From an email on the DPLA listserv:
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Secretariat is delighted to release a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and development of a prototype front-end portal for the DPLA.
The DPLA seeks a skilled interactive agency to design and develop a website to facilitate the creative discovery, sharing, and use of multimedia library materials among the general public. This prototype website will serve as a gesture toward the possibilities for a future, fully built out DPLA.
Proposals should be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, August 20, 2012 to Rebekah Heacock (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions can be directed via email to Rebekah Heacock.
Follow-up conversations with prospective teams will take place from August 21-26; we plan to announce our decision on August 27 in order to begin work by September 4, 2012.
About the Project
The DPLA front end website will serve as a creative, interactive platform for the general public to discover, share, and use books, photographs, audio and video recordings, and cultural heritage objects online. The most important function is the display and consumption of digital library content and metadata.
Proposals should describe the process applicants would follow to define, design, and build a website that will delight users and gesture toward the possibilities of a highly interactive, fully built out national digital library. The website should build upon the back-end platform currently under development (see the full proposal for more information).
RFP: DPLA Front End Design and Implementation