DPLA Announces New Curation Corps Members for Open Bookshelf

By Michelle Bickert, April 17, 2018.
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DPLA is pleased to welcome six new members to the DPLA Curation Corps, a group of librarians and information professionals who will curate and offer guidance on Open Bookshelf. Open Bookshelf is a collection of popular and high-quality ebooks curated by our nation’s librarians, launching this summer as part of the DPLA Exchange pilot program (exchange.dp.la).

Curation Corps members have a broad range of experience in collection development and e-resource management, and with serving diverse communities of all ages. They join six colleagues who have been working on Open Bookshelf since November.

As part of the Curation Corps, members select open access ebook titles, improve metadata, and curate collections to make these titles more discoverable. Open Bookshelf will be available in multiple places: as a collection for DPLA Exchange libraries to make available alongside licensed content; as a public-facing library collection, and as an OPDS feed.

To learn more about DPLA’s Ebook programs, visit DPLA Pro on our website. Questions? Contact us at ebooks@dp.la.

New Members of the Open Bookshelf Curation Corps:

  • Catherine DiCristofaro, Librarian, St. Mary’s County Public Library (MD)
  • Brianna Furcron, Special Collections Librarian, State of Arizona Research Library and Archives
  • Colleen Hallfrisch, Technology and Public Services Librarian, Beaver Dam Community Library (WI)
  • Mary Ann Lema, Director, Prairie Trails Public Library District (IL)
  • Emily Rastovich, Educational Assistant, Malabon Elementary School (OR)
  • Jared Wasson, Readers Advisory Library Assistant, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (AL)

The DPLA Curation Corps is generously funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.