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DPLA Community Reps

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DPLA wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word in local communities. If you are enthusiastic about open access, digital collections, and the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for DPLA by volunteering as a DPLA Community Rep. Visit our Meet the Reps page to learn about our fabulous first two classes of Community Reps.

DPLA Community Reps will:

  • Organize activities that promote DPLA as a portal, platform, or public option using DPLA materials;
  • Share materials and feedback from outreach efforts (blog posts, group notes, Storify stories, images, video, etc.);
  • Check in with DPLA staff about progress and share experiences via the DPLA Reps listserv;
  • Collaborate with DPLA staff and other Reps to plan and pursue new outreach initiatives;
  • Be willing to participate in speaking or event opportunities as requested by DPLA; and
  • Represent DPLA formally as an acknowledged Rep on our website and informally through various networks.

The Community Reps program works with the community outreach arm of DPLA and is not involved with the recruitment, aggregation, or digitization of new content. DPLA Community Reps are volunteers.

Reps will receive DPLA materials to use in their efforts, including a slidedeck, event ideas, fact sheets, and promotional swag (stickers, pens, etc.). DPLA staff will also offer periodic webinars to share updates, new activities, and new resources. We anticipate that being a community rep will require only a small commitment of time.

DPLA Community Reps will be selected based on their creative ideas, experience, and geographic distribution. If you are interested in applying, drop us a line at info@dp.la.


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DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available
October 7, 2014

DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available

We’re excited to announce the release of a new Community Reps-produced resource, GLAM Hack-in-a-box, a short guide to organizing and convening a hackathon using cultural heritage data from GLAM organizations (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) including DPLA. We hope this guide will serve as a useful resource for those either unfamiliar with or inexperienced in pulling together a hackathon.

Community Rep Works with Design Student to Develop Awesome DPLA “Swag Caddy”
August 27, 2014

Community Rep Works with Design Student to Develop Awesome DPLA “Swag Caddy”

This is the fifth guest post in our Community Reps series -- written by Sarah Huber -- which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Every February I receive an all staff work email titled, “Packaging Clients Needed!” I work at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The email is sent out from Dunwoody’s Design & Packaging Technology, Introduction to Packaging Design class, which focuses on cardboard and paperboard packaging of products. The teacher, Pete Rivard, asks Dunwoody staff to be “clients” and each bring in an item for which a student can design and manufacture a package that would market the item. I presented to the class that I wanted a box of some sort to carry the DPLA swag (stickers, pins and pens) to the different places I intended to be presenting about the DPLA. None of the students had heard of the DPLA, so I spent time talking about the DPLA mission and what the site offers. I said that I wanted to be able to walk into a training, DPLA caddy in hand, ready for action…

Finding family information through DPLA
July 15, 2014

Finding family information through DPLA

This is the sixth guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Retired Director of Historical Services  for the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, New York and Community Rep Larry Naukam explains how DPLA offers new opportunities to family researchers as a growing number of small institutions making content available online.

Meet our Community Reps: Using DPLA as a research and teaching tool
June 17, 2014

Meet our Community Reps: Using DPLA as a research and teaching tool

This is the fifth guest post in our Community Reps series -- written by Stephanie Lampkin and Tracy Jentzsch -- which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

To promote the Digital Public Library of America to graduate students at the University of Delaware, Tracy and I organized a professional development workshop on “Digital Resources for Research and Teaching Using the DPLA as a Case Study” on April 15, 2014. Graduate students who are gaining first-hand experience teaching classes or leading sections are often looking for new ways to engage their students.

Doing Local History, DPLA Style
May 19, 2014

Doing Local History, DPLA Style

Sarah Melton is the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and a PhD candidate at Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the fifth guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Community Rep Sarah Melton explores Atlanta and its local history through DPLA.

Meet a Community Rep: Danielle Cunniff Plumer
May 8, 2014

Meet a Community Rep: Danielle Cunniff Plumer

This is the fourth guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

In this guest post, DPLA Community Rep and digital collections consultant Danielle Cunniff Plumer describes her recent work building Omeka exhibitions using DPLA and organizing a hackathon at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries.

Community Reps: A Handy Guide to Who They Are and What They Are Doing
April 28, 2014

Community Reps: A Handy Guide to Who They Are and What They Are Doing

This post by Franky Abbott gives an update on the work of the first class of community reps to give readers a sense of how the program works.

Meet a Community Rep: Lavanda Wagenheim
April 25, 2014

Meet a Community Rep: Lavanda Wagenheim

This is the third guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

DPLA Community Rep Lavanda Wagenheim, IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator at the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools- Middle in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, details a recent outreach activity she organized for instructors in her school district.

Meet a Community Rep: Stephanie J. Richmond
April 9, 2014

Meet a Community Rep: Stephanie J. Richmond

This is the second guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Assistant professor of history and community rep Stephanie J. Richmond explains why she decided to join the reps program and how she’s thinking about DPLA’s value for the higher ed classroom.

Meet a Community Rep: Dustin Fife
March 28, 2014

Meet a Community Rep: Dustin Fife

This is the first guest post in our Community Reps series which explores individual community reps and the work they are doing with DPLA.

Utah public library director and community rep Dustin Fife explains why he reps DPLA and what he’s working on.