Public Library Partnerships Project
The Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, worked with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. The project started in September 2013 and ended in September 2015.
In this project, DPLA worked with state and regional Hubs Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Montana Memory Project, and Mountain West Digital Library to write and iterate a workshop curriculum based on documented best practices. This six-module curriculum is available in a self-guided version (below) intended for digitization beginners. Please feel free to share, reuse, and adapt.
- Planning for Digitization
- Selecting Content for a Digitization Project
- Understanding Copyright
- Using Metadata to Describe Digital Content
- Digital Reformatting and File Management
- Promoting Use of Your Digital Content
Participants in the Public Library Partnerships Project pursued their own digitization projects with support from the Hubs and received follow-up training in creating digital exhibitions to tell stories with their content. With participant support and review, Hubs organized ten digital exhibitions to showcase this newly digitized content.
For more information about this project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.