MDL is trying something new this year! Instead of our regular annual conference, we will be hosting three regional meetings in different parts of Minnesota this spring, and we want you to join us. The first meeting will be at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on May 9th, followed by a May 16th meeting at the Douglas County Public Library in Alexandria, and concluding with a meeting at the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on May 23rd.
The February issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review features the articles listed below.
- Join us for the 2018 MDL Regional Meetings
- Minnesota Reflections website update
Cataloging & Metadata
- Minitex Contract Cataloging Program seeks feedback
- Linked data name authority projects at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Digitization & Preservation
- Doubleheader at the 2018 Library Technology Conference
- Scan for Keeps program information now available on the web
- Still time to apply for Minnesota Reflections Phase 14
- Updated Minnesota Reflections Metadata Guidelines
- New contribution to Minnesota Reflections: Saint Paul Public Library
The staff of the Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce the rollout of several important updates to the Minnesota Reflections website. The online interface now features faster searches, the ability to download high resolution images, and the ability to view images in full screen. There is also a new viewer for displaying and searching the full text of multiple page documents (such as books, programs, catalogs, etc.).
The Minitex Contract Cataloging Program is undergoing some assessment, and we would appreciate your feedback! Please respond to the brief survey we have prepared to let us know if/how you use the program. The survey asks about your knowledge, use, and opinion of the Minitex Contract Cataloging Program and should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. You may keep your responses anonymous.
I attended the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Denver in February 2018 and would like to highlight the session I Know Very Well How I Got My Name: Linked Data Authority Projects. Here's a summary of three different linked data name authority projects.
On March 14th, 2018, attendees of the annual Library Technology Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul will be able to see not one, but two presentations by DIME staff. Digital Preservation Day at the Library will feature Sara Ring and Lizzy Baus and Molly Huber and Greta Bahnemann wil present Minnesota Digital Library: Today and Tomorrow.
Scan for Keeps program nformation is now available on the Minnesota Digital Library website under the Projects section. Scan for Keeps is a program developed for the purpose of loaning digitization kits for community scanning events. Kits are available for libraries, historical societies, and other organizations to encourage community engagement and foster preservation education.
The new year is well on its way, and Phase 14 of Minnesota Reflections is more than halfway over. Have a project that you think would be great for Reflections? There is still time to apply! We are accepting projects on a wide variety of topics related to Minnesota and its cultural heritage in a broad range of media, so you are likely to have something that would be a good fit. We look forward to hearing from you!
A new version of the Minnesota Reflections Metadata Guidelines in now available. Version 5.0 of the Guidelines contains a number of new features and enhancements, including a rework of the overall design, 6 new tables, and updated list of Physical Format terms, field name changes, and an updated Table of Contents.
The Minnesota Digital Library is excited to announce the addition of new materials to the Saint Paul Public Library collection in Minnesota Reflections. The Saint Paul Public Library has added eleven more volumes of the proceedings of the city of St. Paul's Common Council duirng the years 1867 - 1878. These books mark an important addition relating to the early history of St. Paul and Ramsey County. Each volume records Council business, correspondence, and new city resolutions. Minnesota Reflections now contains 18 volumnes of the Common Council Proceedings spanning the years 1859 - 1878.