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Amy Rudersdorf

Amy_RudersdorfAssistant Director for Content / Email Amy
Amy Rudersdorf is the DPLA Assistant Director for Content. She is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Amy formerly served as the director of the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina. She was a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Amy has taught library graduate school courses on digital libraries and preservation (San Jose State University) and metadata (North Carolina Central University). Prior to moving to state government, she worked with digital collections in special collections at North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of Library and Service Technology Act (LSTA) funded digitization grants. Every dog she has ever owned has been named after a musical performer: Lemmy (Kilmister), Milton (Jackson), and Yma (Sumac). Only one of her cats was named for a former president (JimmyCarter).


Audrey Altman

audrey_altmanTechnology Specialist / Email Audrey
Audrey Altman is a Technology Specialist for DPLA.  She works with Director of Technology Mark Matienzo and fellow Technology Specialist Mark Breedlove to design, develop, test, integrate, support, and document user-facing applications and back-end systems; support content management policies, process, and workflows, and contribute to the development of new ones; and collaborate with stakeholders to contribute to strategic and tactical planning and implementation of content stewardship applications and technologies.  Audrey previously worked as a web developer for Digital Research and Publishing at the University of Iowa Libraries, and for the University of Iowa Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities.  She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in Theater from Albion College. While Audrey doesn’t have a single favorite DPLA item, she is partial to zoological drawings like those of the White HeronSquat LobsterSnail, and Collared Hedge Hog.


Dan Cohen

Executive Director / Email Dan
Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators”  in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, his master’s degree from Harvard, and his PhD from Yale. Because Dan has two dachschunds, his favorite DPLA item is this photo of a dachshund enjoying a beverage.


Emily Gore

EmilyGoreheadshotDirector for Content / Email Emily
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions.  During her career, Emily has received over $4 million in grant funding for this work.  She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being on the water.  Emily grew up on the North Carolina coast and enjoys swimming and boating in the Intracostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean as much as possible. Emily has a Harlequin Great Dane named Ella who is her pride and joy; as such, this is her favorite DPLA item. Emily’s also a bit of a music junkie who has a vault of music lyrics in her head.  This has earned her the nickname “Juke” among a number of her close friends.


Franky Abbott

franky_abbottACLS Public Fellow, Project Manager / Email Franky
Franky Abbott is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow working as a project manager for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she organizes the Community Reps program, the Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project, and research and outreach initiatives to teachers, students, and librarians in K-12 and higher education. She has experience as a project manager in digital humanities at the University of Alabama’s Alabama Digital Humanities Center and Emory University’s Digital Scholarship Commons and digital publishing as managing editor of the open access journal, Southern Spaces. Additionally, she has worked in education research and assessment and as a K-12 classroom teacher. Franky has a PhD from Emory’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in American Studies, a M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. in Literature and African American Studies from Yale University. Franky’s current favorite DPLA item is “Tony Tone and Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers outside United Bronx Parents.”


Gretchen Gueguen

IMG_5196Data Services Coordinator / Email Gretchen
Gretchen Gueguen is a Data Services Coordinator, working alongside our Director and Assistant Director for Content to bring on new partners, conduct data mapping and ingest, perform quality assurance, and support several other critical projects. Prior to DPLA, Gretchen worked as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia where she helped establish the first born-digital archives program. Gretchen has also worked at East Carolina University and the University of Maryland where she received her MLS in 2005. Gretchen has been involved several collaborative digital library and digital humanities projects throughout Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Gretchen’s current favorite DPLA item is “Roller Derby at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium,” showing the early days of her favorite sport.


Hillary Brady

BradyBioPic (1)Outreach Coordinator / Email Hillary
Hillary is an Outreach Coordinator, where she works on social media management, as well as other exhibition and education projects. She has her M.A. from the Brown University Public Humanities program and a B.A. in Journalism and English from The University of Rhode Island. Hillary’s current favorite DPLA items are illustrations by Beatrix Potter, from her 1903 book “The Tailor of Gloucester,” about a cat and a group of sewing mice in a tailor’s shop: “Simpkin kept house by himself,” and “Mice at Tea.



Kenny Whitebloom

Manager of Special Projects / Email Kenny
Kenny Whitebloom ​is the Manager of Special Projects at DPLA, where he works to build DPLA’s network of users and supporters through events and programs, communications, partnerships, strategic initiatives, and other projects that promote growth and innovation. He previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Kenny holds a MLIS from Simmons School of Library and Information Science and a BA in History and Italian from Vassar College. Kenny’s current favorite DPLA items are the bindings for A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath (1900), Like a Gallant Lady (1897), The Tent on the Beach (1899), and The Legatee (1903).


