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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 three 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, 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 or DPLA-related projects;
  • 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.

In the past, Community Reps have also helped with DPLA-related projects, including education research, hackathons and app development, usability studies, and creating new resources for other Reps and the wider DPLA community.

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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Presidents and Their Libraries
May 26, 2015

Presidents and Their Libraries

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

Earlier this month it was announced the President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library will be built on the south side of Chicago. It will be our 14th Presidential Library. The idea originated with FDR who in his second term “on the advice of noted historians and scholars, established a public repository to preserve the evidence of the Presidency for future generations” Then in 1955, Congress passed the Presidential Libraries Act, establishing a system of privately erected and federally maintained libraries. Here’s a sampling of images from the Digital Public Library of America related to our presidents and their libraries.

From Book Patrol: Poetry is Wanted Here!
April 27, 2015

From Book Patrol: Poetry is Wanted Here!

Happy National Poetry Month! Here’s a taste of just some of the poetry goodness that lives within the confines of the Digital Public Library of America. From the postcard featuring an excerpt from a poem by Alex Caldero proclaiming ‘Poetry is wanted here!’, to a sampling a of dust jackets, to a lunch poem from second graders, poetry is alive and well at DPLA.

March 23, 2015

Remembering Sabra Statham

The DPLA family was devastated to hear that one of our Community Reps, Sabra Statham, passed away suddenly on Friday. Sabra was a Digital Project Coordinator at Pennsylvania State University and had joined the Reps program in 2014 as part of the second class. In the last year, she worked enthusiastically to represent DPLA in conversation with local Pennsylvania genealogy groups and in collaboration with her fellow Pennsylvania reps. She was multitalented: in addition to her innovative work in the library at Penn State, she was an accomplished musician and a scholar of musical modernism.

Announcing our third class of DPLA Community Reps
February 24, 2015

Announcing our third class of DPLA Community Reps

We’re extremely excited to announce our third class of DPLA Community Reps–volunteers who engage their local communities by leading DPLA outreach activities. We were thrilled with the response to our third call for applicants, and we’re pleased to now add another roster of nearly 100 new Community Reps to our outstanding first and second classes, bringing the total number of Reps to just over 200.

Getting Involved: Our Expanding Community Reps Program
February 3, 2015

Getting Involved: Our Expanding Community Reps Program

There are so many ways to get involved with the Digital Public Library of America, each of which contributes enormously to our mission of connecting people with our shared cultural heritage. Obviously we have our crucial hubs and institutional partners, who work closely with us to bring their content to the world. If you’re a software developer, you can build upon our code, write your own, and create apps that help to spread that content far and wide. And if you want to provide financial support, that’s easy too.

Apply to our 3rd Class of Community Reps
January 15, 2015

Apply to our 3rd Class of Community Reps

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13

We’re thrilled to announce today our third-ever call for applications for the DPLA Community Reps program! The application window for this third class of Reps will close on Friday, February 13.

From Book Patrol: Happy New Calendar!
January 9, 2015

From Book Patrol: Happy New Calendar!

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

DPLA Contributes to National History Day in Missouri
December 17, 2014

DPLA Contributes to National History Day in Missouri

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

This year DPLA is an official sponsor of National History Day in Missouri. With the excellent assistance of the DPLA staff, teaching guides and materials were prepared sharing DPLA resources related to this year’s theme: Leadership and Legacy in History. Also a prize was created for the student whose work made the best use of DPLA-related resources at the state finals next spring. My simple hope is these young folks will move from searching online, to helping get the history of our state online. Otherwise we may lose much near-history of the Show-Me State or have it hidden to others.

From Book Patrol: Wilde in the news
December 11, 2014

From Book Patrol: Wilde in the news

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. Over the coming weeks and months, Michael will scour the DPLA for interesting archival finds and publish them here and on our Tumblr. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. In this post, Michael relates a couple of recent Oscar Wilde related happenings and archival holdings available for your perusal through DPLA. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

December 4, 2014

VT Community Rep introduces DPLA to Veterans at Disability Awareness event

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

As a Community Rep for Vermont, I introduced Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to employees of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in White River Junction, Vermont, during its Disability Employment Awareness event on October 16, 2014. I have been volunteering at VAMC this year in order to contribute toward programs that benefit current and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Bringing DPLA to veterans and civilians with disabilities was my first effort as the Community Rep to bridge digital divides among under-represented populations. The event’s motto “Expect. Employ. Empower.” was about creating a society of inclusion, thus it seemed to be a perfect fit for DPLA.

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