Minnesota Digital Library 9th Annual Meeting

More than 150 staff from libraries and cultural heritage institutions attended the full-day 9th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL), which was held on June 6, 2011. Topics discussed included the MDL digital preservation project, planning different types of Minnesota Reflections projects, new teacher guides for Minnesota Reflections, copyright, metadata, and moving newspaper access online.

Keynote Address

Michelle Gallinger, Digital Programs Coordinator for the Library of Congress, gave the keynote address. She discussed the National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program, which is part of the larger National Digital Stewardship Alliance.


MDL and Digital Preservation: Prototype and Progress

Eric Celeste, MDL consultant, provided a description and review of the lessons learned during the Fall 2010 prototype digital preservation project that the MDL conducted with HathiTrust to demonstrate the feasibility of the long-term preservation of digital images.

Moving Newspaper Access to a Digital Platform

Jason Roy, University of Minnesota Digital Library Services, updated the community on the work of a project by the MDL and the Minnesota Historical Society to bring newspaper content into the Minnesota Digital Library. Jane Wong, Noah Skogerboe, and Sara Quimby, Minnesota Historical Society staff, also shared information on their project to work with organizations across the state to both digitize print newspapers and to provide access to newspapers that are increasingly publishing their news online.

Teacher Guides to Minnesota Reflections: An Outreach Initiative

MDL Outreach Coordinator Marian Rengel, members of the Teacher Guide Advisory Group, and technology advisers from Minitex presented on a project to create guides into Minnesota Reflections for K-12 teachers.

Metadata in Minnesota Reflections

MDL metadata coordinator Greta Bahnemann outlined the most important changes to the Minnesota Reflections Guidelines, released in November 2010, including an overview of the metadata training opportunities currently available. MDL consultant Scott Sayre, from Sandbox Studios, also discussed tagging and the MDL participation in the Steve Tagging project.

Planning a Minnesota Reflections Project: Working with Vendors

A panel comprised of Minnesota Digital Library contributing organizations that received Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grants from the Minnesota Historical Society for digitization and access. St. Cloud State University Archives (Tom Steman), Macalester College Archives (Ellen Holt-Werle) and Minnesota State University, Mankato Archives (Daardi Sizemore) worked with outside vendors for the digitization services. All three projects were planned for and are included in Minnesota Reflections.

Planning a Minnesota Reflections Project: Oral Histories

A presentation by oral history authority, Barb Sommer, discussing rights, ownership, access, transcripts, and other issues that can arise when planning an oral history digitization project.

Planning a Minnesota Reflections Project: A Show-and-Tell Presentation

A slideshow by MDL Outreach Coordinator Marian Rengel highlighting the digitization technology used by the MDL, including their new rapid-capture scanner, large-format camera, flatbed scanners, and audio scanning equipment.