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DPLA Press Roundup: August 2, 2013

DPLA Press Roundup: August 2, 2013
Posted by DPLA on August 2, 2013 in Press.

NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities

“The Digital Public Library of America is a newly launched resource that is a portal, a platform, and an advocate for the free and open access to the cultural heritage of America. The site brings together a diversity of resources, including images, words, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Learn about what the DPLA offers for libraries and their communities from Jamie Hollier, DPLA board member.”

From the Nebraska Library Commission’s recent NCompass Live video, The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities

Digital Trends at the Library: A Technical Transition

“Elsewhere on the digital front, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in July 2012 announced a $1 million award to support the incorporation and launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The goal of this program is to consolidate the archives of the entire country’s library digital collections, and make them available to any American library patron online. To be created through a coalition of libraries, archives, museums, and other nonprofit and academic entities in coordination with the Open Knowledge Commons, the DPLA will ultimately serve as a single portal for diverse, interdisciplinary digital archives from a range of institutions, the NEH said in a press release, allowing scholars, students, and others to access multiple collections simultaneously.”

From Lindsey Gemme’s article on The Eloy Enterprise, Digital Trends at the Library: A Technical Transition

Clemson contributes to Digital Public Library [of America]

” Clemson University Libraries has been recognized as a contributor to the creation of The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a portal that delivers millions of materials found in American archives, libraries, museums and cultural heritage institutions to students, teachers, scholars and the public. Clemson Libraries provided the digital library with access to Clemson and South Carolina library materials for its launch earlier this year. Clemson also used digitized items to develop ‘This Land is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces,’ an exhibit featuring an exploration of the history, impact and significance of national parks and protected areas curated by the South Carolina Digital Library. ‘We are honored by the inclusion in the development of the DPLA,’ said Christopher Vinson, head of technology for Clemson Libraries. ‘Clemson is able to get its digital content out to a wider audience outside of the local community and the state. So many more people are now able to see the treasures that we have here.’

From the Clemson University press release, Clemson contributes to the Digital Public Library [of America]

DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen at the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 (JCDL13)

DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen was recently at the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 (JCDL13), where he participated in a panel exploring the idea of digital libraries at a crossroads. You can read more about JCDL13 here.

Free Wi-Fi Portal Expands at O’Hare and Midway International Airports

“The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in partnership with Boingo, has expanded the number of websites that are accessible through its free Wi-Fi portal for travelers at O’Hare and Midway International Airports. The newly added sites include Eater.com, the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, Yelp and the Digital Public Library of America. The sites have been added to Boingo’s ‘The Good Stuff’ Wi-Fi portal, which allows visitors at Chicago’s airports to have unlimited, complimentary access to more than 30 top sites for news, weather, shopping, entertainment, banking, travel, tourism and local contact information.  The Good Stuff portal was launched in May 2013. Popular sites available through the portal include USA Today, the Weather Channel, Amazon, Craigslist, Wikipedia, WebMD, Orbitz, Choose Chicago, and many more.”

From the Chicago Department of Aviation press release, Free Wi-Fi Portal Expands at O’Hare and Midway International Airports