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Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition

Since its launch in 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has developed into a free, open and accessible national digital resource.  During this time, DPLA has brought together over sixteen million items from more than 2,300 institutions, expanded its content and service hub network, and led national conversations and initiatives around ebook access.

In April 2017, DPLA’s founding executive director Dan Cohen announced that he would be moving on to a new position at Northeastern University. In light of DPLA’s upcoming change in leadership, the DPLA Board of Directors is embracing the challenge of taking stock of our progress to date, along with thinking about our hopes and dreams for the future of DPLA.  

During this transition, all of DPLA’s operations and expansion will continue unabated, as we work to grow the hubs network, launch new technical infrastructure and an updated website, and continue to develop DPLA’s education, curation, and outreach initiatives.

DPLA’s goal is to advance the Executive Director selection process as expeditiously as possible, at the same time acknowledging that decisions of this magnitude generally take timeUpdates about the search process will be provided here, as well as posted on our blog and twitter account.


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John S. Bracken to head Digital Public Library of America
November 1, 2017

John S. Bracken to head Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that John S. Bracken has been selected to be the next Executive Director of DPLA, beginning December 4, 2017. A demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations, Bracken will lead DPLA in its next chapter of development, as the organization embarks upon its fifth year of operation.

Job Opportunity: Executive Director
August 15, 2017

Job Opportunity: Executive Director

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) seeks an Executive Director for a unique opportunity to nurture and expand the nation’s first freely accessible on-line digital library.

Interim Executive Director Announced
May 23, 2017

Interim Executive Director Announced

As part of DPLA’s ongoing transition to a new executive director, the Board of Directors has named Michele Kimpton the interim executive director until a new executive director is hired.

DPLA Leadership Transition
May 5, 2017

DPLA Leadership Transition

Thanks to Dan’s leadership, DPLA’s team is solid and prepared to ensure a successful transition given Dan’s departure on June 1. In light of DPLA’s upcoming change in leadership, the DPLA Board of Directors is embracing the challenge of taking stock as to our progress to date, along with thinking about our hopes and dreams and the selection process for a new Executive Director is now underway.