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This section is to help collect conversations about DPLA happening in other spheres. For a complete list of all DPLA press mentions, click here. If you come across an article, blog post, or other piece discussing the DPLA (or if you write one yourself), please let us know.

Highlighted DPLA Press Coverage

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September 19, 2011

Press: “The SPARC Videoblog: Digital Public Library of America”

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, SPARC hosted John Palfrey, Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee, and Steering Committee Member Maura Marx to walk through most recent developments with the DPLA project.

August 25, 2011

Press: “Ingenious beta catalog interface—good for academics and other serious users—in newest Beta Sprint video from DPLA”

David Rothman, writer and founder of Teleread and LibraryCity, gives his take on Harvard Innovation Lab’s ShelfLife beta sprint submission.

August 20, 2011

Press: “A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions”

The Fourth Annual International Conference hosted by ILIAC (International Library Information and Analytic Center), the Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, and the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian will take place at Columbia University on October 11, 2011.

August 19, 2011

Press: “SC Public Librarian Appointed to National Steering Committee”

“On August 11, 2011, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) chair, John Palfrey, announced the newest member of the DPLA Steering Committee…Dwight McInvaill.”

August 19, 2011

Press: “Georgetown libraries director joins national committee”

“Georgetown County Library Director Dwight McInvaill has joined the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee.”

August 18, 2011

Press: “Librarian-Publisher Dialog: Katie Dunneback Talks to Josh Marwell of HarperCollins”

From Kate Dunneback’s article on

August 15, 2011

Press: “How e-libraries and other tech could fit in with literacy efforts: Stellar local priorities from DPLA’s newest steering committee member”

From David Rothman: “Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll review Saving Our Public Libraries: Why We Should. How We Can, by Janet Jai—’must’ reading for participants in the Digital Public Library of America.”

August 11, 2011

Press: “Newest DPLA steering committee member is small-town librarian in rural South Carolina: Smart appointment by Harvard-based digital library initiative”

From David Rothman: “A small-town public librarian has been missing from the steering committee of the Digital Public Library of America—a troubling omission we’ve noted several times since the DPLA’s founding last year.”

July 24, 2011

Press: “A bookshelf the size of the world: Inside the vision for the largest library in history”

“This library would include the digitized collections of the country’s great research institutions, but it would also bring in other media – video, music, film – as well as the collection of Web pages maintained by the Internet Archive.”

July 20, 2011

Press: “Unequal Access”

From Karen Coyle: “It occurs to me as I write this that the ‘Digital Public Library of America’ could create an information revolution in this country by upgrading the access of the general public to that of an academic or student in a large college or university, without ever digitizing a single page.”

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