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Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 (April 14-15) will bring together hundreds from DPLA’s large and growing community 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.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To view photographs, recordings, and social media from DPLAfest 2016, visit https://dp.la/info/get-involved/dplafest/april-2016/media/.
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Thursday, April 14 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Reaching Educators, OR If You Build It, Will They Come?

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Whether your digital project is still in the works or has been around for years, keeping and growing a target audience for your resources is a constant challenge. There are fundamental, nonintrusive steps you can take, however, that will not only help you gain a greater knowledge of your stakeholders but also assist you in shaping your content to reflect their needs.

Join the staff of EDSITEment, the National Endowment for the Humanities website for K-12 educators, and Franky Abbott, DPLA’s Curation and Education Strategist, in a conversation about how to create relevant content—and grow your base—with the aid of simple analytical tools and an unsparing eye for your project’s strengths and weaknesses. Examples of actual projects and a model challenge for the audience will illustrate various approaches to content and audience building.

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Franky Abbott

Franky Abbott works as the Curation and Education Strategist for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she leads DPLA education initiatives with teachers, and students in K-12 and higher education, organizes the Community Reps program, runs the Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project, and collaborates on digital exhibition curation. Franky came to DPLA on an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellowship in... Read More →

Shelley NiTuama

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Carol Peters

Director, EDSITEment, NEH/EDSITEment
I direct NEH's EDSITEment, an award-winning website for K-12 teachers, students, librarians--and all those interested in the humanities. For over 18 years, EDSITEment has gained the trust of its stakeholders by being one of the few education sites that only features content reviewed by teachers and subject experts. We are proud to offer hundreds of free resources to educators and are always interested in making improvements on this special... Read More →

Joseph Phelan


Thursday April 14, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Library of Congress (Jefferson Building): Whittall Pavilion 10 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20540

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