Open Call for DPLA Board Nominations

By DPLA, May 4, 2021.
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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Board of Directors Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of people to serve three-year terms as DPLA directors. This is an opportunity for professionals in the fields of libraries, education, museums, technology, publishing, law, philanthropy, media, activism, and the arts to help guide the organization as we work toward our mission of maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. (You can learn more about our mission and our strategy here.) 

The DPLA Board is tasked with establishing and being accountable for the mission and vision of the organization, and with establishing policies and procedures related to its governance—details on its full responsibilities are described here. In addition, Board members agree to adhere to a conflict of interest policy. You can learn more about the Board, including current and past members, and find meeting minutes and organizational by-laws here

The Nominating Committee (Katherine Maher, Elaine Westbrooks, and Board Chair Denise Stephens) seeks candidates who would bring to the Board a variety of experiences, skills, expertise, and identities, including but not limited to race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, age, and disability diversity. The Nominating Committee will assess the skill sets and backgrounds of current members in an attempt to identify viewpoints, and perspectives missing from our work and then assess nominated candidates with those gaps in mind, as well how their experience, professional identity, expertise, and personal background will help further our mission.

You can submit nomination(s) (including your own!) to the Committee by May 31, 2021, at 5 pm ET via this form. The Nominating Committee will review nominations using the criteria described above and identify a set of candidates. After an interview process, the Committee will recommend nominees to the full board. Board members’ terms begin upon election; we expect new members to be onboard in time for our annual meeting in October. 

You can email the Committee with questions here.