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 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Digital Newspapers: DPLA Planning and Hub Activities

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This session will provide an update on the DPLA Knight Foundation Planning Grant to learn more about the state of newspaper projects in the United States. We will also hear from states who have large newspaper digitization projects about some of their successes and challenges.

North Carolina

With over 400,000 pages and growing, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s newspaper collection is the largest of its kind in the state. Despite this work, the Center could be buried under an onslaught of requests for more; in a recent survey, community newspapers are the second highest digitization priority for cultural heritage institutions in North Carolina. This presentation will discuss how the Center manages its distributed selection model, a recent content management system migration, and the ongoing challenges in meeting demand.


The University of Georgia, home of the Digital Library of Georgia, has a long history of preserving and providing access to the state's newspaper heritage. Since 1953, the Georgia Newspaper Project has microfilmed more than 2500 titles, and it continues to film over 200 current newspapers on an ongoing basis. In 2007, the DLG debuted its first archive of digitized newspapers, and it now provides full-text access to over 700,000 newspaper pages. This presentation will discuss the demand for newspapers among our users, our selection criteria, our in-house digitization process, and future plans for expanding the collection.

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Emily Gore

Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused o... Read More →
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Lisa Gregory

Program Coordinator, NC Digital Heritage Center
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Sheila McAlister

Director, Digital Library of Georgia
Sheila McAlister is the director of the Digital Library of Georgia, an initiative of GALILEO and the University System of Georgia. She has worked at the Digital Library of Georgia for the past 20 years, including positions as associate director, assistant director and project manager... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
National Archives and Records Administration: Washington Room Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC