DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The event will bring together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals.
DPLA has just released the schedule, including a very extensive listing of the speakers.
From a DPLA press release:
We received an excellent array of submissions in response to this year’s call for proposals and are excited to officially unveil the dynamic program that we have lined up for you. Look for opportunities to engage with topics such as social justice and digital collections; public engagement; library technology and interoperability; metadata best practices; ebooks; and using digital collections in education and curation projects.
DPLAfest 2017 presenters represent institutions across the country—and as far as Europe—but also include folks from some of our host city’s premier cultural and educational institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and Chicago State University. We are also grateful for the support and collaboration of DPLAfest hosting partners Chicago Public Library, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Chicago Collections, and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced that it’s looking for next year’s location for its annual two-day event focused on discussions, workshops, and fun events related to ebooks, education, technology, libraries, and, as written on their site, “creative use of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.” This year’s event took place in mid April and was hosted by National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
The deadline for institutions interested in hosting (or co-hosting) in 2017 is fast approaching (June 7th), so universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others, are encouraged to apply here.
DPLA is exactly the kind of initiative NSR supports, encourages, and commends. This magnificent platform/portal, freely available to the world, enables “new and transformative uses of digitized cultural heritage.” Those who need a crash course on how DPLA is making the world a better place may watch this introductory video. Other details about the application process below. Continue reading Who will host DPLAfest 2017? Those interested have two weeks left to apply
Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need
February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free
The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to provide substantial support towards DPLAâ€™s mission in the form of a $250,000 grant to strengthen DPLAâ€™s technical capabilities. This grant will allow DPLA to expand its technology team to handle additional content ingestion and to implement important new features based around its platform and website.
Todayâ€™s grant represents the third investment in DPLAâ€™s mission by this anonymous donor. In 2013 they contributed to the rapid scaling-up of DPLAâ€™s Hub network, and in 2015 they provided support for DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis. Continue reading DPLA Receives $250,000 from Anonymous Donor to Expand Technical Capabilities
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 â€“ an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations
The American Library Associationâ€™s (ALA)Â annual conferenceÂ is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are markedÂ [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked withÂ [A], for â€˜affiliateâ€™.
FEATURED DPLA EVENTS
SATURDAY, JUNEÂ 27
[S]Â Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth, Day #1
2:00 PM â€“ 3:00 PM / Moscone Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 3731
Connect withÂ DPLA staffers at the Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth on Monday, June 29 from 10 AM â€“ 11 AM.
Participants:Â Dan Cohen (DPLA Executive Director), Emily Gore (DPLA Director for Content), Amy Rudersdorf (DPLA Assistant Director for Content)
Continue reading DPLA events at the upcoming ALA Conference
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from theÂ Whiting FoundationÂ to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process. Continue reading DPLA receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education
Download the DPLA Strategic Plan here.
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The Digital Public Library of AmericaÂ launchedÂ on April 18, 2013, less than two years ago.Â And what a couple of years it has been. From a staff of threeÂ people, a starting slate of two million items, and 500 contributing institutions, we are nowÂ an organization of 12, with over eight million items from 1,300 contributing institutions. We have materials from all 50 statesâ€”and from around the worldâ€”in a remarkable 400 languages. Within our collection are millions ofÂ books and photographs, maps of all shapes and sizes, material culture and works of art, the products of science and medicine, and rare documents, postcards, and media. Continue reading DPLA releases strategic plan
BOSTON â€” The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLAâ€™s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible