DPLAfest’s three plenary sessions featured an incredible lineup of featured speakers, whose conversations about topics such as memory and reconciliation, the rise of agnotology, strengthening the commons, games as storytelling, and libraries as social and community infrastructure left us energized and inspired.

Opening Plenary

Opening plenary, featuring John Bracken, Executive Director of DPLA; Brian Bannon, Commissioner and CEO, Chicago Public Library; Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; danah boyd, Founder and President, Data & Society; Tracie D. Hall, Director of the Culture Program, Joyce Foundation; a special announcement by Michele Kimpton, DPLA Director of Business Development, Tony Ageh, Chief Digital Officer at NYPL, and Robert Miller, Executive Director of LYRASIS; and surprise guest Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

You can also read the transcript of danah boyd’s talk, Agnotology and Epistemological Fragmentation.

Day 1 Closing Plenary

Day 1 Closing Plenary on digital storytelling beyond ebooks, featuring Ashlyn Sparrow, Assistant Director of the Weston Game Lab, University of Chicago, Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons, Katherine Maher, Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation, and Doron Weber, Vice President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Day 2 Plenary

Day 2 Plenary, featuring Louise Bernard, founding director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center; Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People; and Brian Bannon, with closing remarks by Robert Miller.

Read more about the DPLAfest plenary sessions in American Libraries magazine: “Facing the Past, Strengthening the Commons: Big thoughts at DPLAfest 2019.”


View selected photos from DPLAfest 2019.

DPLAfest photography credit: Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios