Andy Privee


Director of Finance and Administration/Email Andy
Andy manages DPLA’s finances, human resources and administrative operations.  Prior to joining DPLA Andy managed the finances and administrative operations for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and also worked for more than 30 years for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Peace Corps.  At EPA Andy served as the Budget Officer for the Office of Pollution Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.  At the Peace Corps Andy served in several positions: Budget Officer, Africa Regional Administrative Officer, and the Associate Director for Administration in the Federated States of Micronesia.  Andy graduated from the University of Missouri followed by Peace Corps volunteer service in India and Fiji.  

Arielle Perry

Program Assistant / Email Arielle
Perry has a diverse background in libraries, administration, and special events. Prior to DPLA, Arielle worked with the Friends of the University of Wisconsin—Madison Libraries as the Administrative Program Specialist to create special events and support collaborative educational programs. Before working with the Friends, Arielle held a number of positions with local and university libraries and worked on special event planning and implementation for community groups and educational organizations.  Arielle holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in History from Virginia Wesleyan College.


Audrey Altman

audrey_altmanDeveloper / Email Audrey
Audrey Altman is a Developer for DPLA, working to collect, analyze, and report data related to usage patterns and metadata quality.  She  helps create staff- and partner-facing tools for business intelligence.  She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama.   Audrey’s favorite item in DPLA is this photograph of two women working on ENIAC, one of the world’s earliest computers.


Emily Gore

EmilyGoreheadshotDirector for Content / Email Emily
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions.  During her career, Emily has received over $4 million in grant funding for this work.  She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being on the water.  Emily grew up on the North Carolina coast and enjoys swimming and boating in the Intracostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean as much as possible. Emily has a Harlequin Great Dane named Ella who is her pride and joy; as such, this is her favorite DPLA item. Emily’s also a bit of a music junkie who has a vault of music lyrics in her head.  This has earned her the nickname “Juke” among a number of her close friends.


Franky Abbott

franky_abbottCuration and Education Strategist / Email Franky
Franky Abbott works as the Curation and Education Strategist for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she leads DPLA’s curation work including primary source sets for teachers and students in K-12 and higher education, online exhibitionstopic browse, and related outreach projects. Franky came to DPLA as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow in 2013 with experience in digital humanities at the University of Alabama and Emory University and in digital publishing as managing editor of the open access journal, Southern Spaces. She has also worked in education research and as a high school English teacher. Franky has a PhD in American Studies from Emory University.


Gretchen Gueguen

Data Services Coordinator / Email Gretchen
Gretchen Gueguen is a Data Services Coordinator, working alongside our Director for Content and Network Manager to bring on new partners, conduct data mapping and ingest, perform quality assurance, and support several other critical projects. Prior to DPLA, Gretchen worked as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia where she helped establish the first born-digital archives program. Gretchen has also worked at East Carolina University and the University of Maryland where she received her MLS in 2005. Gretchen has been involved several collaborative digital library and digital humanities projects throughout Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Gretchen’s current favorite DPLA item is “Roller Derby at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium,” showing the early days of her favorite sport.


John Bracken

John Bracken Executive Director/ Email John
As Executive Director, John Bracken will lead DPLA’s staff, board, and key stakeholders in developing a clear vision and strategy for DPLA’s future with a focus on continued growth, innovation, and services. Bracken joins DPLA from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he was vice president of technology innovation. He previously directed Knight’s journalism and media innovation program, before becoming vice president of media innovation. Bracken received his undergraduate degree from the Claremont Colleges’ Pitzer College, and a Master’s degree from the Annenberg​ ​School​ ​for​ ​Communication​,​ ​at the University​ ​of​ ​Pennsylvania. Bracken previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He currently serves on the board of Illinois Humanities.


