Minitex E-NEWS #131
News for Minitex/OCLC Libraries
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
Questions about the billing transition can be directed to Carla Urban of Minitex at 612-624-4002,
1-800-462-5348, or email@example.com or Becky Hurley, of OCLC
Support Services, at 1-800-848-5878, ext. 4316, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. (Carla Urban)
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Minnesota Reflections Collection Tops 100,000 Objects
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
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)
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Minnesota Library Access Center Adds Preservation Week Link to Website
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
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)
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New Minitex Oral History Recording: Roger Sween
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
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.
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Register by May 1, 2012 for the 21st Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference
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,
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,
Delivery of Library Resources.
For more information, see the ILL
Conference webpage. Registration materials have been distributed.
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Rachel Frick Will Keynote Minnesota Digital Library's 10th Annual Meeting
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.
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News Briefs from the Minitex Region
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
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
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
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April & May 2012 WebJunction Webinars
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.
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
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Upcoming Library Conferences & Events
We would be happy to include information about more events of interest to library
staff throughout the Minitex region. Please contact Cecelia Boone
(firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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, "Schema.org 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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