DPLAfest 2017 — April 20-21, 2017

DPLAfest 2017 Call for Proposals

DPLAfest 2017 Call for Proposals

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DPLA is seeking session proposals for DPLAfest 2017, an annual conference that brings together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals.

Proposals should be related to digital libraries, broadly defined. This year, we are particularly interested in proposals at the intersection of digital libraries and:

  • Social justice
  • Copyright and rights management
  • Public engagement
  • Analytics, assessment, and impact
  • Metadata/data quality
  • Collaboration across types of institutions and sectors
  • Training, professional development, and technical literacy
  • Open educational resources
  • Open access content, including use and reuse
  • Technical infrastructure of interoperability including
    • International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) integration
    • ResourceSync
    • Linked Open Data
    • Repository systems
    • Aggregation technologies
    • Search and discovery

We also encourage proposals that highlight digital library work being done in and/or focusing on our host city – Chicago!

The deadline to submit a session proposal is Tuesday, January 17, 2017. You will be notified by early February whether or not your proposal is accepted. Questions? Email us.

Submission terms

  • If your proposal for a session is accepted, DPLA will expect you to deliver it in person on either April 20 or April 21. DPLA reserves the right to change the schedule as it sees fit (we will inform you of any changes).
  • Before March 1, 2017, you may cancel your session with no added responsibility. After March 1, 2017, should you be unable to deliver your scheduled session, you will be expected to find a suitable replacement (subject to DPLA approval).
  • The proposal you submit for review will, if accepted, be used for inclusion in the DPLAfest agenda and is the primary way that participants will choose which sessions to attend. You will have the opportunity to edit the title and/or description of your session in February 2017, but any further edits after March 15 will not be allowed.
  • By presenting at DPLAfest, you grant permission to be video or audio recorded and grant DPLA worldwide, rights free usage and distribution of the recording at its discretion.

Audiovisual requirements

You must provide your own laptop computer and projector adapter (Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter) to show your presentation to the audience.

Session types

Presentation (60 minutes)

Presentations are explorations into specific concepts/themes or updates on an ongoing project or initiative, given by a group of 2-4 presenters. Presentations normally consist of 40 minutes worth of content, with an additional 20 minutes for questions and discussion, though presenters are free to structure their session however they see fit.

Workshop (120 minutes)

Workshops provide a hands-on learning opportunity for participants. Workshops should not be focused on a single vendor tool or product. Rather, they should attempt to teach participants how to use a technology or free and/or open-source tool, an approach or methodology, or another demonstrable skill or process.

Working Session (120 minutes)

Working Sessions provide an extended time period to get things done. Working Sessions bring people together to collectively solve a problem, develop a tool, move a collaborative project forward (or get one off the ground), or seek input and feedback on a work in progress. Working Sessions don’t have to be technical, but they could be.

Lightning Talks (5 minutes)

Lightning Talks are short, 5-minute presentations given in rapid-fire succession, often with only a small number of slides. Lightning Talks can relate to topics listed in the call for proposals, or any subject of interest to the DPLAfest community.  Lightning Talks are a great opportunity for DPLA Hubs, developers working with our API, and anyone else to briefly share projects, tools, solutions, and/or lessons learned. DPLA will group Lightning Talks together into 60 minute sessions.


The proposal submission period has now closed.

View the full conference program.