The best way to explore the possibilities of the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections is to just plunge in – some very basics to know before you take that first dive:
The Digital Collections may be accessed from anywhere at any time – no library card is needed.
- There are two ways to find your way into the digital collections: You may go from the Library’s website: org>browse>digital collections or go directly to digitalcollectionshclib.org.
- Librarians suggest that you start your search from the broadest angle; search across all collections rather than a specific collection.
- Collections are keyword searchable or searchable by field
- Descriptive information attached to each item will link you to related content
- The items digitized from the existing collection generally cover Minneapolis and Hennepin County historical topics — which is not in the least restrictive since local residents have always been engaged in world events, politics, immigration and every other conceivable area that involves human beings! It’s just the Minnesota slant on what’s happening.
- Focus tends to be on images, i.e. photos in most cases. Still there is some text, including letters, manuscripts, diaries, yearbooks, and more.
- It’s important to remember that the collection is open-ended, i.e. New materials are constantly being digitized and added to the collection. These are living documents. If the yearbook you’re looking forward isn’t online yet, wait a bit and it will be added.
- Note re yearbook: Because of copyright laws the yearbook collection is digitized through 1977.
- Full resolution downloads are available for most items in the collections. Depending on the digitized material specific items may be downloaded as jpg files or pdf files.
More tips to follow – after you get your feet wet and your appetite whetted!!!
For an intro to the HCL Digital Collections go to previous post: https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/opening-library-archives-from-the-outside-in/