The DPLA Digital Hubs Program is designed to establish a national network out of the over forty state/regional digital libraries and myriad large digital libraries in the US, bringing together digitized content from across the country into a single access point for end users, and an open platform for developers.
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The DPLA Service Hubs are state or regional digital libraries that aggregate information about digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions within its given state or region. Each Service Hub offers its state or regional partners a full menu of standardized digital services, including digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services, as well as locally hosted community outreach programs, bringing users in contact with digital content of local relevance.
Digital Commonwealth is a Web portal and fee-based repository service for online cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. For more information about partnering with Digital Commonwealth, please contact Tom Blake, Digital Projects Manager at the Boston Public Library, tblake(at)bpl(dot)org.
Digital Library of Georgia
The Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries that collaborates with Georgia’s Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources about the history and culture of the state. For more information about partnering with the Digital Library of Georgia, please contact Sheila McAlister, Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia, mcalists(at)uga(dot)edu.
Empire State Digital Network (New York)
Empire State Digital Network is the first service hub to be created explicitly as a means for sharing New York’s rich digital cultural heritage with the DPLA. The Network will be administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY3Rs Association. Together, they will provide the necessary personnel and technological infrastructure needed to contribute digital resources from hundreds of New York’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions to the Digital Public Library of America. Initial participating institutions include the Brooklyn Public Library, METRO, NY Heritage, Hudson River Valley Heritage, Columbia University, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Queens College. For more information about participating in the Empire State Digital Network, please contact METRO Digital Services Manager Anne Karle-Zenith at annekz(at)metro(dot)org.
Kentucky Digital Library
In 1997, the Kentucky Virtual Library selected the University of Kentucky Libraries to build and manage the Kentucky Digital Library (KDL). The KDL currently provides access to over 5,000 full- text archival finding aids representing 18 Kentucky archives. There are 800,000 pages of newspapers, 300,000 pages of books, 110,000 photographs, 22,000 pages of archival material, 800 oral histories, 4,700 maps, and 200,000 pages from other paginated publications. For more information about partnering with the KDL, please contact Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies at the University of Kentucky Libraries, molinaro(at)uky(dot)edu.
Minnesota Digital Library
The Minnesota Digital Library is a ten-year old state-wide digital library collaboration consisting of Minitex, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, and other key institutions. Through its own Minnesota Reflections database, the Minnesota Digital Library began making digitized content available in 2004. Today, Minnesota Reflections provides over 120,000 images, maps, and documents from nearly 150 of the state’s libraries and cultural heritage organizations. For more information about partnering with the Minnesota Digital Library, please contact John Butler, Associate University Librarian at the University of Minnesota, j-butl(at)umn(dot)edu.
Mountain West Digital Library
The Mountain West Digital Library is the regional digital collaboration in Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho, and Arizona, started by the Utah Academic Library Consortium in 2002. Partners include research libraries, public libraries, school libraries, museums, historical societies, municipalities, counties, state agencies, and other memory institutions throughout the Mountain West region. MWDL aggregates metadata from all collection partners into an open-access portal with powerful search features, at http://mwdl.org. Resources in a wide variety of media types and formats are available, including photographs, maps, artworks, books, newspapers, videos, Western sounds, oral histories, museum artifacts, educational materials, and scholarly publications. For more information about partnering with MWDL, please contact Sandra McIntyre, Director, sandra(dot)mcintyre(at)utah(dot)edu.
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is a statewide library program supported by the State Library of North Carolina and housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Digital Heritage Center provides libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions with the opportunity to promote and increase access to their collections through digital projects. More than 130 different institutions in North Carolina have worked with the Digital Heritage Center to date. For more information about partnering with the Digital Heritage Center, please contact Nicholas Graham, ngraham(at)unc(dot)edu.
