June 2007

Gov. Pawlenty astonishingly vetoed the money needed for the Minneapolis–Hennepin County library merger.  Meanwhile, my community library is still closed.

A scholar who moved from academe to public history (and a creator of the great, though never-updated, Beyond Academe) talks about the transition.

Another story of a move from academe to public history, this time in publishing, but with lots of strawmen.  Manan Ahmed responds.

Public Resource put 6000 photos from the Smithsonian on flickr to protest lack of  free access to public domain works.  Read their ‘dear internet’ letter.  The conversation about the project on MCN-L has been fascinating, especially around how the photo metadata was migrated from the SI to flickr.  The answer seems to be poorly, and brings the discussion back to the question of provenance and context.

Museum 2.0 on making 2.0 easy for museums–post-its, anyone?:

Web 2.0 means stepping away from fancy flash-based applications that lock content behind programmed doors and towards clear, text-based, multi-access content. It may not be gorgeous, but it’s easy to create, manipulate, and access for techies and newbies alike. The low barrier to entry makes it easy for users to transition from consumers to participants—whether in wikis, blogs, or on social networking sites.

Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn’t about censorship, it’s about TV.


Next Monday, May 11, 2007, come by the MDLC’s annual meeting at St. Ben’s outside St. Cloud to hear about the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition’s partners, projects, and resources.  Here’s the schedule (yes, that’s me presenting in the afternoon):


8:45-9:15 AM Registration and Coffee
9:15-10:30 AM Welcome
—Kathleen Parker, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Keynote Presentation
“Digitization: What’s going on and how does Minnesota fit in?”

—Liz Bishoff, University of Colorado, Boulder

10:45-11:45 AM Introduction to Pachyderm
This session features a new computer program that will allow educators (K-12, university, museum, etc.) to create interactive instructional units using materials from the MDL.

—Kris Wetterlund, Sandbox Studios
—Scott Sayre, Sandbox Studios

Beyond Photos—What’s Being Digitized in Minnesota
Hear how several organizations are digitizing more than photos and how those projects may fit into the Minnesota Digital Library.

—Lina Belar, History Museum of East Otter Tail County
—Eric Hillemann, Carleton College
—Irene VanBavel, Minnesota Historical Society

Copyright and Digitization
Learn the basics of copyright law, how copyright impacts digitization projects, and how the Minnesota Digital Library is working with copyright issues.

—John Chapman, University of Minnesota Libraries

11:45 AM-12:45 PM Lunch
12:45-1:45 PM Integrating Minnesota Reflections into the Classroom
Learn how teachers are using images from Minnesota Reflections in their classrooms. Come prepared to share ideas.

—Steve Potts, Hibbing Community College

MDL Participants and Their Digital Images—Who’s Doing What?
Representatives from several organizations that have participated in the Minnesota Digital Library will share stories of how they have leveraged their participation in the MDL exciting ways.

—Suzanne Fischer, Hennepin County Medical Center History Museum
—Ben Leonard, Nicollet County Historical Society
—Kathy Klehr, Scott County Historical Society

MDL Metadata
If you are wondering what metadata is and how to provide it, if you want to learn the ins and outs of the MDL metadata guidelines and spreadsheet, attend this session. If you want to gauge how much work creating metadata involves, this session is also for you.

—Marian Rengel, MDL Outreach Coordinator

1:45-2:00 PM Break
2:00-3:00 PM Locating and Incorporating Primary Sources into the K-12 Curriculum
Learn to use Minnesota Reflections to mine primary resources for K-12 curriculum. Using ELM resources such as Gale’s Discovering Collection and Junior Reference Collection will also be presented.

—Jennifer Hootman, MINITEX

The MDL Needs YOU!
Join members of the MDL steering committee for breakout sessions on a variety of MDL related topics. This session is a great way to contribute to the future direction of the MDL.

—Members of the MDL Steering Committee

Digital Project Management
Learn how to plan a digital project. From choosing to equipment to sharing collections, this session will help organizations consider all aspects of digital project management.

—Jason Roy, University of Minnesota Libraries