The 3rd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC18) will be held on November 8th-9th, 2018 at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota. You can help make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a session, workshop, or lightning presentation. The planning committee has created a list of potential topics of interest, but proposals on all relevant topics are welcome. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
The May issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review includes the following articles:
- Call for proposals for 2018 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
- Coming soon: Large format scanner for loan!
Cataloging & Metadata
- New cataloging client: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Digitization & Preservation
- Preservation tips brochure now available
- NDSA publishes new report on file monitoring practices
- Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska: Addressing the metadata
- Primary Source Sets outreach at recent Minnesota conferences
The Minitex Scan for Keeps equipment lending program will soon have a new kit for loan! Due to several requests, we are adding a scanner capable of capturing large format documents and images, up to 11" x 17". Like our other scanning kits, this kit will include various accessories and a laptop.
The Minitex Contract Cataloging Program has a new client: the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency! We recently performed original cataloging for items detailing specifications and uses for various kinds of containment tanks. Leslie Hunter-Larson, MPCA's Librarian, says that her experience has been "easy and seamless," and she plans to continue sending materials to us for original cataloging.
Last year we created the brochure Preservation Tips for your Photographs, Documents, and Digital Content to hand out at Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) Scan for Keeps events and other select events. We've had requests from libraries to make this brochure more widely available so that they can order copies to give out to patrons.
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Fixity Survey Working Group announced the publication of the 2017 Fixity Survey Report. A common practice in digital preservation management, fixity checking is the act of reviewing digital content to make sure that it has not changed over time. Though an abundance of tools and methods for fixity checking exist, up to this point, there have been no established best practices. To better understand the common practices and challenges that exist for fixity checking, the NDSA Fixity Working Group published a survey in fall of 2017.
I am pleased to share the important work MDL recently completed in conjunction with a contractor at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Lindsey Geyer's recent project addressed the name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, and now the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's records reflect that change. Here is Lindsey's account of this project.
I recently attended and presented at two Minnesota Library Association's division conferences: the Public Libraries Division (PLD) Day on April 13 and the Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) Day on April 27. At each of these conferences I presented on the work I have been doing with the Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets. I included an overview of the project, current titles, and introduced ways people can get involved in the project.