Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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.


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.  

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.   



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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Forthcoming titles


Click here to search for and place holds on your favorite authors.


ADULT FICTION

Author Title Pub. Date
Andrews, V. C. Sage s Eyes 1/26/16
Blackstock, Terri If I Run 2/16/16
Cameron, Barbara Return to Paradise 2/16/16
Carlson, Melody Your Heart s Desire 1/05/16
Coble, Colleen Mermaid Moon 1/12/16
Coonts, Stephen The Art of War 2/02/16
Gardner, Lisa Find Her 2/02/16
Hannon, Irene Thin Ice 1/05/16
Kellerman, Jonathan Breakdown 2/02/16
Meissner, Susan Stars over Sunset Boulevard 1/05/16
Oates, Joyce Carol The Man Without a Shadow 1/19/16
Patterson, James Private Paris 1/25/16
Robb, J. D. Brotherhood in Death 2/02/16

LARGE PRINT

Author Title Pub. Date
Chiaverini, Jennifer Christmas Bells 11/04/15
Feehan, Christine Wild Cat 11/18/15
George, Elizabeth A Banquet of Consequences 11/04/15
Hart, Carolyn Ghost to the Rescue 11/04/15
Kellerman, Faye Killing Season 6/14/16
Kellerman, Jonathan The Golem of Paris 11/04/15
Kellerman, Jonathan Breakdown 2/02/16
King, Stephen The Bazaar of Bad Dreams : Stories 11/04/15
Kinsella, Sophie Shopaholic to the Rescue 11/04/15
Michaels, Fern Wishes for Christmas 11/04/15
Oates, Joyce Carol The Man Without a Shadow 1/19/16
Patterson, James Private Paris 1/25/16
Scottoline, Lisa Corrupted 11/04/15
Smith, Alexander The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine 11/04/15
Sparks, Nicholas See Me 10/27/15
Woods, Sherryl Gina & Emma 12/09/15
Woods, Stuart Foreign Affairs 11/04/15

ADULT NON-FICTION

Author Title Pub. Date
Bryson, Bill The Road to Little Dribbling : More Notes from a Small Island 1/19/16
Millan, Cesar Cesar Millan s Lessons from the Pack 2/16/16

BOOK ON CD

Author Title Pub. Date
Hooper, Kay Fear the Dark 10/06/15
Kinsella, Sophie Shopaholic to the Rescue 10/27/15
Patterson, James Private Paris 1/25/16
Roberts, Nora Stars of Fortune 11/03/15
Sparks, Nicholas See Me 10/13/15


Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Manager




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Forthcoming titles

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ADULT FICTION

Title Author Pub. Date
The Forgotten Recipe Clipston, Amy 12/08/15
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem Copeland, Lori 10/01/15
The Bitter Season Hoag, Tami 1/12/16
After She s Gone Jackson, Lisa 12/29/15
Shopaholic to the Rescue Kinsella, Sophie 10/27/15
Ashley Bell Koontz, Dean R. 12/08/15
Darkness Robards, Karen 1/12/16
See Me Sparks, Nicholas 10/13/15
An Amish Year : Four Amish Novellas Wiseman, Beth 12/08/15
Scandalous Behavior Woods, Stuart 1/05/16


LARGE PRINT

Title Author Pub. Date

The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O clock Lady Albert, Susan Wittig 10/07/15
Dishing the Dirt Beaton, M. C. 10/07/15
After the Storm Castillo, Linda 10/01/15
Pretending to Dance Chamberlain, Diane 10/07/15
Parchment and Old Lace Childs, Laura 10/21/15
The Crossing Connelly, Michael 11/03/15
The End Game Coulter, Catherine 10/07/15
Obsession Falls Dodd, Christina 10/01/15
Devil s Bridge Fairstein, Linda A. 9/02/15
The Hidden Graham, Heather 10/07/15
Shadow Play Johansen, Iris 10/07/15
Come Rain or Come Shine Karon, Jan 10/07/15
The Friends of Jesus Kingsbury, Karen 10/07/15
Double Down Michaels, Fern 10/07/15
Untamed Palmer, Diana 10/21/15
Starlight on Willow Lake Wiggs, Susan 10/01/15


ADULT NON-FICTION

Title Author Pub. Date

Stop & Drop Diet : Lose Up to 5 Lbs in 5 Days Vaccariello, Liz 12/22/15


BOOK ON CD

Title Author Pub. Date

A.D. 33 Dekker, Ted 10/06/15
The Scam Evanovich, Janet 9/15/15
Rogue Lawyer Grisham, John 10/20/15
Cold-hearted Rake Kleypas, Lisa 10/27/15
The Lost Landscape : A Writer s Coming of Age Oates, Joyce Carol 9/08/15
Wyoming Rugged Palmer, Diana 11/24/15
Precious Gifts Steel, Danielle 12/01/15
Scandalous Behavior Woods, Stuart 1/05/16

Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Manager