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DPLA Curation Corps

DPLA Curation Corps

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DPLA is proud to present the Curation Corps, a group of librarians and other information professionals who coordinate books for inclusion in Open eBooks. Open eBooks connects low-income students with thousands of popular and award-winning titles for free, unlimited use. The initiative is a partnership between The New York Public Library, DPLA, First Book, and Clever with assistance from Baker & Taylor; it is made possible by generous commitments of publishers with funding support provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The DPLA Curation Corps is comprised of fourteen passionate individuals that represent a broad range of expertise and commitment to serving low income and diverse populations. DPLA announced its second class of the Curation Corps in May 2016, with six new members joining eight returning members. The DPLA Curation Corps are challenged to craft an Open eBooks collection that is diverse, compelling, and appropriately targeted for our audience — so that there is something for every child to read, enjoy, and learn from.

To learn more about Open eBooks, visit the Open eBooks page. If you’re interested in learning more about DPLA’s efforts to expand access to eBooks, visit the DPLA and eBooks page. Questions? Email us.

Meet the 2016 DPLA Curation Corps

BrookoverElisha Brookover is currently the Information Specialist (AKA librarian) at Bob Hope Primary School in Okinawa, Japan.  She enjoys working with families who are stationed overseas with the U.S. military, and in her 15 years in education, she has also served as a high school librarian, a reading specialist, and a teacher of English as a Second Language.  She holds a Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a Masters in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Elisha is passionate about connecting students to books that lie at the intersection of their interests and abilities, and secretly believes that the day the YALSA Teens’ Top 10 nominees are announced should be a national holiday.


edith cambellEdith Campbell is a mother, librarian, educator and quilter. She promotes literacy in its many forms to teens and she does this through her blog, CrazyQuiltEdi and in her work as an Education Librarian at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Edith currently serves as the Indiana State Ambassador for the United States Board on Books for Young People, Guidelines for Selecting Multicultural Materials Task Force of the Association for Library Services to Children and on the We Need Diverse Book’s Walter Award Committee. She is a past member of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults selection committee and the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Nonfiction Awards committee. Her research interests include geography in young adult literature, critical information literacy and critical literacy within young adult literature. Edith received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and MLS from Indiana University.


patriciadollischPatricia Dollisch has an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and have been putting books into children’s hands as a professional for 25 year.  She has served on several ALSC committees, reviewed grant proposals for the US Department of Education and reviewed fantasy books for School Library Journal for 12 years.  She believes the library belongs outside the walls of the actual library and is willing to reach out wherever she can to get the right book to the right child, so she’s thrilled to be part of a project that does just that.  She is an avid reader, mostly of children’s and teen books.  And yes, she has cats.


Deb Fidali is a school librarian in Winston-Salem, NC where she is in her 17 th year in the public education system. She has served in both elementary schools and middle schools. Two of those schools have been Title I schools working with very diverse populations. Her Master’s Degree is in Library and Information Science following a BA in Spanish. She has served for over ten years on the North Carolina Children’s Book Award committee. Her research interest lie in providing equal technology access and skill sets to all students as well as in the Online Educational Resource (OER) development.


robfleisherRob Fleisher has been a Special Educator in Washington D.C. for 6 years and he’s had the pleasure of teaching grades 6-10. Throughout his tenure as a teacher, he’s used independent reading to drive student achievement. Rob’s middle schoolers have thoroughly enjoyed using Open eBooks and he’s excited to join the Curation Corps.