The Portal to Texas History
The Portal to Texas History is a digital gateway to historical materials from private collectors and collaborative partners from across the state of Texas, including libraries, museums, archives, and other historical groups. Hosted by the University of North Texas, The Portal to Texas History consists of more than 300,000 digital items from over 250 partners. Collections of note include Amarillo Daily News, National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection, Map Collections from the University of Texas at Arlington, Austin History Center General Collection Photographs, Texas Digital Newspaper Program, and many more.
South Carolina Digital Library
The South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) currently hosts nearly 200,000 items of cultural and historical significance to the state contributed by over forty different institutions. The content available through the SCDL includes photographs, maps, books, manuscripts, newspapers, journals, glass plate negatives, audio recordings, and film. The contributing institutions include public libraries, museums, academic libraries, archives and historical associations. For more information on partnering with the SCDL, please contact Chris Vinson, Head of Digital Initiatives and Technology at the Clemson University Libraries, vinson(at)clemson(dot)edu.
The DPLA Content Hubs are large digital libraries, museums, archives, or repositories that maintain a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA. Content Hubs, as a general rule, provide more than 250,000 unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) to the DPLA, and commit to maintaining and editing those records as needed.
ARTstor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields through digital technologies. In addition to the ARTstor Digital Library of more than 1.5 million images, ARTstor also makes available Shared Shelf, a Web-based media management software service that allows institutions to catalog, edit, store, and share local collections. As part of its collaboration with ARTstor, the DPLA will aggregate and make available data records and links to images from six major American museums: the Dallas Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection), the Walters Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library partners comprise 15 natural history libraries in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. They are committed to working together to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections and making that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL Secretariat is hosted by Smithsonian Libraries. The Technical Director and portal development team are hosted by Missouri Botanical Garden. Affiliated BHL projects have been established in Europe, China, Australia, and Brazil.
David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 25 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1700 to 1950s.
The Harvard Library
The Harvard Library contains a wealth of special collections, and is dedicated to providing open access to them, where possible, through digitization and online dissemination. By serving as a DPLA Content Hub, Harvard will contribute to global access to knowledge by linking to select digitized special collections. Among them, the following have already been digitized and could be available to the DPLA before its launch in April 2013: Colonial Harvard, Daguerreotypes, Digital Scores and Libretti, Zoology, Digital Maps, Trial Narratives, and Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The Harvard Library’s objective is to ensure that the Library provides access to a remarkable and growing collection at Harvard and from around the world, that the community can count on librarians as essential partners in research and learning and that we collaborate with others to transform the process by which ideas are developed and communicated.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a community of research institutions working to permanently preserve and make accessible the scholarly and cultural record. HathiTrust grew from a 2007 U-M Library proposal that a consortium of institutions share a copy of their growing digital collections. Today, HathiTrust encompasses more than 80 institutional partners, and the digitized collections of some of the largest libraries in the world. Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the metadata records associated with the almost 3.5 million that are freely available will be accessible on the web at dp.la, and through the DPLA application programming interface (API).
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
National Archives and Records Administration
The United States National Archives is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The DPLA will include 1.2 million digital copies from the National Archives catalog, including our nation’s founding documents, photos from the Documerica Photography Project of the 1970’s, World War II posters, Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, and documents that define our human and civil rights. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online.
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 90 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org.
The Smithsonian Institution
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research facilities and 20 libraries. There are 6,000 Smithsonian employees and 6,500 volunteers. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2012. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at 137 million. As a Content Hub within the DPLA network, the Smithsonian will provide links to the Smithsonian’s digital collection of books, journals, museum objects, manuscripts and videos.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library holds more than thirteen million volumes, more than 120,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material. The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site and virtually from anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.library.illinois.edu.
University of Southern California Libraries
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. Through their 23 libraries and information centers, as well as the USC Digital Library, USC Libraries develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. USC has contributed more than 250,000 items from the USC Digital Library to the DPLA, including photographs, text documents, moving images, and digital audio. To find out more about the USC Libraries, visit http://www.usc.edu/libraries/.
The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation.