In this session, presenters Franky Abbott and Trish Vlastnik introduce participants to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national digital library project that is free to all and provides access to millions of primary and secondary source materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. The presentation includes an overview of the site’s useful features for teachers and students doing research, such as maps, timelines, and online exhibitions. Presenters also demonstrate sample keyword searches to illustrate how participants can find materials on the site most quickly and easily and incorporate them into lesson plans in ways that support inquiry. Finally, the presenters share specific education initiatives, such as primary source sets for students, currently in development at DPLA.
Participants will understand the history, mission and goals of the Digital Public Library of America and explore the Digital Public of America website through a guided tour illustrating the wealth and breadth of digital resources present in DPLA repositories.
Participants will learn how to use critical, modern digital library technologies, including basic search techniques, faceted browsing (scanning digital collections by elements such as item type and year of creation), map-based exploration, and the use of digital timelines to discover and assess primary sources in the specific context of DPLA.
Participants will understand how to incorporate DPLA resources into lesson plans and to utilize these digital assets in a manner that supports inquiry-based teaching and learning and develops higher order thinking skills by asking students to analyze an image, text, or other item related to a particular subject.
Education Iniative Manager,
Digital Public Library of America