Category Archives: DPLA

DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible

BOSTON — The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLA’s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading

DPLA receives $594,000 in new funding from Mellon Foundation

DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model

BOSTON — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums. Continue reading

DPLAfest highlights

The DPLA just emailed out these links, summarizing events held last month.

On October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfest—two days of vibrant discussions  and workshops that brought together hundreds of ibrarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and other participants from across the country. Since then we’ve published a short series of blog posts highlighting some of the key events, workshops, and conversations coming out of the fest. You can find links to these DPLAfest roundup posts below.

DPLA receives major grant from anonymous donor

From a DPLA Press Release, August 1, 2013
Boston, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together America’s collections and providing new pathways into them.

“This is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,” said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA. Continue reading

HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

Ann Arbor, MI – The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading

DPLA partners with David Rumsey Map Collection for metadata of 38,000 maps and images

Digital Public Library of America Announces Partnership with David Rumsey Map Collection

April 30, 2013

Cambridge, MA — The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce it is partnering with the David Rumsey Map Collection to provide online access to tens of thousands of significant historical maps and images. As part of the relationship, David Rumsey will provide metadata for over 38,000 maps and images, making the entirety of his notable online collection instantly accessible via the DPLA website and API­. Continue reading

National Archives to help launch first DPLA project

March 12, 2013

Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point. Continue reading

DPLA Launch Event April 18-19, 2013

From the DPLA website:
April 18-19, 2013
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA

Mark your calendars! On April 18-19, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, technologists, creators, innovators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a national digital library to the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA to celebrate the launch of the DPLA prototype and the conclusion of the two-year planning initiative.

The two-day event will include a brief working day on Thursday, April 18th, followed by a formal reception featuring presentations and a series of interactive exhibits. On Friday, April 19th, the DPLA will convene a focused half-day plenary meeting showcasing the DPLA’s progress and potential.

We hope that you’ll join us for interactive exhibits, the prototype launch, and more!

Further details are forthcoming.

DPLA announces new assistant director for content

DPLA ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR CONTENT

November 20, 2012

Cambridge, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Rudersdorf as the DPLA Assistant Director for Content, beginning January 1, 2013.

As the Assistant Director for Content, Rudersdorf will be responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Rudersdorf will work closely with DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore to oversee the DPLA’s hub infrastructure, including implementation of both Service and Content Hubs as part of the Digital Hubs Pilot Project, supported by the National Endowment for the HumanitiesInstitute of Museum and Library Services, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The DPLA will increase users’ abilities to locate digitized knowledge from libraries across the country and provide it to them in formats they can use and reuse in their work—from elementary school reports to digital humanities data mashups,” Rudersdorf said. “I’m excited to be a part of this innovative movement to provide greater access to the historical, cultural, and social record and to be able to share it with the global community.” Continue reading