Press: “Exquisite Informational Immersion: Fusing the Visions of Readers’ Advisory and Technologist Librarians | PLA 2012”

Posted by DPLA in March 19, 2012.

“In the absence of what Palfrey termed ‘mothers or fathers’ and in an attempt to define ‘what the It [of the DPLA] should be,’ he talked about its basic components: code (‘open source, free for all’), metadata, content, and tools and services. To that end, Palfrey envisioned a grassroots movement to scan local historical and, I would assume, public domain content by roves of supporters driving Winnebagos around the country. Anyone who wants to fill in metadata gaps from those digitizations would congregate in Lollapalooza-style meetings, he said.

“Michael Colford, director of library services at the Boston Public Library, added a touch of much-needed concrete strategy to the presentation, pointing to a grant his institution got to use zip cars as ‘mobile digitization labs.’ How smaller libraries with no trained tech staffs or the benefit of government assistance will conduct scanning—a fair point raised by an audience member—was not tackled, other than Hildreth’s mention of volunteer trainers.”

From Heather McCormack’s post on Library JournalExquisite Informational Immersion: Fusing the Visions of Readers’ Advisory and Technologist Librarians | PLA 2012