The Michigan Service Hub goes live

This week has been an important one for the Michigan Service Hub.  For the first time collections from our state can be found on the website of the Digital Public Library of America!

Our first collections include diaries from the Civil War; cookbooks; protest posters; children’s books; and hundreds of photographs that reflect the rich variety of life in Michigan, from the automobile industry to music festivals to farmers’ markets.

There are over 42,000 records this time, and we have many more to share. This first set is only a small part of the vast collections available from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University, and there are still many museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies throughout the state with valuable and interesting collections of their own.

Many thanks to the team at DPLA, and to the Service Hub’s advisors and committee members whose dedication and expertise made this week possible.

The DPLA has also made an official announcement.

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The Michigan Service Hub welcomes Richard Adler as Coordinator

The Michigan DPLA Service Hub is pleased to announce they have hired a full-time Coordinator. Richard Adler rejoins the University of Michigan libraries after previously working as a Project Manager for the Copyright Review Management System in the Library Copyright Office. His in-depth experience managing both personnel and resources on that project – as well as previous positions handling finding aids and metadata – suit him very well for the Coordinator position, which will involve statewide outreach, coordination of logistics and partnerships, and technical expertise. Rick has already jumped headfirst into the project and is making connections across the state, so readers may be hearing from him soon!

Thanks Rick!

-Kayla Ondracek
Project Manager for the University of Michigan
Interim Coordinator for the Michigan DPLA Service Hub

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University of Michigan Seeking a Michigan DPLA Service Hub Coordinator

The Michigan Service Hub exists to aggregate Michigan’s strong, varied digital collections, for contribution to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This is a newly created position funded for three years with the possibility of extension.  Located at the University of Michigan, this position is open to experienced information professionals and is focused on the creation of the new statewide hub supporting the State of Michigan’s participation in DPLA.  Under the guidance of the Michigan DPLA Steering Committee, this role will serve as the primary point of contact between Michigan “sub-hubs” and DPLA, and will be responsible for coordinating metadata aggregation between partner institutions located throughout the state.  Additionally, responsibilities will include managing knowledge sharing between Michigan “sub-hubs,” providing training, onboarding new partners, high level metadata quality control, and liaison to statewide outreach efforts in partnership with a wide range of contributors. Founding partners and starting collaborators are Library of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Strategic and operational guidance comes from the Michigan DPLA Steering Committee, comprised of partner representatives.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the Library’s mission.

Note: This is a three year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension.

Learn More at the Job Listing

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DPLA Welcomes Four New Service Hubs to Our Growing Network

The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce the addition of four Service Hubs that will be joining our Hub network. The Hubs represent Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  The addition of these Hubs continues our efforts to help build local community and capacity, and further efforts to build an on-ramp to DPLA participation for every cultural heritage institution in the United States and its territories.

These Hubs were selected from the second round of our application process for new DPLA Hubs.  Each Hub has a strong commitment to bring together the cultural heritage content in their state to be a part of DPLA, and to build community and data quality among the participants.

In Illinois, the Service Hub responsibilities will be shared by the Illinois State Library, the Chicago Public Library, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI), and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. More information about the Illinois planning process can be found here. Illinois plans to make available collections documenting coal mining in the state, World War II photographs taken by an Illinois veteran and photographer, and collections documenting rural healthcare in the state.

In Michigan, the Service Hub responsibilities will be shared by the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the Library of Michigan.  Collections to be shared with the DPLA cover topics including the history of the Motor City, historically significant American cookbooks, and Civil War diaries from the Midwest.

In Pennsylvania, the Service Hub will be led by Temple University, Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania and Free Library of Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI), among other key institutions throughout the state.  More information about the Service Hub planning process in Pennsylvania can be found here.  Collections to be shared with DPLA cover topics including the Civil Rights Movement in Pennsylvania, Early American History, and the Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Industry.

The final Service Hub, representing Wisconsin will be led by Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee Public Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Historical Society.  The Wisconsin Service Hub will build off of the Recollection Wisconsin statewide initiative.  Materials to be made available document the American Civil Rights Movement’s Freedom Summer and the diversity of Wisconsin, including collections documenting the lives of Native Americans in the state.

“We are excited to welcome these four new Service Hubs to the DPLA Network,” said Emily Gore, DPLA Director for Content. “These four states have each led robust, collaborative planning efforts and will undoubtedly be strong contributors to the DPLA Hubs Network.  We look forward to making their materials available in the coming months.”

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