DPLA at ALA Annual 2013

Posted by Kenny Whitebloom in June 27, 2013.

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For those of you attending the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL later this week, we’ve devised a handy DPLA @ ALA scheduler so you can catch all of the latest from the DPLA, as well as DPLA staff and Board members. If you have any questions about ways to get in touch during ALA, don’t hesitate to email us at  info@dp.la. See you there!

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Metadata Standards Committee (ALCTS/LITA)
Saturday, June 29, 10:30am – 11:30am | The Hilton (720 South Michigan Avenue)
The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee plays a leadership role in the creation and development of metadata standards for bibliographic information. The Committee reviews and evaluates proposed standards; recommends approval of standards in conformity with ALA policy; works to establish a mechanism for the continuing review of standards (including the monitoring of further development); provides commentary on the content of various implementations of standards to concerned agencies; and maintains liaison with concerned units within ALA and relevant outside agencies. Assistant Director for Content Amy Rudersdorf serves as an invited member of this committee. Read more about the session here.

Now Showing @ ALA: Sneak Peek of Free For All: Inside the Public Library
Saturday, June 29, 10:30am – 12:00pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S503a
Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon & Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi platform documentary-in-progress, FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library, exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library. The filmmakers will debut footage from all three components of their project – national storytelling booth, web videos and feature-length documentary – and they want input from the library community. Share your comments, questions, story & archival leads during the panel discussion/Q&A with the filmmakers and library experts. DPLA Board member Luis Herrera will be presenting during this session. Read more about this session here.

Advances, Challenges and Issues in Black and Latino Librarianship in America
Saturday, June 29, 3:00pm – 4:30pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S103d
Join contributing authors of two recent publications about Black and Latino librarianship in America. They will speak about inspiring and thought provoking issues and advances and will propose collaborations and steps for the future. DPLA Board member Luis Herrera will be speaking. Read more about this session here.

Collaborative Digitization Interest Group Meeting 
Saturday, June 29, 4:30pm – 5:30pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S505a
Join us for conversations about new and ongoing issues and opportunities related to collaborative digitization initiatives across a diverse array of consortia, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions. This meeting is open to all and will feature a main presentation and brief project updates from attendees. The meeting will feature three presentations that spotlight collaborative digitization ventures at regional and national levels, including a presentation from DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore that will feature the latest update on DPLA and explain how Service Hubs and Content Hubs are working, including the metadata clean-up going on within the Service Hubs. Attendees will also find out how they can participate in DPLA. Read more about the session here.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Meet and Greet with DPLA staff 
Sunday, June 30, 10:00am – 12:00pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N230b
Join DPLA Executive Dan Cohen, Director for Content Emily Gore, Assistant Director for Content Amy Rudersdorf, and Project Coordinator Kenny Whitebloom for an informal meet and greet on Sunday, June 30 in the McCormick Place Convention Center. You can read DPLA staff bios here.

DigitalLearn.org: A New National Digital Literacy Tool
Sunday, June 30, 10:30am – 11:30am | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N139
Brand New! DigitalLearn.org is a launching at this conference! DigitalLearn.org is a PLA-managed and IMLS-funded online hub for digital literacy. It includes a collection of self-directed trainings for end-users to increase their skills and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share tools, best practices, and more. Join us to learn how this resource can save you time and benefit your organization. Panelists will discuss how they are planning to leverage this tool in their organization. Ways to get more involved in this project and other digital literacy initiatives will also be covered. Jamie Hollier, DPLA Board member, will be presenting during this session. Read more about this session here.

ALA President’s Program (with Dan Cohen)
Sunday, June 30, 3:30pm – 5:30pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S100a
Dan Cohen, Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will be the featured speaker in the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cohen will focus on the role and contribution of the DPLA to ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s ongoing initiative, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities.” Cohen will offer an introduction and overview of the recently launched DPLA–called by Nicholas Carr “the Library of Utopia” in MIT Technology Review–, how it came to be and what it offers to librarians and the communities they serve. After Cohen’s presentation, Sullivan will conduct an interview and moderate a Q&A with the audience. Read more about the session here.

MONDAY, JULY 1

Breaking Up With CONTENTdm: How Three Different Institutions Took the Leap into Open-Source and How You Can Too!
Monday, July 1, 1:00pm – 2:30pm | McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S402b
College of Charleston, Clemson University and the Alabama Mosaic Project will discuss their respective decisions to replace CONTENTdm with open source software. These institutions present three different perspectives on their decision, ranging from a large scale Fedora/HubZero project to a shoestring budgeted, understaffed Fedora/Hydra conversion. Topics covered include evaluating open source technologies for your project, metadata migration, discovery interface construction and lessons learned. Emily Gore, DPLA Director for Content, will chair the session. Read more about the session here.


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