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DPLAFest Attendees: Support LGBTQ Youth in Indiana!
April 17, 2015

DPLAFest Attendees: Support LGBTQ Youth in Indiana!

This is a joint blog post by DPLAFest attendees Benjamin Armintor and Christina Harlow, and DPLA staff members Mark Matienzo and Tom Johnson.

DPLAFest attendees encourage their fellow DPLAFest participants to support LGBTQ youth in Indiana by contributing to a crowd funding campaign for Indiana Youth Group.

Digitization partnerships with Minnesota Public Libraries
March 10, 2015

Digitization partnerships with Minnesota Public Libraries

This is a guest blog post by Carla Urban, the Public Library Partnerships Project manager for the Minnesota Digital Library.

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is one of four DPLA Service Hubs to be sub-awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through the DPLA, for the Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP). In this post, Carla Urban details MDL’s experience working on the project with public librarians in Minnesota.

Libraries and Copyright: Big Wins in 2014 and Big Challenges Ahead for 2015
January 21, 2015

Libraries and Copyright: Big Wins in 2014 and Big Challenges Ahead for 2015

A guest post from DPLA Legal Committee member, Dave Hansen, UNC Chapel Hill Law

In terms of copyright, 2014 was a big year for libraries. The highlights were the release of decisions in two major copyright cases on appeal, largely in favor of library uses and affirming the applicability of fair use to certain aspects of digitization. Other developments, such as the release of a new code of best practices in fair use of collections containing orphan works, have created opportunities for libraries and other memory institutions to make further progress on addressing copyright obstacles to digital access to their collections. Before the first open committee call of the year for the DPLA Legal Committee (which is later today at 2:00pm Eastern), now is a good time for a short recap what we’ve seen over the last year and what we can expect in 2015.

The mob that feeds
November 24, 2014

The mob that feeds

Tom Blake is the Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library. His team is responsible for the creation of beautiful and sustainable digital objects that are created from institutions across the state of Massachusetts. These objects are managed and disseminated through Digital Commonwealth (digitalcommonwealth.org), the statewide repository system that was one of the first DPLA Service Hubs. They currently contribute almost 125,000 records to DPLA and are working with over 200 partners from 105 of the 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth.

The Digital Commonwealth’s “metadata mob” is a fun and creative type of mob — less roughneck and more spontaneous dance routine. Except, instead of wildly cavorting to Do-Re-Mi in train stations, they cut-and-paste, transcribe, script, spell check, authorize, regularize, refine, edit, and enhance.

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.

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.

“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.

“Summer Capital by the Sea”; The Atlantic Hotel (1880-1933)
June 10, 2014

“Summer Capital by the Sea”; The Atlantic Hotel (1880-1933)

This essay by Hilary K. Perez, Archivist, North Carolina Railroad Company, illustrates how resources from DPLA can support and enhance historical research.

This essay by Hilary K. Perez, Archivist, North Carolina Railroad Company, illustrates how resources from DPLA can support and enhance historical research.

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