DPLA at ALA Annual 2019

By DPLA, June 17, 2019.
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We can’t wait to see you at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, DC! We’ll be unveiling our new strategy, announcing new projects, and presenting alongside partners on expanding access to digital content. Mark your calendars with the sessions and events below!

Friday, June 21

SimplyE Community Meeting
Friday, June 21 at 11:00am-12:00pm
Marriott Marquis University of DC Room

Open to anyone interested in SimplyE, this community meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about the platform, explore how other libraries have implemented it, and ask questions .

Saturday, June 22

Deploying Library Driven eBook Service with the DPLA
Saturday, June 22 at 10:30-11:30am
Marriott Marquis Dogwood Room
Presenters: Micah May, DPLA; Michael Blackwell, St. Mary’s County Library (MD); Ken Wiggin, Connecticut State Library; Robert Miller, LYRASIS; Tony Ageh, New York Public Library

This session will give a brief overview of the Digital Public Library of America’s services to support the national digital platform for library e-content, which DPLA has developed in partnership with New York Public Library and with contributions from Minitex, Amigos, and Califa. Presenters will introduce the platform’s components, including the DPLA Exchange content marketplace, the Library Simplified content management tool for library staff, and the SimplyE mobile app suite and web catalog for serving content to patrons. The bulk of this session will be dedicated to case studies of the libraries who have deployed with DPLA, who will share their experiences, lessons learned, and intended direction going forward.

Blockchain: Transforming the Technological Future
Saturday, June 22 at 10:30-11:30am
Washington Convention Center, 149A-B
Presenters: Sandy Hirsh and Sue Alman, SJSU iSchool, Bohyun Kim, University of Rhode Island Libraries and LITA President, Jason Griffey, Evenly Distributed, and John Bracken, DPLA

Blockchain technology is a trend on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors. There have been conferences, books, white papers, start-ups, and numerous back-channel discussions on ways blockchain technology can address seemingly endless processes. This panel presentation will include the principal investigators of the IMLS-funded investigation on the feasibility of blockchain technologies for the information professions, and key technology experts involved in blockchain applications. The major recommendations for moving forward are to educate the public and information professionals about what blockchain is, create opportunities for people to experiment with blockchain, and work with other interested parties to pilot/sandbox one or more blockchain uses cases for libraries.

DPLA-hosted eBook Innovation Lighting Rounds
Saturday, June 22 at 2:30-3:30pm
Marriott Marquis Cherry Blossom Room

Get up to speed with a fast paced overview of library-driven innovation in ebook and e-content delivery. This lightning round will feature talks from Benetech, COSLA, ReadersFirst, the Charlotte Initiative, DPLA Exchange, LYRASIS, Amigos, CALIFA, and more on how ebooks can support global literacy.

SimplyE Reception, hosted by DPLA, LYRASIS, and New York Public Library
Saturday, June 22, 4:00-6:00 pm
Lost and Found, 1240 9th St NW, Washington DC (5 min walk from the Convention Center)

Catch up with DPLA staff and partners from LYRASIS and New York Public Library for a drink, snack, or just friendly conversation at a special reception at Lost and Found, just a five-minute walk from the Convention Center.

Sunday, June 23

News You Can Use: DPLA Update
Sunday, June 23 at 10:30-11:30am
Washington Convention Center, 151A
Presenters: John Bracken, Michele Kimpton, Michael Della Bitta, DPLA

Join the Digital Public Library of America for an update on our current work and a look ahead to the organization’s plans for the future. DPLA’s Leadership Team will dig into the organization’s newly-released strategic direction and, in conversation with partners, explore opportunities for DPLA to help libraries thrive in the digital age. The DPLA team looks forward to an engaging discussion and interaction with attendees.

In the Exhibit Hall

Visit the LYRASIS Booth
“Office Hours” Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23, 12:30-2:00pm

Sign up for an appointment on June 22 or June 23 to let us know you’re coming.

In partnership with LYRASIS, DPLA and NYPL are leading a new e-content marketplace built by libraries, for libraries. Visit the LYRASIS booth anytime during the conference to learn more about how the DPLA Exchange and SimplyE can help your library improve literacy in your community, increase e-content circulation, access better data, and customize your ebook offerings.

Indie Author of the Year Ran Walker Book Signing
Saturday, June 22 at 2:00pm
IngramSpark Booth

DPLA and BiblioBoard have partnered to make the Indie Author Summer Reading collection—over thirty independently-published books, including Ran Walker’s Daykeeper—freely available for anyone to download and read in the SimplyE app. Learn more about how to access great titles from the Indie Author Project and don’t miss your chance to meet Ran Walker at ALA Annual!