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April 4, 2013

Press: Prototype of Digital Public Library of America to launch in Boston this month

“The beginnings of the first public, national, on-line library will soon be unveiled in Boston – home to the country’s first publicly supported municipal library.”

April 2, 2013

Press: The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

“The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge. How is that possible? In order to answer that question, I would like to describe the first steps and immediate future of the DPLA. But before going into detail, I think it important to stand back and take a broad view of how such an ambitious undertaking fits into the development of what we commonly call an information society.”

April 2, 2013

South Carolina brings digital wealth to library project

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

April 1, 2013

Press: Episode 97: Digital Potato Library of America

“In another single-topic Digital Campus, we react to the news that Dan is headed to the Digital Public Library of America as its Executive Director (no tears, no tears) by forcing him to tell us all about it. Special guests on the podcast include Berkman Center and DPLA Technical Workstream member David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know and Everything is Miscellaneous as well as Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows and The Big Switch. Issues raised include Internet centralization, the future of public libraries, and Mr. Potato Head.”

March 29, 2013

Press: Q&A: Knowledge liberator

Robert Darnton heads the world’s largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate.

March 28, 2013

Digital Library Digest: March 28, 2013

This week’s digest looks at libraries’ new ways of browsing digital data, the creation of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation in Europe, a Massachusetts library’s quest to create a digital learning lab that stresses hanging out/messing around/geeking out, the new app from the National Library of Australia for browsing their collection of 13,000 sheets of music, and finally, a documentary from 2002 entitled “The Library in Crisis” that still rings true today.

March 27, 2013

Sharing oral histories from Minnesota’s immigrant population

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It focuses on one of the six state digital libraries that will act as a service hub for the project. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

March 25, 2013

New York’s Underground Libraries

“The Underground New York Public Library” brings e-books to commuters, while a blog of the same name documents which books straphangers are reading on the subway.

March 22, 2013

A plan for libraries to aggregate metadata into one central portal

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

March 21, 2013

Digital Library Digest: March 21, 2013

This week’s digest covers the digitization of Spanish documents in Florida which are the earliest written document of any region in the U.S., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s recent public domain addition of 20K high-res images, a data-driven public art display called “Filament Mind” at the Teton County Library in Wyoming, the Maine Shared Collections Strategy and a webcast from the Library of Congress about “A Digital Shift.”