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Girl Scout super stars
March 26, 2015

Girl Scout super stars

Unless you haven’t been out of your house for the past month, you know that it’s Girl Scout cookie season. The girls out tugging boxes of cookies around the neighborhood are learning all sorts of skills they’ll use later in life as political leaders, entertainers, astronauts, and athletes. Literally. For proof, check out this list of 25 of the most famous Girl Scouts while enjoying the last of your Thin Mints and Caramel Delights…until next year.

Family Bible records as genealogical resources
February 19, 2015

Family Bible records as genealogical resources

Interested in using DPLA to do family research, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider the family Bible. There are two large family Bible collections in DPLA—over 2,100 (transcribed) from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and another 90 from the South Carolina Digital Library. They’re filled with rich information about family connections and provide insight into how people of the American South lived and died during the—mainly—18th and 19th centuries.

Apply to be a new DPLA Hub!
December 2, 2014

Apply to be a new DPLA Hub!

The Digital Public Library of America seeks applicants to serve as Service Hubs and Content Hubs in our growing national network. The applications and corresponding instructions are now available.

Building the newest DPLA student exhibition, “From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture”
October 29, 2014

Building the newest DPLA student exhibition, “From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture”

University of Washington MLIS graduate Greg Bem writes about his experience developing a new exhibit for DPLA—From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture—as part of the Digital Curation Program.

University of Washington MLIS graduate Greg Bem writes about his experience developing a new exhibit for DPLA—”From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture”—as part of the Digital Curation Program. The new exhibit is now available on dp.la/exhibitions.

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society
October 2, 2014

DPLA Brings National Attention to the Blue Earth County Historical Society

Heather Harren is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, Minnesota. The BECHS is a contributing institution to the Minnesota Digital Library, which partners with DPLA as a Service Hub.

Heather Harren, Education and Outreach Manager at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, MN, describes the national attention that has been brought to her organization through their participation as a contributor to the Minnesota Digital Library and DPLA.

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

The Nicollet County Historical Society and the Digital Public 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.

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.

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.

“Putting It on the Line”: Citizen Participation in the Democratic Process, Georgia State University’s Digital Collections
June 25, 2014

“Putting It on the Line”: Citizen Participation in the Democratic Process, Georgia State University’s Digital Collections

Stephen Zietz is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Georgia State University. The department has a staff of six professional librarian/archivists and four paraprofessionals and is distributed across campus in five locations. Over the last six years, Special Collections and Archives has expanded it collections scope and reenergized its oral history program. Email Special Collections and Archives at archives@gsu.edu, or telephone 404-413-2880. GSU shares content with DPLA through the Digital Library of Georgia, one of DPLA's Service Hub partners. 

Stephen Zietz is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Georgia State University. The department has a staff of six professional librarian/archivists and four paraprofessionals and is distributed across campus in five locations. Over the last six years, Special Collections and Archives has expanded it collections scope and reenergized its oral history program.

An Introduction to the DPLA Metadata Model
March 25, 2014

An Introduction to the DPLA Metadata Model

We are often asked about our metadata application profile (called the DPLA MAP) and the metadata “requirements” for participation in DPLA. In response, we released a new document, “An Introduction to the DPLA metadata model,” which offers a detailed introduction to the DPLA MAP, describes how we harvest metadata, and outlines the types of metadata that our partners provide us.

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