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New Colorado and Wyoming Collections Join the DPLA

The Plains to Peaks Collective – a partnership of the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library – is excited to announce that our partners have recently shared new historic collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA allows one-stop-searching of many of the rich cultural heritage items found in the United States. The PPC partners, including institutions from Colorado and Wyoming, now offer 181,000 items for research and discovery.

With this second collection of items, the PPC has welcomed new partners the American Alpine Club; the University of Colorado, Art Museum; the University of Wyoming, Art Museum and Mountain Scholar with collections from Colorado State University Libraries; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library.

A few highlights from our new partners include:

Photograph, Approaching Helen Glacier. American Alpine Club

The Albert R. Ellingwood Collection, American Alpine Club

Albert R. Ellingwood is one of the most notable figures in the early development of western mountaineering.  While on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford in the early 20th Century, Ellingwood traveled often to the Austrian and Swiss Alps, learning European climbing techniques from Swiss guides.  He brought that knowledge with him when he returned to the Rocky Mountain region. In 1916 he was the first person to climb the last remaining unclimbed fourteeners; Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Kit Carson. During his time, Ellingwood was one of three men to climb all of the officially named 14,000-ft. peaks in Colorado.  A noted scholar and author, during his career,  he served as a professor of Political Science at Colorado College, Northwestern University, University of Illinois and the University of Southern California.

The American Alpine Club’s Albert R. Ellingwood Collection includes photographs of Ellingwood’s climbs in Colorado and Wyoming in 1920 and 1924.  Ellingwood was often accompanied by other pioneer climbers Carl Blaurock and Herman and Elmina Buhl.

Warren and Genevieve Garst Collection, Colorado State University, Libraries (Mountain Scholar)

Photograph, Warren Garst. Colorado State University. Libraries

Warren, a wildlife cinematographer, and Genny, a computer programmer, started their married life together in 1958.  Shortly after, Genny accepted a position teaching computer programming at then Colorado A & M in Fort Collins while Warren completed a master’s degree in zoology, while at the same time continuing to film wildlife and eventually accepting a filming job with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

For 25 years, from 1962 until 1987, Warren and Genny Garst spent at least nine months a year on the road shooting film footage. In his role as photographer Warren created over 20,000 images of animals, people, and places across all seven continents. The University’s collection contains correspondence between Warren and Genny, research materials, Warren’s writings including drafts and index cards for his zoology dictionary Zoolexicon, their photographic slide collection and oral histories.

University of Wyoming Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s permanent collection includes objects of American art, European art, photography, contemporary art, and ethnographic art.  The collections shared with the DPLA comprise items from their ethnographic art collection including a collection of 20th century sculptures, tools and other miscellaneous carvings from Easter Island. The Art Museum also has several special collections including the Huey G. and Phyllis T. Shelton Collection, which is comprised entirely of the work of Ichiro, the largest single-artist netsuke collection in the U.S. These first items shared with the DPLA are just a small sample of the Art Museum’s rich collection of 8,000 objects which they plan to share more of in the future.

Sculpture, Sarumawashi, Monkey Trainer. Ichiro. University of Wyoming Art Museum
Sculpture, Birdman. Easter Island. University of Wyoming Art Museum

CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Lithograph, title unknown. Michel Fingesten. CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

The CU Art Museum’s growing collection of more than 8,700 objects represents the wide range of materials used in the creation of Ancient & Classical art, art of the Americas, Asian art, European art, and Modern and Contemporary art. The over 500 objects shared include items from the Michel Fingesten Collection.  Fingesten became one of the most prolific graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th Century. He died in 1943, shortly after being liberated from the Fascist internment camp of Ferramonti-Tarsia near Cosenza, Calabria. The University, with funding provided by the Program in Jewish Studies, acquired a large collection of Fingesten’s work in 2011.

Returning Partners

The returning PPC partners have continued to share items from their vast collections.  A few highlights from these collections include:

Diaries of a Wyoming teacher, homesteader, and superintendent of public instruction, Edith K.O. Clark, from the University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.

The Denver Public Library is now sharing over 93,000 items, including this photograph, D&RGW train with engine 552, engine type EMD FT, from the Colorado Railroad Museum Collection.  This is just one of the 413 Colorado Railroad Museum photographs now shared with the DPLA.

Returning partner the Salida Public Library has partnered with the Salida Museum Association to share 127 images from the museum’s collection including this image of the Salida Hot Springs Pool constructed by a 1937 Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Please join us in welcoming these new partners and new collections to the DPLA. If you are looking for new stories to discover please check back often as we will be adding new items four times a year; April, July, October and January. If you would like to share your institution’s collections with the DPLA or have questions about participation please contact me, Leigh Jeremias, or visit the Plains to Peaks Collective website.


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Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale. “These grants will provide opportunities for small libraries who provide such important programs and services at a local level to impact new, promising practices on a national scale.”

Categories: Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies. 
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories. 
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Cohort Learning and Evaluation:  Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

“Using an approach similar to IMLS’s Community Catalyst initiative, these new grants will support small libraries—some who may be applying for their first federal grant—through capacity building and cohort style learning,” said Dale.

This component of the grant is designed to promote shared knowledge, build grantee capacity in relevant areas, and grow networks in the library and archives fields. In addition, IMLS intends to identify and support a third-party organization to evaluate this initiative.

Who is Eligible? This grant opportunity is designed for small and rural libraries and archives, and applicants should consider how their organization might be a good fit. There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of “small” libraries or archives could include:

  • size of the staff and volunteer corps;
  • operating budget and sources of revenue;
  • size of the collection and range of services provided;
  • size of facility and property;
  • types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the same geographic region.

Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 384KB).

Webinars:  Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

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Free Online Professional Development in Digital Local History

Creating Local Linkages is a free online professional development resource for public librarians developed by historians at the George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media. The program introduces them to historical research methods and digital history skills that they can share with their patrons.

The Course

  • Five modules that include readings, activities, step-by-step tutorials, and an assignment.
  • Topics include local history; framing questions about the past; building digital history exhibits; and creating contexts for historical sources.
  • Participating librarians gain skills to create new and enhance existing community programs, develop digital local history exhibits using library collections, and help patrons conducting genealogical research.

The Creating Local Linkages curriculum will be taught as an eight week online course that librarians can complete at their own pace.  Participants will receive feedback from staff at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media, and have access to a private web forum where they can share ideas with fellow librarians from around the country. All participants who finish within the eight weeks will receive a certificate of completion.

Sign up

The first session of the Creating Local Linkages course will begin in February 2019 and is full, but additional courses will be offered in July and October 2019 and March 2020. Sign up for alerts when registration opens for those courses.

Follow Creating Local Linkages on Twitter @LocalLinkages for news and updates, including workshops in 2019 and 2020.This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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DPLAfest 2019 Call for Proposals Now Open

DPLA is seeking proposals for DPLAfest, a gathering that will explore how libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations across the country leverage technology to serve, inform, and empower communities. We invite proposals that showcase projects, ideas, and solutions designed to help the field meet the technological, social, and civic demands of the 21st century and that highlight the critical role of libraries—and the DPLA network—in shaping the future of access to digital knowledge.In line with the DPLAfest 2019 theme of Future Shapers, Culture Makers, we invite proposals for presentations, roundtable discussions, and lightning talks related to:

  • Assessment and impact
  • Collaboration with non-traditional partners
  • Collections as data
  • Community voices, including inclusive collection development and practice and building and sustaining community-based collections
  • Ebooks, audiobooks, and digital storytelling platforms
  • Innovations in e-content delivery services
  • Library Simplified/SimplyE
  • Reuse of content and/or data
  • Self-publishing models and platforms
  • Sharing cultural heritage
  • Sustainability
  • Technology innovation in areas including, but not limited to: content delivery platforms, aggregation technology, machine learning, virtual reality, blockchain

We also encourage proposals that highlight current digital library initiatives in the DPLA network’s hubs and contributing institutions.The deadline to submit a session proposal is Friday, January 11, 2019. 

Submit a proposal 

DPLAfest Website Now Live : Visit our new event website at for all things DPLAfest! View featured speakers, registration, travel information, and more, with new information added regularly over the coming months.

Register for DPLAfest today!

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Ready… Set….Go!

