Minnesota Digital Library 12th Annual Meeting

Over 150 staff attended the Minnesota Digital Library's 12th Annual Meeting on June 3, 2014. Keynote speaker Dan Cohen (Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America), discussed the state of the DPLA following its recent first birthday and talked about the remaining work for this young organization and its many partners across the United States, including the Minnesota Digital Library. An MDL Update followed, along with six afternoon breakout sessions on a variety of topics.

Keynote Address

Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, Dan Cohen, discussed the state of the DPLA following its recent first birthday and talked about the work that remains for this young organization and its many partners across the United States, including the Minnesota Digital Library.


Minnesota Digital Library Update

MDL staff and partners presented updates on a variety of activities including governance changes, Minnesota Reflections, metadata, DPLA, the Public Library Participation Project, and digital preservation. Watch the full recording below.

Creatively Visualizing Digital Collections

This presentation by Lesley Kadish (Minnesota Historical Society) explored the practices, processes, tools, and theories of data visualization in the realm of digital cultural heritage. Grounded in two projects at the Minnesota Historical Society, "Visualizing the Fort Snelling ledgerbook" and the "MNHS Map Explorer," it offered inspiration, advice, and lessons learned.

Enabling Use of Your Digital Collections

Well-intentioned users are often reluctant to use digitized materials without permission—even when permission may not be needed. One way that libraries and other cultural organizations can encourage use of digital collections is to proactively communicate about use expectations. In this session, Nancy Sims (University of Minnesota) explored the use of Creative Commons licenses when applicable, and how active labeling of materials with information like "no known rights restrictions" can encourage and enable vibrant use of digital collections.

Minnesota Digital Library: Getting Involved

For people and organizations new to the Minnesota Digital Library, this session covered in depth how you can participate in various MDL projects and initiatives. MDL staff discussed Minnesota Reflections, scanning & digitization, metadata, the Digital Public Library of America partnership, and digital preservation.

Digital Public Library of America: Minnesota's Contribution

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) has been engaged in collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for over a year. In that time, many of the goals and aspirations of this relationship have been firmed up and the projects have begun to take shape. In this session, presenter Jason Roy (University of Minnesota) sought to re-acquaint attendees with the relationship of the MDL as one of DPLA's six initial service hubs and provided a check-in on where the MDL is in the development of our grant-funded work.

Digital Resources in Context: How MNopedia Puts Your Images to Work

Your organization has gone to the effort to digitize resources and host them in Minnesota Reflections or in your own digital repository. Now what? Who is using them and how? One answer is MNopedia, the growing encyclopedia of Minnesota produced by staff of the Minnesota Historical Society. MNopedia connects your digitized images and other material to carefully curated packages of historical information. Attendees learned more about MNopedia and how the team helps to leverage your digitized resources and bring them to a larger audience. Speakers were Molly Huber and Lizzie Ehrenhalt, Minnesota Historical Society.

Learning with Digital Content: Examples from around Minnesota

Digital Humanities is a rapidly expanding area of research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that combines the humanities fields with technology. This panel session was comprised of three professionals from different types and sizes of institutions. Speakers touched upon their efforts in working with Digital Humanities at their institutions. Speakers included Greta Bahnemann, Minnesota Digital Library; Jason Paul, St. Olaf College Libraries; Jessie McClurg, Preserve Minneapolis; Lin Nelson-Mayson, Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota.