Category Archives: Digital Initiatives

New Items Added to Digital Horizons (May-July 2019)

The Digital Initiatives team at the North Dakota State Library has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons in the last couple of months. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND Atlases and Plat Books

ND State Documents

ND County & Town Histories

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Big Sky Country Digital Network

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About

Big Sky Country Digital Network (BSCDN) is a partnership of the Montana State Library, Montana Historical Society, Montana State University, University of Montana, and the North Dakota State Library. This partnership supports a local service hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

BSCDN collects information about Montana and North Dakota digital resources and submits this information to the DPLA where it is exhibited alongside nation-wide digital resources. Newspapers, images, books, and digital collections are presented on one platform with world-wide availability.

DPLA

DPLA is an online repository that connects people to the hidden riches held within libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. DPLA is a one-stop-shop that allows you to instantly and easily search hundreds of separate digital collections, containing millions of items, from across the country. DPLA has a user-friendly website that can be utilized for education, genealogy, lifelong learning, and scholarly research.

On DPLA, you can do a general search to access items or you can browse topic, partner, or exhibitions. DPLA has guides to help you get started and to get the most out of their robust website. DPLA also has a Primary Source Sets resource on their website which is specifically catered to educators and students – complete with teaching guides for use in the classroom.

Partners contributing to DPLA include the National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institution, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Internet Archive, Harvard, and the Minnesota Digital Library – which includes the Minnesota Historical Society, University of Minnesota, and South Dakota State University.

North Dakota Joins DPLA

The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) has joined DPLA, through a partnership with the BSCDN consortium in Montana. NDSL’s digital collections (containing hundreds of photographs, books, atlases, objects, videos, newsletters, state documents, etc.) are available on DPLA via the Big Sky County Digital Network hub. It was much more efficient and cost-effective for North Dakota to join an existing DPLA hub instead of starting a new one from scratch. The BSCDN hub contains over 85,000 items from Montana and North Dakota.

Other North Dakota contributors include the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

Joining DPLA (an open invitation)

Through this partnership, NDSL has paved the way for other North Dakota institutions to join (and is highly encouraging them to do so). If your institution is interested in contributing its digital collections to DPLA, contact Digital Initiatives.

DPLA Links

Benefits of Joining DPLA

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Benefits of Joining DPLA

Digital Collection Google Maps

The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) has several collections available online on Digital Horizons and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Two of those collections (North Dakota County and Town Histories and North Dakota Memories) have interactive Google Maps to accompany them. These maps provide a different perspective on the scope of the two collections. Read the two section below for additional information and for links to the maps.

ND Histories Map

The most frequently visited NDSL collection on Digital Horizons is North Dakota County and Town Histories, which is a digital collection of county, town, church, school, township, and organization histories. There are currently over 400 books (containing over 50,000 pages) that have been digitized and made publicly available online. Every book has full-text search capabilities, so keywords, names, locations, etc. are easily found.

These 400+ books are from communities all across the state. To provide a visual, the Digital Initiatives team has created a Google Map of this collection. Each pin on the map represents a location that has a book digitized and available online on Digital Horizons. The pins on the map are organized into two categories/ colors: county histories (red pins) and town histories (blue pins).

Clicking on a pin, will open up a small box that links to all of the books associated with that location in the North Dakota County and Town Histories collection on Digital Horizons.

The ND Histories Map can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2UJaTdX

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ND Memories Map

Another popular collection of NDSL’s on Digital Horizons is North Dakota Memories, which is a digital collection of images, documents, and objects that have been digitized from the collections of institutions and private citizens across the state. There are currently over 1,700 items (from the collections of 150+ individuals and institutions) that have been digitized and made publicly available online.

These 1,700+ items were primarily collected from multiple ScanDay events across the state. ScanDay is an event hosted in libraries, schools, and institutions across the state, in which Digital Initiatives staff bring scanning and photography equipment to a community and digitize photographs, documents, and objects. This project was started to help communities engage in building local and state history by submitting items of historical value to be converted into digital files and then displayed online on Digital Horizons.

To provide a visual for the North Dakota Memories collection and ScanDays, the Digital Initiatives team has created a Google Map for this collection. Each pin on the map represents a ScanDay location or a non-ScanDay collection within North Dakota Memories. The pins on the map are organized into two categories/ colors: ScanDay locations (red pins) and non-ScanDay sub-collections (blue pins).

Clicking on a pin, will open up a small box that links to all of the items associated with that ScanDay location in the North Dakota Memories collection on Digital Horizons.

There are plenty of gaps between the red ScanDay pins, and the Digital Initiatives would like to fill them. If your library or institution is interested in a ScanDay contact Digital Initiatives.

The ND Memories Map can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2vdfO8w

New Items Added to Digital Horizons (Feb.–Apr. 2019)

The Digital Initiatives team at the North Dakota State Library has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons the last couple months. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND Atlases and Plat Books

ND State Documents

ND County & Town Histories

Subscribing to Digital Initiatives

Want to stay up to date on what the Digital Initiatives team at the North Dakota State Library (NDSL) is doing? Want to be informed of new projects? Can’t get enough of the NDSL’s content on Digital Horizons? Want to be notified when new items are added to Digital Horizons?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have solutions for you!

