Save the date! DPLAfest 2016 to take place in Washington, DC on April 14-15

By DPLA, September 9, 2015.
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Mark your calendars! We’re thrilled to announce that DPLAfest 2016—the third annual celebration of DPLA and its broad community—will take place on April 14-15, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hosts for DPLAfest 2016 include some of our nation’s most esteemed and important cultural institutions: The National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.

“To have these three remarkable American institutions join forces to host DPLAfest is a dream come true,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA’s Executive Director. “We cannot wait to join them, along with so many others, to celebrate how together our country’s libraries, archives, and museums are making vast resources available to all.”

Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 will bring together hundreds of people from DPLA’s large and growing community over two days for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. DPLAfest 2016 will appeal to anyone interested in libraries, technology, eBooks, education, creative reuse of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.

“We are pleased to welcome DPLA back to the National Archives,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “We are proud to be a leading DPLA content provider and to co-host this exciting event with our colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.”

“The Library of Congress is excited to join with the National Archives and the Smithsonian to host next spring’s DPLAfest. This promises to be an excellent event, and I am looking forward to it,” said David S. Mao, the Deputy Librarian of Congress.

“The Smithsonian is pleased to co-host the 2016 DPLAfest with the Library of Congress and the National Archives,” said David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.  “DPLA provides an essential platform for sharing our digital assets with the nation and the world.”

DPLAfest is an annual series of workshops, presentations, and discussions bringing together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals. The fest takes place in different locations each year and is open to the public. DPLAfest 2015 was co-hosted by the Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Society, and the IUPUI University Library. Those great institutions were proud to host well over 300 attendees from across the world for two-days of events.

Further information about DPLAfest 2016 — including ways to pitch workshop ideas, check out an early agenda, and learn more about the venues — will be made available in the coming months. Registration is tentatively scheduled to open in Winter 2015/16.

You can keep up to date about DPLAfest 2016 by subscribing to our news list, bookmarking the DPLAfest 2016 homepage, keeping tabs on our news and blog feed, or following us on Twitter and Facebook.

See you in Washington in April 2016!