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The joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting will be held virtually November 5-6, 2020.  The conference is free this year, open to all, and will take place through Zoom.

The last day to register is Monday, November 2.

Conference Description

Our two conferences share the same goals of providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues, share projects, and learn from each other, with the added benefit of cross-pollination between two different groups with many affinities. Programming provided will appeal to digital practitioners of many stripes, and allow us to showcase the best of what is happening with digital collections right now. 


Join us for 18 breakout sessions over two days on topics such as digital collection building during the pandemic, creating indigenous digital collections, building collaborative and inclusive workflows, and more. Concurrent sessions will be recorded, so you don’t have to miss any of it! 

The conference theme is cross-pollination, to connect colleagues, share projects, and learn from each other across physical, institutional, and other boundaries. 

On November 5th, DeEtta Jones will deliver the keynote address and focus on how to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into our work and within our organizations. 

The plenary session on November 6th will address the emerging practice of building new digital collections which reflect current social and political events. We will host speakers from two projects: The Urban Art Mapping Research Project and A Journal of the Plague Year.

Planning Committee

  • Greta Bahnemann
    Minitex/Minnesota Digital Library, (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Amy Bocko 
    Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Mariel Carter
    Stephenson Public Library (Marinette, WI)
  • Beth Goodrich
    American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Greg Kochen
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
  • Emily Ergen
    North Dakota Historical Society (Bismarck, ND)
  • Molly Huber
    Minitex/Minnesota Digital Library (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Dave Muhlena
    National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Mikala Narlock
    University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana)
  • Sara Ring, Chair
    Minitex (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Laura Sullivan 
    Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • Kelly Henkel Thompson
    Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD)
  • Susan Vossberg 
    Northwestern Health Science University (Bloomington, MN)

More About the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The UMDCC provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage. Minitex staff, along with a regional planning committee, are the primary organizers of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference. 

More About the Minnesota Digital Library

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota. Our contributors include over 195+  libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives. Each year, MDL offers a conference at which MDL participants, partners, and interested professionals gather to learn about the MDL, what the collaborative is currently doing, and to attend sessions on a variety of topics such as best practices (scanning, preservation, metadata), teaching approaches, sharing MDL projects, technical skills, and more.


2020 Conference banner theme with the words cross pollinate