May 17, 2022

“Inside the Digital Public Library of America”: A Presentation by DPLA Founding Executive Director Dan Cohen at OCLC HQ (Video)

Here are video and slides from a recent presentation that we believe will be of interest to many of you.

On March 7th, Digital Public Library of American Executive Director, Dan Cohen gave a presentation at OCLC HQ in Dublin, Ohio titled, “Inside the Digital Public Library of America.”

The talk was part of the OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series.

Cohen’s entire presentation (approx 85 minutes) is now viewable online and is embedded below.

The presentation begins with an introduction by Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, Lorcan Dempsey.

Here’s the abstract for the presentation:

In this OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation, DPLA Founding Executive Director Dan Cohen goes behind the scenes to discuss how the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) was created, how it functions as a portal and platform, what the staff is currently working on, and what’s to come for the young project and organization.

As the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, Dan Cohen works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.

Dan Cohen’s PowerPoint slides are also available (62 pages; PDF)

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