DPLAfest 2016 has ended
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 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Pond to Lake to Ocean: Partnerships for Moving Cultural Heritage Materials into the DPLA

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In 2015, the Knight Foundation funded the Culture in Transit project, a collaboration between the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and Queens Public Library (QL) to bring mobile scanning equipment to smaller libraries, archives, museums, and the communities they serve. The project offers community members and smaller cultural institutions an opportunity to obtain digital copies of their materials using state-of-the-art equipment. Through community scanning events at branch libraries, Culture in Transit empowers NYC residents to take an active role in chronicling their local cultural heritage. Digitized materials are in turn added to the Queens and Brooklyn’s collections and made available via their online catalogs. At the same time, through METRO’s work with small cultural heritage institutions, hidden institutional collections are digitized and shared with the public through METRO’s online portal. All materials contributed as part of this project are being harvested by the Empire State Digital Network and will be included in the Digital Public Library of America. Our outreach-centered digitization model aims to democratize and diversify NYC’s historical record.

Project lead, Anne Karle-Zenith (METRO) and Queens Library lead, Natalie Milbrodt, will share some of the strategic and logistical thinking that has gone into the Culture in Transit program so far, and discuss the nature of the collaboration across its three partner institutions. They will share lessons learned by the Libraries about the real needs of private individuals in making the leap from a snapshot in a photo album to a record in the DPLA, as well as METRO’s efforts in identifying institutions that have appropriate collections who are also ready to work within the parameters of our on-site digitization model. This talk will be helpful for those interested in outreach and wondering how to establish partnerships between larger institutions capable of sharing digitization and metadata creation resources and smaller organizations in need of that help.


Anne Karle-Zenith

Associate Director of Business Development, Metropolitan New York Library Council
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Natalie Milbrodt

Coordinator, Metadata Services and Director, Queens Memory Project, Queens Public Library
Natalie Milbrodt leads Queens Public Library's Metadata Services division, responsible for cataloging and digitizing the library's collections. She founded the Queens Memory Project, the library's community archiving and oral history program.

Thursday April 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Library of Congress (Jefferson Building): LJ 113 10 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20540