May 20, 2022

Info About Digital Public Library of America Public Conference on October 21st & New DPLA Web Site

The conference is open to the public and will be held in DC on October 21, 2011. If you can’t make it, it will be streamed live. Also, the Digital Public Library of America has a new web site. It’s live at

The first Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) conference will bring together government leaders, librarians, technologists, makers, students, and others interested in building a national digital library to present the vision for the DPLA effort and to create multiple points of entry for public participation in the initiative’s work. The conference will be held at the National Archives in Washington, DC on October 21, 2011.

Registration for the conference is free and open to the public, to support the DPLA’s goals of building a “big tent” coalition and including broad and diverse voices in the conversation. Those interested in attending can register online.

The conference will feature presentations from nine promising entries selected from summer 2011’s Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how a national digital library might operate. These projects range widely from full prototypes for an online library interface to innovative digital storytelling tools to unique visualization mechanisms for digital collections. Organizations to present include the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, metaLAB (at) Harvard, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, among others. A full list of submissions, including interactive demos, is available at the DPLA’s new website,

Speakers include David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress; Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Services; Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive; Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation; and Carl Malamud, President of Public.Resource.Org.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.