Daniela GuardialoaDaniela Guardiola is a school librarian in Austin, TX where she has just begun her 11th year in the public education system. Her work experience has been on Title I campuses working with low income students with diverse backgrounds. Her master’s degree in Bilingual Education has equipped her to implement practices in providing high quality education for English Language Learners. As a school librarian, she is consistently seeking to provide equitable access to high quality resources that meet the diverse needs of her students. She has also earned a master’s degree in Library Science and plans to attain a doctoral degree in the near future.


dorothy hughesDorothy M. Hughes‘ professional background includes a Master of Library Science (University of Arizona) and over a dozen years of experience as a Library Media Specialist. To the DPLA Curation Corps project, I bring experience in Collection Development for children, teens, and young adults with print disabilities. Many face the challenges of multiple disabilities and poverty, as well. Also, I provide content curation for an early literacy virtual library that, in turn, supports a remedial reading program. I am looking forward to being a part of this digital book initiative from DPLA Curation Corps!


EBKpicEmily Kean has managed electronic resources in special and public libraries for over ten years and is currently the Digital Services Librarian at Boone County Public Library in Burlington, Kentucky. In this role, she serves as the administrator for Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a statewide eBook consortium comprised of more than 100 counties. She oversees collection development of this shared collection for 26 member libraries and looks forward to using these skills for the DPLA Curation Corps and the Open Ebooks Initiative.

miller_lucretiaLucretia “Lucia” Miller is a School Library Media Specialist at St. Johns Country Day School PK-12 in Orange Park, Florida. Prior to teaching in Orange Park, she was a School Library Media Specialist in Duval County Public Schools, earning Duval County’s Teacher of the Year award and semifinalist for Florida Teacher of the Year. Lucia also was selected as the librarian of one of Florida’s first Florida Power Library Schools, modeling excellence in school libraries. She serves as President-Elect of Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), is a committee member of the Florida Teens Read program, routinely presents workshops and professional development throughout the state, serves on NEFLIN’s (Northeast Florida Library and Information Network) continuing education committee, and has been published in Florida Media Quarterly and the book From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians from Syracuse University. Lucia and her husband Don have two grown sons, Bryan and Danny, and enjoy traveling and being active and outside as much as possible. Lucia is a certified Jazzercise instructor, fostering the connection between the healthy body and healthy mind.


MOTOOLEMaura O’Toole is entering her tenth school year as a library coordinator for The Boston Public Schools. Currently, she works at The Mather Elementary School, where she serves 610 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and works with thirty classroom teachers. She has re-established libraries in three Boston Public Schools. Maura is passionate about technology and works to integrate it as much as possible at her school. She was named Trainer of the Year for her work with Technology Goes Home, a non-profit that teaches technology skills to Boston Public School students and their families. Maura coordinates an annual Reader-for-a-Day program, inviting community members to share their love of reading with students and is an advisory board member for the non-profit Wondermore, a group that funds author and illustrator visits for Boston Public Schools.


pacettidonelson headshotVandy Pacetti-Donelson is the Master Librarian at Ultimate Medical
Academy in Tampa, Florida. As a former Pro-Quest Scholar and YALSA-Serving the Underserved Trainer, Vandy is a proponent of introducing underserved populations to the joy of reading. Vandy serves the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) as a Board Member. Besides FAME, Vandy is a member of ALA, AASL, YALSA, and OCSLA. As a young adult literature specialist, her contribution to the DPLA will be making cultural connections for multi-lingual readers. You can find her on Twitter @VandyPD.


kellyrobertsKelly McGorray Roberts is the head librarian at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL. In her twelve years of library experience, she has also worked as a youth services librarian, a reference librarian, and a reviewer for School Library Journal. Kelly is an active member of ALA and ISLMA, and serves on the Abraham Lincoln High School Reader’s Choice Award committee. She is committed to getting a wide range of diverse materials into the hands of children and young adults.


JessicaZillhartJessica Zillhart currently selects materials for kids and teens for the Anoka County Library System in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. She has also worked as a Collection Development Specialist for a school library media vendor, where she created selection lists for schools around the country. In both of these roles she has had the opportunity to curate children’s books in Spanish, Arabic and Somali. She looks forward to bringing these experiences as well as work with community literacy through volunteering in English Language Learning classrooms and as a technology tutor to the DPLA Curation Corps.


Curation Corps Alumni

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