A group of six WSC coeds ready for a race on the ice skating rink, WSC campus, ca. early 1940s. Courtesy, Leslie J. Savage Library.

Earlier this month the Plains to Peaks Collective went live with its first collection in the Digital Public Library of America.  We know that there may be potential partners in Colorado and Wyoming that are eager to participate but are unsure if they are ready.  Good news! We are here to help you determine that.  We created the below checklist to help you determine if your institution is ready to contribute metadata records to DPLA through the PPC.

  1. Do you have digital collections that are publicly available? If not, see our Digital Toolkit for digitization project planning and implementation.
  2. Is your institution able and willing to sign the PPC Service Hub Participation Agreement agreeing to contribute your metadata to the DPLA under a CC0 license? Here is the PPC Service Hub Participation Agreement Template.
  3. Are your digital collections (images, texts, audio, video, etc.) available on a publicly accessible collections management system?
  4. Do the digital collections that you wish to share meet the DPLA’s current Collection Development Guidelines? The DPLA currently does not accept the following:
    • Most Scholarly material (i.e. electronic thesis and dissertations, journal articles). See Collection Development Guidelines for more information.
    • Finding aids or archival collection guides (i.e. EAD files)
    • Items that do not resolve to a publicly accessible URL (i.e. embargoed, hidden or restricted files.)
    • Datasets
  5. Does your Content Management System (CMS) have a way of sharing your collection metadata, for example through an OAI-PMH feed, API, xml export or CSV file? [If you are unsure please contact us.]
  6. Do each of the records in your collection include a unique title field and a valid rights statement? See the PPC Metadata Guidelines for further information on the DPLA requirements.
  7. Does your system store preview/thumbnail images of the objects in your collection?
  8. Are you able to provide, in each of your records, a link back to the record on your local site? [This link allows the DPLA portal to point back to each object in its local context.]
  9. Do you have a staff member who can work with PPC staff to address any issues related to sharing your collection metadata with the DPLA?

If you have any questions about the above considerations and/or are unsure if you meet the requirements for contributing to the PPC and the DPLA, please contact us. We are very willing to work with potential partners to fulfill the requirements listed above. If you would like to learn more about the PPC visit our site, or contact me at

[Checklist adapted from PA Digital Readiness Guidelines. Thanks PA!]


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Plains to Peaks Collective Shares Historic Collections from Colorado and Wyoming with the Digital Public Library of America

The Colorado State Library is happy to announce that historic collections from Colorado and Wyoming are now part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA website ( is a free portal that allows visitors to discover over 21 million unique items from across the United States and then go directly to the digital collections held at the home institution. Visit the Colorado and Wyoming collections in the DPLA here.

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the DPLA, is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library that brings together descriptive information about collection material held by our libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Through the PPC institutions can now share their unique digital collections with a wider national audience of avid researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.

Many institutions in our two states hold unique stories of local and national significance. Together, these items tell the story of the people, places, events and cultures that shaped the history of Colorado, Wyoming and American West.

For its inaugural collection, the PPC partnered with seven institutions—Denver Public Library, Colorado State Publications Library, History Colorado, Colorado College, University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center and the Marmot Library Network—which represent the unique landscapes of Vail, Gunnison, Salida, Durango and Laramie and many other towns. By bringing this collection information together, DPLA visitors can now explore over 46,000 unique collection items from Colorado and Wyoming through one search, as well as through online exhibits and classroom primary source sets.

Denver and Rio Grande Roadhouse in Salida, 1890. Courtesy, Salida Regional Library.

Looking south along Second Street, Laramie, [1910-1920]. Courtesy, American Heritage Center

Parade in Durango, Colorado (between 1907 and 1929). Courtesy Fort Lewis College.

Collection highlights include the 10th Mountain Division, a full division of the United States Army  specializing in mountain and winter warfare who trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, during World War II. Many of these soldiers on skies were veterans who were instrumental to the development of Colorado’s beloved ski industry and to the growth of Colorado’s recreation industry and nature conservation.

10th Mountain Division M29 “Weasel” Light Cargo, Carrier, (between 1942 and 1945). Courtesy History Colorado.

Ski Troopers, U.S. Army, Camp Hale, 1944. Courtesy Eagle Valley Library District.

DPLA visitors can also explore materials that document the life and culture of the native peoples that inhabited our two states.  The inaugural collection contains items from Mesa Verde, the seasonal home of the ancestral Pueblo people who lived in southwest Colorado for over 700 years; historic images of Lakota, Arapahoe, Cheyenne and other tribes in Colorado; as well as historic images of the Crow and Shoshone tribes in Wyoming.

Mesa Verde storage jar, 1180-1280. Courtesy History Colorado

Indians – Crow; White Swan and Curley on Their Horses. Courtesy American Heritage Center.

Sitting Bull’s family, in front of cabin, 1880-89. Courtesy Denver Public Library

The collections of our initial partners, Colorado College and the University of Wyoming, also reveal the vast and diverse collections held by our universities. DPLA visitors can explore collections that document student life, faculty work and university initiatives. Included in these collections is the University of Wyoming’s 75 years initiative to create experimental farms to better serve the state.

Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin No. 085 – Feeding experiments, 1909-10. Courtesy University of Wyoming.

A costume rendering of Mozart’s Queen of the Night, 1991, by Gypsy Ames, professor of Drama and Dance at Colorado College. Courtesy Colorado College.

We want to grow the collection! These first collections are only a part of the vast historical treasures that are held by our cultural heritage organizations.  We will continue to grow our partners and help them share their collections with the DPLA every few months. To learn more about the PPC or if you would like to share your unique historic digital collections with the DPLA, please contact Leigh Jeremias at or 720-483-4261.  We are currently gathering information about all institutions that would like to participate in the future so please reach out.  Information about the PPC can be found at:


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Wyoming Workshop for the Digital Public Library of America

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is the new Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA website is a portal that allows visitors to discover and then go directly to the digital collections in your home institution.  It’s hoped that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.  We invite you to learn more about how to do this!

What to expect

On September 28, 2017, the Colorado State Library, in partnership with the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Library, will provide a free event in Wyoming for participants to learn more about the PPC.  The PPC is a joint program of the Colorado and Wyoming State Libraries and is an opportunity for you to give your institution’s unique digital collections national exposure.  During this event you will learn about Wyoming’s participation in this national digital landscape along with the nuts and bolts of participating in the PPC and the DPLA.   We would also like to hear from you!  So please bring your questions or participation concerns to the session.

What you need to know

  • Where: University of Wyoming, Coe Library, Room Coe-506. 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071
  • When: September 28, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 – 2:30
  • Parking: On campus parking pass will be provided

Cost, Registration, & Food

  • This event is free!
  • Register online.  Registration will close on September 8th.
  • Lunch will be provided (courtesy of the University of Wyoming).



Welcome and Introduction


Introduction to the DPLA and the PPC




PPC Participation 101

12:00 – 12:45


12:45 – 2:00

Wyoming’s landscape and participation in the DPLA


Questions and Sharing

Presentation Slides

If you have any questions about this event please contact, Leigh Jeremias at


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Update! Your Digital Collections and the Digital Public Library of America

The Colorado State Library is excited to announce that Colorado and Wyoming are now a new Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), our new name, is one way to share your unique digital collections with a wider audience. The DPLA website is a portal that allows visitors to discover and then go directly to the digital collections in your home institution.

Courtesy History Colorado

The PPC will:

  • Create and share hub standards and supporting documents
  • Aggregate your chosen digital collections for inclusion in the DPLA
  • Grow your online collections by establishing partnerships with other similar agencies and collections.
  • Create resources for shared education and training

Your Participation

We hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.  The PPC has designed four levels of participation.  

Content Hubs

Content Hubs are institutions that have unique digital collections online and share that content with the PPC and the DPLA. They also support the participation of other institutions that may not have the ability to do so on their own.  

They will:

  • Support the PPC participation of other institutions in one or more of the following ways:
    • Collection hosting and storage
    • Digitization services
    • Education and training
    • Metadata remediation
  • Act as the primary liaison between the PPC and their contributors

Community Support Hubs

Community Support Hubs are organizations or associations that represent and support institutions that are part of their membership or community.  It is anticipated that these partners are not direct content providers but provide support services to their communities in the form of communication, facilitation and education.

