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The Nicollet County Historical Society and the Digital Library of America
August 28, 2014

The Nicollet County Historical Society and the Digital Library of America

Bob Sandeen is the Research Coordinator at the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter, Minnesota. Here, he describes the Nicollet County Historical Society's experience as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

Bob Sandeen describes the Nicollet County Historical Society’s experience as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

Open Legal Committee Call: September 3, 2:00 PM Eastern
August 28, 2014

Open Legal Committee Call: September 3, 2:00 PM Eastern

The Legal Committee will hold an open call on Wednesday, September 3 at 2:00 PM EDT. Registration info and the call’s agenda are now available.

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…

Summer of Archives: Gorgeous historical book covers
August 26, 2014

Summer of Archives: Gorgeous historical book covers

Who doesn’t love a beautiful book cover? Our latest installment in the Summer of Archives series contains a smattering of stunning 19th and 20th-century book covers designed by the likes of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) and Will Bradley (1868–1962), among others. All images courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro, via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and DPLA.

Version 3.1 of the DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP) now available!
August 12, 2014

Version 3.1 of the DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP) now available!

The DPLA is pleased to announce an update to the Metadata Application Profile (MAP). The DPLA MAP is the basis for how data is structured and validated in DPLA, and guides how data is stored, serialized, and made available through our API in JSON-LD. The MAP is based on the Europeana Data Model (EDM), and integrates the experience and specific needs for aggregating the data of America’s cultural heritage institutions.

Summer of Archives: Historical Cats
August 11, 2014

Summer of Archives: Historical Cats

Yup, cats. Good ol’ cats. This week’s installment in our Summer of Archives series is all about our fuzzy feline friends, fount of cuteness for millennia. In case you missed it, last Friday, August 8, was International Cat Day, which you can belatedly celebrate (or relive!) by checking out the newest album.

Rachel Frick to Join the Digital Public Library of America as Business Development Director
August 7, 2014

Rachel Frick to Join the Digital Public Library of America as Business Development Director

BOSTON, MA, AND WASHINGTON, DC—The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced today that the Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), Rachel Frick, will join DPLA as its Business Development Director. DLF is a program of CLIR, and coordinates a large and diverse community of practitioners to help create innovative and widely useful digital resources such as DPLA. Prior to her tenure at CLIR/DLF, Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, organizational know-how, and commitment to open culture. She served as the co-chair of DPLA’s Content Committee during its initial planning phase.

A Bridge to Some, Where Unexpected: DPLA transports you to northern Minnesota
August 5, 2014

A Bridge to Some, Where Unexpected: DPLA transports you to northern Minnesota

Patricia K. Maus has served as University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library since 2007 and Director and Curator of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections of the Martin Library since 1981. The Kathryn A. Martin Library’s mission is to promote learning and research by providing information resources and services, up to date technologies, and knowledgeable staff in a welcoming environment. You can take a virtual tour of the Martin Library: http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/ref/virtualtour/index.htm

Patricia Maus discusses her experiences at the University of Minnesota Duluth as a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library and the DPLA.

Report from the Public Library Partnerships Project Workshops
July 31, 2014

Report from the Public Library Partnerships Project Workshops

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.

Shop at AmazonSmile and help support DPLA!
July 29, 2014

Shop at AmazonSmile and help support DPLA!

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.

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