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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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Working Session [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

10:45am

DPLA Website Focus Group
Attend this focus group session and give your input and feedback on DPLA's new website design to design firm PostLight. 
Limit to first 25 people. 


Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
3rd Floor Meeting Room 3rd Floor

1:00pm

Analytics focus group: Hubs and potential hubs
This focus group for DPLA Hubs will discuss current practices and future possibilities for metadata quality analysis and usage analytics, with a particular focus on the needs of aggregators. Your feedback will help the DPLA understand community needs and develop better services. 

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Altman

Audrey Altman

Developer, DPLA
avatar for Kelcy Shepherd

Kelcy Shepherd

DPLA Network Manager, Digital Public Library of America
Network Manager at the Digital Public Library of America, working to grow and build community with DPLA's network of Hubs; over 15 years of experience in digital libraries and archives; active in SAA as a committee member and instructor.


Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 3:15pm
3rd Floor Meeting Room 3rd Floor

1:00pm

Maximizing Open Access to Ebooks
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.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bickert

Michelle Bickert

Ebook Program Manager, DPLA
avatar for Valerie Horton

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 A... Read More →



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

3:30pm

DPLA Website Focus Group
Attend this focus group session and give your input and feedback on DPLA's new website design to design firm PostLight. 
Limit to first 25 people. 


Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
8th Floor Meeting Room 8th Floor

3:30pm

Building the Library E-content Access Project (LEAP)
Libraries nationwide are exploring options for acquiring and delivering digital content that leverage the power of libraries, deliver good user experiences, and are consistent with library values. It’s clear that libraries need to take a leading role in developing access to digital content at every step in the life cycle, from creation to acquisition to delivery and display. The IMLS-funded Library E-content Access Project (LEAP) is a national multi-library project working to solve these problems. This session will continue ongoing conversations around this work with grant partners and stakeholders, with focus on solidifying our group's mission and values. 

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bickert

Michelle Bickert

Ebook Program Manager, DPLA
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James English

New York Public Library
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Luke Swarthout

Director of Adult Education Services, New York Public Library


Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:45pm
3rd Floor Meeting Room 3rd Floor

3:30pm

Hack 'n' Chat
This un-conference session will facilitate conversation and collaboration among developers working with cultural heritage data. At the beginning of the session, developers will be invited to briefly talk about a project they are working on, including one thing they find promising and one thing they find challenging about the project. We will identify common promises/challenges and form breakout groups to discuss them in more detail. Conversation and hacking are both encouraged. At the end of the session, we will reconvene to share the fruits of our conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Altman

Audrey Altman

Developer, DPLA
avatar for Michael Della Bitta

Michael Della Bitta

Director of Technology, DPLA
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Mark Breedlove

Senior Developer, Digital Public Library of America
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Scott Williams

Developer, DPLA
Developer, DPLA


Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:45pm
Reception Room Lower Level
 
Friday, April 21
 

9:00am

Ebooks Discussion
Hear what DPLA is exploring around innovative methods to advance the library ebook ecosystem. Public libraries and consortia encouraged to attend.

Speakers

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
3rd Floor Meeting Room 3rd Floor

10:15am

Lost in Aggregation: Towards Inclusive Metadata and Descriptive Practices in Digital Collections
In an effort to address how descriptive practices fail to capture diverse identities, thus obscuring the impact and meaning of cultural difference, the GLAM community is increasingly attempting to address the need for inclusive and culturally sensitive language and metadata. With a growing focus on social justice issues and in archives and accessibility, discussions have recently intensified around how we can better apply descriptive terms to surface relevant material in the age of “more product less process,” and how to involve actively the communities whose collections are being housed by outside institutions. In the increasingly highly distributed environments of digital collections, the ubiquitous challenges around description, discovery, and access are amplified: In large scale aggregations like DPLA and Umbra Search African American History, materials that are inadequately described can be totally lost within a much larger corpus, as discrete records are unconstrained by and unmoored from their home digital repositories, often shedding critical intellectual context in the process.

This working session brings together thought leaders, diverse practitioners (including both coders and librarians) and the user community together to advance our work, collectively, towards identifying principles that might form the basis of a framework to underlie more inclusive description and discovery mechanisms.

Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry

Umbra Search Digitization and Metadata Lead, University of Minnesota Libraries



Friday April 21, 2017 10:15am - 12:30pm
Reception Room Lower Level

1:45pm

DPLA Website Focus Group
Attend this focus group session and give your input and feedback on DPLA's new website design to design firm PostLight. 
Limit to first 25 people. 


Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
3rd Floor Meeting Room 3rd Floor