Meeting Program

Tuesday, March 13

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Check In
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Welcome, Jeff Steely, Dean of Libraries, Georgia State University
Introductions
Welcome from DPLA’s Executive Director, John Bracken
Location: Exhibition Hall, 8th Floor
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Member Network Meeting (all attendees welcome)
Leigh Jeremias, Chair, Plains to Peaks Collective
Adrian Turner, Vice Chair, California Digital Library
Location: Exhibition Hall, 8th Floor

10:45 – 11:00 Introduction and Recap

  • Network and Advisory Council – Brief discussion of who’s who, roles, responsibilities, collaboration, and communication

11:00-12:00 Network Council Plans for 2018

  • Recap of Work
  • Operating Principles (Bylaws)
  • Working Groups
  • Hub Profiles Project

12:00 – 12:15 Wrap Up

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)
Location: Library North
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. DPLA Under the Hood: Interactive Updates
Learn more about what’s going on at DPLA and share ideas on priorities, how to address network-wide challenges, etc. Topics to include: curation projects, building the network, analytics and reuse, the new website, and more.
Location: Exhibition Hall, 8th Floor
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. DPLA Under the Hood, cont.
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Lightning Talks

Rick Adler, Rachel Appel, Jason Clingerman, Bradley J. Daigle, Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Paul Gallagher, Jolie Graybill, Graham Hukill, Sheila McAlister, Emily Pfotenhauer, Stefanie Ramsay, Adrian Turner, Pam Wright

Facilitated by Kinza Masood, Mountain West Digital Library, and Franky Abbott, DPLA

Location: Exhibition Hall, 8th Floor

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception at the
Center for Civil and Human Rights

Co-sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries
Admission to the museum will be included with the reception.

Wednesday, March 14

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Check In
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
(Concurrent Sessions)
Implementing standardized rights statements (train the trainer workshop)
Instructors: Greg Cram, New York Public Library, and Emily Gore, DPLA
Note: Seating may be limited. Continues after the break. Potential audiences: Hub managers, metadata specialists
Location: Colloquium Room, 8th Floor

As cultural heritage organizations make more of their collections available online, users are facing a bewildering panoply of statements that describe the restrictions or permissions imposed on the use of those items. When collections are aggregated through organizations like the Digital Public Library of America, the problem of confusing, inaccurate or custom rights statements is significantly exacerbated. For example, DPLA hubs have used more than 100,000 unique rights statements to describe the copyright status, restrictions or permissions for their items. To help provide a better and more consistent user experience, DPLA has developed and implemented a limited menu of rights statements. During this session, attendees will increase their understanding of copyright and contract law that impacts cultural heritage institutions and their missions to increase access to their collections. Using that foundation of knowledge, attendees will learn about the rights statements and how to apply them to digitized collection items. Through a variety of interactive lessons, attendees will leave feeling more confident about copyright and the rights statements.

Exploring the impact of cultural heritage institutions (workshop)
Instructor: Julia Fallon, Europeana
Note: Seating may be limited. Continues after the break.
Read more information on Impact
Potential audiences: Administrators, Hub managers
Description forthcoming.
Location: Classroom 1, 1st Floor Library North
DPLA as Data: Collections as Data in Practice (facilitated discussion)
Facilitator: Elizabeth Russey Roke,
Emory University
Potential audiences: Administrators, Hub managers, technology staff
Location: CURVE, 2nd Floor Library South

