Curation Corps

The DPLA Curation Corps is a group of librarians and information professionals who coordinate books for inclusion in DPLA’s ebook projects. DPLA relies on the expertise of the library community to create collections patrons will love. Curation Corps tasks and working sessions vary depending on current project needs. Questions? Contact us

Open Bookshelf Curation Corps

Open Bookshelf Curation Corps members evaluate and curate e-content and offer guidance on the development of DPLA’s Open Bookshelf. Open Bookshelf is a collection of open access content available through the DPLA Exchange, making it easier for libraries to build their open book offerings. As part of the Curation Corps, members help select open access ebook titles that public libraries will find valuable.


  • Catherine DiCristofaro, Librarian, St. Mary’s County Public Library (MD)
  • Brianna Furcron, Special Collections Librarian, State of Arizona Research Library and Archives
  • Colleen Hallfrisch, Technology and Public Services Librarian, Beaver Dam Community Library (WI)
  • Eric Hansen, eGO and eResource Coordinator, Connecticut State Library
  • Jennifer Kim, Adult Services Librarian, Jefferson County Public Library (CO)
  • Hilary Lewis Lackner, Coordinator, eResources, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Mary Ann Lema, Director, Prairie Trails Public Library District (IL)
  • Emily Rastovich, Educational Assistant, Malabon Elementary School (OR)
  • Remy Timbrook, Children’s Librarian, Oakland Public Library (CA)
  • Jared Wasson, Readers Advisory Library Assistant, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (AL)

Open eBooks Curation Corps

DPLA is a proud partner of Open eBooks, an initiative that connects low-income K-12 readers with thousands of popular and award-winning titles for free, with no holds or late fees. Publishers have generously contributed thousands of titles to Open eBooks, which are vetted by the Open eBooks Curation Corps in order to ensure that the project includes books that speak to America’s diverse population and range of perspectives. The goal is to create a compelling and appropriately targeted set of thousands of titles—stories that could potentially spark a lifetime love of reading.


  • Elisha Brookover, Information Specialist, Bob Hope Primary School (Okinawa, Japan)
  • Kelly McGorray Roberts, Head Librarian, Glenbard East High School (IL)
  • Jessica Zillhart, Materials Selection Librarian, Anoka County Library System (MN)

Curation Corps Alumni

Edith Campbell • Elizabeth Davis • Patricia Dollisch • Marianne Fitzgerald • Rob Fleisher • Danielle Guardiola • Alison Hinkle • Dorothy M. Hughes • Emily Kean • Savannah Kitchens • Lucretia Miller • Maura O’Toole • Vandy Pacetti-Donelson • Cecelia Thomas