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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Thursday, April 20 • 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Maximizing Open Access to Ebooks

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Since its inception, DPLA has worked to determine how ebooks fit into its larger mission of maximizing access to cultural heritage materials. We are particularly enthusiastic about the role that our large and expanding national network of hubs can play in creating an expansive, open collection of popular ebooks (both public domain and contemporary). This working session will bring hubs, contributing institutions, and other stakeholders and thought leaders together to share ideas, offer feedback and identify future paths for collaboration. What collections exist within hub networks but need improved discoverability? What open access ebook projects could DPLA bring awareness to? What do patrons expect and need of open access ebooks? Participants will help shape open access libraries, with possibilities for further conversation including a working group to explore options and draft recommendations.

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Michelle Bickert

Ebook Program Manager, DPLA
Michelle Bickert is the Ebook Program Manager at DPLA, investigating opportunities for DPLA to help build a healthier ebook ecosystem for libraries. She manages Open Bookshelf and Open eBooks, DPLA programs maximizing digital access to reading materials.
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Valerie Horton

Director, Minitex
Valerie Horton is the Director of Minitex, a three-state library network. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Colorado Library Consortium, Library Director for Colorado Mesa University, Head of Systems at NMSU, and a Systems Librarian at Brown University. She received an ALA... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
8th Floor Meeting Room 8th Floor