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 update on MDL activities followed, along with six afternoon breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Visit the archived meeting page for more information.
The Minnesota Digital Library, managed by Minitex, has received a $100,000 grant from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will enable us to launch a Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP) to help public libraries in Minnesota digitize collections and to train staff in e-content creation skills.
Public libraries in Minnesota are invited to participate in this exciting opportunity. The grant will pay for digital skills training, assistance with historic content selection, digitization and metadata creation, and an introduction to online exhibit creation. For more information, visit the PLPP webpage.
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.