Portal, Platform, Public Option: An introduction and overview of the DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world; interest in the DPLA tends to span across many different library types and includes membership from state and public libraries, as well as consortia from across the US. The content of the overview presentation explores how we view the DPLA: as a portal, a technical platform, and an advocate for the public good. Within that, we talk about our Hubs model, do a walk through of the site, talk about copyright and the value of opening up our resources to greater usage, and APIs. There will be a Q&A for participants to have their questions answered about the DPLA.

Learning Outcomes

  • Individuals have a better understanding of the DPLA
  • Individual understand the value of openness
  • Individuals understand how the Hubs model works and how they might participate in DPLA


Amy Rudersdorf
Amy is the DPLA Assistant Director for Content. She is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Amy formerly served as the director of the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina. Amy was a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Amy has taught library graduate school courses on digital libraries and preservation (San Jose State University) and metadata (North Carolina Central University). Prior to moving to state government, Amy worked with digital collections in special collections at North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of Library and Service Technology Act (LSTA) funded digitization grants.


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Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.