Magnusson (California State University San Marcos), gave a really nice introduction to the programming language Python and how it could be useful to library staff working with bibliographic data. Python is robust and can be used for writing scripts to clean up, transform, and analyze data. PyMARC is the module used for working with MARC records specifically.
Several staff from Minitex attended the South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference in beautiful Chamberlain, South Dakota, September 27-29. 2017. Patrick "PC" Sweeney from EveryLibrary was the opening keynote. EveryLibrary is the nation's first and only Political Action Committee for libraries. In this talk, he discussed how libraries can move from being advocates to activists.
The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) theme this year was Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Just by browsing the titles of the sessions in the program, I could tell it was going to be a great conference. After it was over, I left in awe of many of my colleagues and the work that they do.
Minitex staff attended the October 4-6th North Dakota Library Association Annual Conference in Grand Forks. The theme this year was Libraries Transform, and the keynote presentations spoke to different kinds of transformation.
Facing a divided nation, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) are offering a free learning series to explore various dialogue facilitation approaches to position libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities. I'm currently attending the three-part academic libraries series, and what follows is a summary from the first webinar, Libraries Transforming Communities: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation.
I attended the webinar Reflective Structured Dialogue Method with Essential Partners, which featured John Sarrouf (Essential Partners, a partner in the series) and Harriet Hayes (Bridgewater College). The purpose of reflective structured dialogue is to improve communication in order to enhace curiosity, mutual understanding, and respect. What follows is a summary of the second webinar in the ALA Libraries Transforming Communities three-part series.
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) released Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report. This is a follow-up to a 2012 survey on the same topic. The report investigates how 133 organizations staff and organize their digital preservation functions, and points out any changes from the 2012 survey. If your organization is in the beginning stages of establishing a digital preservation program, or if you're looking to ramp up and improve your existing program, this report may help!
The Oral History Association 2017 Annual Meeting brought together over 460 oral historians and those interested in oral history for three full days of informative sessions, plus workshops and site visits. I facilitated a panel entitled Seeing Immigrants: Using Video to Capture Community Narratives, featuring recent projects undertaken by Saengmany Ratsabout, Acting Director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) and Scott Pollock, Director of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programs at the American Swedish Institute (ASI), engaging with immigrants in our community.