Workshops

DPLA Workshops 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

New webinars will be announced on this page and on DPLA News.

Past Webinars

Member Webinars / GIF-Making / Genealogy / Rights Statements / API / Education

Member Webinar: DPLA Technology Projects Update

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern

Hear from Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta and Interim Network Manager Gretchen Gueguen on 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

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

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.

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

GIF-Making 101

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

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

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?


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

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.

Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning

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).