Nicole Joniec in front of USS Constitution
|USS Constitution sailing on the Delaware River, Philadelphia, photograph by Aero Service Corporation. Ca. 1931|
Although my curiosity drew me to a variety of Boston’s historical sites, the focus of my trip was the Digital Directions conference. As the Digital Collections Manager at the Library Company, I oversee our digitization operation, manage our digital collections, and facilitate uploads onto ImPAC, our digital collections catalog. The conference was extremely informative, featuring stimulating discussions on digitization, digital collections management, and future developments in the arena of digital libraries. An exciting prospect is the future creation of a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Still in its planning stages, the DPLA aspires to serve as a central hub for digital collections from national institutions willing to contribute materials, similar to the Europeana digital library in Europe. The Library Company hopes to someday contribute our own materials to DPLA.
As “Old Ironsides” serves as a lasting symbol of our nation’s history, may the DPLA someday serve as a portal for the world to access our nation’s digital treasures.
Print Department Assistant & Digital Collections Manager