Over the past 5 years, DPLA has built a rich, open, and free national digital platform containing millions of cultural heritage objects. Digital library collections such as the DPLA have come to represent a community resource for users that seek to find and watch a film, look at a photo, or read a page. Yet a focus on replicating traditional ways of interacting with collections in a digital space does not meet the needs of the researcher, the student, the journalist, and others who would like to leverage computational methods and tools to treat digital library collections as data. This workshop focuses on examining how the DPLA platform and its collections might be leveraged for computationally-based research tools and techniques. We will explore how the experiences of DPLA can inform other communities engaged in this effort and discuss ongoing challenges in this space.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(Concurrent Sessions)
Implementing standardized rights statements, cont.
Note: Seating may be limited.
Location: Colloquium Room, 8th Floor
Exploring the impact of cultural heritage institutions, cont.
Note: Seating may be limited.
Location: Classroom 1, 1st Floor Library North
Partner recruitment and engagement (facilitated discussion)
Facilitator: Nicole Lawrence, Digital Library
of Georgia
Potential audiences: Hub managers, outreach specialists
Location: CURVE, 2nd Floor Library South

The discussion will focus on all things partner-related, from recruiting new content providers to keeping long-standing members engaged. We would like to hear how different hubs recruit new organizations, what techniques are being used maintain open lines of communication, what types of projects or events you use to keep your content providers engaged with your hub, and what does (and doesn’t) work when it comes to building and maintaining community connections.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
(Concurrent Sessions)
Metadata analysis with OpenRefine (workshop)
Instructor: Gretchen Gueguen, DPLA
Note: Seating may be limited. Continues after the break. Potential audiences: Metadata specialists, Hub managers
Location: Colloquium Room, 8th Floor

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data, including tools for cleaning, transforming from one format into another, extending with web services, and connecting to external data. The workshop “Metadata Analysis with OpenRefine” will cover the basics of using this tool to analyze metadata in preparation for DPLA partnership. More advanced concepts like data reconciliation and remediation will also be introduced.

Why So Many Repositories? Examining the limitations and possibilities of the digital repositories landscape
(presentation and facilitated discussion)
Presenters: Kenning Arlitsch, Big Sky Country Digital Network, and Carl
Grant, OK Hub
Facilitator: Katie McCormick, Sunshine State Digital Network
Potential audiences: Administrators, technology staff
Location: Classroom 1, 1st Floor Library North

Libraries manage too many digital repositories locally, which makes it difficult to benefit from the network effect. Local repository development and implementation has  created a fragmented environment in which DPLA is challenged to harvest, index, and present a cohesive interface to cultural heritage collections. This short presentation is intended to spark a discussion among members at the DPLA Network Membership Meeting. While great for local control, the proliferation of repositories impedes the benefits of the network effect that is proving so effective to products and projects in other arenas. Locally, effort and costs are duplicated, numerous software platforms and versions are managed simultaneously, and metadata are applied inconsistently. Our users are not served well by this arrangement.We believe that the current repository model is unsustainable and unproductive for supporting our goals of widely shared, high-quality cultural heritage materials. We’ll examine pathways to move to a scalable repository infrastructure that supports local differentiation, but also gives us the benefits of the network effect.

Who are the people in your member network? (a speed-dating style meet up)
MC: Emily Gore, DPLA
Potential audiences: everyone
Location: CURVE, 2nd Floor Library South

Get to know people from other Hubs in a casual, fun, fast-paced meet up.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
(Concurrent Sessions)
Metadata analysis with OpenRefine, cont.
Note: Seating may be limited.
Location: Colloquium Room, 8th Floor
Building audiences for Hubs and DPLA (facilitated discussion)
Facilitators: Jennifer Birnel, Big Sky Country
Digital Network, and Franky Abbott, DPLA
Potential audiences: Administrators, Hub managers
Location: Exhibition Hall, 8th Floor

We have worked hard to create digital collections and make them accessible through our individual web pages and DPLA. Now how do we let people know about these collections? Most of us have little to no budget for marketing or promotion. Let’s discuss what steps can we take to promote our digital collections and support each other in the effort.

Deeper dive into the Hubs: sharing models for governance, sustainability, funding models, and more (meet up)
Facilitator: Regan Harper, Plains to Peaks Collective
Potential audiences: everyone
Location: CURVE, 2nd Floor Library South

This session will provide an opportunity to share in-depth information about your Hub and learn more about the structures and models of other Hubs.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up

Location: Library North