For the organizations they support they will:

  • Act as the primary liaison between the PPC and each organization
  • Provide PPC communication and outreach
  • Provide educational support and training

Content Nodes

Content Nodes are institutions that have unique digital collections online and will only share their own content with the PPC.  


Contributors are institutions that may not have the ability to participate in the PPC on their own.  They can share content with the PPC through a partnership with a Content Hub.  

Basic Requirements

The DPLA and the PPC have many suggestions and recommendations to help make your digital collections more discoverable.  However, the basic requirements for sharing your items are:

  • A content management system with openly accessible content (not behind a paywall)
  • URL back to the object on your online database
  • Title of your object
  • Thumbnail image
  • Rights Statement

PPC Timeline

The PPC is working with seven pilot institutions to gather the initial collections to be shared with the DPLA.  During phase one, we will test our technology and establish workflows and processes. In phase two, we will work with other institutions that have digital ready collections. During this time the PPC will also be planning for phase three which will entail working with institutions that need support to participate in the PPC and the DPLA.

We want to hear from you!

To learn more about the PPC or if you would like to participate, please contact Leigh Jeremias at or 720-483-4261.  We are currently gathering information about all institutions that would like to participate in the future so please reach out.   

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Update: Colorado-Wyoming DPLA Service Hub

Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America

Representatives from Colorado and Wyoming cultural heritage organizations are currently planning the creation of a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub. These service hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host and/or bring together digital objects from institutions within their respective communities. Planning for the service hub is being organized by the Colorado State Library. The planning and working groups include library, museum and archives professionals from a variety of institution types and geographic locations. With these varied perspectives we hope to create a service hub model that works for all of our diverse institutions. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming will have the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through this hub.

What is the DPLA?

The DPLA brings together (aggregates) descriptive information about collection material from libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world while at the same time directing that traffic back to the owning institution. Currently this national online portal has:

  • 14 million + collections resources from libraries, archives and museums
  • 21 service hubs (soon to be 25) and 16 content hubs that include more than 2,057 institutional partners from across the United States

What the DPLA can do for your collections

Sharing your collection information with DPLA gives you the ability to:

  • Place your institution on the same national playing field as others
  • Increase traffic to your collections and therefore your institution
  • Create collection-based educational sets
  • Develop online exhibits
  • Build a community around individual collections
  • Establish a platform for underrepresented groups

Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub Planning

Planning for the service hub began in earnest in May 2016 when the Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG) met for the first time. Since then, technology and metadata working groups were formed to create and prototype the hub’s dark aggregator and to explore and eventually create metadata standards for the hub. All three groups came together in late September to meet with staff from the DPLA, and work out a strategy for moving forward.

The group discussed the proposed Colorado-Wyoming hub plan. This plan outlines the anticipated responsibilities of the Colorado State Library, the partner organizations and the continued work of the initial planning groups and eventual governance group. We propose to do the hub work in three initial phases. Phase one will include six organizations that will help determine hub processes, workflows and will provide the initial feed to DPLA. The hub will add more partners in phases two and three. During the initial phases of the hub we will grow our service hub model, which is made up of Content Hubs, institutions that will provide content and hub participation support to other institutions; Community Support Hubs, organizations that will provide hub outreach to the institutions they represent; and Content Nodes, institutions that will only supply content to the hub.

The DPLA hub application has been submitted and is currently being review by the DPLA. If you have any questions about or would like to participate in the Colorado-Wyoming DPLA Service Hub initiative we would love to hear from you. Please contact me, Leigh Jeremias, at For more information about our progress please explore our other posts on this planning page.  We will continue to update this page as we move through the hub process.

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Digital Collections Planning Group, Meeting Notes, November 2016

Members of the Digital Collections Planning Group met on November 17, 2016.  The following was discussed by the group.

Updates from the previous meeting

  • CAL/MPLA conference: The Colorado State Library shared hub information at the State Library booth.  A lightning round presentation about the Co-Wy DPLA hub initiative was also given.  
  • Technology meeting with DPLA: A few members of this group met with DPLA technology staff to review the proposed hub technology.  They were excited by the work and were encouraged by our proposed aggregation technology.
  • DPLA partnering with Pop-up Archive: Pop-up Archives provides audio transcriptions and other services at reduced prices for DPLA partners; including hubs that are still in the planning phases. 
  • Presentation to the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries: The Hub plan and model was presented to the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.   The group was very receptive and is open to being part of the hub.