Kelcy Shepherd

2016headshot002croppedDPLA Network Manager / Email Kelcy
Kelcy Shepherd is the DPLA Network Manager, working with the Content team to maintain and expand DPLA’s growing network of Hubs, with responsibilities including oversight of Hubs communications; coordination of the Hubs application process; facilitation of education and training across our Hub professional network; and support for DPLA’s education and curation initiatives. She has worked on digital archives and digital library projects for over fifteen years, focusing on effective collaboration and community-building. Prior to joining the DPLA, Kelcy was the Head of Digital Programs at the Amherst College Library, providing leadership for the creation, curation, delivery, and preservation of digital collections. Kelcy holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in Art & Design with a second major in Anthropology from Iowa State University. Having watched rolle bolle matches growing up, and recently rolled a few bolles herself, Kelcy’s current favorite DPLA item is this photograph of the Belgian lawn bowling game.


Mark Breedlove

mark_breedloveSenior Developer / Email Mark
Mark Breedlove is a Senior Developer at DPLA, and contributes to the design and implementation of the organization’s infrastructure, ingestion system, API, and front-end website. His work has been concentrated in the development of the ingestion system, which moves data from providers to the DPLA datastore, and the development of the organization’s new DevOps systems.  He works closely with the Director of Technology and the Content team. Before coming to DPLA, Mark was the Technical Director at See.me, a social discovery website for artists, and the American Museum of Natural History, building scientific web applications and content management systems for its Science Division. Mark’s current favorite DPLA item is Gunn’s Domestic Medicine, or Poor Man’s Friend.


Mauricio Giraldo Arteaga

Principal Interaction Designer/ Email Mauricio
Mauricio enjoys playing with code, objects and all things interactive. Prior to joining the DPLA, he spent six years at The New York Public Library’s NYPL Labs innovation unit dedicated to finding new ways of bringing the library’s collections to the public using digital technology. Prior to NYPL, Mauricio spent twelve years designing and developing interaction design projects for a wide range of commercial, academic, private and public institutions throughout Latin America. Mauricio holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an Industrial Designer from Universidad de los Andes in his native city of Bogotá, Colombia where he lectured for six years. Mauricio’s favorite item is the Original Skateboard Maneuver Chart from 1987.


Michael Della Bitta

Michael Della BittaDirector of Technology/ Email Michael
Michael has worked in software development and publications and in the startup, library, and education space for nearly twenty years. Michael most recently worked as a data and analytics developer, architect and engineering manager at the content marketing company ScribbleLive. Prior to that, Michael worked as a developer and architect on the repository and Digital Gallery teams at the New York Public Library, and built content management, online learning, and semantic metadata applications at Columbia University. Michael holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College. Michael’s favorite item in the DPLA is the Willard Orrery, because it reminds him of home.


Michele Kimpton

Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist / Email Michele
Michele Kimpton is the Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist for DPLA. Previously, Michele worked as Chief Strategist for LYRASIS and CEO of DuraSpace, where she developed several new cloud-based managed services for the digital library community, and developed new sustainability and governance models for multiple open source projects. Kimpton is a founding member of both the National Digital Strategic Alliance (NDSA) and the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium). In 2013, Kimpton was named Digital Preservation Pioneer by the NDIPP program at Library of Congress. She holds a MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.


Michelle Bickert

Ebook Program Manager / Email Michelle
Michelle Bickert is the Ebook Program Manager at DPLA, investigating opportunities for DPLA to help build a healthier ebook ecosystem for libraries. She manages DPLA programs (Open eBooks and Open Bookshelf) that maximize access to one content type: ebooks. Prior to DPLA Michelle was the Digital Content Coordinator for the Arizona State Library, managing Reading Arizona Ebooks and the Arizona Memory Project. Michelle attended Arizona State University where she received her MA in Public History and BAs in History and Political Science. Her favorite ebook available through DPLA is A Natural Sequence: A Story of Phoenix, Arizona.


Samantha Gibson

IMG_7920Engagement and Use Coordinator / Email Samantha
Samantha Gibson is the Engagement and Use Coordinator at DPLA, where she works to connect diverse public audiences with DPLA’s rich collections through social media, outreach initiatives, and the development of curated resources and education materials for teachers and students. Prior to DPLA, Samantha worked in museum education at the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York. Samantha holds a M.A. in Public History from New York University and a B.A. in History from American University in Washington, D.C.


Scott Williams

Scott-Williams-sqDeveloper / Email Scott
Scott Williams is a Developer for the DPLA, where he works to create streamlined experiences for partner institutions who want to make their content available to a larger audience by including it in the DPLA.Before coming to the DPLA, Scott worked with museum data at the Yale University Art Gallery and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds a degree in history and computer science from Miami University of Ohio. Scott lives in Western Massachusetts with his partner and their two cats, Archimedes and Antigone. Scott’s favorite item in the DPLA is the print Tugboat by Fred Carlo because it’s beautiful, and because it reminds him of Greg Albers’ MCN Ignite Talk.


Read posts written by our staff

Included below are entries in our series of behind-the-scenes posts from DPLA staffers. We hope that these posts will give you additional insight into what we’re working on, how we work, and progress toward our goals.

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DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0
January 11, 2018

DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0

Last month DPLA released an update to our Metadata Application Profile (MAP), bringing us up to version 5.0. DPLA Data Services Coordinator Gretchen Gueguen explains the new features in MAP 5.0 and how they will impact our website, services, and partners.

Archival Description Working Group Releases Whitepaper
November 3, 2016

Archival Description Working Group Releases Whitepaper

In 2015, DPLA announced the formation of the Archival Description Working Group to find ways to accommodate this diversity in descriptive practice within our data. Today that group is releasing its whitepaper, “Aggregating and Representing Collections in the Digital Public Library of America.”

Building a stronger user experience with our community’s help
July 27, 2016

Building a stronger user experience with our community’s help

Following several studies about the use and usability of the DPLA website, we’ve just completed a set of small but significant changes. We believe these changes will create a more pleasant, intuitive experience on our website, connecting people more easily with the cultural heritage materials our partners provide.

How We Work: The DPLA Technology Team Core Values
July 5, 2016

How We Work: The DPLA Technology Team Core Values

One of the most important aspects of the work of the DPLA Technology Team is ensuring that we maintain

DPLA and the International Image Interoperability Framework
May 10, 2016

DPLA and the International Image Interoperability Framework

DPLA, along with representatives of a number of institutions, is presenting at Access to the World’s Images, a series of events related to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in New York City. The events will showcase how institutions are leveraging IIIF to reduce total cost and time to deploy image delivery solutions, while simultaneously improving end user experience with a new host of rich and dynamic features, and promote collaboration within the IIIF community through facilitated conversations and working group meetings.

Discussing ebooks at PLA 2016
April 21, 2016

Discussing ebooks at PLA 2016

Held at the Colorado Convention Center, the Public Library Association’s 2016 Conference empowered attendees with the tools to return to their library and “Make It Extraordinary.” As the Digital Public Library of America, DPLA is utilizing its national network of libraries and cultural heritage institutions to explore how it can help improve the state of library ebooks.

DPLA staff attend LDCX at Stanford University
April 5, 2016

DPLA staff attend LDCX at Stanford University

Four DPLA staff members recently attended LDCX at Stanford University. The annual conference is a chance for those in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) communities who work with technology to collaborate on solutions to common problems.

Maximizing Access to eBooks
February 24, 2016

Maximizing Access to eBooks

Since our launch almost three years ago, the Digital Public Library of America has sought to maximize access to our shared culture. Thanks to our many library, archive, and museum partners, we’ve been able to share over 11 million items, including a wide range of artifacts, documents, artworks, photographs, audiovisual materials, and, of course, many books.

RootsTech Wrap Up
February 16, 2016

RootsTech Wrap Up

We love connecting with new audiences and were thrilled to have the opportunity to touch base with genealogists and family researchers at RootsTech 2016 to chat about their needs, interests, and questions about what DPLA has to offer.

George Washington Had a Killer “Craft” Beer Recipe
November 23, 2015

George Washington Had a Killer “Craft” Beer Recipe

What better time than Fall for a new craft beer recipe? This one, in particular, has a unique origin story—and it starts with Founding Father and first US President George Washington.

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