Catch up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta

By DPLA, January 18, 2017.
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The American Library Association’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits  takes place this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia and DPLA staffers are excited to connect with a fantastic community of librarians and share updates on the exciting projects underway and upcoming at DPLA in 2017.  Here’s your guide to when and where to catch up with DPLA’s staff and community members at ALA Midwinter.  If you’ll be following the conference from afar, connect with us on Twitter and follow the conference at #alamw17.

[S] = DPLA Staff Participating, [A] = DPLA Affiliate, [H] = DPLA Hub represented

FRIDAY, January 20, 2017

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Consortial Ebooks Interest Group Meeting (ASCLA) [S]
Georgia World Congress Center, B216

A meeting to discuss issues and challenges for shared ebook collections by statewide, network and consortial groups

DPLA Staff participating: Michelle Bickert, Ebook Program Manager

SATURDAY, January 21, 2017

1:00pm – 2:30pm: New Initiatives and Milestones at the Digital Public Library of America [S]

Georgia World Congress Center, B407

DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen and Director for Content Emily Gore will highlight some of the recent new initiatives and milestones at the Digital Public Library of America, including the launch and progress of, an international standard for rights statements for libraries; the growth of DPLA’s network in states across the country; DPLA’s work in ebooks and education, including exhibitions and primary source sets; and the growth of DPLA’s staff. There will also be ample time for questions and interactions with DPLA staff on hand.

DPLA Staff presenting: Dan Cohen, Executive Director and Emily Gore, Director for Content

SUNDAY, January 22, 2017

10:30am – 11:30am: Bridging the Digital Divide with Open Ebooks [S]

Georgia World Congress Center, A403

Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for kids from in-need communities, without holds or late fees. Since First Lady Michelle Obama announced its launch in February 2016, Open eBooks has received overwhelming feedback from teachers, librarians and students praising the initiative. Attendees will learn more about how the program is being utilized in school classrooms and libraries, how public libraries can help, and best practices for implementation. Attendees will also have a chance to demo the app.

DPLA Staff presenting: Michelle Bickert, Ebook Program Manager

10:30am – 11:30am: Collaborating on Libraries Digital Futures: A Conversation with New York Public Library’s Anthony W. Marx [H]

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, A411/A412b

Access to knowledge has never been faster or more ubiquitous, making the role of public and research libraries ever more essential. Dr. Anthony Marx will discuss the collaborative vision for all libraries in this digital age and a path forward to ensure that the reading public — students, life-long learners, researchers and scholars — truly benefit from online access to information.

1:30 – 2:30 – Collude! Resist! Collaborate! ebook strategies for the modern revolutionary [A]

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, A411/A412b

Do you want to be a revolutionary? Join our digital posse in our prime directive to experiment and innovate with how libraries acquire, access and deliver econtent to the masses.

We work with forward thinking publishers, geeky and entrepreneurial ebook vendors, fabulous grant funders and out of this world authors to co-create models that deliver ebooks and other content in ways that position libraries as the go-to source for econtent by leveraging library expertise about the community to connect the public to their next great read. Our goal is to rock the reading ecosystem.Our outcomes so far: an ereader app for seamless access across multiple ebook platforms, statewide ebook programs that include simultaneous use to eliminate friction and attract new audiences to libraries, developing a national voice for libraries in the econtent marketplace and co-conspiring to build a better ebook experience. We need you.  Join us.

4:30 – 5:30: Digital Literacy Training Resources Update [A]

Georgia World Congress Center, B405

Community members who lacking basic computer or Internet skills can’t find and apply for jobs online, learn more about health conditions, connect to their grandchildren via Facebook, or look up new recipes. Your public library helps them develop technology skills – whether it’s standing over a computer user’s shoulder to answer a question, or teaching a scheduled class. At this session, representatives from the Public Library Association, Anneal and leading public libraries will discuss some of the main technology training resources available to support your library’s efforts, including, Microsoft Digital Literacy, JobScout, and Interested in basic computer literacy classes in Spanish? Need resources for entry-level learners? Interested in getting help to develop your own courses? Join this session to learn from experts and share your ideas and experiences with other public library staff. You will also learn how PLA’s can be personalized for your library to help reduce one-on-one time with learners; provide access to a range of quality training and the ability for libraries to create their own; report out data on who and what you are teaching; and allow community members to benefit from your library’s digital literacy training they are in the branch or at home.

DPLA Board Member presenting: Jamie Hollier, Co-CEO, Anneal/Commerce Kitchen