The recording of the November 13 webinar Exploring Minnesota Reflections as a Research Tool for History Day is now available. Marian Rengel (MDL Outreach Coordinator) discussed the content of Minnesota Reflections as a primary source for History Day research, and provided in-depth live demonstrations on how to navigate it effectively and efficiently. Rengel also addressed ideas for applying and incorporating Minnesota Reflections content into student History Day research projects.
We have added new content to our website to make it easier for Minnesota Reflections contributors, media organizations, and other interested parties to communicate information about the MDL, and to stay informed about the work that we do. On the new Press Room page you will find local and national news or press about MDL related projects; MDL logos, wordmarks, and sample images from Minnesota Reflections; a calendar that includes upcoming events of interest to the MDL community; and how to subscribe to MDL communications (social media and listserv subscription information).
As of September 1, organizations contributing content to Minnesota Reflections receive an automatic email each month showing web usage of their collection within Minnesota Reflections. Using Google Analytics, we push out 3 reports to each contributor. See the support webpage, Google Analytics – How to Read Your Monthly Report for more information. Of broad interest may be the overall traffic reports for Minnesota Reflections, now available on a monthly basis. If you are a contributor, you can also use these reports to see how your reports compare to Minnesota Reflections traffic as a whole.
We are excited to announce that we are now using Facebook and Twitter to communicate about events and activities of interest to Minnesota Digital Library users and contributing organizations. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts will be used to promote the collections of our Minnesota Reflections contributing organizations and will provide a forum in which contributors and users can share news, happenings, and events.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a groundbreaking project that, for the first time, will make many of our nation's significant digital collections searchable and accessible to the public from a single site. It will aggregate millions of digital artifacts from local archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions across America and deliver them to students, teachers, scholars, and the public via a powerful search interface. Watch this video to learn more about how we are working hard to share Minnesota's story with the nation.
We are now accepting applications for Minnesota Reflections Phase 10 digitization projects. The full Call for Projects and the Application Form are available now.
Phase 10 continues our interest in projects that focus on specific topics that will enhance the development and value of Minnesota Reflections. These topics are: World War I (1914-1918), 1918 influenza pandemic, parks in Minnesota, under-represented communities, lost Minnesota, WPA art in Minnesota, the CCC in Minnesota, celebrations, disasters, and older photographic methods.
Phase 10 also continues our general call for projects. Organizations choose photos, documents, maps, and sound recordings from within their collections and within the scope of the Minnesota Reflections project.