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Back to School with DPLA
September 2, 2014

Back to School with DPLA

It’s the first day of school for most kids in the United States, and so a good time to highlight the resources the Digital Public Library of America has ready and waiting for students and teachers this school year. Just like kids, DPLA spent the summer growing and maturing, adding new partners, new staff, and over a half-million items along the way. And we’ve been thinking a lot about how we can be most helpful in the classroom; this fall we will be talking to many educators from K-12 through college to get their advice.

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going
April 17, 2014

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going

It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by since our launch last April. It’s been a whirlwind here in the Boston headquarters of DPLA, and across DPLA’s ever-expanding national network of libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites. The surging numbers in our collection—6.7 million items from over 1300 contributing institutions, up from 2.4 million and 500 a year ago—attest to the tremendous momentum we’ve achieved.

On the Right to Link
April 4, 2014

On the Right to Link

The U.S. Copyright Office has asked for comments on a proposed new right for copyright holders, the “making available” right, which would restrict the ability to link to content the open web. With the help of DPLA Legal Committee member Dave Hansen, Dan Cohen filed a response.

Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World
March 18, 2014

Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World

DPLA recently submitted an entry to the Knight Foundation's News Challenge, which asks entrants to answer the question: how can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?

Read about DPLA’s entry to the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge, “Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World.”

Planning for Serendipity
February 7, 2014

Planning for Serendipity

At DPLA, we’ve been thinking a lot about what’s involved with serendipitous discovery. Since we started from scratch and didn’t need to create a standard online library catalog experience, we were free to experiment and provide novel ways into our collection of over five million items. How to arrange a collection of that scale so that different users can bump into items of unexpected interest to them?

Location, Location, Location
January 8, 2014

Location, Location, Location

This is the first in a new series of behind-the-scenes posts from DPLA staffers. We hope that these posts will give you additional insight into what we’re working on, how we work, and progress toward our goals.

Although we’re a digital project, we obviously consist of human beings with a distinctly non-virtual existence, and we are very lucky to have a daily presence in the first municipal public library in America, the Boston Public Library.

Happy Holidays from the Digital Public Library of America
December 17, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Digital Public Library of America

A letter from DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen

Happy Holidays from the Digital Public Library of America! Please make a tax-deductible donation to the DPLA today and help ensure that we’re able to build on 2013’s incredible momentum.

CC0 (+BY)
December 4, 2013

CC0 (+BY)

This post originally appeared on Dan Cohen's personal blog, dancohen.org, in November 2013.

A November 2013 post from Dan Cohen’s personal blog.

DPLA Seeks to Provide Libraries with Digital Services as Part of the FCC’s E-rate Modernization Program
September 26, 2013

DPLA Seeks to Provide Libraries with Digital Services as Part of the FCC’s E-rate Modernization Program

A letter from DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen

The Digital Public Library of America has submitted a comment to the FCC outlining how DPLA’s infrastructure can enable public libraries to modernize their digital services and overall mission.

Welcome to the Digital Public Library of America
April 18, 2013

Welcome to the Digital Public Library of America

It’s not very often you get to build a new library. Together, that’s what we will begin to do today.  

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