Thursday, November 10, 2011

Recap of Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Plenary Meeting

On October 21st, I attended a Plenary Meeting for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) project at the National Archives. Below is a short recap of the sessions

The goal of this Plenary Meeting was to kick off the start of implementation of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Representatives from the funders, key government agencies and teams who participated in the Beta Sprints presented to a crowd of over 300 librarians, IT folks, and members of the public at the National Archives.
Highlights from the meeting can be found here.

They had two graphic artists capturing the discussion from each session visually which I thought was a creative idea.

Quotes from the speakers that I captured:
"We need an infrastructure of ideas just like we need roads & infrastructure" - James Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman

"We need to move from a boutique model to a Wal-Mart model" (on the digitization efforts around the country so far) - Peter Baldwin, Arcadia Fund

"Collaboration is key to long-term success with digitization" - Susan Hildreth, Institute for Museum and Library Services Director

"I want to digitize the whole (NARA) collection" - David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

"Our goal is to have the public consider using DPLA when they are trying to find an answer to a question - similar to "Let's google it...." - "I'm going to DPLA it" - Peggy Rudd, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

MUST READ: Amanda French's remarks (Center for History and New Media) Aubade: The Soul and Body of a Library

"We are the generation that can give access to the analogue past" - Jill Cousins, Europeana

Beta Sprint Projects
10 of the 40 projects submitted were given a chance to show what they accomplished over the summer.
Check out this page to see live demos of all the projects.

There are 6 topical areas (Audience & Participation, Content & Scope, Financial/Business Models, Governance, Legal Issues, and Technical Aspects)  that this implementation is being split into.  The public is able to provide input to the 10-15 "leaders" for each topic area.  You can linger on the individual listservs and/or review the wiki pages where discussions for each area will be captured.  For more information here

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