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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Friday, April 15 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Digital Collections Showcase #2

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Learn about interesting digital collections and projects in this session featuring a handful of 15-minute presentations. Presentations include: 

Documenting Music Subcultures through Oral History

Oral history is a powerful tool for collecting and providing access to the stories of individuals and groups not traditionally included in the historical record. In this panel, Simmons MLIS graduate students will present on the process and considerations behind three unique oral history projects documenting music subculture groups: Open Signal, a Providence, RI artists collective concerned with the state of gender and race in experimental, electronic-based sound and art practices; the Phunky Bitches, a women's service and outreach organization for fans of the band Phish; and, the Otis Mountain Get Down, an annual music festival in the Adirondacks that encourages new and meaningful interactions with art, music, outdoors, and the local community. Presenters will share portions of their projects, and discuss various aspects of the oral history process, including technical components such as digital recording, editing, and archiving, and broader ethical and social considerations like privacy concerns, cultural sensitivity, and copyright.

If a PDF Falls in the Forest Will Anyone See It? Building a Library Ecosystem for Digital Materials

Libraries are spending enormous amounts of money, effort, and staff time to convert their holdings into publicly accessible digital assets. Often the value of these discrete digitized objects can be difficult to appreciate, however, without some supporting intellectual context and infrastructure, especially for a public audience. Context can be a crucial factor for many government documents since they are often perceived as arcane and dull artifacts of the past. The National Agricultural Library has over 30 thousand digitized documents that can be accessed by the public. But making digital materials accessible is not the same as making them meaningful. The library is working to make our digital holdings meaningful and engaging by creating an ecosystem where they can be understood and appreciated. This system aims to bring materials to life by showcasing them in contexts that are both visual and experiential. The three main components of our ecosystem are the general collection, digital exhibits, and a digital magazine. This presentation will demonstrate the vision for this system and these components and how they can work together to engage users.

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Leanne Galletly

Simmons College
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Emily Marsh

Librarian, National Agricultural Library, USDA

Bryce Roe

Simmons College
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Lily Troia

Solutions Account Manager, Ex Libris, part of Clarivate
- Academic librarian and research services expert with a background in digital solutions, multi-level research enterprise strategy development, scholarly communication, open access, and data preservation/digital archiving-Diverse experience in project and business management, digital... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
National Archives and Records Administration: McGowan Theater Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC