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Help the Copyright Office Understand How to Address Mass Digitization
September 25, 2015

Help the Copyright Office Understand How to Address Mass Digitization

Wouldn’t libraries and archives like to be able to digitize their collections and make the texts and images available to the world online? Of course they would, but copyright inhibits this for most works created in the last 100 years.

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a report and a request for comments on its proposal for a new licensing system intended overcome copyright obstacles to mass digitization. While the goal is laudable, the Office’s proposal is troubling and vague in key respects.

A Day in the Life the Metadata Librarian for the Mountain West Digital Library
May 27, 2015

A Day in the Life the Metadata Librarian for the Mountain West Digital Library

In this post, Anna Neatrour describes one of her typical days as the Mountain West Digital Library metadata librarian aggregating data on a regional level and as a Service Hub with DPLA.

A Look at the Empire State Digital Network
April 22, 2015

A Look at the Empire State Digital Network

New York is home to nine library and research councils that comprise the NY3Rs Association, Inc. (NY3Rs). While it occupies its own dark blue circle in the image above, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), home to our Service Hub, is one of the nine regional councils that make up the NY3Rs. In addition to myriad digital content hosted at individual organizations statewide (the small gray circles in the diagram), New York is also home to four large-scale collaborative digital projects. These projects are all supported and facilitated by the NY3Rs regional councils.

New Uses for Old Advertising
November 19, 2014

New Uses for Old Advertising

Ted Hathaway is the Manager of  Special Collections, Preservation & Digitization at the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. HCL is a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Digitization efforts in the US have, to date, been overwhelmingly dominated by academic libraries, but public libraries are increasingly finding a niche by looking to their local collections as sources for original content. The Hennepin County Library has partnered with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)—and now the Digital Public Library of America—to bring thousands of items to the digital realm from its extensive holdings in the James K. Hosmer Special Collections Department. These items include maps, atlases, programs, annual reports, photographs, diaries, advertisements, and trade catalogs.

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society
October 2, 2014

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society

Heather Harren is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Minnesota. The BECHS is a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Heather Harren, Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, MN, describes the national attention that has been brought to her organization through their participation as a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library and DPLA.

The Nicollet County Historical Society and the Digital Public Library of America
August 28, 2014

The Nicollet County Historical Society and the Digital Public Library of America

Bob Sandeen is the Research Coordinator at the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter, Minnesota. Here, he describes the Nicollet County Historical Society's experience as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

Bob Sandeen describes the Nicollet County Historical Society’s experience as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

A Bridge to Some, Where Unexpected: DPLA transports you to northern Minnesota
August 5, 2014

A Bridge to Some, Where Unexpected: DPLA transports you to northern Minnesota

Patricia K. Maus has served as University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library since 2007 and Director and Curator of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections of the Martin Library since 1981. The Kathryn A. Martin Library’s mission is to promote learning and research by providing information resources and services, up to date technologies, and knowledgeable staff in a welcoming environment. You can take a virtual tour of the Martin Library: http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/ref/virtualtour/index.htm

Patricia Maus discusses her experiences at the University of Minnesota Duluth as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

A visual tour of innovations in musical instruments
April 23, 2014

A visual tour of innovations in musical instruments

Guest post by Kirstin Dougan, Music and Performing Arts Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Music and Performing Arts Library.

Music is universal. All cultures have music in their history. How they go about making that music and

The methods behind the maps: Primary resources about landscape theory of the American Cemetery Movement, 1831-ca. 1945
March 13, 2014

The methods behind the maps: Primary resources about landscape theory of the American Cemetery Movement, 1831-ca. 1945

A guest post by Jennie Benford, Programming Director for the Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund in Pittsburgh, PA. I

[DPLAfest Follow-up] Using games to collect metadata: Introducing Metadata Games
January 23, 2014

[DPLAfest Follow-up] Using games to collect metadata: Introducing Metadata Games

Play, tag, connect, and follow up from October’s DPLAfest, a guest post from Vicky Zeamer of Tiltfactor Labs

On January 22, 2014 Tiltfactor Laboratory launched Metadata Games: Mobile, a digital game platform for gathering useful data on image, audio, and moving image artifacts. Metadata Games seeks to increase access to humanities content while contributing to vital records, and further enables archivists, librarians, data scientists and a slew of other people to gather and analyze information for archives in powerful and innovative ways.