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DPLA in the Classroom: Resources on Japanese Internment
July 10, 2014

DPLA in the Classroom: Resources on Japanese Internment

As an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, I often find myself sifting through a list of messy links on Google. I scour crowded Internet pages for background information on Of Mice and Men or the Great Depression. And all too often, after landing upon tens of amateur resources with suspect information, I end my search frustrated and empty-handed. During times like these, the Digital Public Library of America could be an extremely useful tool. The DPLA provides access to thousands of primary sources that teachers can incorporate into classroom units at the middle, high school, or higher-ed levels. This summer, I am researching ways that teachers can utilize the DPLA to enhance learning and encourage exploration in their classrooms.

Board Governance Committee Open Call: July 9, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern
July 7, 2014

Board Governance Committee Open Call: July 9, 2014, 1:00 PM Eastern

The DPLA Board of Directors’ Governance Committee will hold a conference call on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern. The call is open to the public.

Alexander Heffner’s “The Open Mind” (PBS) interviews DPLA Board Chair John Palfrey on Digital Natives and DPLA
July 1, 2014

Alexander Heffner’s “The Open Mind” (PBS) interviews DPLA Board Chair John Palfrey on Digital Natives and DPLA

DPLA Board of Directors Chair John Palfrey was recently interviewed on Open Mind TV (PBS), a series devoted to engaging viewers, especially a generation of young Americans, through a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas.

Summer of Archives: Amazing hi-res maps and charts from history
June 30, 2014

Summer of Archives: Amazing hi-res maps and charts from history

The third installment of DPLA’s Summer of Archives is all about maps — the quirky, the cool, and the downright beautiful. All images and descriptive text are courtesy the David Rumsey Historic Map Collection.

Open Committee Call: Marketing & Outreach Committee, July 2, 2:00 PM Eastern
June 26, 2014

Open Committee Call: Marketing & Outreach Committee, July 2, 2:00 PM Eastern

This is a reminder that our next open committee call will take place on Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

“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.

Save the date: DPLAfest 2015, April 17-18, 2015
June 24, 2014

Save the date: DPLAfest 2015, April 17-18, 2015

Mark your calendars! We’re pleased to announce that DPLAfest 2015—our second celebration of all-things DPLA—will take place on April 17-18, 2015. The two-day public event, set to coincide with DPLA’s second birthday, will bring together hundreds of people from our large and growing community of librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and members of the public for interactive workshops, hackathons, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and so much more.

Digital Public Library of America wins Knight News Challenge award, receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials alongside international partners
June 23, 2014

Digital Public Library of America wins Knight News Challenge award, receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials alongside international partners

“Getting it Right on Rights” will create a coherent rights structure and best practices for institutions to safely make more content available to the public

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received $300,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge, an open contest seeking ideas that strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation.

Digital Public Library of America receives $81,000 from the Whiting Foundation to research educational uses of its growing collection
June 19, 2014

Digital Public Library of America receives $81,000 from the Whiting Foundation to research educational uses of its growing collection

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received an $81,000 grant from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The grant will allow DPLA to convene in-person meetings for educators from a wide variety of institutions, including K-12, community colleges, and research universities, this fall in Boston.

A note on our forums and email lists
June 18, 2014

A note on our forums and email lists

We wanted to let you know that later this week we will phase out the DPLA web forums in favor of our email lists. By focusing on these public lists, we hope to encourage more meaningful conversation among members of our community.