Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus
Twitter hashtag: #mdl2013
Registration Fee: $25
This year, the keynote and some of the breakout sessions will focus on the theme of digital storytelling. Simply put, digital storytelling refers to a social movement to use computer tools to help everyone share their life or family stories. As such, digital storytelling takes many forms. In Minnesota, creative technology-driven people have been at the forefront of applying a documentary approach to new media and technology platforms to tell those stories. From immersive media installations to learning games, from storytelling on the web to interactive computer kiosks, from documentary films to inventive uses of social media, our area's digital resources have been used to engage audiences with narratives that were and still are absent from traditional media.
Currently, there is a keen interest within the cultural and corporate sectors to create "transmedia narratives," and to create digital stories that address community conflicts to help users and audiences find common ground for respectful discussion and positive action. A growing diverse and technologically savvy patron base is interested in storytelling as a way to make sense of their lives, through constantly evolving new media channels.
Documentary storyteller Mike Mouw uses multimedia tools and technology to help museums do just that, tell stories. The Minneapolis-based consultant works with museums to create new media and technology experiences that engage museum-goers with stories from the objects in the collections. Mike has been the multimedia director at the Minnesota Historical Society, where one of his projects was the Flour Tower multimedia show and "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat" movie for the Mill City Museum. He worked with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to design and develop stories for that new digital archive.
This winter, Mike began working with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as the project manager of The Digital Experience project to use new media to develop stories of art and artists using the collections in this international collection. He has been invited as one of 60 participants in the Human Computer Interaction in Informal Science Education conference this summer in New Mexico, and is authoring a chapter on documentary storytelling for the book "Digital Culture and Heritage – Strategy and Implementation," to be published in 2014. Mike is also designing an exhibit on the St. Paul Union Depot for this summer's Northern Spark event to be held in St. Paul's Lowertown on June 8.
In addition to giving the 2013 Minnesota Digital Library annual meeting keynote address, Mike will present a breakout session on the tools and processes used in storytelling.
Below is a list of topics that will be covered. The full agenda and registration is available via the Minitex website.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
The 10th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) was held on June 18, 2012. The keynote presentation was given by Rachel Frick on the topic of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative. Along with the Minnesota Digital Library Update session, attendees had a choice of attending 6 different break-out sessions. Topics included regional collaboration between North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; A Minnesota Reflections panel; Omeka and New Media Consortium's New Horizons Reports; A CONTENTdm Mini User Group meeting; Spreading the word about Minnesota Reflections; and preserving state government digital information.
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.