Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 2017 MWDL Hubs & Partners Meeting

Hello all, it's been a while!  After a major staff change, a new director, and a few kinks we are now ready to really market MWDL and its partners.  A big thank you to all of the partners that have been patient with us as we transition, we greatly appreciate your support.  Now on to news!

Thank you to all of the representatives that joined us for our MWDL Hubs Meeting in June.  It was a very full two days and a lot came out of it.  Here are some details...

  • MWDL is currently sitting at 980K records!  Hoping to reach 1M by year's end.  
  • Still working on getting Oregon harvested but it is slow going because of ingest issues.
  • Need for another working group on archival metadata, metadata app profiled needs to be updated. All of this is on hold until metadata librarian position filled. 
  • We now have a Governing Body and are working on hiring a Metadata Librarian at 1.0 FTE
  • Outreach/Promotion: Relaunched social media efforts. Avalon Snell has been working on it; now events/photos posted. Had a booth at ALA Midwinter, RootsTech, ULA, and UELMA. Catherine McIntyre has been helping with outreach. Now on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
  • We are working on continuing the webinar series like one Cory Lampert and Silvia Southwick did on Linked Data.
  • Financial overviews
  • CONTENTdm...enough said
For those who couldn't attend here is the list of presentations:

Outreach: https://stream.lib.utah.edu/index.php?c=details&id=12910

Or you can click here to view the agenda, minutes, and surveys associated with this meeting.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New collections from the Utah State Historical Society

Today we have some great new collections from the Utah State Historical Society to celebrate, ranging from pioneer history, portrait studio photographs, a diary from the Topaz relocation center, and much more. Read on for more details about these collections!

Larson Studio Negative Collection - Over 22,000 images from the Larson Studio in Provo, including portrait and landscape photographs.
J. Lewis Bird
Carbon County Cookbook - Take a trip back to the 1920s and explore the foodways of Carbon County in this community cookbook that features recipes for Boiled Salad Dressing, Good Raisin Bread, and Mock Lemon Pie.

Our Daily Diary, Topaz Relocation Center - This fully illustrated diary tells the story of third graders at Mountain View School at the Topaz Relocation Center from March 8 - August 12, 1943. An important primary source document for researching Japanese American internment during World War II.

Our Daily Diary, Topaz Relocation Center

Ellis Reynolds Shipp Papers - Collection documenting the history and correspondence of one of the first female doctors in Utah. 

Works Progress Administration Biography Sketches Collection - Interviews with pioneers and other people of note from the WPA. 

Charles Raymond Varley Slides 1868-1986 - This collection of building photos highlights historical architecture of Salt Lake City. See how street views have changed through the decades with photos taken years apart in the same location.

West Side of Main Street

Thanks to the Utah State Historical Society for sharing these new collections!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Collections from the University of Utah

These collections were previously harvested into MWDL, but we just created some web pages to showcase them. Check out some great oral histories, missionary diaries in Japan, manuscript collections focused on Utah history, architectural drawings, and more!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Welcome Buffalo Bill Center of the West - McCracken Research Library

MWDL recently harvested several collections from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, McCracken Research Library. With the addition of the McCracken Research Library, MWDL has added a repository located in Wyoming!

The digitized collections cover a variety of topics for researchers interested in the history of the western united states, with collections covering a variety of topics such as Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show, records of guns and ammunition companies, historical Native American photographs, works of Wyoming photographers, and much more.

