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November-December 2014, Volume 6, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

National Novel Writing Month

Picture Book Month

South Dakota Statehood: 1889
November 2

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 2, 2014

Election Day
November 4, 2014

World Science Day
November, 10, 2014

National Young Readers Week
November 10-14, 2014

Veterans Day
November 11, 2014

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

International Games Day
November 15, 2014

National Geography Awareness Week
November 16-22, 2014

American Education Week
November 17-21, 2014

Education Support Professionals Day
November 19, 2014

Educator for a Day
November 20, 2014

Substitute Educators Day
November 21, 2014

National Games and Puzzle Week
November 23-29, 2014

Women's Leadership Institute
December 2-4, 2014

International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2014

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2014

Christmas Day
December 25, 2014

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2014

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Digital Services


Digital projects: it's not just scanning old photos

Linked Data. Have you heard this term before? If you haven't, you will. At the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference in August in Minneapolis, there were numerous examples of how libraries are using linked data to make digital collections pop.

The most interesting presentation I attended was by Matthew Butler, from the University of Iowa's Digital Research & Publishing department. Butler serves as technical lead for the successful DIY History crowdsourcing transcription project. DIY History is a platform which leverages several open source tools to allow users to transcribe rare cookbooks, manuscripts, diaries, and letters to make them more searchable and useful in the Iowa Digital Library.

Butler's presentation showcased entries from a historical diary of a woman named Iowa Byington Reed, who made daily entries from 1872-1936. Using the diary entries, the DIY History project has been able to incorporate multiple sources of historical information to make the diary entries much more informative. For example, Reed mentions in her diary entry from August 18, 1910 that, "we went to Chautauqua in the evening". Butler then incorporated information about Chautauqua into the presentation for those who did not know what it was. People mentioned in the diary were made more personal by including their photos and some biographical information. The "Trier sisters", a musical group, came alive when Butler included a pamphlet about the group and an actual snip of some of the music they performed.

Projects like DIY History are a great way to bring multiple sources of historical information together into an amazing and informative presentation.

Renee Ponzio from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Wisconsin (formerly with Rapid City Public Library) shared her experiences of how her library did some digital projects with very little money and much collaboration. One of the partners Ponzio worked with is the ResCarta Foundation which provides free software to assist in digitizing collections. Check out the L.E. Phillips library digital collections at

Archived conference presentations and session descriptions can be found at

Learn more about linked data at


digitization, history, software




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