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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 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.


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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.