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 20 million items from more than 2,900 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. During the summer and fall of 2017, the DPLA Board of Directors seized the opportunity to stock of DPLA’s progress to date and think about aspirations for the future of DPLA, which informed a rigorous search process for DPLA’s next leader.
In November 2017, John S. Bracken was named Executive Director of DPLA. 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. Read more.