On this page there is a list of frequently asked questions that we hope will have answers for.  If you do not find the answer to your question here please use the “Contact Us” link on the homepage to contact one of the administrators and they will respond to your inquiry as soon as they are able to.

How did you select the content?
Content was selected by evaluating the significance of the item, structure, or area that represented an attraction that an individual or group would find to be a worthwhile place to visit.  Although the choices were highly subjective, all of items within this library are examples that cover the whole of Minnesota.

How do I access the collection?
If you are reading this then you have already accessed the collection!  Congratulations!  To view the items within the collection you may pick on from the carousel, or you may use the search function.  Using the search function will enable you to find roadside attractions in areas that you may be interested in.  If you need help using the search interface, please see the “Help” page.

Where does the content come from?
Items within the collection come from personal collections, from online image sharing sites, such as Flickr Creative Commons, and from webpages.  All creators of the items within the digital library have been given full credit when possible.

Do you have physical copies of the items in the Minnesota Roadside Attractions digital Library?
Yes!  Although many of the items included in the library are digital images of attractions found throughout the state, items such as postcards are owned by the administrators themselves.

What formats are available?

Digital items within this library consist of .jpeg, .pdf, .mp3 or mp4 file types.  Other file formats may become available depending on the medium of the item added.

Can I use the images in the collection?

Content found on the Minnesota Roadside Attractions webs site is contributed by the creators of the site.  Along with this many images were found on the Flickr Creative Commons website and the creators of these images have been attributed as the owners of the content. 

Are there any restrictions to using this collection?
Images in this collection may be used by individuals for fair and public use, such as for research.  Any reproduction of these images for commercial, or financial gain, is prohibited unless permission is given by their respective creators.

What program do I need to access the PDF documents?
To access the PDF documents contained within this library you will need to have installed on your computer Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained for free by visiting Adobe’s website here:  http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Who can I contact with other questions?

You may contact one of the three creators of the digital library by selecting the appropriate email address by selecting the link “Contact Us” located in the lower left hand area of the front page.

How can I add comments to an item?

You can comment on any of the items within the digitial library.  To make a comment, navigate to the comment you would like.  Scroll down past the metadata and you will see the link to “Comments.”  Click on “Comments” to open up the option to add your comment.  Using the text box please type in what you want and then click “Post Comment.”  Once approved, your comment will be visible to future users.

How can I add a tag? What is a tag?

A tag is a way to add some information to an item, such as a place or persons name.  These tags then become language that can then be searched.  For example, if there are several items that are related to Lake Superior a user can tag the item with “Lake Superior.”  Once the tag has been approved future users will be able to perform a search using “Lake Superior” and retrieve results of items that have been tagged with that term.  This makes it easy to identify like items and thus make searching easier. 

To “tag” an item, select the item you want to and then scroll down to the end of the page.  Just below the metadata there will be a drop down menue called “Tags.”  Click on the word “Tags.”  This will open up the area where you can add information you wish to include to the item.  Once you are satisfied with your tag, click on “Save Tags” to have it sent to the administrator for approval.  Once it is approved you have “tagged” an item!

Are there other related collections?

To the best of our knowledge there are no other digital libraries like ours.