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Giving Thanks: Top 10 Colonial Facial Hair Inspirations
November 28, 2014

Giving Thanks: Top 10 Colonial Facial Hair Inspirations

This week was a time for people to give thanks—this includes showing some gratitude for some awe-inspiring beards and mustaches. In a continuation of our “Movember” series, we’re throwing it back to the colonial era for some facial hair inspiration.

10 Historic Thanksgiving Celebrations
November 27, 2014

10 Historic Thanksgiving Celebrations

Happy Thanksgiving, DPLA friends! No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope it’s a good one. In celebration, a selection of the best Thanksgiving day photos from the DPLA, showing how American families have celebrated for more than 100 years.

Order Up: 10 Thanksgiving Menu Inspirations
November 26, 2014

Order Up: 10 Thanksgiving Menu Inspirations

With Thanksgiving just a day away, the heat’s turned up for the perfect kitchen creation. Whether you’re the one cooking the turkey, or are just in charge of expertly arranging the table napkins, creating the perfect Thanksgiving meal is a big responsibility. Take some cues from these Thanksgiving dinner menus from hotels and restaurants across the country, from The New York Public Library.

From the Book Patrol: A Parade of Thanksgiving Goodness
November 25, 2014

From the Book Patrol: A Parade of Thanksgiving Goodness

This is the first in a new series of posts 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 is the first in a new series of posts 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/

The mob that feeds
November 24, 2014

The mob that feeds

Tom Blake is the Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library. His team is responsible for the creation of beautiful and sustainable digital objects that are created from institutions across the state of Massachusetts. These objects are managed and disseminated through Digital Commonwealth (digitalcommonwealth.org), the statewide repository system that was one of the first DPLA Service Hubs. They currently contribute almost 125,000 records to DPLA and are working with over 200 partners from 105 of the 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth.

The Digital Commonwealth’s “metadata mob” is a fun and creative type of mob — less roughneck and more spontaneous dance routine. Except, instead of wildly cavorting to Do-Re-Mi in train stations, they cut-and-paste, transcribe, script, spell check, authorize, regularize, refine, edit, and enhance.

10 Historic Mustache Must-haves
November 21, 2014

10 Historic Mustache Must-haves

In a continuation of our weekly facial hair inspiration (check out last week’s list of Civil War mustached men), we recognize that the “Movember” challenge isn’t easy. Growing an impressive beard or mustache, even for a good cause, can be a struggle. Let us help!

New Uses for Old Advertising
November 19, 2014

New Uses for Old Advertising

Ted Hathaway is the Manager of  Special Collections, Preservation & Digitization at the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. HCL is a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Digitization efforts in the US have, to date, been overwhelmingly dominated by academic libraries, but public libraries are increasingly finding a niche by looking to their local collections as sources for original content. The Hennepin County Library has partnered with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)—and now the Digital Public Library of America—to bring thousands of items to the digital realm from its extensive holdings in the James K. Hosmer Special Collections Department. These items include maps, atlases, programs, annual reports, photographs, diaries, advertisements, and trade catalogs.

Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!
November 18, 2014

Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!

It’s been a little over a month since we launched GIF IT UP, an international competition to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. Since then we’ve received dozens of wonderful submissions from all over the world. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. What are you waiting for? Submit a GIF today!

From the DPLA Collections: Top 10 Mustachioed Men of the Civil War
November 12, 2014

From the DPLA Collections: Top 10 Mustachioed Men of the Civil War

Happy Movember, DPLA friends! The month of November brings about a great many things—Thanksgiving, brisk breezes, falling leaves—including ditching the razor for a good cause. Movember encourages participants to grow out mustaches and beards to raise awareness for men’s health issues. In celebration, we’re providing some historic grooming inspiration. Check back once a week for a selection of some of the best beards and mustaches from the DPLA collection, and up your “Movember” game!

November 8, 2014

Board Governance Committee Executive Session: November 12, 2014

The DPLA Board of Directors’ Governance Committee will hold an executive session conference call on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. The purpose of the call is to discuss a slate of Board nominees and to come up with next steps. Pursuant to DPLA’s open meetings guidelines, this call will be closed to the public, as the Board Governance subcommittee will deliberate and consider matters of personnel.

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