DPLA webinars are online learning opportunities highlighting subjects central to our community, such as education, metadata, technology, copyright, and more. These events are open to the public (registration required) and will be recorded unless otherwise noted. Questions? Email us.

Upcoming Webinars

DPLA Genealogy Webinar

Tuesday, October, 19, 2021 at 3 pm ET

Join us for a one-hour informational genealogy webinar using DPLA resources, presented by the Outreach and Accessibility working group and Allison Ryall, Genealogy Specialist for the Orange County Library System. The webinar will cover some DPLA basics, such as search techniques and a metadata overview, as well as genealogy tips and tricks. Allison will provide several case studies using DPLA resources and highlighting how to navigate DPLA’s collection and use available primary source sets. Attendees will become familiar with the various DPLA resources that are relevant to genealogy research and will gain insight in genealogical search strategies.

Allison Ryall is the Genealogy Specialist for the Orange County Library System (OCLS) and an instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. In addition, Allison works with a variety of law enforcement agencies assisting them in solving cold case violent crimes using genetic genealogy. Previously, Allison worked with the National Genealogical Society as their Advertising and Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer and served as a grader for the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course. Allison also served as the conference tri-chair, program chair, and Ancestors Road Show Chair for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference and as the conference chair for the Association for Professional Genealogist’s annual conference.

Prior to pursuing her passion of genealogy, Allison was a media executive and has extensive experience in the areas of research, media relations, program management, and marketing. She holds degrees in U.S. History and Russian Studies and a master’s degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine.

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Past Webinars

Member WebinarsEducation / GIF-Making / Genealogy / Rights Statements / API

DPLA+ Wikimedia: One Year In + Ten Million Views

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Over the last year, DPLA has worked with eight partners, representing more than 200 contributing institutions, to add more than 1.4 million image files of photos, documents, and maps to the Wikimedia Commons digital asset management platform, resulting in more than 10 million new views of these items through inclusion on just about 1,000 Wikipedia article pages—in the first year of the project alone. In this session, we’ll discuss the work DPLA has done to give institutions a pathway to contribute assets to Wikimedia and steps DPLA hubs and institutions can take to get involved with this work, as well as how Wikimedia can be a valuable tool for exponentially increasing discovery and use of archival collections. Speakers will include Leigh Jeremias, Digital Collections Coordinator at the Colorado State Library, who coordinates the Plains to Peaks Collective; Effie Kapsalis, Senior Program Officer for Digital Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution; and DPLA Data Fellow Dominic Byrd-McDevitt.

View the recording here.

SimplyE and Digital Resource Solutions for the Second Wave

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hosts: Co-presented by EveryLibrary Institute and DPLA

Digital Public Library of America and its partners from Brooklyn Public Library and Alameda County Library will provide an overview of SimplyE, the only e-reading platform built by libraries for libraries, and the DPLA free ebook offering and marketplace. The webinar will include a demonstration of SimplyE, an overview of its benefits to libraries and their patrons; a report from BPL about how SimplyE has been deployed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to increase access; and from Alameda County about how they work with DPLA to provide quality titles to their patrons. The webinar will focus on how libraries can roll out the platform and how getting involved can advance the mission of libraries and improve access for all Americans.

Watch it here.

From Black Women’s Suffrage to Black Lives Matter: A Living Legacy

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

This webinar, presented in collaboration with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, will examine the legacy of Black Women’s early activism and its connections to the present moment. It will include presentations on voting stories and links to the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as how Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is collecting African American COVID-19 experiences for archiving and using Wikimedia to surface materials relevant to their community.


  • Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, DPLA Data Fellow
  • Danté Nicole Miller, Community Editor for WFAE/Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/Digital Public Library of America via Report for America
  • Shaneé Yvette Murrain, DPLA Community Manager
  • Hannah Terrell, Branch Leader, Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Alexandra Watts, Reporter, WFAE
  • Catherine Welch, Assistant News Director, WFAE
  • Martha Yesowitch, Community Partnerships Leader, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

View the recording here.

View the slides here and here.

Member Webinar: Guide to Analytics

Date: Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30pm ET

This webinar, intended for representatives of DPLA member hubs, is presented by the DPLA Assessment Working Group. Members of the working group will present the results of the Assessment Working Group’s 2019 survey of hub and sub-hub managers that gauged the impact and usefulness of DPLA assessment tools. They will also provide insight on how best to use Google Analytics and the DPLA Analytics Dashboard with a practical walk-through of these assessment tools. Additionally, working group members will address topics such as collections gap analysis and metadata completeness with a look at specific hub activities.

View the recording here.

