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 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Digital Resources in the Wild West: The DPLA and Rural American Libraries

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Recent surveys have estimated that approximately 80% of public libraries in the United States are rural and are often the only free internet and wireless access points in their areas. The DPLA offers free access to images, documents, educational tools, and a growing myriad of other digital resources that can benefit rural populations.

Nevada is the 7th largest state in size in the United States but only ranks 35th in population, with most of the population centered in two urban areas located 450 miles apart. Even so, over half of Nevada libraries are rural, and often located in rugged, difficult to access areas. These libraries can connect rural populations that are scattered across 110,000 square miles of wild terrain to our national digital library.

Efforts to bring Nevadans to the DPLA through talks, surveys, and direct correspondence can be used as a model for other DPLA regional representatives to follow when considering how to reach out to their own, unique rural libraries.

This session will offer strategies on how to educate and encourage rural librarians and staff to implement programs that will expose rural communities to the riches offered by the DPLA. Examples of ways to reach out to rural librarians to understand their needs without having to drive for hundreds of miles will also be offered. Finally, specific resources, projects, and apps associated with the DPLA that might most benefit rural populations will be discussed.

Friday April 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Smithsonian (S. Dillon Ripley Center): Room 3037B 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC