Minnesota Digital Library staff members attended the Digital Public Library of America's DPLAfest held in Chicago, April 20-21. Molly Huber, Outreach Coordinator, and Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian, attended and presented at the conference. Greta Bahnemann presented as part of a panel session on metadata for digital collections along with staff from the Arizona Memory Project. Together they shared tips on dealing with common problems and provided updates on recent projects at each DPLA service hub. The session was also highlighted in American Libraries.
Molly Huber spearheaded some important and much-needed work on implementing the new DPLA rights statements. Molly coordinated a panel session that was comprised of staff from the Digital Library of Georgia, Illinois Digital Heritage, University of Miami, Washington University in St. Louis, and Penn State. Each member of the panel provided an update on the status of the rights work at their institution. This double session allowed ample time for audience questions, of which there were many! Given the importance of moving digital collections into adopting and using more accurate rights statements, this session provided an essential starting point for many of the attendees at the conference.