Review of Hub application draft

The group reviewed and commented on the hub application draft.  The goal is to submit the application to DPLA before the new year.  After the application is accepted by DPLA  it will be a least six months before hub content is live in DPLA.  In the next 3-6 months there will be more in-depth discussions about how each institution can participate in support of the hub.  

Colorado-Wyoming Hub name

The group discussed potential hub names that would best represent both Colorado and Wyoming while at the same time indentifing the Hub within the larger DPLA community. The top three possibilities were: Square States Collective, Plains and Peaks Collective, Colorado-Wyoming Collective.

Next steps

  • Send out Poll for potential hub name
  • Complete hub application 
  • Send out final draft to group for review
  • Submit hub application by January
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Co/Wy Service Hub meeting with DPLA Staff, Meeting Notes, September 2016

Members of the Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG), the Metadata Working Group, the Technology Working Group and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) staff met in September to review the Co/Wy Service Hub initiative.  The following areas were discussed:

Overview of the DPLA and its potential

Kelcy Shepherd, DPLA’s Network Manager, gave an overview of the DPLA.  DPLA currently has 14 million records and 15 content hubs and 14 service hubs in addition to three new hubs that were recently approved.  She shared information on the DPLA platform which allows for data sharing and gives free public access to information about digital collections held by libraries, archives and museums.  The DPLA provides institutions with the potential to create educational sets, create online exhibits, build a community around individual collections, develop a platform for underrepresented groups, and be on the same playing field as other organizations.  Joining the DPLA has increased traffic to collections, some by 50{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5}. 

Service Hub Requirements and DPLA Expectations

Emily GoreDPLA’s Director of Content presented on the service hub requirements and DPLA’s expectations.

  • In the first feed the hub agrees to provide at least 50,000 records in one data format and in one feed. Preferably this format is DPLA’s  MAPV4, but otherwise Qualified Dublin Core works the best.
  • All metadata is free of copyright restrictions.
  • Metadata should have thumbnail links to provided content. Ideally the hub should use IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) to share images with DPLA .
  • The hub agrees to work on rights labeling and to use standardized rights statements.  DPLA will work with the hub to help fund local rights implementation training.

DPLA is currently:

  • Working on rolling out a membership model. There will be one fee per hub. Hubs in turn will have a governance voice and 2 seats on the board. The fees will make up about 20{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} of the DPLA operating costs.
  • Interested in partnering with content experts to build and curate collections.
  • Working to improve non-item level content access and working through a newspaper planning grant.

Emily also outlined DPLA’s workflow for working with new hubs.

  1. Submit application (must have at least 50,000 records)
  2. Approve application
  3. Introductory Webinar
  4. Data exchange agreement
  5. Ingest information form filled out- technical setup, feed info, data format.
  6. Initial metadata review (1:1 with DPLA staff).  This is an iterative process.
  7. Write scripts
  8. Ingest data into quality control environment. Perform QA.
  9. We update/review data
  10. Approve data in the dev environment
  11. Move to production
  12. Schedule recurring ingests based on how the hub expects to add content.

Emily shared examples of other hub models including South Carolina, New York (Empire State), Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Mountain West Digital Library. While there is no one-size-fits-all hub model, there is much that can be learned and adapted from other hubs.

  • South Carolina – Three-region system with loose MOUs among the three organizing entities
    • Clemson – Grant administration and regionally hosting collections
    • College of Charleston – Metadata, harvesting technology and regionally hosting collections
    • Univ. of South Carolina – Program coordination, community engagement, state grant administration and  regionally hosting collections
  • North Carolina – Managing institutions and roles are:
    • State Library of NC – Funding and staff
    • UNC Libraries – Administration, funding and staff
    • Digital NC – Program coordination, metadata remediation, technology, community engagement, hosted collections and aggregates collections.  This was an existing digital library before joining DPLA
  • Mountain West Digital Library
    • Multi-state aggregation
    • Have sub-hubs that offer hosting and many offer digitization services
    • Has membership fees and a setup fee. These fees help pay for staff
    • Montana Memory Project and University of Montana recently left Mountain West to create a Montana service hub.  The MW membership fee is per institution not per state, therefore it was more fiscally responsible for Montana to create their own hub and pay one fee to DPLA

Data Harvesting at DPLA 

 Gretchen Gueguen, DPLA’s Data Services Coordinator, shared DPLA’s steps for harvesting hub data.  

