January 25, 2022

Profile: “University of Minnesota Archives Advance with New Technology”

A profile from The Minnesota Daily (Student Paper at U. of Minnesota):

In the last five years, the University of Minnesota Archives has digitized about one million pages of records.

But that’s only one percent of its total content.

Despite increases in technology use, the University’s archives and special collections have continued to grow — with and without being scanned and put online.

The University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department houses 11 collections of rare and unique research material. Eight of these are stored in an underground cavern the size of two football fields stacked on top of each other, located beneath the Elmer L. Andersen Library and the University Law School.

There’s a common misconception that when content comes to the archives, it’s immediately digitized and put online, said Erik Moore, head of the University Archives — a collection that preserves items related to the University’s history.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.