Category Archives: DPLA

DPLA Launch Event April 18-19, 2013

From the DPLA website:
April 18-19, 2013
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA

Mark your calendars! On April 18-19, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, technologists, creators, innovators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a national digital library to the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA to celebrate the launch of the DPLA prototype and the conclusion of the two-year planning initiative.

The two-day event will include a brief working day on Thursday, April 18th, followed by a formal reception featuring presentations and a series of interactive exhibits. On Friday, April 19th, the DPLA will convene a focused half-day plenary meeting showcasing the DPLA’s progress and potential.

We hope that you’ll join us for interactive exhibits, the prototype launch, and more!

Further details are forthcoming.

DPLA announces new assistant director for content


November 20, 2012

Cambridge, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Rudersdorf as the DPLA Assistant Director for Content, beginning January 1, 2013.

As the Assistant Director for Content, Rudersdorf will be responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Rudersdorf will work closely with DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore to oversee the DPLA’s hub infrastructure, including implementation of both Service and Content Hubs as part of the Digital Hubs Pilot Project, supported by the National Endowment for the HumanitiesInstitute of Museum and Library Services, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The DPLA will increase users’ abilities to locate digitized knowledge from libraries across the country and provide it to them in formats they can use and reuse in their work—from elementary school reports to digital humanities data mashups,” Rudersdorf said. “I’m excited to be a part of this innovative movement to provide greater access to the historical, cultural, and social record and to be able to share it with the global community.” Continue reading

DPLA Appfest scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We’ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin’ fast!
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DPLA releases an RFP for design and development of the front-end portal

From an email on the DPLA listserv:
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Secretariat is delighted to release a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and development of a prototype front-end portal for the DPLA.
The DPLA seeks a skilled interactive agency to design and develop a website to facilitate the creative discovery, sharing, and use of multimedia library materials among the general public.  This prototype website will serve as a gesture toward the possibilities for a future, fully built out DPLA. Continue reading