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Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner
July 3, 2015

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner

The tune of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is one that will be played at picnics, fireworks displays, and other

American Association of School Librarians Names DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning
June 27, 2015

American Association of School Librarians Names DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is thrilled to be recognized as an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. Chosen for its embodiment of AASL’s learning standards and support of the school librarian’s role in implementing career and college readiness standards, this is DPLA’s second “Best of” award from the prestigious education-oriented division of the American Library Association. DPLA was recognized as a Best Website for Teaching & Learning in 2013.

Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations
June 26, 2015

Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment, comprising $1.9 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and $1.5 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection.

Apply to the Ebook Collection Curation Corps
June 23, 2015

Apply to the Ebook Collection Curation Corps

As part of the White House’s Open Ebooks initiative, DPLA is calling on librarians and other information professionals to help coordinate books for inclusion in the program to help connect children with ebooks. We are seeking motivated, engaged community members who have experience with building and organizing children and young adult book collections, who have time to spend building out the first two collections.

DPLA at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco, June 25-30
June 22, 2015

DPLA at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco, June 25-30

The American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are marked [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked with [A], for ‘affiliate’.

We, Robots: Robots from the 1920s to the 1990s
June 16, 2015

We, Robots: Robots from the 1920s to the 1990s

This is the third post in our Unexpected series which covers thematic discoveries in our collection. In case you missed it, the first post covered unusual snow removal machines, while the second covered football.

Call for Educator Participants
June 15, 2015

Call for Educator Participants

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for excellent educators for its new Education Advisory Committee. We recently announced a new grant from the Whiting Foundation that funds the creation of new primary source-based education resources for student use with teacher guidance. We are currently recruiting a small group of enthusiastic humanities educators in grades 6-14 to collaborate with us on this project.

June 11, 2015

Apply to be a new DPLA Service Hub!

The Digital Public Library of America seeks applicants to serve as Service Hubs in our growing national network.

June 9, 2015

Digital Public Library of America receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from the Whiting Foundation to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process.

DPLA Board Call: Monday, June 15, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern
June 8, 2015

DPLA Board Call: Monday, June 15, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern

The DPLA Board of Directors will hold an open call on Monday, June 15 at 3:00 PM Eastern. Agenda and dial-in information can be found below. This call is open to the public.​

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