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Open Technical Advisory Committee Call: September 23, 1:00 PM Eastern
September 17, 2014

Open Technical Advisory Committee Call: September 23, 1:00 PM Eastern

The Technical Advisory Committee will hold an open call on Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 PM EDT. The agenda is now available.

More than 148,000 items from the U.S. Government Printing Office now discoverable in DPLA
September 17, 2014

More than 148,000 items from the U.S. Government Printing Office now discoverable in DPLA

We were pleased to share yesterday that nearly 60,000 items from the Medical Heritage Library have made their way into DPLA, and we’re now doubly pleased to share that nearly 150,000 items from the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) are now also available via DPLA.

Nearly 60,000 items from the Medical Heritage Library now available in DPLA
September 16, 2014

Nearly 60,000 items from the Medical Heritage Library now available in DPLA

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is pleased to announce that MHL content can now be discovered through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The MHL, a specialized research collection stored in the Internet Archive, currently includes nearly 60,000 digital rare books, serials, audio and video recordings, and ephemera in the history of medicine, public health, biomedical sciences, and popular medicine from the medical special collections of 22 academic, special, and public libraries.

September 10/15, 2014: Board and Board Finance Committee Open Calls
September 9, 2014

September 10/15, 2014: Board and Board Finance Committee Open Calls

The DPLA Board and its Finance Committee each held an open conference call in September 2014. Both of these calls were open to the public.

DPLA & Imgur’s Summer of Archives Comes to a Close
September 8, 2014

DPLA & Imgur’s Summer of Archives Comes to a Close

A reposted blogpost from the Imgur.com blog. Thanks, Imgur, for having us this summer!

A cross-posted blogpost from the Imgur.com blog (published on September 8, 2014). Thanks, Imgur, for having us this summer!

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 seventh 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: 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.

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.

DPLA Welcomes Gretchen Gueguen and Tom Johnson to Growing Staff
July 22, 2014

DPLA Welcomes Gretchen Gueguen and Tom Johnson to Growing Staff

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.