DPLA at ALA Midwinter 2014, January 23-29 in Philadelphia

By Kenny Whitebloom, January 21, 2014.
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The American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Midwinter conference is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are marked [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked with [A], for ‘affiliate’.

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[S][A]  OITP Advisory Committee Strategy and Planning Meeting I
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 116 / View official ALA Midwinter listing
The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) advocates for public policies that support and encourage efforts by libraries to ensure free and open access to electronic information resources. DPLA Assistant Director for Content Amy Rudersdorf and DPLA Service Hub representative Jason Kucsma (New York) serve as members of the OITP Advisory Committee. Please note that this is a closed meeting.

[S] NDSA Philly Regional Meeting and Unconference
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM / Library Company of Philadelphia / View event listing (not officially a part of ALA Midwinter)
The Library Company of Philadelphia will be hosting Philadelphia’s first National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Meeting, to be held on January 23rd and 24th in 2014.  Speakers will include DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore, along with a talk about the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship (identifies and communicates the challenges, opportunities, and priorities for digital preservation activities in the United States) and other lightning talks themed on standards for digital preservation. Registration is required.


[S] LibHack 2014
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM / University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library Special Collections Center / View official LibHack website
Interested in building with the DPLA API? Then come to LibHack! LibHack is a library hackathon that will work with the DPLA and OCLC APIs to provide opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and advanced programmers to create something and improve their coding chops. All are welcome to attend: librarians and non-librarians, programmers and non-programmers, designers, metadata people, and project managers, to name a few. While LibHack coincides with ALA Midwinter, the doors are open to anyone who’s interested in participating. Registration for LibHack is required; more information is available here or on event co-organizer Zach Coble’s guest blogpost.


[S][A] OITP – DCWG Program: ALA and digital content; DCWG directions and the author-library relationship
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 C / View official ALA Midwinter listing
Come learn (and ask questions)about what ALA is doing to improve access to ebooks and other digital content. A panel, which includes DPLA Content Strategy Committee member Peter Brantley, will focus on authors in the digital age and their concerns. How can libraries best bring together authors and readers in the digital age?

[A] SxSWi LAM Crew Meeting
3:30 PM- 5:00 PM / Pennsylvania Convention Center/ View official ALA Midwinter listing
Stop by the ALA Midwinter Networking Uncommons space on Saturday between 3:30 – 5:00 PM to find out more about why librarians will be invading the SXSW Interactive Conference this year and how you can get involved! The SxSWi LAM Crew, which includes DPLA Content Strategy Committee Co-chair Rachel Frick, invite all interested participants to attend. Why LAM (Libraries, Archives and Museums) at SXSW you might ask? To shift the perceptions of libraries from a warehouse of books to dynamic places that celebrate ideas, we need to share library innovations far and wide with diverse audiences in unique formats. SXSW Interactive is a major annual gathering of thought-leaders and funders – “fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.” Swing by to join the conversation if the SxSWi LAM crew’s goals interest you.


[S][A] Metadata Interest Group Meeting: “Harvesting and Normalization at the Digital Public Library of America: Lessons from a Diverse Aggregation”
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 102 A / View official ALA Midwinter listing
Hosted by the Metadata Interest Group of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, this two-part program will discuss strategies and workflows for and challenges associated with large-scale metadata aggregation. The second-half of the program will feature members of the DPLA community, including Kristy Berry Dixon (Digital Library of Georgia), Sandra McIntyre (Mountain West Digital Library), and Amy Rudersdorf (DPLA Assistant Director for Content). The talk will introduce and outline the challenges of aggregating disparate metadata flavors from the perspective of both DPLA staff and representative hubs. Panelists will review next steps and emerging frontiers as well, including improvements to normalization at the hub level and wider adoption of controlled vocabularies and formats for geospatial metadata and usage rights statements. Finally, they will share plans for implementing Linked Data throughout the aggregated national network and discuss how that will expand opportunities for DPLA and its partners.

[A] Libraries Transforming Communities: An Initiative Update
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 C / View official ALA Midwinter listing
The “Libraries Transforming Communities” initiative was announced at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting and over 300 library leaders have participated in training and utilized community engagement tools to support their efforts. In this session, ALA Immediate Past President and DPLA Marketing and Outreach Committee member Maureen Sullivan and Harwood Institute President Richard Harwood will share the latest examples of impact from librarians trained during phase one who are successfully applying the Harwood practice in libraries and within the ALA community. They will also provide details and answer questions about exciting new opportunities for librarians to increase the effectiveness of their library-led community engagement and innovation.

[A] IMLS Update
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 B / View official ALA Midwinter listing
Join IMLS Director Susan Hildreth (DPLA Marketing and Outreach Committee) and Maura Marx (former Director of the DPLA planning phase Secretariat) of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services for a brief update on IMLS programs and partnerships. Staff from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will discuss its collaboration with the IMLS. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for small group discussion with individual IMLS staff about current or potential programs.

[S] LITA Top Technology Trends
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 C / View official ALA Midwinter listing
“Top Technology Trends” is LITA’s (Library and Information Technology Association) premier program on changes and advances in technology. The ALA Midwinter format consists of an informal roundtable discussion amongst library technology experts and thought leaders, including DPLA’s Director for Content Emily Gore.

[A] We Got Your Back: Community Answers to the Digital Divide
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 A / View official ALA Midwinter listing
Is it a normal occurrence that you are working the desk alone and someone comes in needing to learn about email right away? Do you find yourself about to teach a class on the newest tech, but you know nothing about it? If these sound familiar, we have a session and a resource for you! DigitalLearn.org is the new online hub for digital literacy including a collection of self-directed trainings for end-users to increase their digital literacy and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share tools, best practices, and more. Join DPLA Board of Directors member Jamie Hollier to learn about this resource and give feedback on the site to help us shape its future.

[S] Digital Public Library of America “News You Can Use” Update and Meet-and-Greet
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 A / View official ALA Midwinter listing
Led by DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen, this session will provide an update on the DPLA, including growth in its collections and partnerships, and new initiatives and features. It will also include a discussion of ways for institutions and individuals to get involved in the DPLA. Following the presentation, DPLA staff will host a meet-and-greet where they will take questions from the audience and offer opportunities for one-on-one conversations.


[S][A]  OITP Advisory Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM / Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 126 B / View official ALA Midwinter listing
The office for information technology policy (OITP) advocates for public policies that support and encourage efforts by libraries to ensure free and open access to electronic information resources. DPLA Assistant Director for Content Amy Rudersdorf and DPLA Service Hub representative Jason Kucsma (New York) serve as members of the OITP Advisory Committee. Please note that this is a closed meeting.

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