Special Features in Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections now runs on version 6.1 of CONTENTdm, database management software from OCLC. This upgrade brings new features and functions to Minnesota Reflections. The Minnesota Digital Library provides you with this tip sheet to help you get the most out of the new features this software upgrade brings. We also provide tips on "browsing and searching," "viewing an object," and "advice on newspapers."

If you have suggestions for how to improve these guides, please contact the MDL Outreach Coordinator at mino@umn.edu or 612-624-4002.

Minnesota Reflections now provides users with special features that allows them to interact with the collection. This guide shows you how to use some of them from printing to tagging and commenting to subscribing to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for individual collections.

Printing and Downloading

Students using Minnesota Reflections for non-profit educational purposes, or patrons who wish to save small versions of the objects for non-profit purposes, may print or download objects. Anyone wishing to use the objects in Minnesota Reflections for profit must contact the Contributing Institution and make arrangements with that organization for such uses.

Print

When viewing an object, simply click the "Print" button above the object to the right. (click image to enlarge)

  • When viewing an object, simply click the "Print" button above the object to the right. The object will load in a new window.
  • Tip: Wait for the full object view to load. Then click "Print the item" link at the top left of this new window.
  • Note: Printing is supported for most browsers and printers, but you may need to explore how printing works on your specific equipment. Mac users, for example, may need to choose "File > Print" to print, rather than clicking on the "Print the item" link. People working on networks may need to choose a specific printer to complete this function, for not all printers may be supported.

Download (temporarily unavailable)

Tagging and Commenting

Patrons using Minnesota Reflections may add information to each object, to share a story or information about an object, for example. Contributing Institutions may then choose to add this information to the formal description of an object (known as metadata).

To add a tag or comment, click on "Add tags" or "Comment" near the top of the page, or simply scroll to the bottom of the page. (click image to enlarge)

To add a tag or comment:

  • View an object – a photograph, document page, map.
  • Click on "Add tags" or "Comment" near the top of the page, next to the "Reference URL" link or simply scroll to the bottom of the page.

Tags

  • Click on "Add tags" in the yellow bar that appears when you open the Tags window.
  • Type your tags.
  • Tip: Tags are words that describe the object you are viewing. Add words that you did not find in the formal description of the object.
  • Once tags have been added to a photograph, for example, three additional choices appear in this window:
  • View as list – this is the default setting.
  • View as tag cloud – clicking on this option changes the view. Once an object has enough tags added to it, the cloud will adjust the size of the tags, making those most used appear at a larger size and making those less used appear smaller.
  • Report abuse – Click this link if you feel a tag is offensive or inappropriate for the collection. Do not click this link if you feel the tag is incorrect. Minnesota Digital Library staff monitor Minnesota Reflections and will remove tags which do not help people use the collection.

Click on "Add tags" or "Post a Comment" in the yellow bar that appears for each to get started. (click image to enlarge)

Comments

  • Click on "Post a Comment" in the yellow bar that opens in the Comments window. Type your comment.
  • Then type your name (optional).
  • Click "Post Comment" button.
  • Your comment will appear below the "Post a Comment" link window. Most recent comments appear at the top of the list of all comments.
  • If you change your mind, simply click on "Cancel and close."

RSS Feeds

To subscribe to a collection's RSS feed, click on the "Receive updates for this collection" link – found above the "Recent Additions" feature on the right side of any collection's landing page. (click image to enlarge)

Each collection in Minnesota Reflections now provides users with an RSS feed link.

  • From a collection's landing page, look above the "Recent Additions" feature on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on "Receive updates for this collection."