You're a librarian, archivist, or staff member tasked with making your institution’s collections available online. You've put in the work–implemented a digital collections management system, digitized unique collections, and added metadata to the items--and now your collections are available to the world. Great work! But now what ?

Beyond marketing, outreach, and getting your collections optimized for search engines, how can you drive more people toward your valuable content?

Pre- and Post-Workshop Resources
About the Workshop

In this free, all-day interactive workshop, you'll learn how to increase the discoverability of your digital collections by making them available through regional and national-level aggregations like Calisphere (from the California Digital Library) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Aggregators provide additional points of access to your holdings and can drive more user traffic back to your digital collections management system by virtue of their scale and visibility to search engines.

Workshop topics include:

  • Best practices for creating shareable metadata

  • Simple tools and strategies that you can use to prepare and share your digital collections

  • Leveraging Calisphere and DPLA as free aggregation services that are available to cultural heritage institutions in California

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should have a good understanding of the relationship between local metadata considerations and those necessary for optimal discovery within aggregations, and will be well-positioned to draw on strategies and free services to make their collections more discoverable.

Who Should Attend?

Our intended audience includes archivists, librarians, curators, public service staff, and other staff whose work may involve building and managing digital cultural heritage collections. Deep knowledge of particular content standards or metadata schemas is not required to participate.


Matthew McKinley (CDL Metadata Harvest Programmer)

About the Series

The workshop series is coordinated by the California Digital Library, as part of its "Harvesting California's Bounty" project (2018-2019). The project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

Registration and Costs

There are no registration fees.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis – and attendance will be limited based on the host organization's room size.

Please note that while attending this workshop is free, participants will be expected to cover their own transportation and food (i.e. lunch) costs.

Workshop Details

The workshop is available at five locations across California, scheduled from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Select the links below for workshop details, including: parking, lunch suggestions, and workshop resources.


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