Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education (DCME)
The DCME staff provides services and resources pertaining to cataloging and metadata,
digitization and digital preservation, and OCLC products and
services. The Minnesota Digital Library staff also reside in the DCME unit.
Below you will find links to various print and electronic communications of the Minitex
Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education (DCME) unit.
Minitex OCLC Contacts
We send out information about Minitex sponsored training related to OCLC products, cataloging,
and digitization and metadata. We also push out information about changes or enhancements to
OCLC products and services. We recommend that at least one primary staff person at each institution
in the region subscribe to this listserv.
Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Mailing
A monthly publication that includes sections targeted to staff working in the areas of cataloging
& metadata, digitization, and digital preservation. You will often find articles about training
opportunities, summaries about conferences our staff attend, RDA, and OCLC product and service updates.
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While I am not a native Minnesotan, I have adopted the state as my home. I earned a B.A. in
History with a minor in Art History at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I then went to
graduate school and earned an M.A. in Early American Culture at the Winterthur Program at the
University of Delaware.
After 10 years in the museum field, I was ready for a change. I moved to Vancouver, Canada
where I earned a MLIS degree from the University of British Columbia. After library school, I
headed back east to Ithaca, NY where I worked at Cornell University's Knight Visual Resource
Facility as a fine arts image cataloger. I have served as the Metadata Librarian for the
Minnesota Digital Library since June 2010.
Mark Ehlert began his association with Minitex Contract Cataloging in September 2007.
Prior to his present service as ConCats cataloger, he worked in a paraprofessional capacity at the
University of Minnesota's Wilson Library (2004-2007) cataloging special collections materials and gift
books. Earlier, he spent ten years (1994-2004) as part of the staff of Alcuin Library, which is located
on the campus of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. There he was chiefly responsible for
cataloging books, music sound recordings, and scores as well as managing the quality control unit.
In May 2007 Mark received his master's degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University
through the MLIS program offered by St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Most of my professional life has involved collecting and working with collections, physical and digital.
I have a B.A in Honors History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.A. in Public History
from the University of South Carolina, but I am a native Minnesotan and have pursued my career in the
I first worked with collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as Assistant Curator in the Africa,
Oceania, and the Americas department, where I specialized in Pre-Columbian and Pacific Island art. In
2010, I moved to the digital world as part of the MNopedia team at the Minnesota Historical Society. I
helped steer MNopedia, a web-based encyclopedia of Minnesota, for four years before joining Minitex in
September 2014 as the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library.
I grew up in Wisconsin before migrating to the Twin Cities. Here I earned my B.A. in
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. I worked at Magrath Library on the St. Paul
campus for a couple of years and discovered the library world.
I then moved back to Wisconsin and received my M.A. in Library and Information Studies at
UW-Madison. There I worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Library doing
a little bit of everything: cataloging, ILL, reference, web development... I also worked
for two years at UW-Madison's College Library providing reference and working on web
After growing up in interesting places like Minnesota, Ethiopia, and Brazil, I spent a lot of
time studying, which resulted in a B.A. from Carleton College, an M.L.S. from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies.
Prior to joining Minitex in 1995, I spent five years as the Latin American Cataloger for the
Tulane University Library down in New Orleans, so if you need any help cataloging Spanish,
Portuguese, or French materials, give me a call.
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