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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
Developing a Digitization Curriculum for New Partners: Combining Best Practices from Four Service Hubs

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Developing and maintaining suitable curriculum for all aspects of digitization is a challenge for all DPLA Service Hubs. Thanks to the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), a solid digitization curriculum is now available for all Hubs to use when training new partners. With guidance from Franky Abbott of the DPLA staff, program manager for the project, and funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, four DPLA Service Hubs recruited public librarians and supported them through full-day training, selection of materials, digitization, and metadata assignment for their first digital collection, along with creation of thematic regional and national exhibitions. Participating staff came from Digital Commonwealth (MA), Minnesota Digital Library, Digital Library of Georgia, and the Mountain West Digital Library participated, along with staff at the Montana Memory Project, a major regional repository in MWDL.

The curriculum modules, available at http://dp.la/info/about/projects/public-library-partnerships/, cover six phases of digitization:

--Planning for Digitization

--Selecting Content for a Digitization Project

--Understanding Copyright

--Using Metadata to Describe Digital Content

--Digital Reformatting and File Management

--Promoting Use of Your Digital Content

The presenters will discuss the iterative, feedback-based process of curriculum development. During the course of the project, the in-person curriculum was refined to address challenging concepts. For the creation of the self-guided online modules, different approaches and practices at the four Hubs were harmonized, and they worked together to create strong coverage of the entire digitization workflow. They will also discuss the lessons learned in working with more than 45 new public library partners and reflect on how the curriculum modules are being used for training a variety of types of cultural heritage professionals in the DPLA hubs network.

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Franky Abbott

Franky Abbott works as the Curation and Education Strategist for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she leads DPLA education initiatives with teachers, and students in K-12 and higher education, organizes the Community Reps program, runs the Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project, and collaborates on digital exhibition curation. Franky came to DPLA on an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellowship in... Read More →
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Sheila McAlister

Director, Digital Library of Georgia
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Sandra McIntyre

Director of Services and Operations, HathiTrust
Since May 2016 I have been the director of services and operations for HathiTrust at the University of Michigan office in Ann Arbor. HathiTrust is a partnership of over 120 academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Our TRAC-certified digital preservation repository provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Smithsonian (S. Dillon Ripley Center): Room 3037A 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC

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