Race, Power, and Curation: Launching the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The event featured a keynote by Dorothy Berry, the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University, on the importance of curating Black Collections and centering Black Stories intentionally during this transitory period of American history. In addition, Elaine L. Westbrooks, DPLA board member and Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill, will provide opening remarks on the impact of curatorial choices, and Yusef Omowale of the Southern California Digital Library will join us to talk about digitizing the Charlotta Bass papers. DPLA Community Manager Shaneé Yvette Murrain will discuss the process of building the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection and give a demonstration of the new website and members of DPLA’s Metadata Working Group will describe the creation of a Harmful Content Statement.

View the webinar here.

Standardized Rights Statements 101

Date: July 22, 2020

Curious about standardized rights statements? Want to learn how to apply them to your digital collection? Join the DPLA Rights Statements Working Group for Standardized Rights Statements 101. RightsStatements.org statements are a simple, standardized system of labels that more clearly communicate the copyright and re-use status of digital objects to the public. Adding these labels to your digital collections will improve usability and access for users. Presenters for this webinar will include members of the DPLA Rights Statements Working Group, many of whom are currently implementing rights statements for the collections they manage. They will share their expertise and experiences, as well as a wide range of resources for implementation. 


Shaneé Yvette Murrain, Digital Public Library of America

Julia Simic, Assistant Head, Digital Scholarship Services, University of Oregon Libraries

Greg Cram, Director of Copyright, Permissions, and Information Policy,  New York Public Library

Wendy Gogel, Manager of Digital Content and Projects, Harvard Library

Gabe Galson, Technology Projects Librarian, Temple University Libraries

Molly Huber, Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota

View the webinar here.

See the slides here.

Race, Gender, Politics, and History: Reconstructing Visibility of Black Women’s Activism

Date: July 16, 2020

In commemoration of journalist, suffragist, and anti-lynching and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s birthday, we will host a community gathering introducing our forthcoming Black Women’s Suffrage collection. The event will feature a keynote by historian Allison Robinson about teaching with digital exhibits, her experience working with the university’s Ida B. Wells collection, and how digital artifacts can help reconstruct visibility. Some of our partners will also introduce the collections that they are digitizing as part of the Black Women’s Suffrage collection and provide some perspective about how these artifacts can help us better understand Black women suffragists and the historical and continuing activism of Black women.


Keynote: Allison Robinson, Doctoral Candidate in American History and American Material Culture, and Instructor at the University of Chicago

 Dana Chandler, University Archivist and Associate Professor, Tuskegee University Archives

 Christopher Harter, Deputy Director, Amistad Research Center

Aaisha Haykal, Manager of Archival Services, Avery Center for African American History & Culture at the College of Charleston

Sarah Tanner,  Head, Archives Research Center, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

View the webinar here.

Collaborating for Literacy: Exploring Licensing Models that Work for Libraries, Creators, and Readers

Date: July 9, 2020


  • Cindy Altick Aden, Washington State Librarian
  • Mallori Bontrager, Digital Services Manager, Independent Publishers Group
  • John Bracken, Digital Public Library of America
  • Michele Kimpton, Digital Public Library of America
  • Andrew Medlar, Director, BookOps, The New York Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library
  • Lisa Peet, News Editor, Library Journal
  • Adam Silverman, Senior Director, Business Development, HarperCollins
  • Kelvin Watson, Director, Broward County Libraries

View the webinar here. 

Introduction to SimplyE

Date: April 29, 2020

Presenters: Michele Kimpton, DPLA; Brian Bannon, New York Public Library; Micah May, DPLA; Carissa Egan, Lyrasis; Michael Blackwell, St. Mary’s County Library; Brad Bullis, Connecticut State Library.

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DPLA Introduction to Wikimedia: Increased Discoverability & Use

Date: April 21, 2020

Presenters: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, DPLA Data Fellow & Sandra Fauconnier GLAM-Wiki Specialist, Wikimedia Foundation

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Crowdfunding and Community Engagement: Introduction to Kickstarter for Libraries

Date: February 28, 2019 
Margot Atwell, Director of Publishing, Kickstarter
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Kickstarter’s Director of Publishing Margot Atwell offers an introduction to how libraries and other cultural organizations can use crowdfunding platforms, and Kickstarter in particular, as tools for fundraising, storytelling, and community engagement. Participants will learn tips and best practices for crafting a successful Kickstarter campaign and leave with new ideas for raising visibility for their institutions or projects through Kickstarter campaigns.

DPLA and Ebooks: Expanding Access through Collaboration

Date: February 6, 2019
Presenters: Micah May, DPLA Ebooks Consultant; Tony Ageh, Chief Digital Officer, The New York Public Library; Michael Blackwell, Director of St. Mary’s County Library (MD); Valerie Horton, Director of Minitex; Michele Kimpton, DPLA Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist
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DPLA staff and partners provide a detailed overview of DPLA’s ebooks initiatives and how this work advances the field and supports libraries. The session will introduce the DPLA Exchange, Open Bookshelf, and SimplyE and the roles of key partners including The New York Public Library and LYRASIS. DPLA Exchange pilot partners and SimplyE implementation partners will provide insight from the field about their experiences and goals in adopting these tools and services.

