Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Zine Librarians (Un)Conference

Sorry for the short notice, but this just came to my attention.

Zine Librarians (Un)Conference
Seattle, Washington, March 14 and 15, 2009

Zine librarians, collectors and creators are invited to the Richard Hugo House and the Zine Archive and Publishing Project for two days of discussion and presentation centered around the collecting and organizing of zines; be they in libraries, archives, infoshops, basements, or living rooms.

Blending a traditional conference with the Unconference<>model, this gathering will be participatory and open. Workshops will be scheduled, and discussions of cataloging, organizing and promoting zine collections are expected, among other topics. All members of the zine community, including non-librarians, are invited to join in and take part.

An outline of events and further information is available on the event's wiki: <>

Please visit the wiki to register your attendance, help plan the events, and volunteer.

March 14 and 15, 2009
10 am - 5 pm
Location: Zine Archive Publishing Project (ZAPP) at The Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

The event is FREE, but there may be a small, voluntary donation for food and/or materials.

To register to attend the (un)conference and join the discussion, visit the wiki:



REGISTER DEADLINE: March 6th, Friday.

7pm March 14th at Cafe Allegro (1408 NE 42nd Street,between University Way and 15th Ave). Join zine creators, readers and librarians in this celebration of self-publishing. If you'd like to read, please sign up here! <>

If you are interested in leading a one-hour workshop during the conference, please submit the following information by creating a page for it on this wiki and listing it on the proposals page by Friday, February 28th, 2009:

1. The title of your workshop
2. Your name and a very brief biography of all workshop leaders (1-3 sentences each)
3. A brief (100 word) summary of topics you would address
4. Any tools, equipment or technology that would be required
5. Add your proposal to this list:
  1. Proposals <>
  2. And then create a page for it (You'll need to be logged into the wiki to do so) and link to it. (As in the example of Zine Anatomy<>
Guidelines for *workshops*: We are interested in hosting workshops that will be informational, how-to's and describe a task, skill or scheme that another zine library would find useful. This could be hands-on, or a presentation of what your library has done well.

Note: This is a call only for workshops that require extensive pre-planning, are practical in nature, or require specific materials. We will also have *facilitated discussions* at the conference, but those will be selected at the conference itself.

For more information about the Zine Librarians (Un)Conference, contact:
Alycia Sellie,

Upcoming MINITEX Trainings and Webinars

We have scheduled two face to face full day workshops for digital project staff. We are also offering a series of four webinars on digitization topics. See below for details and registration information.


Metadata Practices for Digital Collections

Metadata is a fundamental element of any digitization project. Designed for non catalogers, this full day workshop focuses on using metadata to facilitate both access to and preservation of digital resources. Topics include: review of metadata schema choices, development of a preservation metadata model, and using XML to store metadata. Hands on exercises will be
conducted during the class.

What you will learn:

- An understanding of what metadata is and how it facilitates access to and preservation of digital resources
- An awareness of appropriate metadata schema, including Dublin Core, EAD, TEI, and others
- An understanding of current and developing standards
- The benefits of using metadata and XML together
- An understanding of interoperability and ways to achieve it

Presenter: Linda Stewart, OCLC Western

April 28, 120 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
April 30, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND



>From Pixels to Projects: An Introduction to Digitization Concepts
This workshop will present background terminology and concepts, as well as practical approaches to digitizing and describing visual collections. Attendees will learn about scanning, equipment, metadata, project management and workflow. The instructor will share his own insights on digital imaging and encourage others in attendance to share their own experiences.

Presenter: Jason Roy, University of Minnesota Libraries

May 13, 120 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
May 27, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND


Who should attend?: Individuals who are either planning to digitize their collections or have just begun to implement their own imaging projects.

COMING SOON! Digital Imaging - a full day hands on workshop on scanning and batch editing of images using Adobe Photoshop.



Minitex is sponsoring a set of four two-hour webinars focused on digitization information and skill development. We are holding three in May and one in June. The sessions will be taught by Linda Stewart from OCLC Western. The cost of each webinar is $40.00 for each individual. If you register for all four webinars at once, the cost will be $35.00 for each session. The descriptions of each session with links to registration are below.

Developing, Funding and Managing Digital Projects: Digitization Series #1
Thursday, May 14, 2009
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)

This webinar covers basic level project planning, materials selection, and workflow for digital collections. The focus is to prepare participants for conducting a project and sustaining a project into the future. Will include discussion of issues related to workflow, metadata, scanning, quality
control, funding, maintenance and sustainability of digital resources.



Copyright for Digital Materials: Digitization Series #2

Thursday, May 21, 2009

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

This webinar is intended to introduce participants to issues surrounding copyright for digital materials, and to provide resources for further exploration. Topics covered include: basics of copyright law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; obtaining permissions to use, fair use, public domain, and privacy issues; and how digital primary source materials published to the Web differ from traditional materials. The course will include discussion of examples pertinent to the average project to help participants apply concepts to real-life situations.



Imaging, Quality Control and Digital Infrastructure: Digitization Series #3
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

This online workshop covers basic-level information on scanning, image capture, and quality control activities for digital projects. Provides brief information on planning, workflow development, and implementation for image capture and digital object creation in a project setting. Places emphasis on digital activities for libraries, museums, and heritage organizations.
Provides beginning steps toward developing and managing scanning activities for digital collections.



Metadata for Digital Projects: Digitization Series #4

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)

Metadata is a fundamental element of any digitization project. Designed for non-catalogers, this webinar session focuses on using metadata to facilitate both access to and preservation of digital resources. Topics include: review of metadata schema choices, development of a preservation metadata model, and using XML to store metadata.


Sara Ring
Coordinator, Bibliographic and Technical Services
Minitex Library Information Network
15 Andersen Library
University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-4002 Fax: 612-624-4508