Minitex E-NEWS #131

News for Minitex/OCLC Libraries

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Information about OCLC billing changes and OCLC subscription renewals:

OCLC Billing Changes

Staff at Minitex/OCLC libraries should already be aware that, effective July 1, 2012, billing for OCLC products and services will move from Minitex to OCLC.

Libraries may continue to maintain a deposit account with Minitex that can be used to pay for databases, training and conferences, brokered products, lost book fees, etc. Each institution will have the opportunity to direct the allocation of any funds remaining after all OCLC charges through June 2012 have been paid – a portion or all of the remainder may be sent to OCLC, returned to the institution, or left in the Minitex deposit account. Institutions with staff who are off-duty during the summer should work with us in plenty of time to make the appropriate determinations before they leave.

Questions about the billing transition can be directed to Carla Urban of Minitex at 612-624-4002, 1-800-462-5348, or or Becky Hurley, of OCLC Support Services, at 1-800-848-5878, ext. 4316, or

OCLC Subscription Renewals

Minitex/OCLC libraries should have received FY13 OCLC Subscription renewal information directly from OCLC. OCLC instituted a price increase of 2.75% for Cataloging, Access, and Resource Sharing subscriptions and most other services. They did not provide Minitex with any institution-specific information, so if you have questions about your subscription renewal, please contact OCLC Support at 800-848-5800 or (Carla Urban)

Minnesota Reflections Collection Tops 100,000 Objects

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Minnesota Reflections now contains more than 100,000 digital objects. The collection of digital copies of photographs, plat books, newspapers, and more from 129 organizations across the state passed this noteworthy mark in early April 2012.

A digital object is one photograph or one page in a letter, book, or photo album. A count in Minnesota Reflections shows that there are 38,200 titles. Of these, almost 25,000 are photographs, nearly 1,500 are maps, and 4,300 are books, letters, or other text-based items. There are even sound recordings in Minnesota Reflections.

The newest collections are a Dakota language newspaper, Iapi Oaye, published by the Santee Normal Training School from 1871-1930, and The Word Carrier, an English language newspaper also published by the Santee Normal Training School (Santee, Nebraska) from 1884-1930. Iapi Oaye includes 624 issues and The Word Carrier contains 452 issues. These volumes were contributed by the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church, located in Eagan, in cooperation with Dakota Wicohan, a Morton, MN, organization dedicated to preserving the Dakota language.

Also new to Minnesota Reflections is a major publication of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Minnesota Highways, a department newsletter, contains stories on the construction of roads across the state, as well as information about employees in the department. The collection includes 287 issues published from 1951-1976. The January 1972 issue, for example, includes a cover story on the opening of the Lowry Hill tunnel at the intersection of Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues in Minneapolis.

Other material new to Minnesota Reflections since January 1, 2012 includes collections from Nobles County Historical Society, St. Cloud State University Archives, Carleton College, Minnesota Geological Survey, Northfield Arts Guild, and Northfield Public Library.

The Minnesota Digital Library has been working for nine years with historical societies, libraries, and other organizations to digitize their collections. Minnesota Reflections grows steadily, with projects in various stages at all times. By mid-summer 2012, the collection could easily reach 150,000 digital objects.

The work of the Minnesota Digital Library is funded by Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment. (Marian Rengel)

Minnesota Library Access Center Adds Preservation Week Link to Website

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April 22-28, 2012 is Preservation Week, and the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) has added a Preservation Week link to its Preservation Resources page. U.S. cultural heritage institutions hold at least 4.8 billion items, of which an estimated 1.3 billion are at risk and need some level of preservation. Preservation Week highlights the need for preservation awareness and what we can do individually or in groups to preserve our collections and our family heirlooms.

The MLAC webpages also provide links to other preservation resources, instructions on book repair, and mold identification. And, based on strong regional interest, Minitex will soon be hosting a listserv on preservation issues and questions. (Tim McCluske)

New Minitex Oral History Recording: Roger Sween

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A new voice has been added to the Minitex Oral History Project. Roger Sween discusses his work as library cooperation specialist at State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education, and other facets of his lengthy, important career.

Sween began his professional library career in Wisconsin at UW-Platteville before moving back to Minnesota in the mid-1970s. He worked at Red Wing Public Library and St. Cloud State University Library before he joined the precursor of State Library Services in 1984. He worked at Minnesota's state library agency until 2000.

In the interview, Sween talks about his first library job as a student working in Rolvaag Memorial Library at St. Olaf; events in Minnesota that led to the development of Minitex; evolution of the multicounty, multitype library systems in Minnesota; his work with the Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO); creation of the first school library media standards (2000) in the state; and his involvement in a 1984 report on economic vitality that resulted in the theme of the American Library Association Annual Conference and the Minnesota Library Annual Conference.

Listen to or download a copy of Sween's recording on the Minitex website.

Register by May 1, 2012 for the 21st Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference

Lee Rainie and Kenneth Crews.

Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Library Project, and Kenneth Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University, will be the featured speakers during the 21st Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference on May 10, 2012 at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Rainie will be the keynote speaker with "Learning in the Digital Age: Where Libraries Fit In" as his topic. Crews will discuss "Copyright, Licenses, Treaties, and Pressure for Change: The Law of ILL in Transition."

Delivery of interlibrary loan materials will be another topic of conversation. Kathy Drozd, Assistant Director for Minitex Delivery Services and MLAC, will talk about the findings of a NISO working group and the new NISO recommended practices document, Physical Delivery of Library Resources.

For more information, see the ILL Conference webpage. Registration materials have been distributed.

