Last chance to register for the Minitex webinar all about Wikidata, taking place on Monday, April 13. Presenters Lizzy Baus and Sara Ring will demonstrate how libraries are using Wikidata, an editable knowledge base for structured data. This is a reworking of a presentation originally planned for the cancelled 2020 Library Technology Conference.
Changes are coming to Minitex newsletters—we are streamlining our news delivery into the Minitex News Digest. This March/April newsletter will be the final issue of the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review. From now on you'll receive the latest articles and up-to-date information about all Minitex News topics once a week. Time-sensitive announcements may arrive outside of the weekly digest schedule. More details will be announced in the near future. If you have any questions, please contact Zach Miller, Head of Communications at email@example.com.
Join Minitex staff for two new Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) webinars to learn more about the MDL Primary Source Sets and how to get involved as a guest author. Please join us for one or both of these sessions on April 17 and April 24.
Preservation Week (April 26 - May 2) is an opportunity to bring awareness and connect your community to preservation resources. Visit the ALA website to find resources that can help with saving and caring for items, disaster recovery, and how to get started with preservation. The following free webinar will be offered live, or view recordings of any of the past Preservation Week webinars.
On Friday, March 13th, we held a training event at Minitex for colleagues interested in learning about standardized rights statements and how to apply them. A small but engaged group joined us and together we reviewed the statements from rightsstatements.org and worked through examples from Minnesota Reflections and the University of Minnesota's collections. Our participants found that applying rights statements is often easier than you think!
The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to introduce our 197th contributing partner: the Hibbing Historical Society! The Hibbing Historical Society has shared 203 images of life on Minnesota's Iron Range via their unique Aubin Photographic Studio collection. The Aubin Collection contains many panoramic photographs - including images of iron mines and mining, as well as town and city life in Hibbing, road and bridge construction projects, city bands and their concerts, fraternal organizations and clubs, Hibbing High School students, the Sturgeon Lake recreation area, and more.
The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new contributing partner - the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum. The Veterinary Historical Museum helps to fill a gap in the Minnesota Digital Library regarding animals, veterinarians, and animal care in Minnesota. The Historical Museum has shared 36 photographs of early veterinary practice in Minnesota. The addition of this partner's collections marks our 196th contributing organization!
The Minnesota Digital Library is excited to share a new contribution to our collection from Carleton College. Carleton has elected to share a collection of 61 weather diaries from their archives. Carleton students, faculty, and staff used the U.S. Army Signal Services Form #101 to record temperature, weather condition, and precipitation amounts for the station located at Carleton's first observatory in 1885. These diaries provide an intersting look at historic weather patterns in Northfield, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Digital Libray is pleased to share new images from the growing Kanabec County Historical Society's collection. Their new contribution focuses on the activities at the various Kanabec County schools, including sport teams such as the basketball teams and baseball teams. Many of these images document the changing look of athletic uniforms and equipment. There are also images of school clubs, including the Home Economics club.
The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce a new addition to the Northfield Historical Society's growing collection - a new ledger book which documents the city of Northfield's City Council Meeting Minutes from July 1917 through December 1928. This ledger book contains information on city business, decisions made, and general city progress.