Option 1

One way to follow Digital Initiatives is to subscribe to NDSL’s newsletters. The Digital Initiatives team occasionally writes articles for these newsletters. The articles often include information on upcoming events and new projects.

Option 2

Another way to follow Digital Initiatives is to view our posts on NDSL’s Field Notes blog. Like our articles in the newsletters, these posts include information on upcoming events and new projects; but they also include many other topics relating to digital projects, such as digitization, preservation, tips and tricks, recommendations and best practice, resources, and the occasional “just-for-fun” post.

To specifically monitor blog posts about new content added to NDSL’s collections on Digital Horizons, look for posts titled “New Items Added to Digital Horizons…” Posts like these are added every couple months. They can also be found here: http://bit.ly/2UxEkvT

Option 3

Potentially the easiest way to follow Digital Initiatives is through Facebook. Digital Initiatives does not have its own Facebook page, but posts relating to Digital Initiatives are often made on NDSL’s Facebook page as well as the Digital Horizons Facebook page.

Option 4

One final way to follow Digital Initiatives is a little more complex. This method focuses on subscribing to new content that is added to NDSL’s online collections on Digital Horizons via a RSS browser extension. RSS is a web feed that allows users to track updates to online content. RSS is typical symbolized with an orange icon:  rss

Using RSS, will allow you to subscribe to NDSL’s collections on Digital Horizons and will notify you when new items have been uploaded.

For Firefox users, we recommend the Feeder browser extension. For Chrome users, we recommend the RSS Feed Reader browser extension. For Internet Explorer users, we recommend that you discontinue use of this browser immediately and instead go with either Firefox or Chrome, which are far superior. Both of these extensions are the same. They just have different names for some reason. Because they are the same browser extension, adding feeds to them will follow the same process.

If you are already have a favorite RSS browser extension, go ahead and continue using that instead of downloading a new one. However, the instructions below on how to subscribe to feeds use the browser extensions mentioned above. Other RSS browser extensions surely follow a similar subscription process, but their steps will likely be slightly different.

Digital Horizons does not have a handy RSS icon on its collection landing pages; therefore, you cannot click on a RSS icon to automatically subscribe. However, you can subscribe to each collection by adding the appropriate RSS code/URL into the browser extension. Don’t worry, we won’t make you try to figure out these RSS codes/URLs on your own. We got you covered.

The RSS codes/URLs for NDSL’s collections on Digital Horizons are as follows:

Now that you have the RSS codes/URLs, all you have to do is copy and paste them into your browser extension (after you have added the extension to your browser of choice, of course).

To subscribe to one of the collections listed above and add them to your RSS, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the RSS icon at the right top of your browser.
  2. Click on the plus icon to add a feed. You will then be redirected to the RSS extension’s page.
  3. Copy one of the URLs above and paste it into the “Search feed” bar.
  4. Click “Search.” The collections feed will appear in the area below.
  5. Click the “Add” button. The feed will then be added to your RSS browser extension.

Repeat this process to subscribe to each collection.

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When new content is added to the collection, there will be a notification on the RSS extension icon. There will be a small number that appears on the icon reflecting the number of new items that have been uploaded.

Click on the RSS icon and then click on the collection to see the title of the newly added items. Clicking on the title will redirect you to the item record on Digital Horizons.

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Feel free to contact Digital Initiatives with any questions.

New Online Atlas Collection

The North Dakota State Library has launched a new digital collection: North Dakota Atlases and Plat Books. The collection can be accessed online on Digital Horizons by anyone from anywhere, completely free of charge.

The collection is comprised of historical atlases and plat books from North Dakota counties, primarily dating from the 1890s to the 1910s. There are currently 15 items in the collection, and more are continuously being added. The counties presently represented in the collection are Adams, Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Foster, Stark, Steele, Traill, and Williams.

Digital Horizons is an online digital library consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains. The State Library is one of the members of the Digital Horizons consortium. Other members include the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Prairie Public Broadcasting, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, and the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

Contact the Digital Initiatives team with any questions on this new atlas collection, Digital Horizons, or any other digital project at the State Library.

New Items Added to Digital Horizons (Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019)

The Digital Initiatives team has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons the last couple months. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND County and Town Histories

ND State Documents

Oral History Guides & Preservation Resources

If you are interesting in conducting oral histories, recording oral histories (audio or video), and/or preserving digital oral histories but you’re unsure of where or how to start, consult the resources below. They will assist you in getting your oral history project off of the ground.

Questions can also be directed to the Digital Initiatives team at the North Dakota State Library. Also, if you are interested in donating a digital copy of your oral history to the State Library and have it made available online on Digital Horizons, contact Digital Initiatives.

Oral History Guides

Preserving Digital Oral Histories

Audio/Visual Preservation

New Items Added to Digital Horizons (September-November 2018)

The Digital Initiatives team has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons the last couple months. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND State Documents

ND County and Town Histories

ND School for the Deaf Banner