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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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May 22, 2011

Press: “Thumbs up on the DPLA beta sprint, just so the group will also open up in other ways, ASAP, such as public meetings of the Steering Committee”

“The Digital Public Library of America is inviting librarians, programmers and others to come up with mock screenshots, actual coded sites or other demos—as part of a beta sprint program.”

May 18, 2011

Press: “A suggested approach for the Digital Public Library of America”

From Nate Hill: “There’s been a lot of listserv discussion, and the Library City blog and the Library Renewal group have responded to this initiative, all helping to steer it in a way that should truly benefit our incredibly diverse public libraries and their patrons. I thought I’d take a stab here at defining what I believe would be a useful DPLA for real public libraries and real public library patrons across the USA.”

May 18, 2011

Press: “Nate Hill’s three C’s for digital public libraries—and my thoughts on publibs’ real needs vs. the chaos of the ‘big tent’”

From David Rothman: “Should America’s public libraries live in a ‘big tent’ with the academic libraries, as some well-meaning people have called for? Not my favorite image, alas. Makes me think of Barnum & Bailey or life in post-Katrina shelters.”

May 5, 2011

Press: “Digital Public Library of America Boosts Public Library Representation”

“Partly out of concern that it may have been too narrowly constituted, the Digital Public Library of America recently expanded its steering committee to include three prominent public librarians.”

May 1, 2011

Press: “CLIR Issues Newsletter: An Enclosure of Spirits”

“The project to develop a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has become more widely publicized in the past several months, understandably accruing many different interpretations and perspectives about what it might be, what it should not be, and what it might become over time.”

April 27, 2011

Press: “The trust conundrum”

“This trust conundrum is a huge issue for efforts in Europe, America, and elsewhere to build and sustain national digital libraries, including the DPLA initiative here in the U.S., which currently is getting quite a bit of press attention.”

April 26, 2011

Press: “DPLA steering committee adds local librarians, women, minorities, per LibraryCity recommendations—and here are other friendly suggestions”

From “Responding to us—and others—the Digital Public Library of America has added three highly respected public librarians to what was a 14-member steering committee without any local librarians.”

April 21, 2011

Press: “Quid futurum litterarum? : will there be a Digital Public Library of America? Part 2.”

“The impact of a universal public library today can be compared to that of Gutenberg’s printing press, in that it could provide an unprecedented number of people speedy access to a wealth of information.”

April 21, 2011

Press: “Quid futurum litterarum? : will there be a Digital Public Library of America? Part 1.”

“According to Pamela Samuelson, professor of law and information management at the University of California, Berkeley, the issue is not whether the DPLA would serve a great purpose. The crux of the matter is that in order to make virtual books available, a digital copy of the original must first be made, which in plain language violates copyright law.”

April 20, 2011

Press: “Stealing Libraries”

“Unlike Google’s plan to purchase copyright from publishers, authors and libraries, DPLA, as an online extension from existing an library, seems much closer to an evolution of traditional modes of access to libraries and their material.”

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