Who We Are
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 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.
Director for Content / Email Emily
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily oversees the Digital Hubs Pilot Project and coordinates content workflows for DPLA. Emily came to the DPLA after working for 12 years in digital library and technology development in academic and state libraries. Most recently, Emily served as the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s work has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions. Emily managed the former statewide digital library in North Carolina, NC ECHO, and co-directed the South Carolina Digital Library. Emily also served as Principal Investigator for the IMLS-funded Open Parks Grid project at Clemson University, a collaboration among the libraries, campus IT, Parks and Recreation professionals and the National Park Service. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, a BA in English/Technical Writing from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute.
Assistant Director for Content / Email Amy
Amy 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. Amy is a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Amy teaches 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, Amy 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.
ACLS Public Fellow, Project Manager / Email Franky
Franky Abbott is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow working as Project Manager for the Digital Public Library of America. As a member of the Content team, she works with both the Service and Content Hubs to add content to the DPLA. She also organizes outreach efforts to build relationships with interested audiences including teachers. 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 (southernspaces.org). 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.
Project Coordinator / Email Kenny
Kenny is a project coordinator at the DPLA, where he contributes to coordinating efforts, research, and other programmatic work that helps to make the DPLA free and open to all. He previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on the DPLA planning initiative and the Harvard Open Access Project. Kenny holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in History and Italian from Vassar College.
Research Assistant / Email Hillary
Hillary is a Master’s candidate in the Public Humanities program at Brown University. In her graduate work, her interest area includes digital humanities projects, archival research, writing for the web and accessibility of cultural organizations. She also recently ended a summer interning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Digital Media department. Hillary has a B.A. in Journalism and English from The University of Rhode Island.