On Friday June 22, I attended an ALA preconference dedicated to the structure, functionality, and future of the new RDA Toolkit, currently in beta testing. I've assembled some of the main points, as well as my takeaways, below. If you have a subscription to the current RDA Toolkit, you are more than welcome to explore the beta Toolkit yourself.
The June issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review includes the following articles:
Cataloging & Metadata
- ALA Preconference Report: A Practical Introduction to the New RDA Toolkit
- Open Data Projects: Highlights from the NISO virtual conference
- 2018 Lake Superior Libraries Symposium program summary
Digitization & Preservation
- Carleton College's 2018 Day of Digital Humanities
- MDL staff member teaches at Summer Educational Institute
I hosted the NISO virtual conference Open Data Projects on June 13, 2018. Quite a variety of open data projects were discussed in the packed agenda. What follows is a summary of the first two presentations. If you are interested in open data projects, I encourage you to view the recording of the conference through Minitex My Library when it becomes available.
I learned about a unique and brand new library in New Kid on the Block: How a Museum Opened a Library. Archivist Ryan Welle walked us through the steps it took to organize and open a new library at the Minnesota Military Museum. The Minnesota Military Museum is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1976 and is located at Camp Ripley, Minnesota’s National Guard training facility. While the museum started collecting library materials in 1989, it wasn’t until 2014 that the museum board voted to make the collection more widely available to the public. The library officially opened it’s doors to the public on May 24, 2018.
On Friday, June 1st, Carleton College hosted their third annual Day of Digital Humanities at the Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield. Carleton's Day of DH is a regional conference meant to highlight the work of those engaged in digital scholarship in the upper midwest. MDL Outreach Coordinator Molly Huber was one of the morning's lightning round presenters, speaking about MDL's new initiatives including the addition of geospatial metadata to Minnesota Reflections, the creation of primary source sets, and the implementation of standardized rights statements.
During the first week of June, I headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico to teach at the 2018 Summer Educational Institute (SEI). SEI is an annual, residential workshop co-sponsored by the Visual Resources Association Foundation and the Art Libraries Society of North America. SEI provides new and emerging information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity focused on digital collections, project management, digital preservation, intellectual property, digital humanities, and metadata for digital collections.