Member Webinar: Easier Metadata Aggregation with the Michigan Service Hub’s Combine

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Presenters: Rick Adler and Graham Hukill, Michigan Service Hub

The Michigan Service Hub is developing an application named “Combine” (pronounced /kämˌbīn/, a nod to the combine harvester used in farming) to support the aggregation, transformation, analysis, and publishing of metadata in preparation for DPLA.  Combine leverages components from DPLA’s Ingestion 3 metadata platform, including the use of Apache Spark to process large record sets quickly and efficiently.  Combine is metadata profile agnostic, allowing users to map, transform, and validate metadata records to suit their needs. This webinar provides an overview of Combine’s features and functionality, with the hope that Combine may be useful to other hubs for their own metadata aggregation.

Member Webinar: Grantseeking for Digital Libraries

Date: September 27, 2018
Presenter: Kate Tkacik, Director, Network Engagement at Foundation Center

This webinar will introduce Foundation Center’s Visualizing Funding For Libraries data tool, and show how digital libraries can leverage philanthropic data in grantseeking to support their collections and special projects. Participants will learn how to generate a list of prospective funders, how to use data visualizations to understand funding ecosystems, and get a basic understanding of foundation fundraising.

Member Webinar: DPLA Technology Projects Update

Date: August 21, 2018
Presenters: Michael Della Bitta, Director of Technology and Gretchen Gueguen, Interim Network Manager and Data Services Coordinator

Learn about DPLA’s current and upcoming technology projects and how they will help us serve our Members and improve content discovery and use. In this session, Michael and Gretchen present on recently-released tech projects like our revised data architecture, which allows us to be more flexible, responsive, and efficient in our work, and enhanced functionality made possible by our new website. The webinar also explores emerging initiatives such as our new feature for user-generated item lists and Member analytics dashboards that, for the first time, make data about usage, API statistics, and metadata quality available in one place. Finally, Michael and Gretchen update Members on projects and priorities on the table for the rest of 2018 including DPLA Local and new search features like autocomplete and spell check.

Member Webinar: Introduction to DPLA’s new website and DPLA Pro

Date: May 22, 2018
Presenters: Kelcy Shepherd, DPLA Network Manager, and Gretchen Gueguen, Data Services Coordinator

DPLA Network Manager Kelcy Shepherd and Data Services Coordinator Gretchen Gueguen give a brief overview of new features in https://dp.la and more thorough coverage of our new DPLA Pro site https://pro.dp.la. We’ll also be sharing some information on how we expect to build out the Pro site and other tools to support information sharing and collaboration among the Network.

Making Audio Collections Accessible, presented by Pop Up Archive and Duke University Libraries

Date: December 6, 2016
Presenters: Anne Wootton, Co-founder and CEO, Pop Up Archive; Leda Marritz, Pop Up Archive Community Manager; Molly Bragg, Digital Collections Program Manager, Duke University Libraries; Valerie Gillispie, Duke University Archivist; Katie Ross, Graduate Student Assistant, Chapel Recordings Project

In this one-hour workshop, presenters from Pop Up Archive and Duke University Libraries share an inside look at their collaboration on the Duke Chapel Recordings project, in which they are transcribing and making searchable a collection of audio and video sermons in order to expand access, use, and discoverability of this collection. Along the way, presenters Anne Wootton and Leda Marritz of Pop Up Archive introduce best practices for audio collection accessibility including transcription and searchability. Molly Bragg and Valerie Gillispie of Duke University Libraries also share a behind-the-scenes perspective on their project, including their goals and approach to the project, questions encountered along the way, how they have worked with partners in and outside of the library, and plans for next steps.

Using DPLA to Teach with Primary Sources

Date: October 2, 2018 
Presenters: Jamie Lathan and Cate Denial, DPLA Education Advisory Committee members and Samantha Gibson, DPLA Engagement and Use Coordinator

In this one-hour webinar, presenters explore strategies for teaching with primary sources using the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and its Primary Source Sets. DPLA’s Primary Source Sets are collections of instructor-vetted primary sources on 140 topics in history, literature, and more, drawing on diverse resources found in DPLA—from newsreel footage to historical maps to oral histories. Presented by DPLA staff and members of DPLA’s Education Advisory Committee, this webinar offers student-centered primary source instruction techniques, shares proven strategies for teaching with the Primary Source Sets, and allows participants to generate implementation ideas customized for their students and curricula. If you already use DPLA in your instruction, gather new approaches to try this academic year. If you are new to DPLA, you will leave with hands-on experience navigating and using DPLA as well as concrete ideas to experiment with in class.

Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning

Date: November 3, 2015
Presenters: Franky Abbott, Curation and Education Strategist at DPLA, Adena Barnette, Ripley High School, and Melissa Strong, Northeastern State University

In this workshop, DPLA staff and members of the DPLA’s Education Advisory Committee will discuss the value of DPLA as a tool for teaching and learning and describe current DPLA education projects.  Presenters: Franky Abbott (DPLA), Adena Barnette (History teacher, Ripley High School, Ripley, West Virginia), Melissa Strong (Associate Professor of English, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma).

GIF-Making 101

Date: September 21, 2016
Presenters: Shaelyn Amaio, Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, and Derek Tulowitzky, Web, Social Media, and Outreach Manager at the Muncie Public Library

Ever wondered how to make an animated gif? Join gif-making experts Shaelyn Amaio (Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources) and Derek Tulowitzky (Web, Social Media, and Outreach Manager at the Muncie Public Library) for an hour long webinar workshop on how to make gifs using open materials found in DPLA and other digital libraries. The workshop will cover what gifs are, how to find suitable materials in DPLA and elsewhere, and how to make a simple gif. This workshop is the first part of a two-part series organized in conjunction with GIF IT UP 2016.

Advanced GIF-Making Techniques

Date: September 28, 2018
Presenters: Richard Naples, Outreach and Education Technical Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, and Darren Cole, Digital Engagement Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of Innovation

This hour long workshop focuses on how to use photo editing software to perform advanced gif-making techniques, such as how to use frame animation in order to make objects disappear and then reappear, move around, and change color. This workshop will be led by two seasoned gif-makers, Richard Naples (Outreach and Education Technical Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution) and Darren Cole (Digital Engagement Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of Innovation). This workshop is part two of a two-part series organized in conjunction with GIF IT UP 2016.

If you have Photoshop and would like to experiment with gif-making alongside our presenters, download the files shared during the workshop.

Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History

Date: July 26, 2016
Presenters: Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow, DPLA Community Reps

In this hour-long workshop webinar, DPLA Community Reps and experienced genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow introduce DPLA as a resource for family historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about new research skills and cool collections in DPLA.  This workshop provides you with new tips for searching for family names in DPLA and exploring resources in your family’s hometown or region.  We also take a peek at some of the collections that may prove invaluable for your family research: yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, family Bibles, and more!  With content from 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, DPLA also offers a unique opportunity to dig deeper and add context to the lives of our ancestors. The workshop is free and open to all so whether you are new to DPLA, new to genealogy, or highly experienced, the workshop has something for you.

RightsStatements.org: Why We Need It, What It Is (and Isn’t) and What Does It Mean for the DPLA Network and Beyond?

Date: May 10 and May 17, 2016
Presenters: Emily Gore (DPLA) and Greg Cram (NYPL)

Over the course of two workshops, presenters Emily Gore (DPLA), and Greg Cram (NYPL), discuss the recently launched RightsStatements.org project. The goal of RightsStatements.org is to provide standardized rights statements for cultural heritage institutions and aggregators. This two-part webinar series demonstrates and describes the need for the statements, the rationale behind the statements, and NYPL and DPLA’s implementation plans. Part I of the workshop covers the need for the statements and the philosophy behind the statements. Part II of the workshop covers the statements themselves along with the implementation strategy.

Introduction to the DPLA’s Application Programming Interface

Date: February 11, 2016
Presenter: Mark Breedlove, DPLA Senior Developer

This webinar introduces the fundamentals of distributed web application architecture to an uninitiated audience, with a special focus on the DPLA’s Application Programming Interface, or API.  We will cover what a web application is, what an API is, how web applications on different sites communicate with one another, and why.  This webinar should interest those who have been hearing about “APIs” and “web applications,” but do not fully understand what these terms mean; or those who understand generally, but want to get a better sense of what the DPLA’s API can do and what role it plays at a high level.  Participants will leave the webinar feeling confident in their ability to discuss web APIs and strategies for their implementation. This workshop is led by Mark Breedlove, DPLA Technology Specialist.

Self-Guided Curriculum for Digitization

Planning for Digitization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2eUVPB6X3g&t=13s

Selecting Content for a Digitization Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01yQz4oztLo&feature=youtu.be

Understanding Copyright: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AurzAmj4SvM&feature=youtu.be

Using Metadata to Describe Digital Content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqgFLj_yspk&feature=youtu.be

Digital Reformatting and File Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiTBxHqws7A&feature=youtu.be

Promoting Use of Your Digital Content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rzcamxx8b8&feature=youtu.be