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 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Ebook Research and Advocacy

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This panel will give an update on exciting research and advocacy efforts happening in the area of ebooks: ReadersFirst, Charlotte Initiative, and Open eBooks.

Readers First is an international organization of nearly 300 libraries representing 200 million readers dedicated to ensuring that library users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. Towards the end of achieving a better ebook experience, Reader’s First advocates for the following: search and browse a single comprehensive catalog with all of a library’s offerings at once;  the ability to place holds, check-out items, view availability, manage fines and receive communications within individual library catalogs or in the venue the library believes will serve them best; Download e-books that are compatible with ALL readers.

The Charlotte Initiative is  a Mellon funded two-year research and planning grant, based at UNC Charlotte,  that will produce recommendations for the licensing and acquisition of electronic resources, particularly eBooks.  Working groups will be convened to discuss, define, and investigate the impact on institutions of three principles for eBook licenses: unlimited simultaneous users, No Digital Rights Management (DRM) either contractual or technical, irrevocable perpetual access and archival rights.

Open eBooks is a new initiative and e­reader app that will make thousands of popular, top­selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low ­income households. A coalition of literacy, library, publishing and technology partners joined together to make the Open eBooks program possible. The initiative’s partners ­­ Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), First Book, and The New York Public Library (NYPL), with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor ­­ created the app, curated the eBook collection, and developed a system for distribution and use. They received financial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and content contributions from major publishers.

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Rachel Frick

Business Development Director, Digital Public Library of America
Rachel Frick is the Director of Business Development. In this position, she is responsible for building out DPLA’s sustainability plan and forging extensive new relationships in order to build DPLA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. She comes to DPLA, having served... Read More →


Michael Blackwell

Director, St. Mary’s County Library

Alison Bradley

Head of Research and Information Services J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC - Charlotte

Colin Rogister

Special Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House

Thursday April 14, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Library of Congress (Jefferson Building): LJ 119 10 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20540