Title

Closing Keynote: Developments in the National Digital Platform at IMLS

Location

KIPJ Theatre

Session Type

Keynote Address

Start Date

2-5-2017 4:15 PM

End Date

2-5-2017 5:00 PM

Abstract

The IMLS National Digital Platform (NDP) funding priority is focused on expanding the digital capacity and capability of libraries and archives across the country. It is a way of thinking about the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure and staff expertise that provide digital content, collections, and related services to users in the United States. Engaging, linking and integrating shared and distributed digital services for libraries & archives are approaches that underpin much of the funded work of this national priority.

This talk will introduce broad, emergent themes under the NDP priority, as well as specific developments and examples of recent funding. We’re intently focused on expanding equitable access to digital information, which is increasingly essential to participation in all aspects of society. Diversifying the profession and our collections are important priorities for the Agency and drive our interest in efforts to understand factors contributing to the lack of diversity in, and to draw diverse candidates to the field in greater numbers; and to engage community memory initiatives and build inclusive and interoperable digital library infrastructure. Broadband access, OER (open educational resources) in general, and accessibility for blind and visually impaired users are also strong themes. We support activities that enhance intensive computational access to collections, and that communicate data about libraries and their impact to important stakeholders; as well as support for the role of academic libraries and librarians in research data management and scholarly communications.

Comments

Maura Marx has served as Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services since May of 2013. Under her leadership the Office of Library Services (OLS) has championed initiatives aimed at broad public access to information, such as Open E-Books, and launched operational improvements including the highly-regarded OLS 2-phase/2-cycle grants process.

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May 2nd, 4:15 PM May 2nd, 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Developments in the National Digital Platform at IMLS

KIPJ Theatre

The IMLS National Digital Platform (NDP) funding priority is focused on expanding the digital capacity and capability of libraries and archives across the country. It is a way of thinking about the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure and staff expertise that provide digital content, collections, and related services to users in the United States. Engaging, linking and integrating shared and distributed digital services for libraries & archives are approaches that underpin much of the funded work of this national priority.

This talk will introduce broad, emergent themes under the NDP priority, as well as specific developments and examples of recent funding. We’re intently focused on expanding equitable access to digital information, which is increasingly essential to participation in all aspects of society. Diversifying the profession and our collections are important priorities for the Agency and drive our interest in efforts to understand factors contributing to the lack of diversity in, and to draw diverse candidates to the field in greater numbers; and to engage community memory initiatives and build inclusive and interoperable digital library infrastructure. Broadband access, OER (open educational resources) in general, and accessibility for blind and visually impaired users are also strong themes. We support activities that enhance intensive computational access to collections, and that communicate data about libraries and their impact to important stakeholders; as well as support for the role of academic libraries and librarians in research data management and scholarly communications.