  1. Analyze feed
  2. Mapping Crosswalk
  3. Mapping Code
  4. Harvest and Map
  5. Enrichment (DPLA’s version of the record)
  6. Quality Assurance
  7. Test portal
  8. Data into DPLA

The most basic elements required by DPLA are title, rights statement and URL.

Brainstorm session for Co/Wy Hub Model

The group then discussed the proposed Co/Wy hub model (co-wy-service-hub-model). This model outlines the proposed responsibilities of  the Colorado State Library, the partner organizations and the continued work of the initial planning groups and eventual governance group.  We proposed to do the hub work in three initial phases.  Phase one will include six organizations that will help the hub determine processes and workflows.  The hub will add more partners in phases two and three.  With this model, DPLA staff feel that the DCPG is ready to submit a hub application.  The Colorado State Library will draft the application to be reviewed by the DCPG.  The application will be submitted prior to January 1.

If you have any questions about the Colorado and Wyoming DPLA Service Hub initiative please contact me at,

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Digital Collections Planning Group, Meeting Notes, August 2016

The Digital Collections Planning Group met on August 1, 2016.  The following areas were discussed:

Updates from previous meeting

  • MPLA/CALCON16: Information about the DPLA and our hub efforts will be shared at the Colorado State library booth at the MPLA/CAL Conference being held in Loveland, October 20 – 22nd.  A few representatives from the DCPG will assist with the DPLA section of the booth.
  • Working groups progress:
    • The Metadata Working Group has started a working doc to establish the fields that will be used by our hub. Research into other state hubs was done to establish a starting point. The next steps include drafting best practices and examples for each field.
    • The Technology Working Group met for the first time in late June.  Work has continued on a Library Linked Data/BIBFRAME-based  pilot spearheaded by Colorado College.  Test records have been supplied by working group members.
  • Funding:  The group’s funding research was reviewed and discussed.  More potential funding sources were discussed and added to the list of possible sources.  More decisions need to be made about the hub structure before these possibilities can be acted upon.  

Colorado Wyoming Digital Landscape Survey

The group reviewed and discussed the survey results.  We had 144 responses from cultural heritage organizations in Colorado and Wyoming.  The results reveal that many institutions are in favor of a DPLA service hub.  The results also reveal that our states have many resources at hand including equipment and expertise, that many of the respondents are willing to share.  The information discovered from the survey will guide our hub structure.

Next Steps

  • Map out hub structure and include different scenarios based on potential hub resources.
  • Create descriptions of highlight collections to be used for Hub application and potential funding applications.
  • Next meeting is scheduled for late September with DPLA staff.
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Colorado Wyoming Digital Landscape

In our efforts to create a Colorado/Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the Digital Collections Planning Group has created a survey to gather information about the digital landscape in Colorado and Wyoming. We hope that the information gathered will guide decisions about our hub structure.

The DPLA brings together (aggregates) descriptive information about collection material from libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. This national online portal shares and enhances access to institutions and their collections; making them more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. The DPLA Service Hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host and/or bring together digital objects from institutions within their respective communities.

We need your help in order to create a hub that best serves the diverse institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. Please help us by filling out the survey below.

Colorado Wyoming Digital Landscape Inventory

This survey has closed.  Thank you to all that participated.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions.

