DPLAfest 2016: Post-Fest Wrap Up

By DPLA, April 28, 2016.
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First of all, THANK YOU to all of the attendees, presenters, sponsors, and host institutions that helped make the third annual DPLAfest a great success!  With so many great sessions, conversations, workshops (and sightseeing!) taking place at once, we wanted to be sure to share a one-stop recap of the highlights.  Whether you missed the fest, participated from afar, or are just hoping to revisit some of the great ideas shared during the conference, look no further!  This post is your guide to the news, notes, media, and other materials associated with the DPLAfest 2016.

Announcements & Milestones

  • A growing network: DPLA now has over 13 million items from 1,900 contributing institutions
  • Debut of RightsStatements.org, a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects
  • 100 Primary Source Sets now published for educators and students
  • Open eBooks launched this spring to a great reception with over 1.4 million access codes distributed to date
  • DPLA looks forward to partnering with the Library of Congress
  • And…we’re on Instagram!

For more details about each of these announcements and milestones, check out our DPLAfest press release and our announcement launching RightsStatements.org.

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DPLAfest 2016 Opening Session at the Library of Congress

Slides and notes

To find presentation slides and notes from DPLAfest 2016 sessions, visit the online agenda (click on each session to find attached slides and links to notes, where available).

Recorded Sessions

The DPLAfest Opening Plenary session is now available on the DPLAfest 2016 videos page.  We are currently processing recordings of additional sessions, which will be available in the coming months. Stay tuned for more video content.

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Instagram Selfie

The first official DPLA selfie. Follow us on Instagram @digpublib.

If you weren’t able to make it to the fest (or if you just want to re-live it), check out the fantastic online conversation on Twitter using hashtag  or read our selection of posts on Storify.

Special thanks to the many DPLAfest attendees who helped capture each session on social media!


We were excited to see great content contributed by fest participants on our newest social media platform – check out photos from our attendees.

We would like to give a special shout-out to Richard Naples (@drastician), the winner of the 2016 DPLAfest Instagram Challenge!


The Digital Public Library of America wishes to thank its generous DPLAfest Sponsors:

  • TextHelp
  • Digital Transitions, Division of Cultural Heritage
  • CLIR Digital Library Federation

DPLA also wishes to thank its gracious hosts:

  • Library of Congress
  • US National Archives and Records Administration
  • Smithsonian Institution


DPLAfest 2016


Already excited for next year? We are too! Apply to host DPLAfest 2017

DPLAfest host organizations are essential contributors to one of the most prominent gatherings in the country involving librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and many others who work together to further the mission of providing maximal access to our shared cultural heritage.

  • For colleges and universities, DPLAfest is the perfect opportunity to directly engage your students, educators, archivists, librarians and other information professionals in the work of a diverse national community of information and technology leaders.
  • For public libraries, hosting DPLAfest brings the excitement and enthusiasm of our community right to your hometown, enriching your patrons’ understanding of library services through free and open workshops, conversations, and more.
  • For museums, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions, DPLAfest is a great way to promote your collections and spotlight innovative work taking place at your organization.

It’s also a chance to promote your institution nationally and internationally, given the widespread media coverage of DPLAfest and the energy around the event.  Look for our formal call for proposals very soon!