With 90-plus digitized collections of unique and historically important materials accessible to any user via the Web, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library is gaining recognition as a national leader in digital scholarship.
That leadership role will expand this month as the library co-hosts the Digital Public Library of America’s national conference.
The conference, DPLAfest 2015 takes place April 17 and 18 in Indianapolis.
As co-hosts, IUPUI University Library, the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society are helping to organize and staff the event and will serve as meeting sites for conference workshops, presentations and discussions. The four local groups had submitted a proposal to host the conference, which 300 people from across the country are currently registered to attend.
“We are excited to be given the opportunity to share the city of Indianapolis with members of the Digital Public Library of America and showcase some of the work that we have done in preserving the history of Indianapolis,” said Jennifer A. Johnson, digital scholarship outreach librarian in the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.
With its community partners, the IUPUI University Library has created over 90 digital collections, covering topics in local history such as Crispus Attucks High School, poet James Whitcomb Riley and Indiana artists.
The Digital Public Library of America offers open online access to almost 9 million items through partnerships with national-caliber content providers such as the HathiTrust and the Library of Congress, plus a network of member archives, museums, cultural heritage centers and libraries such as the IUPUI University Library, all of whom operate under state-based DPLA service hubs. As such, the two-year-old DPLA is a goldmine for researchers around the globe, making the riches of America’s libraries and museums freely available online to the worldwide public.
“For example, a basketball fan in Texas could view Oscar Robertson’s high school scrapbook about the 1954-55 Crispus Attucks state championship team by searching the Crispus Attucks Museum digital collection,” Johnson said.
The DPLAfest conference offers a mix of interactive workshops and hands-on activities, as well as presentations and discussions for a range of professionals including librarians, archivists, museum staff, developers, technologists, publishers and authors, teachers, students and others.
While the conference will feature several national speakers, the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses will be represented in a wide range of presentations. Presenters include:
David Lewis, Kristi Palmer and Jenny Johnson, IUPUI University Library.
Andrea Copeland, IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing.
Jason Kelly, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.
Lea Shaver, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Benjamin Keele, Ruth Lilly Law Library.
Robert McDonald, Indiana University associate dean for library technologies.
Dirk Herr-Hoyman, Indiana University Bloomington, HathiTrust Research Center operations manager.