Mark Breedlove

mark_breedloveTechnology Specialist / Email Mark
Mark Breedlove is a DPLA Technology Specialist, who contributes to the design and implementation of the organization’s ingestion, API, and front-end website. His work has been concentrated in the development of the ingestion system, which moves data from providers to the DPLA datastore, and the development of the organization’s new DevOps systems.  He works closely with the Director of Technology and the Content team. Before coming to DPLA, Mark was the Technical Director at See.me, a social discovery website for artists, and the American Museum of Natural History, building scientific web applications and content management systems for its Science Division. Mark’s current favorite DPLA item is Gunn’s Domestic Medicine, or Poor Man’s Friend.


Mark A. Matienzo

Director of Technology / Email Mark
Mark A. Matienzo is the Director of Technology for DPLA. As Director of Technology, Mark is responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA and overseeing its implementation. Mark also serves as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners, and developers. Prior to joining DPLA, Mark worked as an archivist and technologist specializing in born-digital materials and metadata management, at institutions including the Yale University Library, The New York Public Library, and the American Institute of Physics, and participated in projects such as the ArchivesSpace open source archival management system and AIMS – Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship. Mark received a MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information and a BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster, and was the first awardee (2012) of the Emerging Leader Award of the Society of American Archivists. Mark’s current favorite item in DPLA is Children in Goat Cart.


Rachel Frick

Rachel2014_hires_cropBusiness Development Director / Email Rachel
Rachel Frick is the Director of Business Development. In this position, she is responsible for building out DPLA’s sustainability plan and forging extensive new relationships in order to build DPLA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. She comes to DPLA, having served as the director of the Digital Library Federation program at the Council on Library and Information Resources for the past four years. In her capacity as DLF Director, she was instrumental in building a large and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, organizational know-how and commitment to open culture. She served as the co-chair of DPLA’s Content Committee during its initial planning phase.


Tom Johnson

Metadata and Platform Architect / Email Tom
Tom Johnson is the DPLA Metadata and Platform Architect, where he helps to further improve DPLA’s metadata model and related infrastructure and to expand upon its work with linked open data. Tom is a digital librarian, programmer, and metadata expert with a strong commitment to open cultural heritage. Tom came to DPLA from Oregon State University, where he worked on digital curation, scholarly publication, and related software and metadata issues as Digital Applications Librarian and Assistant Professor.


Read posts written by our staff

Included below are entries in our series of behind-the-scenes posts from DPLA staffers. We hope that these posts will give you additional insight into what we’re working on, how we work, and progress toward our goals.

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The March on Washington: Hear the Call
August 27, 2015

The March on Washington: Hear the Call

Fifty-two years ago this week, more than 200,000 Americans came together in the nation’s capitol to rally in

Unexpected: Animals do the most amazing things
August 19, 2015

Unexpected: Animals do the most amazing things

We’ve always had a strange relationship with animals. Some are beloved family members, we farm, hunt, and fish others, and we are awestruck by some for their natural beauty and power. Whatever we think of them, we love to photograph them. And, that’s been the case since the camera started to capture their likenesses in the 19th Century.

Summer of Space Exploration
August 5, 2015

Summer of Space Exploration

This summer has been one full of space exploration. NASA’s New Horizons mission brought us new discoveries and breathtaking images of Pluto. July and August also marked a host of scientific milestones, marking man’s first walk on the moon, among other breakthroughs that helped pave the way for New Horizons. You can explore some of the milestones of American space exploration in the DPLA collections.

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access
July 30, 2015

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access

The most important word in discussions around copyright in the United States is balance. Although there are many, often strong disagreements between copyright holders and those who wish to provide greater access to our cultural heritage, few dispute that the goal is to balance the interests of the public with those of writers, artists, and other creators.

Unexpected: Hit the Road
July 16, 2015

Unexpected: Hit the Road

Americans across the decades have been drawn to the allure of the open road. It’s become a cultural touchstone, a theme in our music, our novels, our history, of getting behind the wheel and seeing the country. Here are some historic images and driving tips from the DPLA collection to inspire your next road trip.

Look up in the sky! It’s an Air Force UFO!
July 10, 2015

Look up in the sky! It’s an Air Force UFO!

This week in 1947, front page headlines reported a crash on a ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico.

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner
July 3, 2015

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner

The tune of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is one that will be played at picnics, fireworks displays, and other

We, Robots: Robots from the 1920s to the 1990s
June 16, 2015

We, Robots: Robots from the 1920s to the 1990s

This is the third post in our Unexpected series which covers thematic discoveries in our collection. In case you missed it, the first post covered unusual snow removal machines, while the second covered football.

Hit the Trail: Camping in America
June 4, 2015

Hit the Trail: Camping in America

For generations of Americans, a favorite kick-off to the summer season is taking to the trails on a camping trip. Whether it’s packing up the family RV, or kids kayaking at their favorite sleepaway camp, it’s a way Americans have enjoyed spending the summer for decades.

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements
May 20, 2015

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements

In this post, Mark Matienzo (DPLA) and Antoine Isaac (Europeana Foundation), members of the International Rights Statement Working Group, discuss the key requirements and implementation plan for the technical aspect of the group’s work.

Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group’s white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

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