Partnerships & Grants

The Libraries are engaged across campus, around the state, and throughout the world on a number of programs and grant-funded projects.

Partnerships

Copyright Review Management System2

This project is designed to review copyright status of US works published between 1923 and 1962. Books determined to be in the public domain are opened for public use in HathiTrust.

  • Project initiated by University of Michigan and the Hathi Trust; partners include University of Minnesota, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Funder: Institute for Museum and Library Sciences

Terra Populus

Terra Populus provides global-scale data on human population characteristics, land use, land cover, and climate change. It makes data interoperable across time and space, disseminates them to the public and to multiple research communities, and preserves these resources for future generations.

  • Project partners: Minnesota Population Center, U of M Institute on the Environment, University Libraries, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (Columbia University), and the Inter-University Consortium for Politial and Social Research.
  • Funder: National Science Foundation

AgEcon Search

AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including working papers, conference papers, and journal articles. Founded in 1995, it includes works from over 250 institutions worldwide.

  • Project partners: U of M Department of Applied Economics, the University Libraries, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

EthicShare

EthicShare is an online research environment for information discovery and collaboration for practical ethics scholars and students.

  • Project partners: U of M Center for Bioethics, University Libraries
  • Funder: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2007-2010)

U-Spatial

U-Spatial provides support for spatial research eliminating duplication and fragmentation of scientific resources, and providing a framework of data, equipment, and expertise.

  • Funder: U of M Office of the Vice President for Research

Minnesota Digital Library/Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections is a project of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL). The collection contains more than 150,000 images, maps and documents from more than 160 of the state's cultural heritage organizations. MDL is a program of Minitex, a division of the University Libraries.

  • Project Partners: Minitex, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minnesota Historical Society, and others
  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

Open Textbook Adoption Program

The project provides faculty development programming around the use and adoption of open textbooks to eight partner institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Tracked open textbook adoptions will be used to calculate overall cost-savings to students.

  • Project partners: U of M College of Education and Human Development and University Libraries
  • Funder: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Consortium for the Study of the PreModern World

The James Ford Bell Library is partnering with the U of M College of Liberal Arts and the Centers for Medieval Studies and Early Modern History to re-imagine graduate education in this area of scholarly research across disciplines and departments.

  • Funder: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Grants

Current

The African American Theater History Project: Metadata Aggregation and Discovery of Digitized and Born Digital Archival Content and Collections

In partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company, the Givens Collection of African American Literature and Performing Arts Archives is developing a shareable online search tool that brings together archival content documenting over 400 years of African American cultural history with a focus on African American theater and performing arts.

  • Funder: Institute for Museum and Library Sciences

Project Ceres

The program is designed to preserve and make accessible digitized materials essential to students of the History and Economics of Agriculture. The University of Minnesota is digitizing select U of M Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station publications that will be shared through the University Digital Conservancy and AgEcon Search. The project has been approved for a second round of funding extending the project through Spring 2016.

  • Funder: US Agricultural Information Network, Center for Research Libraries

Claiming History: Giving Voice to the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Materials documenting the history of the GLBT movement in Minnesota are being organized and described including the papers of MN State Senator Scott Dibble, records of Minnesota United, Outfront Minnesota, MN Aids Project, MN Men of Color, Twin Cities Pride, University of MN Systems-Wide Programs Office, and the personal papers of Jean-Nickolaus Tretter, founder and gay rights advocate.

  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America, launched April 2013, opens digital collections from libraries and museums across the country to anyone with an Internet connection. The new “library” (dp.la) is a Google-like search portal tying together digitized records from around the country. The Minnesota Digital Library—a statewide collaboration of the University of Minnesota, Minitex, and the Minnesota Historical Society—is one of seven regional hubs of the new digital library.

  • Funders: National Endowment for the Humanities and John L. and James S. Knight Foundation

Exploring Minnesota’s Natural History: Digitization and Online Access

The digital conversion project is providing online access to the botanical, zoological, ornithological, and environmental research conducted at the University during the 19th and early 20th century. Source collections include records of the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Department of Botany, and the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey.

