October 18 is Missouri Day! This year, to mark the occasion, speakers and attendees from organizations in the St. Louis area gathered at the Creative Experience room at the Central Library in downtown St. Louis to present on their work and engagement with the Missouri Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Speakers and topics were as follows:
- Ariadne Rehbein, NDSR Resident at the Missouri Botanical Garden – introduction to DPLA and the Missouri Hub
- Genevieve Podleski, Senior Digital Projects Librarian at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – FRASER digital library
- Mike Everman, Archivist, Local Records Program at the Missouri State Archives – research using collections in the Missouri Hub
- Shannon Davis, Digital Library Services Manager at Washington University – Documenting Ferguson community archive
- Micah Zeller, Copyright Services Analyst at Washington University Libraries – copyright and rightsstatements.org
The Missouri Hub is a central place to find digital collections from Missouri organizations, including the Missouri History Museum, Springfield-Greene County Library District, the University of Missouri, and many others. It provides broader accessibility for Missouri collections and enriches the historical context of collections by aggregating digital objects in one place.
With a successful inaugural event, it is hoped that Missouri Day with DPLA will continue annually to increase awareness and use of Missouri’s important digital collections.