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DPLA Community Reps Needed!

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a free, national digital library, is now accepting applications for the next class of Community Reps

[Editor’s Note: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a free, national digital library that brings together millions of materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the country. We just received the following announcement from DPLA about their Community Rep program.]

DPLA wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help us raise awareness of DPLA in local communities. If you are enthusiastic about free resources for genealogy, digital primary and secondary source collections, open educational resources, app building, or the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for DPLA by volunteering as a DPLA Community Rep. Visit our Meet the Reps page to learn about our fabulous team of current Community Reps.

What is the DPLA Community Reps program?

In brief, DPLA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to help bring DPLA to their local communities through outreach activities. “We are particularly interested in expanding the great work our current reps have done to raise awareness about DPLA among genealogists and family researchers across the country. For family researchers, local communities might include fellow genealogy-minded patrons or staff at a local library, members of a local genealogy society, peers at a regional genealogy conference, participants in the online genealogy community, or another group of folks who might be interested in DPLA and what it has to offer. Reps give a small commitment of time to community engagement, and check-ins with DPLA staff over the course of one year.”.

DPLA Community Reps will:

  • Organize activities that promote DPLA;
  • Share materials and feedback from outreach efforts (blog posts, group notes, images, video, etc.);
  • Check in with DPLA staff about progress and share experiences via the DPLA Reps Google Group

In the past, Community Reps have also helped with DPLA-related projects, including education research, hackathons and app development, usability studies, and creating new resources for other Reps and the wider DPLA community.

The Community Reps program works with the community outreach arm of DPLA and is not involved with the recruitment, aggregation, or digitization of new content. DPLA Community Reps are volunteers.

Reps will receive DPLA materials to use in their efforts, including a slidedeck, event ideas, fact sheets, and promotional swag (stickers, pens, etc.). DPLA will also offer periodic webinars to share updates, new activities, and new resources. We anticipate that being a community rep will require only a small commitment of time.

DPLA Community Reps will be selected based on their creative ideas, experience, and geographic distribution.

Click here to apply. For questions about the Community Reps program, email

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