Internet Librarian 2008 — Monterey, CA

October 28, 2008

I want to express my appreciation to the NLLN Governing Board for the opportunity to attend the recent Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA, Oct 20-22, 2008.

It was the best conference I have ever attended and it will take me a long time to share all the many things I learned, heard, and experienced during the Conference. A few pictures have been posted on the NLLN Flickr site, but if you do a Flickr search using the term “il2008”, you’ll find nearly 3,000 pictures from the conference that have been posted — and more keep turning up! For a more limited set, you can see a few pictures I took that are posted on the NLLN photogallery.

Much the same if you do a Twitter search using the term “il2008” — thousands of Tweets made before, during, and after the Conference. If you simply begin reading through the most recent, you’ll discover links to the slideshare entries, videos of whole sessions, blog posts, personal comments. It is quite fascinating in its own way. During the Conference, Twitter was alive with posts commenting on everything from the sessions, the wi-fi situation, and presenters to meet ups for dinner, where Stephen Abrams was doing Karaoke, and requests for rides to the airport. It was — and continues — to be a community rich in information related to the conference and those attending it — even those who were not attending but following via ‘twitter, blogs, and conference wiki.

There is an enormous amount of informaton available about the Conference — at official Conference sites and wikis and blogs, but also in many other sites such as slideshare,, YouTube,blogs, flickr, twitter. If you do a Google search on the “internet librarian Conference 2008”, you’ll find a myriad of official and unofficial sources of info about the Conference, its presenters, their presentations, and reactions from attendants.

In the days and weeks ahead I plan to post more about individual sessions and events at the Conference that I found most interesting or useful. And next year, I hope I won’t be the only person from the NLLN region who attends this amazing Conference.


Mn Digital Library’s Reflections Project

October 11, 2008

An update from the Mn Digital Library Reflections Project:

Greetings everyone:

We are in the process of updating our “Minnesota Reflections” web site. So I figured it was time to update you all too.

We are now above 31,000 digital images in “Minnesota Reflections.”

  • More than 100 organizations have joined us in digitizing portions of their collections and making them available on our site.

  • In 2007-208, we completed 42 digitization projects from 40 organizations. Of those, 14 organization were first-time contributors. One organization contributed digitized images.

  • Those projects included 3,400 images, almost 5,800 document pages, and 1,570 maps. Quite a successful year.

We are busy already working on Phase 5.

  • Technically, Round 1 of Phase 5 ended last Friday.

    • So far we have 13 applications from 12 organizations. We digitized seven of them and two organizations have completed their metadata and will be online soon.

    • These projects alone will bring in almost 700 photographs, 300 document pages, including two journals, and 120 maps. We will have spent almost 30 percent of our digitization budget once all 13 are done.

  • We are now in Round 2 of Phase 5

    • Organizations may submit applications at any time.
    • I encourage people to submit early. That way, assuming their projects receive positive reviews by the MDL Selection Committee, we will be sure to have funds to spend on them.

There’s a lot to talk about and share with people so I hope you are all sending people to “Minnesota Reflections” to see what’s new.

I’m always here if you have comments or suggestions.



Marian Rengel
Outreach Coordinator
Minnesota Digital Library Coalition
Learning Resources & Technology Services
Miller Center B41-6
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Office (320) 308-5625
Fax (320) 308-4778 (shared)