Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Mapping the State: Place-based Discovery in Minnesota Reflections

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This session explores two enhancements to the Minnesota Reflections digital library. Greta Bahnemann, metadata coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library, will first discuss the recently completed Geospatial Metadata Enhancement project. This project came about as a result of her participation in the Mountain West Geospatial Task Force, a collaboration between numerous digital collections. Greta will discuss her participation in this group and the work they did to identify existing geospatial metadata practices and establish new best practices for geospatial metadata creation. She will then outline how these new standards were implemented within the Minnesota Reflections metadata. Finally, she will discuss how this work optimizes the geographically-based discovery of resources in Minnesota Reflections. Jason Roy will next provide an overview of the new discovery layer that was designed and built for Minnesota Reflections, including the new geo-viewer that takes advantage of the work of the enhancement project. The outcome of this work has been the creation of a much more robust user discovery interface and a much more effective and rich browsing and searching experience in Minnesota Reflections. The ability to engage with visual collections using place-based geographic mappings will be demonstrated, including views by keyword, format, and proximity.


Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library's primary project... Read More →

Jason Roy

Director of Digital Library Services, University of Minnesota
Jason Roy is currently Director of Digital Library Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Jason supports the creation of and access to research and scholarly material in digital form from across the campus community. Jason manages the Libraries' digitization unit as well... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 113

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