MWDL will continue to add more collections over the coming weeks, but collections from the McCracken Research Library currently available via MWDL are:

  • MS 007 George Armstrong Custer Collection  - This collection contains various documents concerning the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Most prominent are two original reports of General Alfred H. Terry to General George Crook, the first official reports of the defeat of Custer at the Little Big Horn battlefield.
  • MS 010 Count Otto Franc Von Lichtenstein Collection  - Collection consists of four journals by Count Otto Franc von  Lichtenstein relating daily activities as he ran the Pitchfork Ranch on the upper Greybull River west of present day Meeteetse, Wyoming. 
  • MS 017 Charles Rapp Collection  - This collection consists of the 15 letters from Charles Rapp to Eva Shepard written from various locations in Wyoming Territory. Mr. Rapp, of New York, discusses gold mining, women homesteaders on the frontier, Mormon immigration, Shoshone and Sioux Indians, and a description of a visit to the Little Big Horn battlefield three days after the battle.
  • MS 034 Schuyler, Hartley, and Graham  - Among the items in the collection are letters and shipping orders from Schuyler, Hartley and Graham to H. K. White, correspondence from individuals and companies offering goods and services, business records such as bills, receipts, calling cards, etc., bound memo books, ledger books, inventory books, and a large collection of advertisement materials.
  • MS 037 Mrs. George Bird Grinnell Indian Photographs  - Images of Northern Cheyenne Indians, early 20th century. Black and white prints, photographed by Mrs. George Bird Grinnell.
  • MS 047 David R. Phillips  - A group of glass plate negatives from the collection of David R. Phillips focusing on William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
    William F. Cody with lariat, saddle, and rifle
    • MS 056 Frank A. Rinehart - The F.A. Rinehart Indian Photographic collection consists of 33 standard size images, and 118 oversize images of Native American Indians in a photographic studio setting, with approximately 10 images taken outside of a studio setting.
    • MS 165 Thomas Marquis Native American Nitrate Negatives  - These photographs were created by photographer Dr. Thomas Marquis, a physician and author, who lived on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in the early 20th century.
      Richard Wooden Leg sitting with boy
    • MS 247 Fred R. Meyer Photographs- 46 black and white photographic prints of Blackfeet, Cree, Crow, and Sioux peoples taken 1902-1904 by Fred R. Meyer, a photographer from Buffalo, NY.

    For more resources, visit the Digital Collections of the McCracken Research Library.

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Three New Collections from University of Nevada, Reno

    MWDL has recently added three great new collections from the University of Nevada, Reno Digital Collections. This trio of collections provide highlights from the University of Nevada, Reno Library Special Collections focusing on political history, social justice, and citizen action.

    Photograph of Oro Nevada Mining Company Protests

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    2016 MWDL Member Spring Repository Meeting and Digitization Committee Meetings - Save the Dates!

    The dates for the MWDL Member Spring Repository Meeting and Digitization Committee Meeting will be Monday, June 13th, and Tuesday June 14th, at the Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City.

    The Member Repository Meeting, for representatives of member repositories only, will be held on the 13th,  beginning at about 1:00 p.m.

    The Digitization Committee Meeting, open to all MWDL collections partners and potential partners, including member repositories, will follow on the 14th, starting at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and ending around 3:00 p.m.

    More details will be available very soon. 

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    MWDL's Best Practices for Geospatial Metadata Creation now available

    If you're interested in having your digital collections materials show up on the map interface provided on the Digital Public Library of America portal, start planning to add geospatial metadata to your records! The Mountain West Digital Library Geospatial Discovery Task Force spent many months reviewing different options, and now Best Practices for Geospatial Metadata Creation for MWDL Cultural Heritage Digital Repositories and the companion document, Instructions for Assigning Geospatial Metadata Using GeoNames.org, have been approved by the MWDL Digitization Committee and are available for MWDL partners to use.

    GeoNames data for Idaho State Capitol.
    The new MWDL documents are on the “Policies and Guidelines” page on the MWDL website.  Please feel free to point people to the page or to the particular links above and on the page in any of your websites or documents. We want to continue to get the word out about these valuable standards.

    We were delighted to see the recent Geographic and Temporal Guidelines that the Digital Public Library of America released about geospatial metadata in DPLA.  It looks like the MWDL Task Force's documents are well in line with DPLA’s Guidelines -- not too surprising, given the high level of coordination MWDL’s task force had with DPLA staff throughout our work!

