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
Hubs Showcase #2

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This session will feature a handful of short presentations about interesting projects and updates from members of the DPLA Hubs Network. Presentations include:

Don't fear the reaper: metadata harvesting, lessons learned, and looking ahead with Calisphere

Since 2014, the California Digital Library (CDL) has been piloting the use of a metadata harvesting infrastructure to aggregate unique collections from across the 10-campus University of California library system -- and libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state. These collections are now available through the newly redesigned Calisphere (http://calisphere.cdlib.org/) website in addition to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Our relatively new metadata harvesting infrastructure, which adapts DPLA's early code base, has made it easier for contributors to share collections. We're now able to aggregate a much larger range of resources than before: 400,000 objects are now available in Calisphere -- an immediate 70% increase in content from the previous site. However, there are challenges to scaling and streamlining our processes, from the point of staging collections for harvest, through to quality control checking results. This talk will highlight where we've been with metadata aggregation, and where we're planning to go. We'll discuss points of pain and lessons learned with the existing infrastructure. We'll report on an environmental scan we conducted to evaluate DPLA's Heiðrún stack, along with approaches developed by DigitalNZ and other large-scale aggregators. Last, we will discuss new requirements that we've developed, and directions that we are planning to take to improve on and ramp up our processes.

Creating shareable metadata in New York State and Beyond: The ESDN Metadata Working Group

Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), the New York state service hub for DPLA, is administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in partnership with eight other regional library councils collectively working as the Empire State Library Network. Together, these partners work to contribute digital resources from hundreds of New York institutions to DPLA. In order to improve discoverability of these resources in DPLA and other aggregated platforms, ESDN has convened a group of metadata professionals from throughout New York State. The aim of the group is to 1.) create documentation and best practices to help our partners create richer, more shareable metadata and 2.) host community events focusing on metadata cleanup and enrichment, and to document those events so that they can be easily replicated around New York State and the wider community. In this lightning talk, we will plan to provide an overview of group, our goals and objectives as well as the work we’ve completed so far and are planning for the rest of 2016.

Service Hub Strategies: Enabling collection building through consultation

The Recollection Wisconsin Service Hub is one of the newest hubs to join the DPLA network. One of our primary goals as a service hub is to grow the collections and diversity of contributing institutions from Wisconsin, and to do that on a relative shoestring. To that end, we have established a service approach that emphasizes training and consulting over digitization services. This lightning session will outline the consultation model in development by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, in partnership with Marquette University Library, and provide specific examples based on two pilot projects with a local historical society and medical college. We hope to expand the model to better position Wisconsin cultural heritage institutions, regardless of size or infrastructure, to make the riches of their collections accessible to a broad audience through DPLA.

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Ann Hanlon

Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ann Hanlon is Head of Digital Collections and Initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also co-founded and leads the Digital Humanities Lab at UWM. Ann has an MA in History from the University of Maryland and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois. She has worked... Read More →
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Barbara Hui

Software Developer/Technical Committee Chair, California Digital Library
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Emily Pfotenhauer

Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager, WiLS
As a Community Liaison/Service Specialist for WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services), Emily Pfotenhauer manages the Recollection Wisconsin digital collections consortium and other collaborative digital initiatives. She is a member of the DPLA Advisory Council.

Mark Redar

Software Developer, California Digital Library
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Chris Stanton

Metadata Specialist, Metropolitan New York Library Council
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Brian Tingle

Technical Lead for Digital Special Collections, California Digital Library
wandered into the library 20 years ago and never left

Thursday April 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Library of Congress (Madison Building): Pickford Theater 101 Independence Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20540