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The DPLA hubs model is establishing a national network out of the over forty state/regional digital libraries and myriad large digital libraries in the US, bringing together digitized and born-digital content from across the country into a single access point for end users, and an open platform for developers. The model supports or establishes local collaborations, professional networks, metadata globalization, and long-term sustainability. It ensures that even the smallest institutions have an on-ramp to participation in DPLA.
DPLA content hubs are large libraries, museums, archives, or other digital repositories that maintain a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA. Content hubs, as a general rule, provide more than 200,000 unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) to the DPLA, and commit to maintaining and enhancing those records as needed.
DPLA service hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host, aggregate, or otherwise bring together digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. State and regional hubs agree to collect content that describes their local history, but also content about the US broadly and, when available, international topics. Each service hub offers its partners services that range from professional development, digitization, metadata creation or enhancement, to hosting or metadata aggregation. They may also provide community outreach programs to increase users’ awareness of digital content of local relevance.
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Service hubs provide DPLA with their partners’ unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) through a single data feed, such as OAI-PMH. They serve as the point of contact for the maintenance and enhancement of metadata records.
Our Service Hubs
Connecticut Digital Archive▶ Read more
The Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) is a service of the University of Connecticut Libraries, in partnership with the Connecticut State Library. The CTDA provides services to preserve and make available digital assets related to Connecticut and created by Connecticut-based libraries, archives, galleries, museums and non-profit cultural institutions. It is a means by which we can collectively and collaboratively insure the continued existence of and access to these resources. The CTDA will provide public access to digital resources related to Connecticut, and contributed by Connecticut-based institutions through a new Connecticut History Online portal launching in Fall 2014.
Digital Commonwealth (MA)▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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 (NY)▶ Read more
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 is administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY3Rs Association. Together, they provide the necessary personnel and technological infrastructure to harvest and contribute digital resources from hundreds of New York’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions. Initial participating institutions include METRO Digital Collections, NY Heritage, Hudson River Valley Heritage, Columbia University, and the New York State Archives. For more information about participating in the Empire State Digital Network, please contact ESDN Manager, Kerri Willette at kwillette(at)metro(dot)org.
Indiana Memory▶ Read more
Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort of Indiana libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions that provides free access to digital collections reflecting Indiana’s heritage from the earliest fossil records to present day. Collections encompass a wide variety of 360,000 unique digital materials such as correspondence from the early Northwest Territorial government officials, Civil War soldiers’ portraits, Indy 500 photographs and memorabilia from the Mercury space program as well as reflections of everyday life through historic newspapers, oral histories, letters home from soldiers, and family photographs.
Kentucky Digital Library▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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.
Montana Memory Project (via Mountain West Digital Library)▶ Read more
The Montana Memory Project provides access to digital collections and items relating to Montana’s cultural heritage and government. These collections and items document the Montana experience. Many of these items are digitized copies of historic material, and some items are contemporary. All serve as a resource for education, business, pleasure, and lifelong learning. The Montana Memory Project is a statewide project of the Montana State Library and the Montana Historical Society Research Center, and it is participating in DPLA via the Mountain West Digital Library, a current DPLA Service Hub.
Mountain West Digital Library▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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, vinsonc(at)clemson(dot)edu.
Our Content Hubs
ARTstor▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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.
California Digital Library▶ Read more
The California Digital Library, in collaboration with the ten-campus University of California (UC) Libraries system, will be launching as a DPLA Content Hub. In this role, CDL will be sharing metadata records from Calisphere, a website with approximately 250,000 digital primary source objects contributed by libraries, archives, and museums across the state. Additionally, CDL will be exploring new avenues for aggregating metadata records hosted outside of the Calisphere platform, and sharing those records with DPLA.
David Rumsey Map Collection▶ Read more
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. Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 47,000 items online, with new additions added regularly. The site is free and open to the public.
The J. Paul Getty Trust▶ Read more
The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs — Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute — it serves both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities. Through its partnership with DPLA, The Getty Research Institute will aggregate metadata to its rare and unique collections in art history and visual culture including books from the 15th through 21st centuries, rare and documentary photograph collections, manuscripts, prints, sketchbooks, architectural drawings, artist papers, and archives that provide perspectives on artistic production. It will also contribute metadata from the Getty Research Portal, which aggregates metadata for thousands of digitized art history texts from a growing number of art libraries from across the United States.
The U.S. Government Printing Office▶ Read more
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government. Through this partnership between GPO and DPLA, the public will be able to access the growing collection of Government documents provided by GPO. Examples include: the Federal Budget, laws such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Federal regulations and Congressional hearings, reports and documents. GPO has partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.
The Harvard Library▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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).
Internet Archive▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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 Florida▶ Read more
The Libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. Collections cover virtually all disciplines and include a wide array of formats – from books and journals to manuscripts, maps, and recorded music. Increasingly collections are digital and are accessible on the Internet via the library web page or the library catalog. The George A. Smathers Libraries provide primary support to all academic programs except those served by the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign▶ Read more
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. Among the Library’s most notable collections are its holdings in Slavic and Eastern European history, literature, and science; music, especially Renaissance music; 17th- and 18th-century American and British literature; American, British and Irish history, including a distinguished collection of Lincolniana; French, German, and Italian literature, including world-famous Proust, Rilke, Dante, and Tasso collections; Latin American history and literature; historic and modern maps; linguistics; entomology, ornithology, botany, chemistry and mathematics; and serials across all disciplines. For more information, please visit www.library.illinois.edu.
University of Southern California Libraries▶ Read more
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▶ Read more
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.