Rachel Frick Will Keynote Minnesota Digital Library's 10th Annual Meeting

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A leader in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Meeting of Minnesota Digital Library on June 18, 2012 in St. Paul. Rachel Frick, co-chair of the content and scope workstream of the DPLA, will discuss the concepts, issues, and collaborations that are forming the vision of the DPLA.

Frick, who is Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources, is also interested in getting to know the people and groups that have come together to form the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL).

Frick's keynote speech will kick off a day devoted to collaboration and outreach. Other sessions will look at projects from Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as several national initiatives. The annual meeting will also feature updates on MDL work, including the preservation initiative and continued work to digitize collections across the state.

The 10th Minnesota Digital Library annual meeting will be at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. Registration will open in mid-May. Watch the MDL Annual Meetings webpage for more information. (Marian Rengel)

News Briefs from the Minitex Region

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Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to present a new way to search its historical photographs and artwork that visually represent Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure, and occupations from the preterritorial period to the present. With a newly expanded Collections Online and updated search interface, users have the ability to search for photographs, three dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more! A single search can display items across many of our collections. People who have used the MHS Photo and Art Database, sometimes known as the Visual Resources Database, will find all of the photographs, art, and posters from that database in Collections Online along with many new images... Exploration of the collections is done through a faceted search... Filters will allow you to narrow your search by setting multiple filters such as location and dates. (Tracey Baker, excerpted from the Members' Reports for the March 2012 Minitex Policy Advisory Council meeting.)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

A new version of the University Libraries' mobile website was launched in advance of spring semester. This version has a streamlined interface and increased functionality, including integration of the Library Course Page system, which delivers a tailored library resource and service page for every course offered at the University. (Wendy Lougee, excerpted from the Members' Reports for the March 2012 Minitex Policy Advisory Council meeting.)

Saint Paul Public Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library have received a $468,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation on behalf of the Saint Paul Public Library. The award was approved by Bremer Foundation Trustees to address the impact of the persistently difficult economic conditions on the lives of vulnerable people, especially those living in poverty. The grant will build the Library's capacity to provide resources and assistance to unemployed people looking for work, especially those confronting barriers of culture and language. Specific projects to be supported include providing additional computer classes in multiple languages in the community, expanding a work/study program to enhance job search and digital literacy services, improving the capacity to handle materials expeditiously so staff can spend more time assisting patrons and supporting the Library's collection budget. (More information is available at the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library website.)

April & May 2012 WebJunction Webinars

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Check out WebJunction's Webinar page for information about these sessions, which are free and available to staff of libraries throughout the Minitex region. Registration is required.

  • Virtual Connections
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 1:00 PM Central.
  • Libraries and the Era of the Learner: A Vision for the Future
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 1:00 PM Central.
  • Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library
    Thursday, May 31, 2012, 1:00 PM Central.

Remember, WebJunction Minnesota is available to all members of the Minnesota library community. See the WebJunction Minnesota website for more information.

Upcoming Library Conferences & Events

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We would be happy to include information about more events of interest to library staff throughout the Minitex region. Please contact Cecelia Boone (, 612-624-6353, 800-462-5348) with information about your event.

For more information about the following events, see the Minitex Calendar of Events.

For more information about more library-related events in the Minitex region, see the WebJunction Minnesota Calendar of Events

Information about and registration forms for currently scheduled Minitex training sessions and webinars are available at the Minitex Training & Events webpage.

Remember, many of the Minitex webinars are recorded, so you can access them at any time.

  • April 17, 2012 – "CatExpress," webinar
  • April 17, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 18, 2012 – "Just Search: ProQuest," webinar
  • April 18, 2012 – "File Not Found: An Introduction to Digital Preservation," webinar
  • April 19, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 20, 2012 – "Accessing Your ELM Usage Statistics," webinar
  • April 23, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – "Making ELM Access Easy," webinar
  • April 25, 2012 – NISO/DCMI webinar, " and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data," webinar
  • April 27, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 1, 2012 – "The All New Proquest," webinar
  • May 1, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 2, 2012 – "Connexion Client, Module 2, Basic Bibliographic Searching," webinar
  • May 3, 2012 – "ELM: More Than Just Articles," webinar
  • May 3, 2012 – "Delivering Curriculum Content through Shareable Online Lesson Plans," webinar
  • May 3, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs," webinar
  • May 8, 2012 – "ELM and Local Government," webinar
  • May 9, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 10, 2012 – "Accessing Your ELM Usage Stats," webinar
  • May 10, 2012 – 21st Annual Minitex ILL Conference, Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • May 11, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 14, 2012 – "RDA and the Original Cataloger," webinar
  • May 15, 2012 – "CatExpress," webinar
  • May 15, 2012 – "Connexion Browser, Module 2, Basic Searching," webinar
  • May 16, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 16, 2012 – NISO webinar, "Part 1: Can I Access the World? Involving Users in E-book Acquisition and Sharing"
  • May 18, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 22, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 23, 2012 – NISO webinar, "Part 2: Heritage Lost? Ensuring the Preservation of E-books"
  • May 24, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger, Continuing Resources," webinar
  • May 28, 2012 – Memorial Day, Minitex office closed
  • May 30, 2012 – "CONTENTdm, Basic Skills 1: Getting Started," webinar
  • June 1, 2012 – "CONTENTdm, Basic Skills 2: Working with Text," webinar
  • June 4, 2012 – "CONTENTdm, Basic Skills 3: Maintaining Collections," webinar
  • June 6, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audio-Visual Materials," webinar
  • June 8, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audio-Visual Materials," webinar
  • June 12, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audio-Visual Materials," webinar
  • June 13, 2012 – NISO webinar, "Making Better Decisions with Usage Statistics"
  • June 14, 2012 – "RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audio-Visual Materials," webinar
  • June 19, 2012 – "CatExpress," webinar
  • June 22-26, 2012 – ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

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