    Congratulations again to all task force members on fine work. An especial big thanks goes to the co-facilitators of the Task Force: Liz Woolcott from Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library and Kristen Jensen from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.  The strength of what we have produced together is the best example of why we all collaborate. 

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    New tools for rapid auditing of your collections metadata

    A few months back, we learned about some useful tools for metadata auditing. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center shared these tools with other Service Hubs in the Digital Public Library of America network, including MWDL. I customized NCDHC's tools to reflect the required and recommended fields in the MWDL Dublin Core Application ProfileWe have started to use them to audit metadata for new collections submitted for aggregation into MWDL, and they really speed up this process!

    Now our collections partners can use them as well for their own metadata auditing while creating or revising collections. These tools make it easy to examine the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) provision of metadata from your digital assets management system, so you can check it for conformance to MWDL and DPLA standards. They display the OAI data in an attractive, easy-to-read format, so you don't have to pore through records one by one or look at hundreds of lines of tagged XML. 

    Go to MWDL's site for the DPLA OAI Aggregation Tools and speed up your metadata auditing!  So far, I have adapted them for use with the Qualified Dublin Core metadata format, specifically CONTENTdm's "oai_qdc". We will release them for simple Dublin Core ("oai_dc") soon. 
    1. QDC Mapping Checker shows the values by field for all records in a given collection.
    2. Required Data Checker shows any missing values for required and recommended fields in a given collection. 
    Let us know what you think, and new functionality you would like to see to make checking your metadata faster and easier. Contact me at sandra.mcintyre@utah.edu with your comments.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Need funding to digitize another collection?

    Cultural heritage organizations in Utah may want to consider applying for a digitization grant from the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB). The next deadline is December 18. Contact Janell Tuttle, jtuttle@utah.gov, (801) 531-3845, for more information or check out http://archives.utah.gov/USHRAB/grants.html.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    New self-guided curriculum for digitization

    As part of the Public Library Partnerships Project over the last year and a half, Mountain West Digital Library staff and partners helped design, prepare, and present training modules about digital skills training. MWDL was one of four Service Hubs in the Digital Public Library of America to participate in this national project. 

    First we presented the trainings at three workshops for public librarians, two in Utah and one in Montana, as part of the MWDL network's assistance to public libraries in digitizing and sharing their collections online. Then, along with staff from the other Service Hubs, we recorded the best-of-the-best of the training modules for online distribution nationally. 

    Many thanks go to Anna Neatrour, who as MWDL Metadata Librarian created a wonderful metadata section and contributed to much of the rest of the curriculum as well. We are also grateful to Jennifer Birnel, the project director of the Montana Memory Project, who helped make the workshop in Montana a great success and participated in the recording round. Thanks also go to Rebekah Cummings, who helped create and present many sections of the curriculum during her service as MWDL Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian. Key contributions to the digital reformatting module came from Matt Brunsvik from University of Utah Marriott Library and Catherine McIntyre and Brent Seavers from Utah Valley University. Together we are very proud to have been part of this important project and to now be able to share these training resources!

    For more information about the new curriculum materials, or about the Public Library Partnerships Project, see the announcement from DPLA at http://dp.la/info/2015/10/07/new-self-guided-curriculum-for-digitization/.  Please use, re-use, and distribute these materials freely!

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Recent new collections added to MWDL

    First of all, let's welcome Stacks from the Idaho Commission for Libraries to the MWDL! We are still working on some additional technical troubleshooting that needs to be completed before we harvest the entire repository, but right now we have over 18,000 of the 27,000 Idaho government documents offered by Stacks. These records complement our existing government documents collections from Utah, Arizona, and Montana. The Stacks page on the MWDL web site lists the currently available collections from this repository.

    Other new collections are:

    Salt Lake City (UT) Tax Assessment Rolls from Utah State Archives

    Brian Head Ski Resort Photographs from Southern Utah University