Session Proposal: The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an initiative that has brought together “leading experts in libraries, technology, law, and education” to develop a “realistic and detailed workplan” for launching “the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all.” (see for more information about the project)

This session will offer an opportunity to get caught up on the latest DPLA developments from DPLA Workstreams.

As a former member of the DLF DPLA Beta Sprint and IMLS Digital Collections and Content Project, I am able to lead a variety of discussions about DPLA.  We also hope that Emily Gore, member of the Technical Aspects Workstream, will be able to join us.

In the spirit of an un-conference,  this post is also a call for your comments. What do you want to know about DPLA?  Are you working on a DPLA project?  Want to know what DPLA means for your collections?  What does should a DPLA mean for academic and public humanities scholars? Join us!

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About richardurban

Richard is currently a Visiting Professor at Florida State University, College of Communication & Information. Prior to joining FSU, Richard was a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois, where he contributed to the development of the IMLS Digital Collections & Content project ( His research focuses on metadata for cultural heritage institutions.

4 Responses to Session Proposal: The Digital Public Library of America

  1. Emily Gore says:

    Emily Gore is Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Florida State University. Prior to joining FSU, Emily held positions at Clemson University, NC ECHO and East Carolina University. During the course of her career, Emily has received over $2.5 million in grant funding for technology/digital initiatives. Emily is a member of the Frye Leadership Institute Class of 2011 and is the 2009 Lyrasis NextGen Librarian Award winner for Technology. Emily is a convener of the Digital Public Library of America Technical Aspects workstream and is an active DPLA cross-streamer. Emily’s mobile scanning “scannebago” concept is being adopted by DPLA. When not working, Emily loves to spend her time on the North Carolina beaches visiting family and friends.

  2. This is an amazing idea, Richard! I wanted to propose a session on Linked Open Data, but had difficulty grounding the discussion in any practical way (no surprise there). I think considering the impact of libraries as not only repositories of texts but also as institutions that deal with and advocate for open data would be a great way to DPLA.

  3. richardurban says:


    I’d be up for a separate LODLAM session, too, but didn’t want to flood the blog with ideas. 🙂

    In the context of digital humanities, I think it would be helpful to orient a conversation about LODLAM as “more than cataloging.” How can we use LOD to do more than find, identify, select, and obtain (all still important)? What are the tasks needed to support humanities scholarship?

  4. A question I have that has been asked before, and not yet sufficiently responded to that I’ve seen, is what role DPLA will play in scholarly publishing. Especially with the push toward open access/open data for scholarly journal articles and federally funded projects, will this grand Digital Public Library bridge the public and academic worlds once and for all by collecting Knowledge from libraries of many stripes? What role will LOD play there?

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