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DPLA Workshops are online learning opportunities highlighting subjects central to our community, such as education, metadata, technology, copyright, and more. These events are open to the public (registration required) and will be recorded unless otherwise noted. Questions? Email us.

Upcoming workshops

We will announce all new workshops over the DPLA mailing list and blog.

Past workshops

Advanced GIF-Making Techniques, Wed, September, 28, 3pm – 4pm Eastern

Join us for a hands-on, hour long workshop on how to use photo editing software to perform advanced gif-making techniques, such as how to use frame animation in order to make objects disappear and then reappear, move around, and change color. This workshop will be led by two seasoned gif-makers, Richard Naples (Outreach and Education Technical Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution) and Darren Cole (Digital Engagement Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of Innovation). This workshop is part two of a two-part series leading up to the GIF IT UP 2016 competition (October 1-31, 2016). Part one will provide a basic introduction to gifs and the materials used to make them. Attendees are encouraged but not required to attend both sessions.

If you have Photoshop and would like to experiment with gif-making alongside our presenters, download the files they will be sharing during the workshop:

Download files used in the Advanced GIF-Making Workshop

Resources recommended by presenters Darren Cole and Richard Naples:

GIF-ready National Archives holdings:

GIF-Making 101

Ever wondered how to make an animated gif? Join gif-making experts Shaelyn Amaio (Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources) and Derek Tulowitzky (Web, Social Media, and Outreach Manager at the Muncie Public Library) for an hour long webinar workshop on how to make gifs using open materials found in DPLA and other digital libraries. The workshop will cover what gifs are, how to find suitable materials in DPLA and elsewhere, and how to make a simple gif. This workshop is the first part of a two-part series leading up to the GIF IT UP 2016 competition (October 1-31, 2016). Part two will cover advanced gif-making techniques. Attendees are encouraged but not required to attend both sessions.

Recommended resources from presenters Shaelyn Amaio and Derek Tulowitzky:

Recommended resources from workshop participants for gif-making tools and finding gif-ready materials:

Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History

In this hour-long workshop webinar, DPLA Community Reps and experienced genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow introduce DPLA as a resource for family historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about new research skills and cool collections in DPLA.  This workshop will provide you with new tips for searching for family names in DPLA and exploring resources in your family’s hometown or region.  We also take a peek at some of the collections that may prove invaluable for your family research: yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, family Bibles and more!  With content from 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, DPLA also offers a unique opportunity to dig deeper and add context to the lives of our ancestors. The workshop is free and open to all so whether you are new to DPLA, new to genealogy, or highly experienced, the workshop will have something for you. Why We Need It, What It Is (and Isn’t) and What Does It Mean for the DPLA Network and Beyond?

Over the course of two workshops, presenters Emily Gore (DPLA), and Greg Cram (NYPL), discuss the recently launched project. The goal of is to provide standardized rights statements for cultural heritage institutions and aggregators. This two-part webinar series demonstrates and describes the need for the statements, the rationale behind the statements, and NYPL and DPLA’s implementation plans. Part I of the workshop covers the need for the statements and the philosophy behind the statements. Part II of the workshop covers the statements themselves along with the implementation strategy.

Introduction to the DPLA’s Application Programming Interface
This webinar introduces the fundamentals of distributed web application architecture to an uninitiated audience, with a special focus on the DPLA’s Application Programming Interface, or API.  We will cover what a web application is, what an API is, how web applications on different sites communicate with one another, and why.  This webinar should interest those who have been hearing about “APIs” and “web applications,” but do not fully understand what these terms mean; or those who understand generally, but want to get a better sense of what the DPLA’s API can do and what role it plays at a high level.  We aim to have participants leave the webinar feeling confident in their ability to discuss web APIs and strategies for their implementation. This workshop will be led by Mark Breedlove, DPLA Technology Specialist.

Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning

In this workshop, DPLA staff and members of the DPLA’s Education Advisory Committee will discuss the value of DPLA as a tool for teaching and learning tool and describe current DPLA education projects.  Presenters: Franky Abbott (DPLA), Adena Barnette (History teacher, Ripley High School, Ripley, West Virginia), Melissa Strong (Associate Professor of English, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma).