It’s a new academic year and we are excited to be kicking it off with great educational projects underway, new additions to our team, and a brand new office suite at Boston Public Library (BPL) to officially serve as DPLA’s national headquarters.
We are thrilled to announce that DPLA now calls BPL’s Digital Partners suite home. The Digital Partners space, which we share with two of our hubs, Digital Commonwealth and Internet Archive’s Boston Scanning Center, as well as BPL’s Digital Services team, was completely redesigned as part of Boston Public Library’s $78 million renovation of the historic Central Branch in Copley Square unveiled earlier this summer. At 6,000 square feet, the Digital Partners space represents BPL’s continued commitment to digitization, digital services, and digital collaboration with state-of-the art facilities, technology, and room to expand.
For DPLA, our new office space represents a huge step forward and is designed to meet the needs of our growing team. We now have access to a conference room wired with a large screen and a webcam to facilitate easy collaboration between our staff in Boston and staff working across the country. Two smaller private conference rooms allow for breakout meetings and small team video calls. When cross team collaboration is in order, our open floor plan now provides a great layout for both conversation and individualized work space.
This week, DPLA staff gathered from around the country to map out plans for the coming months and, thanks to our new conference room, we were able to watch together as Carla Hayden was sworn in as the next Librarian of Congress.
To see more great photos and new features unveiled as part of Boston Public Library’s renovation, check out this feature in Boston Magazine. We would also like to send a special shout out and sincere thank you to Boston Public Library for being such a generous host and collaborator to DPLA!