ECRL Historical Image featured in DPLA Exhibition

You may have seen our previous post in September announcing that historical images from the ECRL archives had been added to Minnesota Reflections, the online collection of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) as part of the Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP).
One of the requirements of the PLPP grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the creation of online exhibitions.  DPLA Hubs and public librarian participants researched and curated 10 exhibitions showcasing content digitized through PLPP.
As a result, we are pleased to announce that an exhibition featuring an ECRL image is live on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)!
This exhibition tells the story of the American public library system, its community impact, and the librarians who made it possible—from the founding of the first US libraries through the first one hundred years of service. Can you spot the ECRL image? Images from other Minnesota libraries?
Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The exhibition was written by Franky Abbott, Project Manager for DPLA.  I was lucky enough to be able to be involved in the process by serving as a reviewer for a draft version of the exhibition, providing feedback to revise and improve the exhibition before it went live.
Take some time to look through A History of Public Libraries and the other interesting exhibitions.  We’d love to hear what you discover! You can see the list of all 10 PLPP exhibitions here, but you may also want to pay extra attention to:
Courtesy of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
The exhibition on Urban Parks grew out of PLPP materials contributed from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Parks Department of Washington County, Stillwater Public Library, Duluth Public Library, and other park-related items already in Minnesota Reflections.  The exhibition was built by Carla Urban, PLPP Grant Coordinator for MDL.

Courtesy of the East Polk Heritage Center
This exhibition on patent medicine was built by Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library. It includes a section focusing on patent medicine in Minnesota, and was inspired by materials from the East Polk Heritage Center in Fosston, Minnesota.  It also includes significant images from the Winona County Historical Society and the University of Minnesota’s Wangensteen Library on the History of Medicine.
Stand by for ECRL’s final PLPP collection to go live in Minnesota Reflections.  Part 3 of this blog series coming soon!
Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian

Historical ECRL images added to Minnesota Digital Library’s Minnesota Reflections

East Central Regional Library is excited to announce that its first digital collection is live in Minnesota Digital Library’s Minnesota Reflections, courtesy of the Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project.
ECRL’s contribution to Minnesota Reflections provides insight into the oldest existing regional public library system in Minnesota. The collection includes images used in ECRL’s history book, East Central Regional Library: Fifty Years of Connections, 1959-2009 by Marilyn McGriff, of ECRL. These photographs include library buildings (past and present), retired library services such as the bookmobile, and ECRL staff members over the years.   The images illustrate the role ECRL has played in our communities and contribute to a greater understanding of rural library services in the state from 1959 on.
Browse the full collection here:
About Minnesota Digital Library:

Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) provides access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota Reflections is the first online project of MDL. It is a collection of more than 215,000 photographs, postcards, maps, documents, letters, and oral histories depicting the history of Minnesota. Begun in 2003, Minnesota Reflections includes digital content from more than 157 participating organizations including historical societies, special archives, universities and colleges, and public libraries from across the state who have shared their original materials with the MDL.
About Digital Public Library of America:
Officially launching on April 18, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) aims to provide free public access to digital content in order to create a common resource for libraries and patrons of all types across America.  DPLA links in one place digital collections from organizations such as the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Minnesota Digital Library, and more.history 2
Content available via DPLA includes the written word, works of art and culture, records of America’s heritage, and efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to make the collections more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.  Users can search and scan through millions of items, including by timelinemapvirtual bookshelfformatsubject, and contributing partner.
About the Public Library Partnerships Project:
DPLA has collaborated with MDL in the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The purpose of the PLPP is to provide digital skills training for public librarians across MN, encourage and facilitate participation in MDL and DPLA, and create online exhibitions showcasing their content.  This training was designed to reach public libraries, such as ECRL, with unique local or regional history collection collections that want to share their content with a broader audience but may not have the resources to do so.
In the first stage of PLPP, MDL offered training sessions in creating and maintaining digital content to 31 individuals representing 22 public libraries around Minnesota in 2014.  East Central Regional Library staff members receiving the training were Carla Lydon, Assistant Director, Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian, Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian, and Carolyn Avaire, Hinckley Branch Librarian.
In the year since the training, the work has been done behind the scenes.  ECRL  proposed projects for digitization, MDL assisted us in selecting appropriate materials from our collection, and the items were sent to MDL to be digitized and organized.
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By participating in PLPP, ECRL has strengthened its relationship with MDL, improved the digitization knowledge of our staff, preserved materials to provide a lasting record, and allowed ECRL to showcase its history and services in a format we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do, on a state and national level.   history 4
Other PLPP contributions from across the state include a 1930 plat book of Polk County by the Fosston Public Library, portraits of Duluth mayors, master plans for county parks from the Washington County Park Board, and materials from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
PLPP wraps up this month, but we’re not done yet. Stay tuned for another ECRL collection in MN Reflections and new online exhibitions to be featured on DPLA!
Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian