For immediate release | October 4, 2012

ALA welcomes DPLA to Chicago, library community members invited to attend

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) extends its welcome to attendees of DPLA Midwest and invites members of the library community to attend.

Taking place on Oct. 11-12, 2012 in Chicago, DPLA Midwest is the third major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders and others interested in building a Digital Public Library of America.

Convened by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-hosted by the Chicago Public Library, the event will assemble a wide range of stakeholders in a broad, open forum to facilitate innovation, collaboration and connections across the DPLA effort.

On Oct. 11, the six DPLA Workstreams and the Steering Committee, along with members of the public, will meet in a series of breakout sessions and working groups to discuss the development of both the DPLA platform and the front end user interface, the establishment of the DPLA as an independent non-profit organization and the launch of the DPLA’s Digital Hubs Project.

On Oct. 12, DPLA Midwest will introduce the new DPLA Board of Directors, showcase the first steps toward the development of the online DPLA prototype, feature comments from participants in the Digital Hubs Pilot Project and continue to provide opportunities for public participation in the work of the DPLA.

Both the October 11 discussions and DPLA Midwest on October 12 are free and open to the public. Registration is required for both events; those who wish to participate in one or both days are welcome and may register online.


Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546