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Call for Proposals for 3rd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The 3rd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC18) will be held on November 8th-9th, 2018 at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Call for Proposals

You can help make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a session, workshop, or lightning presentation. The planning committee has created a list of potential topics of interest, but proposals on all relevant topics are welcome. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, June 13, 2018.

Submit your proposal here:

Suggested Topics
  • Digital humanities
    • Ideas and/or tools for getting started
    • Projects
  • Collections as data movement
  • Outreach and marketing of digital collections
  • Copyright in digital collections
  • Implementing DPLA rights statements
  • Digital library platform development
  • Digital storytelling (e.g. exhibits, primary source sets)
  • Using digital collections in the classroom
  • Linked data digital collection projects
  • Wikimedia and digital collections
  • Digital collection building with communities
  • Creating new audio projects (e.g. oral histories, podcasts)
  • Revitalizing digital collections (e.g. partner engagement, metadata reconciliation, or other projects to revive dormant digital collections)

Suggested Tracks

We’re considering offering specific tracks at this year’s conference. You can indicate on the form if your proposal fits under any of these tracks:

  • Digital collections and the solo librarian/staff person
  • Other tracks to be determined as dictated by conference proposals

We strongly encourage presenters from all backgrounds, staff/student roles, and organizations to submit proposals and contribute to a diverse conference that will appeal to staff working with digital collections from all types of cultural heritage organizations. The planning committee will review submissions based on the quality of the written proposal, knowledge about the topic submitted, and how the proposal relates to the goals of the conference and suggested topics.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you!

– Sara Ring (, on behalf of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference planning committee
More About the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The UMDCC provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage.

Minitex, along with a regional planning committee, are the primary organizers of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference. In addition, St. Catherine University Library is the local host and is donating staff time and planning support for this event. Visit the conference website for more information:

From Creation to Preservation: Collaboratively addressing the stewardship of time-based media art

Image credit:
Propeller Group. “The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music,” 2014. Color video with surround sound audio.

A panel discussion at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, organized in conjunction with a visit by the National Digital Stewardship Residency | Art 2017 cohort (

Monday, October 30th, 2017
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Friends Community Room, Minneapolis Institute of Art*
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Space is limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend with your name and email by Friday, October 27.

Time-based media art—a term that encompasses film, video, audio, and computer-based work—is frequently unstable, unique, and complex. It may depend on rapidly obsolescent technology or rely on audiences interacting with it in specific and temporary environments. Consequently, over time, vital aspects of the work, such as the artist’s original intent, can get lost if documentation is lacking. Yet artists and those collecting and preserving their works often lack a common language to communicate their disparate wants and needs.

The goal of this panel is to explore the practical and philosophical considerations involved in creating, exhibiting, and preserving time-based media art. Our panelists represent both sides of the art creation / collection divide. They will describe their challenges in working with time-based media art as well as the opportunities it presents for collaboration between its makers and subsequent caretakers.

What role do artists play in ensuring the future of their artworks? How can artists and archivists work together to address the many issues around preserving time-based media art?
What new competencies can curators develop to best work with time-based media art? How do collection strategies change when the art “objects” being collected are ephemeral, replicable, or intangible?
How are time-based media works affecting the relationship between artists, institutions, and the public?
What can we look forward to as time-based media art continues to grow in prominence and scope within the art world?

Cameron Gainer – Visual Artist
Jehra Patrick – Director and Curator, Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College
Yasufumi Nakamori – Curator and Head, Department of Photography & New Media, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Ruth Hodgins – Bentson Archivist/Assistant Curator, Moving Image, Walker Art Center
Moderator: Erin Lee Barsan – NDSR | Art Resident, Minneapolis Institute of Art

*Enter through the Target Wing Entrance, accessible from 3rd Avenue through the two sets of glass doors and straight across the courtyard, or from Stephens Avenue via the cut between two buildings. Visit for a museum site map and information on parking.