DPLA seeks librarians to join Curation Corps

By DPLA, January 5, 2023.
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Open call to join national effort to expand digital access

Our mission at DPLA is to maximize access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. One of the ways we do this is through our ebooks program, which is an important and growing area of our work. Our ebooks work includes our management of Palace Marketplace, the only non-profit digital content marketplace for libraries; Palace Bookshelf, our ever-expanding collection of more than 15,000 open-access ebooks; and DPLA Publications, our collection of free, easy-to-read ebook versions of public documents. 

The DPLA Curation Corps is a team of librarians, library students, and information professionals that plays an essential role in our ebook work. Our Curation Corps members contribute to DPLA in a growing variety of ways. They:

  • Identify, evaluate, and curate content for Palace Bookshelf
  • Seek out titles and collections to diversify the Palace Bookshelf offering
  • Contribute to the creation of DPLA open-access publications
  • Curate patron-facing recommendations, lists, and blog posts to help market Palace Bookshelf to libraries and directly to the public
  • Create curated selections from the more than 1 million titles available to libraries through the non-profit Palace Marketplace
  • Develop recommendations for indie self-published titles in Palace Marketplace

We’re looking for librarians who are passionate about our mission and have experience with open access content; collection development; DEI collection development policies and best practices; representative collection development; cataloging, and/or records management; design and graphics creation; archival research; government documents; and/or library marketing. DPLA particularly seeks candidates with inclusive collection development experience and bi- or multi-lingual candidates.

Curation Corps members generally contribute 15-25 hours per quarter on a flexible schedule and receive an honorarium that ranges between $3,400 and $13,300 annually, depending on level of involvement. 

If you’re interested in joining the Curation Corps, please fill out this form by February 18, 2023. To learn more, please join us on February 9 at 3p ET for an open house discussion with current Curation Corps members. 

DPLA’s ebook work is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.