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January 30, 2015

DPLA Board of Directors Appoints Slate of Officers and Committee Chairs

Following on the heels of BPL President Amy Ryan’s appointment as its next chair, the DPLA Board of Directors announced today the appointment of a slate of officer positions and committee chairs. Jamie Hollier will serve as the Treasurer of the Board and chair of the Finance Committee (and the associated Audit Subcommittee). Laura DeBonis, who served previously as Board Secretary, will continue in this role, while Robert Darnton will continue as the chair of the Governance Committee (and the associated Nomination Subcommittee). These appointments will take effect as of July 1, 2015.

Metadata Aggregation Webinar Video and Extended Q&A
January 28, 2015

Metadata Aggregation Webinar Video and Extended Q&A

Thanks to all of you who attended our webinar. We had a great turnout and hope you found it interesting and informative. As promised, you can now find the video for our recent Metadata Aggregation webinar below or over at our Vimeo account. Links to download each presenter’s slides are included in this post as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to get to all of the questions that came up during the webinar. However, our presenters agreed to answer a few more in writing for our blog. You can find them below in the Extended Q&A section.

January 27, 2015

DPLA Board of Directors Appoints Amy Ryan as New Chair

The nine-member Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library, as its next Chair, beginning in July 2015 and effective for two years. Ryan will succeed the current Chair, John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Unexpected: Snow Removal
January 27, 2015

Unexpected: Snow Removal

Today we’re starting a new series on our blog, called Unexpected. With over eight million items in our collection (and growing!), there are countless unusual artifacts, and since we now bring together 1,400 different libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites in one place, we can begin to associate these surprising sources into rich categories and themes. Unexpected will showcase some of the most, well, unexpected, items and topics—just the tip of the DPLA iceberg. We hope the series inspires you to explore our collection further, to tell others about DPLA, and to use our materials for education, research, and just plain fun.

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.

Apply to our 3rd Class of Community Reps
January 15, 2015

Apply to our 3rd Class of Community Reps

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13

We’re thrilled to announce today our third-ever call for applications for the DPLA Community Reps program! The application window for this third class of Reps will close on Friday, February 13.

Tracking DPLA’s growth in 2014
January 14, 2015

Tracking DPLA’s growth in 2014

DPLA staffers Franky Abbott, ACLS Public Fellow and Project Manager, and Amy Rudersdorf, Assistant Director for Content, authored this post.

Last week, Dan Cohen shared the DPLA’s 2015-2017 strategic plan including DPLA’s goals for community-driven growth and collaborative expansion. Now seems like a good time, too, to look back at the work that our partners and we have done over the past year to increase the numbers and diversity of formats, topics, institutions, and collections that are offered through DPLA.

Registration now open for DPLAfest 2015!
January 13, 2015

Registration now open for DPLAfest 2015!

Registration for DPLAfest 2015 is now open! DPLAfest brings together the full range of the cultural heritage sector to discuss everything from technology and development, to content, law, and education. DPLAfest will appeal to librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and members of the public alike who are interested in an engaging mix of interactive workshops, hackathons, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and so much more.

From Book Patrol: Happy New Calendar!
January 9, 2015

From Book Patrol: Happy New Calendar!

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

This post is part of a series from Book Patrol, a blog run by DPLA Community Rep Michael Lieberman that highlights interesting news, images, and related content from all corners of the book universe. To learn more about Book Patrol, visit http://bookpatrol.net/

Metadata Aggregation Webinar: January 22, 2015 at 2 PM Eastern
January 8, 2015

Metadata Aggregation Webinar: January 22, 2015 at 2 PM Eastern

On January 22, at 2 pm eastern, we will be hosting a webinar about metadata aggregation. We’ll be taking an inside look at aggregation best practices at two of our DPLA Service Hubs in North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, DPLA has been working on improving our existing tools as well as creating some new ones for metadata aggregation and quality control.We’d like to share what’s in place and preview some of our plans and we hope to get feedback on future directions.