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[DPLAfest Workshop Summary] The Elephant in the Room: Copyright and New Ways Forward
November 14, 2013

[DPLAfest Workshop Summary] The Elephant in the Room: Copyright and New Ways Forward

A guest post from Dave Hansen, DPLA Legal Committee, on the DPLAfest workshop which he and two others co-led at the October 2013 event: "The Elephant in the Room: Copyright and New Ways Forward"

In a workshop led by members of the DPLA Legal Committee, which includes Jason Schultz (NYU Law) and David Hansen (Berkeley Law & UNC Law), and in conjunction with Argyri Panezi (European Univ. Institute) and Meredith Jacob (American Univ., Washington College of Law), a full room of DPLA Fest 2013 workshop participants explored the broad range of copyright issues that affect the online availability of library collections.

[November 18, 2013] Board of Directors Call
November 13, 2013

[November 18, 2013] Board of Directors Call

The DPLA Board of Directors held a conference call on Monday, November 18 at 4:00 PM Eastern. The call was open to the public.

DPLA recognized for 2013 Nominet Trust 100
November 12, 2013

DPLA recognized for 2013 Nominet Trust 100

We’re pleased to announce that the DPLA has been selected from hundreds of global nominations and chosen for the inaugural Nominet Trust 100.

DPLAfest 2013: Content
November 8, 2013

DPLAfest 2013: Content

At this year’s DPLAfest opening reception on October 24, the three main elements of the DPLA model were re-iterated to the audience: that it is a portal, a platform, and a principle of open access for the public. These ideas were touched upon independently throughout the October 25 workshop series, as you can see in the conference live notes: it’s use as a portal in relationship to community outreach, or it’s use as a platform in emerging technological advances using our open access API, among other topics. However, these three DPLA missions really merged together in the discussions surrounding content.

DPLAfest 2013: Building Community
November 7, 2013

DPLAfest 2013: Building Community

A major thread throughout DPLAfest was the focus on building our communities of partners and users—many of whom were present to both celebrate their involvement with the DPLA and learn new ways to expand on that relationship. There was also a hands-on component that helped interested organizations not yet part of the DPLA network become involved.

DPLAfest 2013: Technology
November 5, 2013

DPLAfest 2013: Technology

While our nearly 20 workshops at this year’s DPLAfest covered a wide range of topics (which you can recap using the conference live notes), a major theme in both presentations and discussions centered around using the DPLA’s API and metadata—specifically, how users can be involved in using that data, while also helping to clean it up in a way that is vetted and accurate. It was a subject that was interwoven into a variety of workshops throughout the day on October 25.

DPLAfest 2013: In Review
November 1, 2013

DPLAfest 2013: In Review

Just last week, from October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfest—two days of vibrant discussions and workshops that brought together more than 450 librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and others from across the country.

Digital Public Library of America Announces Million-Dollar Grant to Train Public Librarians in Digital Technologies
October 24, 2013

Digital Public Library of America Announces Million-Dollar Grant to Train Public Librarians in Digital Technologies

New DPLA program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will produce workshops and education modules to train public librarians in digitization, metadata creation, and digital technologies

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received a $990,195 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build upon its network of library professionals and organizations to pilot a national-scale training system for public librarians.

Digital Public Library of America Launches DPLA Bookshelf, An Easy Way to Browse over a Million Books
October 24, 2013

Digital Public Library of America Launches DPLA Bookshelf, An Easy Way to Browse over a Million Books

Bookshelf combines the serendipity of shelves with on-the-fly power of digital search

At its DPLAfest–taking place on October 24-25 in Boston—the Digital Public Library of America introduced a new way to browse over a million online books it has added to its collection. DPLA Bookshelf lets the user scroll a visual representation of a bookshelf that provides all the instantaneous power the digital world provides.

DPLA Welcomes Three New Service Hubs to its Growing Collections: New York, North Carolina, Texas
October 24, 2013

DPLA Welcomes Three New Service Hubs to its Growing Collections: New York, North Carolina, Texas

The Digital Public Library of America announced the addition of three new Service Hubs today at a reception celebrating the April 2013 launch of the DPLA and the start of DPLAfest, a two-day series of events free and open to the public taking place in Boston on October 24-25, 2013.