February 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Digital Public Library of America Seeks Educator Advisors

EH150618-DPLSeekingEducatorsDo you have a deep, abiding hunger to dig through digital resources when you teach? If you’re a humanities educator who works with students in grades 6 through college, The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) wants to hear from you.

With a $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA is looking to build an Education Advisory Committee to craft primary source sets, along with teacher guides, to support student research. In addition to having a passion for primary source materials, educators will be asked to attend meetings throughout the 2015–2016 school year including three virtual sessions, and two 2-day meetings in Boston, MA. Participants will also earn a $1,500 stipend, plus travel costs.

DPLA is a free, digital library granting access to more than 10 million primary and secondary sources (books, maps, and photographs) from more than 1,600 institutions, ranging from archives to museums. Besides curating primary source sets, the Whiting Foundation grant will also support DPLA’s efforts to construct tools for those constructing user-based resource sets.

Interested educators should apply online by July 1.

Lauren Barack About Lauren Barack

School Library Journal contributing editor Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business, and technology. A recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism, she can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.