Public libraries sought for PLA/DC Public Library digital archiving project

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/22/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) and DC Public Library are seeking applications from public libraries interested in establishing robust digital preservation/archiving programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded DCPL, in partnership with PLA, a National Leadership Grant (LG-95-17-0079-17) to build Memory Lab digital preservation programs in select libraries across the U.S.

Through an online application process, seven public libraries will be selected to join the Memory Lab Network. These libraries will receive training, mentoring, and financial support to create their own Memory Lab programs. They will establish digitization stations and curriculum to build public knowledge and skills around the complex and paralyzing problems of personal digital archiving.

All public libraries, as defined by the Certified Public Library Administrator Program, are eligible. Libraries must submit a statement of interest and identify project leads who will build the local Memory Lab digitization stations and programs, attend in-person and virtual trainings, and contribute to project documentation. Click here for more information and to begin your application. The application will remain open until Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Questions may be directed to the project manager, Lorena Ramírez-López at The DC Public Library is also hosting weekly office hours each Tuesday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time through Dec. 12, to field questions about the project and how to apply. 

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About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

About DCPL
The District of Columbia Public Library is a dynamic source of information, programs, books and other library materials and services that improve the quality of life for District residents of all ages that, when combined with expert staff, helps build a thriving city. The Library provides environments that invite reading, community conversation, creative inspiration and exploration, lectures, films, computer access and use, workforce and economic development, story times for children, and much more. DC Public Library includes a soon-to-be-modernized central library and 25 neighborhood libraries and also provides services in nontraditional settings outside of the library buildings. DC Public Library enriches and nourishes the lives and minds of all District residents, provides them with the services and tools needed to transform lives, and builds and supports community throughout the District of Columbia.