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3rd Annual Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting: November 8-9, 2010

115 individuals from over 45 institutions participated in the 3rd Annual Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting. For the first time the meeting was held online over the course of two mornings. The meeting was sponsored by Minitex and OCLC.

There are over 40 institutions in the region (Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin) currently using CONTENTdm to build their digital collections. The meeting provided the opportunity for networking and sharing of CONTENTdm best practices among colleagues as well as a CONTENTdm product update from OCLC. Below are links to the presentations from each session.

Visit any of the resources listed below to receive announcements about the 2011 Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting.


Monday, November 8, 2010

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and Introductions

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM No Muss, No Fuss: EAD Finding Aids Without XML
—Rose Fortier, Milwaukee Public Library

Finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) are a great way of letting your patron base know what special collections your institution has available. However, without a working knowledge of XML they can be very difficult to create. This session will discuss how to create finding aids using EAD standards that can be added to a CONTENTdm collection without using any XML.

 •   View Rose Fortier's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.22 MB)
 •   View Rose Fortier's Finding Aid Sample 1 Microsoft Word Icon (Word; 38 KB)
 •   View Rose Fortier's Finding Aid Sample 2 Microsoft Word Icon (Word; 45 KB)

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Break

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM Counting on CONTENTdm, Deciphering Statistics and Looking for Alternatives
—Eric Celeste, Consultant to the Minnesota Digital Library
—Chris Schommer, Library Special Projects, Macalester College
—Johan Oberg, Digital Scholarship and Services Librarian

When comparing the Minnesota Digital Library's CONTENTdm reports to those of an identical collection on Flickr, Eric became suspicious that the OCLC numbers were a bit off. He will describe techniques for analyzing CONTENTdm logs, what he learned about their accuracy, and how OCLC has worked to resolve the issues uncovered. Chris and Johan will describe how Macalester has moved beyond CONTENTdm's reports to use Google Analytics for a very different and informative view of their collection's usage.

 •   View Eric Celeste's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 4.01 MB)
 •   View Macalester's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 559 KB)

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Break

11:10 AM – 12:10 PM CONTENTdm Update
—Phyllis Kaiden, Product Manager, OCLC Digital Collection Services

What's coming in CONTENTdm 6? Quite a lot! Come find out about what will be in this major release, the impact to your collections, migration path, and schedule. You will also hear the latest about usability studies and see an up-to-the-minute demo of the new public interface.

 •   View Phyllis Kaiden's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.42 MB)

12:10 PM – 12:15 PM Wrap-Up

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and Introductions

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM Wisconsin Digital Archives: Preserving Electronic State Documents
—Abby Swanton, Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library

As more state documents are born-digital and published only on the Web, it has become increasingly challenging for the Wisconsin Document Depository Program to collect and preserve state documents. Learn how Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning utilizes OCLC preservation tools and CONTENTdm to preserve and provide access to electronic state documents as well as creating a way state agencies can continue to fulfill their statutory obligation to participate in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program.

 •   View Abby Swanton's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 3.82 MB)

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Break

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM How to Massage and Upload Metadata with Diacritics onto CONTENTdm
—Jill Strass, Metadata Librarian, St. Olaf College

Learn how to take diacritics from a library catalog to CONTENTdm. Take records from Innovative's catalog, use its export function, then massage the records with MarcEdit and get them ready to upload into CONTENTdm using Excel.

 •   View Jill Strass's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 815 KB)

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Break

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM CONTENTdm Quick Start Users
—Brooke Roegge, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
—Stephanie Bents, Rapid City Public Library
—Stacia McGourty, Digital Initiatives Librarian, South Dakota State Library

Over the past year a number of institutions in the Upper Midwest region delved into digitization projects using the CONTENTdm Quick Start package. In this show and tell panel, you will hear about digital initiatives from the institutions listed below.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is using CONTENTdm to capture material created and produced by DEED. They are currently digitizing recent and old publications (like "Minnesota Economic Trends" and "Minnesota Employment Review" magazines) but plan to digitize any content worth permanently archiving, regardless of format.

The Rapid City Public Library's digitization project is part of a larger effort, the Black Hills Knowledge Network, that is an information hub for "everything local" in the Black Hills region. The Community Memory component of the Knowledge Network gives citizens and policymakers access to documents, photographs, maps, reports and other historical materials to build a sense of shared history and common purpose in our community.

The South Dakota State Library provides services to libraries within South Dakota and state government. Our purpose in using CONTENTdm is to learn how to use it effectively, promote its use to other South Dakota libraries, and to facilitate the use of South Dakota State Library resources. Currently the South Dakota State Library is curating two digital Collections. Libraries of South Dakota showcases the history of South Dakota's libraries with images and Scrapbooks. The Capitol Centennial Collection features the June 19, 2010 celebration of our South Dakota Capitol Building. Future projects will include organizing our vertical file and historic state documents with CONTENTdm.

 •   View Brooke Roegge's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 130 KB)
 •   View Stephanie Bent's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.03 MB)
 •   View Stacia McGourty's presentation handout Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 902 KB)

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Wrap-Up