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Digital Collections Planning Group, Meeting Notes, June 2016

The Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG) met on June 15, 2016. (Learn more about this group) The group discussed following:

Updates from previous meeting

  • Prior to submitting a DPLA Hub application the group is required to meet with DPLA staff.  The group will be meeting with Emily Gore, DPLA Director of Content on September 27, 2016 to discuss the hub application process and a Colorado and Wyoming Service Hub structure.
  • Working groups have been formed and include representation from outside of the DCPG.  These groups are:
    • Metadata – This group will work on determining metadata standards and mapping as they relate to Co/Wy Service Hub and DPLA. The group will also determine metadata crosswalks from various systems and standards as well as data clean-up workflows.
    • Technology – This group will work on determining the most appropriate havestor/aggregator tool as it relates to Co/Wy service hub and DPLA. They will also work on testing and implementation of tool and determine gathering of metadata and ingest workflows.
  • Trevor Owens, IMLS Program Coordinator has agreed to speak with the DCPG about two possible IMLS proposal.


It was determined that a Colorado and Wyoming digital landscape survey would help inform decisions on the structure of the Co/Wy Service Hub.  The questions are meant to offer insight into the nature of digital collections and the digital resources available in both states.  A draft list of questions was sent out prior to the meeting.  During the meeting the questions were discussed and agreed upon.

Next Steps

  • Evaluate resources and services that may be needed for a Co/Wy Service Hub.
  • Potential Funding sources will be further invested by members of the group. Findings will be presented at the next meeting.
  • The Colorado and Wyoming Digital Landscape Inventory survey will be sent out prior to the next meeting with results presented at that time.
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Digital Collections Planning Group Meeting Notes, May 2016

The Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG) met for the first time on May 2, 2016. (Learn more about this group) The group initiated conversation in the following areas:

Structure of Colorado Wyoming Service Hub

While there in no one-size-fits-all-states service hub model for the DPLA, there are many things that can be learned from and adapted from other state service hubs. The DCPG discussed three different state models; the Mountain West Digital Library, the Pennsylvania Digital Collections Project for DPLA and the Empire State Digital Network. Key areas of further discussion and research for our service hub arose from this discussion.

  • Funding and Sustainability – this includes current and future funding, staffing, institutional commitment, in-kind support, and membership models
  • Partnerships and Participation – this includes levels of participations, services provided, participant roles and breadth of institutional representation
  • Metadata and Technology – Metadata standards, inventory of systems currently used and development of aggregation tool

Application Overview

Service hub applications are accepted by the DPLA on a rolling basis. The DCPG is required to meet with DPLA Director of Content prior to the submission of a service hub application. We have tentatively set a meeting for September 27, 2016. The service hub application can be found here.

Shared Goals

The DCPG began a discussion on shared core goals for a Colorado Wyoming Service Hub. Key goals that rose to the top include:

  • Increase access to Colorado and Wyoming collections by making them accessible on a national level
  • Become a conduit to DPLA
  • Level the digital collection playing field by providing services to smaller institutions
  • Enhance cultural tourism

Next Steps

  • Working groups will be established to address key service hub structures
  • Identify possible funding sources
  • Create a state assets inventory

If you want more information about the DCPG contact Leigh Jeremias, Digital Collections Coordinator, Colorado State Library,

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Colorado Wyoming Digital Collections Planning Group: Overview

Libraries, archives and museums all hold pieces of Colorado and Wyoming’s rich cultural history. Both states have a long history of sharing these stories with a wide audience through their digital collections.  It is the goal of the Digital Collections Planning Group (DCPG) to share these collections together on a national platform.

On November 13, 2014 members of Colorado and Wyoming’s library, museum and archival communities came together and determined that the two states were ready to share their unique digital collections.  It was also decided that the best vehicle for sharing would be the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). (Learn more about this meeting here: Nov. 13, 2014 Meeting agenda, notes and slides (2))

The DCPG is made up of representatives from large and small libraries (public and academic), museums and archives from different geographic regions in both states.  On May 2, 2016 the DCPG met for the first time to begin planning for a DPLA Service Hub. DPLA service hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host, aggregate, or otherwise bring together digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

DCPG Working Groups

We have identified working groups to address and work through the specifics of becoming a DPLA Service Hub.

The DCPG will meet every six weeks to formulate plans for staffing, funding models and partnerships.

Members from the DCPG and the surrounding community will meet to address harvesting, aggregator platform and technology management.

Members from the DCPG and the surrounding community will meet to address standards, rights, remediation and workflow.

Leigh Jeremias
Digital Collections Coordinator
Colorado State Library