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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!

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.

Open Marketing and Outreach Committee Call: Friday, November 7, 2:00 PM Eastern
November 3, 2014

Open Marketing and Outreach Committee Call: Friday, November 7, 2:00 PM Eastern

The DPLA’s Marketing and Outreach Committee will lead an open committee call on Friday, November 7 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

DPLA and DigitalNZ present GIF IT UP, an international GIF-making competition: October 13 – December 1, 2014
October 13, 2014

DPLA and DigitalNZ present GIF IT UP, an international GIF-making competition: October 13 – December 1, 2014

It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are holding GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. Pretty sweet, huh?

DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available
October 7, 2014

DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available

We’re excited to announce the release of a new Community Reps-produced resource, GLAM Hack-in-a-box, a short guide to organizing and convening a hackathon using cultural heritage data from GLAM organizations (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) including DPLA. We hope this guide will serve as a useful resource for those either unfamiliar with or inexperienced in pulling together a hackathon.

New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America Announced
September 30, 2014

New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America Announced

Washington, DC & BOSTON — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today a $999,485 grant to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for a major expansion of its infrastructure.

Open Content Strategy Committee Call: October 1, 2:00 PM Eastern
September 24, 2014

Open Content Strategy Committee Call: October 1, 2:00 PM Eastern

The Content Strategy Committee will hold an open call on Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00 PM EDT. Registration and agenda information can be found here.

Indianapolis Selected to Host DPLAfest 2015, April 17-18, 2015
September 23, 2014

Indianapolis Selected to Host DPLAfest 2015, April 17-18, 2015

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that Indianapolis, Indiana will serve as host city for its second-ever DPLAfest celebration, taking place on April 17-18, 2015. Area institutions serving as co-hosts to DPLAfest 2015 include the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indiana State Library, the IUPUI University Library, and the Indiana Historical Society.

Nearly 100,00 items from the Getty Research Institute now available in DPLA
September 18, 2014

Nearly 100,00 items from the Getty Research Institute now available in DPLA

More awesome news from DPLA! Hot on the heels of announcements about newly added materials from the Medical Heritage Library and the Government Printing Office, we’re excited to share that some 92,000 items from the J. Paul Getty Trust are now also available.