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 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
The GIF Element: Making, Finding, & Using GIFs to Great Effect

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In this workshop, we'll be exploring the GIF in its natural habitat: the internet. But first, some background: What are GIFs? How did they develop? How do you say “GIF”? In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use GIFs, when they’re most successful, the challenges associated with using them, and how to make, find, and use them yourself. We’ll talk about the ins and outs of some content sources, including resources in the DPLA, and review a few apps and programs you can use to make and share them yourself. And then, with some audience input, we’ll be demonstrating how to make a GIF using open source images to tell a joke, punctuate a thought, or convey an emotion. A picture is worth a thousand words? Well, a GIF is worth a million.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the best technology to use to create GIFs and the social circumstances in which they’re most effective. They’ll be empowered to experiment with GIFs on their own, whether that means using a tool like NYPL’s Stereogranimator or going all out with Photoshop. And they’ll receive a worksheet summarizing some key takeaways and resources to use in their adventures.

Proposed Schedule:

10 minutes - What are GIFs?

15 minutes - How do GIFs work on social media?

10 minutes - Where can you find content for GIFs?

35 minutes - Let’s make a GIF! With audience input!

10 minutes - Let’s brainstorm some other GIFs!

15 minutes - Audience Q&A

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Shaelyn Amaio

Exhibit & Interpretive Planner, Connecticut Landmarks
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Darren Cole

Digital Engagement Specialist, National Archives
I'm a Digital Engagement Specialist with the Office of Innovation at the National Archives. I work on a variety of web and social media projects, including Today's Document (todaysdocument.tumblr.com), Archives.gov, and our new crowdsourced history platform, HistoryHub.history.gov... Read More →
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Richard Naples

Technical Information Speciaist, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
My interests are in bibliometrics, data analysis, and data visualization. My main focus is on research information management, so I am particularly excited about things like open citations, Scholia, and the whole world of infrastructure around research.
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Derek Tulowitzky

Web, Social Media, and Outreach Manager, Muncie Public Library

Thursday April 14, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Library of Congress (Jefferson Building): LJ 113 10 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20540