Minnesota Digital Library

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Digital Library
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2010
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (g), Digital Library
Appropriation Language

(g) Digital Library. $500,000 in 2010 is
appropriated for a digital library project
to preserve, digitize, and share Minnesota
images, documents, and historic materials.
The Minnesota Historical Society shall
cooperate with the MINITEX system and
shall jointly share this appropriation for these

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Project Overview

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is a statewide, multi-institutional initiative to make the rich historical resources of the state’s public and academic libraries, archives, museums and historical societies available to the public via the web and to preserve the resources for future generations.

The MDL complements the public access to the book catalogs and indexes to the collections of these institutions currently provided by the MnLINK (Minnesota Library Information Network) Library Gateway and the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund-supported Minnesota Digital Library project is enabling the Minnesota Historical Society to work with key partners, including the University of Minnesota and Minitex, to create a repository for the permanent preservation of important historical materials converted to digital form.

The partner organizations are working with a consortium of universities involved in digital preservation to advance the technical, administrative and governance issues of this cooperative venture. This project is also enabling the Society and its partners to expand support for Minnesota Reflections, a web site developed and maintained by the MDL.

Since the funds have been allocated, the number of images and documents that are available on the site has increased by more than 75 percent to 58,000 from 33,000. These files, which can be accessed by the public at no cost, were contributed by more than 115 organizations across the state.

Project Details
The Minnesota Digital Library has over 117 organizations that have contributed over 50,000 historical objects into Minnesota Reflections. A list of historical organizations can be found at http://www.mndigital.org/reflections/April2010ParticipantsHS.pdf and a list of libraries, archives and other organizations can be found at http://www.mndigital.org/reflections/April2010ParticipantsOther.pdf The Minnesota Digital Library is also involved in research and development into collaborations and resources that can meet the digital asset needs of the state, and is sharing the resources developed through all of its projects. Specifically, the ACHF dollars have paid in FY10 and will pay in FY11 for the position of Minnesota Digital Library Outreach Coordinator and the support of the University of Minnesota Libraries and Minnesota Historical Society in providing technical resources, including storage servers and project expertise. In FY11, the MDL will add ACHF projects to explore collaborations to support the development of technical infrastructure and project governance for a major digital preservation initiative. The MDL is also considering projects to develop digitization resources for large format objects, and to explore methods of providing access to digital copies of the state’s historic newspapers, and to develop curriculum packages based on Minnesota Reflections for the state’s K-12 teacher community.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul
Zip Code