Minnesota Digital Library 10th Annual Meeting

The 10th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) was held on June 18, 2012. The keynote presentation was given by Rachel Frick on the topic of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative. Along with the Minnesota Digital Library Update session, attendees had a choice of attending 6 different break-out sessions. Topics included regional collaboration between North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; A Minnesota Reflections panel; Omeka and New Media Consortium's New Horizons Reports; A CONTENTdm Mini User Group meeting; Spreading the word about Minnesota Reflections; and preserving state government digital information.

Keynote Address

Rachel Frick, a leader in the Digital Public Library of America, discussed the concepts, issues, and collaborations that are forming the vision of the DPLA, an initiative to make the cultural and scientific records being digitized across the country available to all. Frick, co-chair of the content and scope workstream of the DPLA, and director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources, shared the early stories and recent developments of the DPLA initiative.

Presentations

Minnesota Digital Library Update

Updates about ongoing and future projects of the Minnesota Digital Library from a variety of MDL representatives.

The Potential for Regional Collaboration: North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin Projects

Representatives from digital library projects in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin—Minnesota's neighbors!—shared their projects, their visions, and their challenges. Presenters included Sharon Kilzer, Theodore Roosevelt Center; Danielle Loftus and Dan Daily, University of South Dakota and The Digital Library of South Dakota; and Emily Pfotenhauer, Wisconsin Heritage Online.

Minnesota Reflections Panel

The team members responsible for the day-to-day work of developing Minnesota Reflections answered questions about digitization projects with the Minnesota Digital Library. Presenters included Greta Bahnemann, MDL; Janet Christensen, Minnesota Historical Society; Jennifer Claybourne-Torkelson, Digital Collections Unit, University of Minnesota; Marian Rengel, MDL.

Preserving State Government Digital Information: An MHS NDIIPP Project

A slide show by Carol Kussman, Minnesota Historical Society, discussing how the Minnesota Historical Society was the lead partner in one of the four National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) state initiative grants from 2008-2011. The presentation also includes information about digital preservation, some of the challenges of preserving digital content, and how the MN NDIIPP project explored digital preservation, access to, and authentication of digital records.

Users, Minnesota Reflections, and the Whole Puzzle of Spreading the Word

A round-table discussion that started with a statistical analysis of user data by Marian Rengel, MDL Outreach Coordinator. Participating organizations—Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Branch, St. Cloud State University and Duluth Public Library—highlighted their collections and shared information on how they work to get their digital collections into the hands of the people of Minnesota.