Having gotten an invite to attend a Seminar up the coast I wanted to post it here. Because friend James Tanner also has commented on this topic today.
Understanding it is a a resource we do not use and. or are not familiar with.
Also understand it was not always easy access.
Here is what James T said.
I have written about the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA quite a few times. Their free online images, texts, videos, and sounds have grown to 22,361,822. They have many valuable family history resources and lot more. Recently, they launched a new online resource, the Open Bookshelf. Here is a quote from their announcement.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app.
Open Bookshelf contains an exciting, diverse collection of titles spanning a myriad of genres. Readers will find: the classics they know and love, from Austen to Twain, updated for EPUB 3.0 format with beautiful covers; the best Creative-Commons licensed works from innovative authors like Cory Doctorow; freely available textbooks and academic titles representing the push for open scholarship; and an exciting multicultural children’s collection.
“With Open Bookshelf, free-licensed ebook content will no longer be a second class citizen in libraries,” said Eric Hellman, president of the Free Ebook Foundation. “The Free Ebook Foundation is thrilled to be contributing feeds from Unglue.it to the project."
Open Bookshelf titles are selected by DPLA’s Curation Corps, a team of librarians and information professionals representing communities across the US. They have built the collection on a title-by-title basis, using their expertise to add books readers will enjoy.
Ventura CountyGenealogical Society is doing a mini seminar on this also. Posted below from their invite.
THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a
Free Family History Mini-Seminar
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA
PRESENTATIONS BY COLLEEN GREENE:
1:00 P.M. UTILIZING THE DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA & THE HATHITRUST FOR FAMILY RESEARCH
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus, and its mapping and time-focused features make it possible to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.
They also have another topic to present see further data here.
Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian and Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research, DNA, methodology, search strategies, emerging technologies, and society marketing and communications.
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