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DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator travel grant awardee shares experiences from DPLAfest 2015
May 4, 2015

DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator travel grant awardee shares experiences from DPLAfest 2015

This guest post was written by Laura Wrubel, a 2015 DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant awardee. These grants provided active DLF community contributors with funding to participate in DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis this past April. In this post, Laura recounts her experiences at the fest.

The Digital Public Library of America Partners with President Obama to Provide Children with Greater Access to Ebooks
April 30, 2015

The Digital Public Library of America Partners with President Obama to Provide Children with Greater Access to Ebooks

Washington, DC—Today President Obama announced a major new program, with the Digital Public Library of America as a core partner, that will provide children from across the country with greater access to thousands of ebooks. The initiative will include ebooks from DPLA’s extensive collection of openly available content as well as contemporary titles from publishers, which are being generously donated as part of the effort and available for free to students from low-income families. The publisher commitments include $250 million in ebook donations. DPLA’s national network of librarians will help coordinate books for inclusion in the program, and to connect to children and libraries across America.

Summary Report from DPLAfest Ebook Workshop
April 29, 2015

Summary Report from DPLAfest Ebook Workshop

Through generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, the Digital Public Library of America convened a two-day working meeting comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders to understand the current ecosystem for ebooks and unbundle pieces of this ecosystem to address the challenges ebooks present for libraries.

New exhibition on the American Civil War now available
April 29, 2015

New exhibition on the American Civil War now available

Our newest exhibition, “Torn in Two: Mapping the American Civil War,” tells the story of the American Civil War both nationally and locally in Boston, Massachusetts, through maps, documents, letters, and other primary sources.

From Book Patrol: Poetry is Wanted Here!
April 27, 2015

From Book Patrol: Poetry is Wanted Here!

Happy National Poetry Month! Here’s a taste of just some of the poetry goodness that lives within the confines of the Digital Public Library of America. From the postcard featuring an excerpt from a poem by Alex Caldero proclaiming ‘Poetry is wanted here!’, to a sampling a of dust jackets, to a lunch poem from second graders, poetry is alive and well at DPLA.

DPLAfest 2015: That’s a Wrap!
April 23, 2015

DPLAfest 2015: That’s a Wrap!

DPLAfest 2015 was one for the history books! Bringing together more than 300 people from across the country (and world!), this year’s DPLAfest was two-days worth of excellent conversations, workshops, networking, hacking, and more. Missed the action, or just looking for a one-stop summary of the event? Look no further — this post contains all media, outputs, and other materials associated with the second annual DPLAfest in Indianapolis.

DPLA and HathiTrust Partnership Supports Open E-Book Programs
April 21, 2015

DPLA and HathiTrust Partnership Supports Open E-Book Programs

The Digital Public Library of America and HathiTrust have had a strong relationship since DPLA’s inception in 2013. As part of our ongoing collaboration to host and make digitized books widely available, we are now working to see how we can provide our services to exciting new initiatives that bring ebooks to everyone.

The Digital Public Library of America Announces New Partnerships, Initiatives, and Milestones at DPLAfest 2015
April 18, 2015

The Digital Public Library of America Announces New Partnerships, Initiatives, and Milestones at DPLAfest 2015

On the second anniversary of the Digital Public Library of America’s launch, DPLA announced a number of new partnerships, initiatives, and milestones that highlight its rapid growth, and prepare it to have an even larger impact in the years ahead. At DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis, hundreds of people from DPLA’s expanding community gathered to discuss DPLA’s present and future.

DPLAFest Attendees: Support LGBTQ Youth in Indiana!
April 17, 2015

DPLAFest Attendees: Support LGBTQ Youth in Indiana!

This is a joint blog post by DPLAFest attendees Benjamin Armintor and Christina Harlow, and DPLA staff members Mark Matienzo and Tom Johnson.

DPLAFest attendees encourage their fellow DPLAFest participants to support LGBTQ youth in Indiana by contributing to a crowd funding campaign for Indiana Youth Group.

Far-reaching “Hydra-in-a-Box” Joint Initiative Funded by IMLS
April 15, 2015

Far-reaching “Hydra-in-a-Box” Joint Initiative Funded by IMLS

A tripartite DPLA, Stanford University, and DuraSpace partnership will produce a turnkey, Hydra-based solution that can be widely and easily adopted by institutions nationwide.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization are pleased to announce that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Nicknamed Hydra-in-a-Box, the project aims foster a new, national, library network through a community-based repository system, enabling discovery, interoperability and reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world.