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Challenges Tackled and Opportunities Ahead: An Update from the DPLA Tech Team
February 13, 2018

Challenges Tackled and Opportunities Ahead: An Update from the DPLA Tech Team

Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta provides an update on the work of the DPLA Tech Team over the past year and provides a preview of priorities ahead over the coming year.

Past, Present, and Future of DPLA and the Future of Libraries
February 12, 2018

Past, Present, and Future of DPLA and the Future of Libraries

A summary report from “Past, Present, and Future of the Digital Public Library of America,” an event held at Harvard University on February 2. The event focused on the founding values of DPLA—a commitment to free, open access to knowledge for all—and how the vision for, and work of, DPLA intersects with the mandates, challenges, and opportunities facing libraries across the country in today’s media and information landscape.

Ten questions we’ll be asking in Denver
February 8, 2018

Ten questions we’ll be asking in Denver

The Digital Public Library of America will be at ALA Midwinter this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Executive Director John Bracken will be sharing thoughts after two months on the job, and then will seek help in exploring some of the questions before ahead for DPLA.

Color Our Collections 2018
February 5, 2018

Color Our Collections 2018

We are once again pleased to team up with libraries, archives, and museums across the country and around the world for #ColorOurCollections week, a celebration of public domain reuse and proudly coloring in your free time, taking place February 5 through February 9, 2018.

Announcing our 2018 Members Meeting and DPLAfest 2019
January 30, 2018

Announcing our 2018 Members Meeting and DPLAfest 2019

In this inaugural year of the Hub Network Membership Program, we look forward to convening an in-person Members Meeting, to be held March 13-14, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Members Meeting will offer a chance for us to hear from and collaborate with our partners, as well as facilitate sharing of ideas, challenges, and resources across our national network.

New Exhibition: Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal
January 17, 2018

New Exhibition: Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal

We are pleased to announce the publication of our newest exhibition, Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal. When it was completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was one of the largest public works projects ever attempted, and by connecting the port of New York City on the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes, the Canal dramatically transformed trade, industry, and communication in the region and across the country. Offering a sweeping history of the Erie Canal, the exhibition explores the early conception of the canal, its construction, its social and economic impact on nineteenth-century America, and its use and legacy in the twentieth century and today.

Catch Up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter in Denver
January 12, 2018

Catch Up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter in Denver

The American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter Meetings takes place in a few short weeks in Denver, Colorado and we at DPLA are excited to connect with the library community and share updates on the projects coming up at DPLA this year. Here’s a brief guide to catching up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter.

DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0
January 11, 2018

DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0

Last month DPLA released an update to our Metadata Application Profile (MAP), bringing us up to version 5.0. DPLA Data Services Coordinator Gretchen Gueguen explains the new features in MAP 5.0 and how they will impact our website, services, and partners.

January 3, 2018

DPLA Board Call: January 9, 2018, 1:30 PM Eastern

The next DPLA Board of Directors call is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th at 1:30 PM Eastern. Agenda and dial-in

DPLA Welcomes Digital Maine
December 13, 2017

DPLA Welcomes Digital Maine

As we prepare to ring in a new year, we are pleased to welcome Digital Maine, which joins Oklahoma, Florida, Montana, Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois, as the seventh new partner whose collections have been added to DPLA in 2017. With Maine State Library at the helm, Digital Maine contributes state documents and records, dating back to the Revolutionary War, as well as materials from local libraries and historical societies across the state.

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