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July 31, 2014
In April 2014, after research and planning, the Public Library Partnerships Project team started to convene one-day workshops for public librarians interested in digitization. Each hub—Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, and Mountain West Digital Library—gave a workshop in the spring. We then met as group to discuss the curriculum and make necessary changes for the later workshops. We also relied on feedback from participants in the first workshops and the survey and informal feedback they had offered about their experiences. Since that meeting, we’ve continue to give workshops: so far eight more with an additional five scheduled through the end of September.
July 29, 2014
We’re excited to share that DPLA is now participating in AmazonSmile, a program run by the web retailer to donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations of its customers’ choosing. Folks familiar with Amazon’s service enjoy the same wide selection of products and shopping features as on Amazon.com, but with the added bonus of supporting non-profits like DPLA and others for no extra effort or cost. So, sign up today and help support DPLA by shopping at smile.amazon.com for all of your Amazon purchases.
July 28, 2014
The Summer of Archives is back with more archival finds from DPLA. This week we’re featuring short animated GIFs that seem to seamlessly loop forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever. All of the moving images used for this post are courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration, via DPLA.
July 24, 2014
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am an eighth grade Language Arts teacher working at the DPLA this summer, researching ways the DPLA is useful for instructors and students alike. My exploration of Japanese Internment revealed how the DPLA’s wealth of primary sources can help engage students and promote deeper understanding. In this post, I will examine resources related to a different period of American history – Slavery in the U.S. These texts and images may be useful to Social Studies classes focusing on the antebellum period, or to Language Arts classes reading slavery-related texts (e.g. Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, etc.)
July 22, 2014
We’re extremely excited to welcome Gretchen Gueguen and Tom Johnson as the newest members of DPLA’s growing staff. Gretchen will supplement the work of DPLA’s content team as 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. Tom will serve as DPLA’s Metadata and Platform Architect as part of DPLA’s technology team, and will focus on helping to further improve our metadata model and related infrastructure and expanding upon our work with linked open data.
July 16, 2014
The Summer of Archives is back this week with another installment of awesome archival finds from the wide world of DPLA. This week we’re featuring rare footage of US military operations in France during World War I. The 16 GIFs in this installment depict crews of US Naval Railway Batteries preparing and firing artillery rounds deep into German military operations in Verdun, France in 1918.
July 15, 2014
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.
July 10, 2014
As an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, I often find myself sifting through a list of messy links on Google. I scour crowded Internet pages for background information on Of Mice and Men or the Great Depression. And all too often, after landing upon tens of amateur resources with suspect information, I end my search frustrated and empty-handed. During times like these, the Digital Public Library of America could be an extremely useful tool. The DPLA provides access to thousands of primary sources that teachers can incorporate into classroom units at the middle, high school, or higher-ed levels. This summer, I am researching ways that teachers can utilize the DPLA to enhance learning and encourage exploration in their classrooms.
July 7, 2014
The DPLA Board of Directors’ Governance Committee will hold a conference call on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern. The call is open to the public.
July 1, 2014
Alexander Heffner’s “The Open Mind” (PBS) interviews DPLA Board Chair John Palfrey on Digital Natives and DPLA
DPLA Board of Directors Chair John Palfrey was recently interviewed on Open Mind TV (PBS), a series devoted to engaging viewers, especially a generation of young Americans, through a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas.