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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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Friday, April 21 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cultural Heritage and Social Change: Libraries Measuring Social Impact

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This session will look at the active role that libraries are playing in strengthening communities through digital projects focused on cultural heritage and cultural equity. Not only are libraries increasingly agents of social change in local communities, but they are also using methods to measure social impact in a variety of ways. We'll hear from projects taking place in 1000 public libraries across Colombia through the National Library of Colombia, in Native American libraries across New Mexico, and how several librarians started the Libraries 4 Black Lives project. Additionally, we'll hear how the Public Library Association's Project Outcome is providing free measurement tools to public libraries across North America, and how DPLA is working with Historypin to pilot measurable public library programs in rural US communities.

Speakers
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Jessica Bratt

Youth Services Librarian, Grand Rapids Public Library
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Jennifer Himmelreich

Native American Fellowship Program Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum
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Diego Merizalde

Project Director, National Library of Colombia
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Emily Plagman

Project Manager, Project Outcome, Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association
Emily Plagman is the Project Manager for PLA’s performance measurement initiative, Project Outcome, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing its development and implementation. Prior to joining PLA, Emily worked as a project manager, at the Chicago Metropolitan... Read More →
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Jon Voss

Strategic Partnerships Director, Historypin
Based in New Orleans, I'm the Strategic Partnerships Director at Historypin.org, a global non-profit project that is creating innovative ways to help people build community around local history through intergenerational and intercultural community memory. Let me know if you're... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level

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