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DPLA Update Q&A

STAFF CHANGES Q: Why did DPLA eliminate six positions? A: We had to think critically about structuring the staff to ensure that we can sustain the organization in the long term and had to make the difficult decision to eliminate certain staff roles, effective November 15. As DPLA looks to 2019 priorities and project grants […]

November 14, 2018

DPLA Update

For the past several months, the leadership and board of the Digital Public Library of America have been developing and refining a strategy that will enable us to build on the success of our first five years and ensure the long-term future of DPLA. We recognized that in order to do so, we had to […]

November 14, 2018

An Update on our Ebooks Initiatives

On the DPLA Ebooks Team, we are excited about our role supporting library-driven platforms for e-content delivery. Check out what we are up to this fall, and stay tuned for updates and possibilities for innovation over the coming months.  

October 11, 2018

Let the Gifs Begin! GIF IT UP 2018 takes place October 1-31

International gif-making competition GIF IT UP returns for the month of October. Join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and partners Europeana, Trove (Australia), and DigitalNZ (New Zealand) to create original gif artwork, be inspired by creative reuse of cultural heritage materials, and celebrate one of the internet’s most beloved art forms.

October 1, 2018

Teaching and Learning with DPLA

It’s a new academic year and we are as excited as all of you to sharpen our pencils (or dust off our keyboards!) and dive into another year of teaching and learning at DPLA.

September 5, 2018

Announcing New Webinars on Grantseeking and Metadata Aggregation

We are pleased to announce two upcoming webinars in our Member Webinar Series: Grantseeking for Digital Libraries, offered in partnership with the Foundation Center, and Easier Metadata Aggregation with the Michigan Service Hub’s Combine.

August 30, 2018

Technology Spotlight: Member Analytics Dashboards

We just released a new Analytics Dashboard, a web application that provides our Member Hubs with detailed data about how their materials are being used, and the quality of their metadata records. In this post, we wanted to share the tools and services powering this new product behind the scenes.

August 28, 2018

Analytics Dashboards provide New Data for DPLA Members

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has released a new, custom-built Analytics Dashboard for our Member Hubs. Through this easy-to-use web-based dashboard, our Members now have one-stop access to up-to-date information about how their rich collections of cultural heritage materials are being used.

August 15, 2018

Save your Favorite DPLA Items with New List Feature

We are pleased to announce a new website feature that allows users to create lists of items from across the Digital Public Library of America’s collections. With this new tool, users can easily save great materials discovered on DPLA’s website to come back to again and again without having to repeat a search.

August 1, 2018

A Look at the State of Ebooks at DPLA ahead of ALA Annual

Later this week, the Digital Public Library of America will be in New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Library Association, where we will be talking about our ebook work after one year of running a successful pilot and participating in a national ebook summit. Learn more about the tools and collections we’ve built and our collaborative approach to maximizing access to ebooks.

June 18, 2018

See you in New Orleans: Where to Find DPLA at ALA Annual 2018

DPLA staff are headed to the Big Easy this week for the American Library Association Annual Conference and we look forward to connecting with the broad and diverse library community. We’ll be sharing updates on our work around ebooks in four great sessions, connecting with friends and partners across the library community, exploring creative models for engagement between libraries and non-profits, and much more.

June 12, 2018

Plains to Peaks Collective Brings Colorado and Wyoming Collections to DPLA

We are pleased to announce that over 46,000 materials from the Plains to Peaks Collective, which represents Colorado and Wyoming, are now discoverable in DPLA. Check out highlighted collections, which include materials documenting the history of the American West and the region’s pioneering spirit; rich Native American history including artifacts from the Mesa Verde archaeological site; and the beauty of the region’s landscape—from the plains to Rocky Mountain peaks!Check out highlighted collections below, which include materials documenting the history of the American West and the region’s pioneering spirit; rich Native American history including artifacts from the Mesa Verde archaeological site; and the beauty of the region’s landscape—from the plains to Rocky Mountain peaks!

June 5, 2018

DPLA Welcomes New Partner District Digital, Representing Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to announce that the collections of our newest Service Hub, District Digital, are now discoverable in DPLA. Led by partners DC Public Library and Washington Research Library Consortium, District Digital brings over 50,000 new materials representing Washington, D.C.’s unique history as a center for education, social and political activism, and culture to DPLA.

May 15, 2018

DPLA: A Look Back on the Last 5 Years

Five years ago today, we launched the Digital Public Library of America and in a short five years, DPLA and our partners have turned a vision into a vibrant community.

April 18, 2018
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