DPLA at ALA Midwinter 2016

Posted by DPLA in December 21, 2015.

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The American Library Association’s (ALA) midwinter conference starts in a few weeks, so we’ve compiled a short schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are marked [S], while sessions involving Board or Hub members are marked with [A], for ‘affiliate’.



[S] New Developments at the Digital Public Library of America
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM / Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253 A

This session will begin with an overview by DPLA’s Executive Director Dan Cohen of these major new developments, including the formulation and dissemination of standardized rights statements, being done in partnership with Europeana and Creative Commons, as well as others internationally; the Open Ebooks Initiative, which aims to provide free access to contemporary ebooks for youth in low-income areas, a partnership with the New York Public Library and First Book, with guidance from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the leading inspiration of the White House and ConnectED; and Hydra-in-a-box, which is producing a next-generation digital repository that DPLA’s hubs and others can use, being developed along with DuraSpace and the Stanford University Libraries. Cohen will also give an update on the growth of DPLA’s national network, including expansion to new states. Following this brief presentation, there will be ample time for questions from the audience, and following that, more informal time for attendees to mingle with DPLA staff and other members of the DPLA community who are attending ALA Midwinter.



[S][A] Using Digital Libraries to Discover Primary Sources for Teaching and Learning (part of the Massachusetts School Library Association’s Digital Learning Day @ WGBH)
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM [Repeated at 11:00] / WGBH Production Services, 1 Guest Street, Boston, MA

This presentation will demonstrate how teachers and students can use two free digital libraries to discover primary source research materials: Digital Commonwealth, a Massachusetts collaboration of libraries, archives, and museums, and Digital Public Library of America, its national partner and counterpart. These projects offer students rich local, state, and national history and culture resources vetted by cultural heritage professionals. DPLA participant: Franky Abbott, Project Manager.

About this external event: The Massachusetts School Library Association is partnering with WGBH and PBS LearningMedia to bring you an exciting day of learning about the rich, online curricular and instructional content provided by WGBH and other local digital content providers, a keynote from the producer of WGBH’s American Experience, tours of the WGBH Studios, a Digital Playground, and more! To learn more, visit the MSLA’s page for this event.

[S] Consortial Ebooks Interest Group Meeting
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM / Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 152

Consortial eBooks Interest Group Meeting will discuss trends and relevant topics that pertain to Consortial eBooks. ASCLA believes that consortia represents a large segment of libraries and that by acting as consortia, ASCLA can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. ASCLA welcomes any type of library or library agency as well as consortias. DPLA participant: Rachel Frick, Business Development Director.


[S] Codex Hackathon (external event)
January 8 – 10 / MIT Media Lab

DPLA is participating in a literary/publishing/library/books hackathon at the MIT Media Lab on January 8-10, 2016. CODEX is a community of folks who want to imagine the future of books and reading. Programmers, designers, writers, librarians, publishers, readers: all are welcome. DPLA staffers will be giving an introduction to the DPLA API. DPLA participants: Audrey Altman, Technical Specialist; Gretchen Gueguen, Data Services Coordinator.


[S] Rightsstatements.org: An International Framework for Standardized Rights Statements for Cultural Heritage (part of the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group meeting)
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM / Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 107AB

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Boston for the Midwinter Meeting for the following program at in the Boston Convention Center, room 107AB, on Sunday, January 10th. There will be a business meeting at 8:30, followed by a number of exciting programs at 9:00, including one from DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore about Rightsstatements.org.

About this presentation: An international committee with representatives from the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana and Creative Commons have developed a set of standardized rights statements for digital cultural heritage materials to be available as URIs along with additional technical requirements for implementation.  The work of the committee, the recommended statements and the upcoming launch of rightsstatements.org will be discussed.  It is anticipated that a first-look preview of the rightsstatements.org site will be demonstrated for the audience.  Rightsstatements.org is expected to launch in early 2016.