  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

Revealing Bound Maps in the James Ford Bell Library Collection

This project allows the Bell Library staff to find, describe, digitize, and make Web available maps bound into 11,000 rare books and atlases of the early modern period. At the project’s conclusion in November 2015 an estimated 30,000 previously unknown maps will have been discovered.

  • Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities

Previous

2013

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys (Part 2)

Building on the theme “Connected Histories,” the Libraries hosted community conversations around five books which were free to participants.

  • Funders: National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association

2012

Preserving the Ephemeral: An Archival Program for Theater and Performing Arts

Collecting, preserving, and maintaining the archives of a performing arts organizations is a complex process and often discourages theaters from addressing the problem. Two national forums for artistic directors and theater administrative staff, primarily from African-American and theaters of color, were convened to discuss the issue which resulted in an archival records management plan.

  • Project Partner: Penumbra Theatre
  • Funder: Institute for Museum and Library Sciences/National Leadership Grant

Educating the New Generation of e-Scientists through Data Information Literacy Curriculum

By mandate, many federally-funded grant projects must include a data management plan. The project explored which data management and curation skills will be needed by future scientists and how academic libraries can build discipline-specific data information literacy programs.

  • Project initiated by Purdue University; U of M Libraries served as sub-recipient
  • Funder: Institute for Museum and Library Sciences/National Leadership Grant

Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea

A celebration of Venice featured an exhibition displaying maps, manuscripts, and rare book holdings of the James Ford Bell Library, four public lectures by scholars from the University of Minnesota, Yale University, Princeton University, and Southern Methodist University; and cultural events.

  • Project co-leaders: University Libraries and Center for Early Modern History
  • Funders: The Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation and the Whitney Foundation

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys (Part 1)

The University Libraries, with its partner Hennepin County Library, sponsored two public programs: a documentary film screening, “Koran by Heart” with a discussion featuring US Congressman Keith Ellison and a screening and discussion of the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.”

  • Funders: National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association

Preserving Minnesota’s Performing Arts Heritage

The Libraries maintains the archives of a number of historically significant, Minnesota-based performing arts organizations including the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and James Sewell Ballet. This project allowed the Libraries to digitize the magnetic video and film holdings from these organizations.

  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

2011

Manifold Greatness: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

The Libraries hosted a traveling exhibit for the King James Bible as well as a Colloquium. To support this event, an exhibit in the adjacent T.R. Anderson Gallery featured the Libraries’ holdings of rare bibles and religious texts.

  • Funders: National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association

Digitizing Wheat Studies and Food Research Institute Studies (from now defunct Institute at Stanford University)

Digitized studies can be found in AgEcon Search.

  • Funder: CME Group Foundation

2010

Planting the Seeds of the Green Revolution

The project digitized records of the principals of the Green Revolution, the worldwide collaborative effort to expand food crop production that traces its roots to the University of Minnesota. Its centerpiece is the Norman E. Borlaug Papers as well as Elvin C. Stakman—a unique collection of archival material including photographs, letters, field notebooks, and administrative records.

  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

Harvesting Minnesota’s Agricultural History

The project was to organize and catalog records of the University’s Department of Agriculture dating from 1871 to the present. The records document the development of Minnesota’s agricultural extension and experiment stations, and U of M campuses, colleges, and departments in fields as diverse as plant pathology, home economics, beekeeping, forestry, agronomy, horticulture, plant genetics, veterinary medicine, entomology, animal husbandry, and food science.

  • Funder: Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage (Legacy) Fund

Digitizing Agricultural Economics Working Papers

Most universities’ departments of agricultural and applied economics add their papers to U of M Libraries’ hosted AgEcon Search, however, gaps exist. The project captured copies of older materials which are still heavily used by researchers. (Note: one of three such awards)

  • Funder: United States Department of Agriculture