PALS Islandora Community Update

PALS Islandora Community Update


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PALS currently works with five Islandora partners across Minnesota.  The following is a summary of the projects we are working on with our partners.  Please contact us if you have any questions about these projects or would like to learn more about Islandora.

Minnesota State University-Mankato ARCHives Digital Repository Project Update

MSU-Mankato continues work on ingesting photographs, newspapers, and yearbooks into their digital repository, Arch.   In addition we are helping MSU-Mankato to work with their Athletics Department to ingest thousands of photographs into Arch.  The Athletics Department is very excited about this opportunity, as it means they will be able to access images remotely while on the road.   MSU-Mankato also plans to work with the Theater Department to get their materials ingested.

Current projects include:

  • The scanning of 15,000+ black and white negatives that are victims of Vinegar Syndrome.  See our blog series, The Archivation Line, about our journey.
  • In honor of our most recent Minnesota State University, Mankato Homecoming celebration, the MSU Archives collected and ingested 39 oral histories.
  • In support of the Minnesota State University, Mankato upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration during 2017-2018, we are currently digitizing and anticipate ingesting (very soon) Catalogues and Bulletins into ARCH.
  • In an attempt to close the gap, we continue to scan from microfilm, and ingest, our student newspaper, The Reporter.  We are currently scanning and ingesting late 1982.
  • Minnesota Historical Society has awarded a $6,175 Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant to the MSU Archives to be used for the digitization of paper issues of The Reporter, 1998-2008.
  • We anticipate adding more already digitized and transcribed audio oral histories, as well as selected manuscript collections to ARCH in support of the Minnesota State University, Mankato upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration during 2017-2018, in the near future.

Southwest Minnesota State University Digital Archives Project Update

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, MN, continues ingesting their alumni newsletter, student newspapers, and documents related to their college founding.  College catalogs and campus news releases are the next targets for growing the digital collection.

Winona State University Digital Archives Project Update

WSU is particularly excited about making their yearbook collection available to everyone for discovery, as well as their collection of photographs depicting art across campus.   They are also planning to have a growing collection of University photographs.  PALS is close to completing finishing touches on WSU’s website before they go live.

The College of St. Scholastica continues work in two ways with their Quarry, which is what they are calling their repository. The first is ingesting the College’s publications.  The second is PALS recently completed a batch load of 17,000 photographs into the Quarry, so they are now completing the metadata for those photographs.  Heidi Johnson and Kevin McGrew partnered with PALS on a presentation the end of September at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in Duluth, MN on how you can get started with digital asset management and what we’ve learned.   PALS greatly appreciates their help on the session.  The College of St. Scholastica officially announced the Quarry to their College this fall at their faculty/staff academic technology institute, and it is now “live” and fully available to everyone.