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 - 10:15am
Digitization in Three Strokes: Digital Commonwealth, Minnesota Digital Library, and The Portal to Texas History

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Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas…Academic and Public…Cowboys, Patriots and Vikings…

Three very different states - all with strong DPLA service hubs. How are they succeeding in their respective environments and what can other prospective service hubs learn from their experiences? This presentation will describe three models, their methods, and lessons learned over the years of conducting digitization programs.

The University of North Texas Libraries (UNT Libraries) has for almost a decade directed a program called Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant Program (RTH) with the goal of helping local and state-level cultural heritage institutions and private owners digitize their holdings. RTH has allowed UNT Libraries to develop  mutually-beneficial relationships with regional organizations, preserve and provide access to at-risk historical items, and develop a sustainable model for large-scale digitization initiatives.

The Boston Public Library offers statewide digitization services in partnership with Digital Commonwealth. These services were initially funded through LSTA grants but have since been moved onto more stable state funding. As one of the initial service hubs, Digital Commonwealth has built its service plan on a very high-touch, personable, and customizable model for digital project design, imaging, and metadata production. With over 250 partners from 160 municipalities, Digital Commonwealth has developed a strong relationship with the cultural heritage community in Massachusetts which has resulted in a sustainable level of support and positive momentum for future growth.

Founded in 2004 as a collaboration between a number of historical, educational and cultural organizations in the state, the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) was also one of DPLA’s initial service hubs. Its premier project, Minnesota Reflections, has grown from modest beginnings to encompass over 220,000 digitized items from more than 170 contributors. Now operationally based at the University of Minnesota, MDL is increasing its footprint through new projects while continuing to robustly support its established ones, providing strong digital preservation resources alongside its long-term commitment to help organizations of all sizes around the state increase their digital literacy and make their resources better known.


Tom Blake

Digital Projects Manager, Boston Public Library
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Molly Huber

Minnesota Digital Library Outreach Coordinator, Minitex
Molly Huber joined the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) in 2014, having previously worked at the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She holds a B.A from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A from the University of South Carolina. As MDL's Outreach... Read More →

Jake Mangum

Project Development Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries
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Marcia McIntosh

Digital Production Librarian, University of North Texas
University of North Texas

Friday April 15, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am EDT
Smithsonian (S. Dillon Ripley Center): Room 3037A 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC