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DPLA signs agreement with Amazon Publishing to make their ebooks available to U.S. libraries

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with Amazon Publishing to make all of the approximately 10,000 Amazon Publishing ebooks and audiobooks available to libraries and their patrons through the DPLA Exchange, the only not-for-profit, library-centered content marketplace. This marks the first time that ebooks from Amazon Publishing have been made available to libraries. Like our previous publisher arrangements, this agreement furthers our mission to expand equitable access to ebooks and audiobooks while protecting library patron privacy.

May 18, 2021

DPLA members reflect on our annual meeting

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday for our 2021 Members Meeting around building inclusion in a digital world and our network’s IDEAS (inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and social justice) work. We so enjoyed re-connecting with all of you and learning about your efforts to turn the corner from talking about equity and inclusion to actually determining what that means to every aspect of our work, from search and discovery to metadata to partnerships. We were inspired by your energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness about the path ahead of us.

May 14, 2021

Open Call for DPLA Board Nominations

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Board of Directors Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of people to serve three-year terms as DPLA directors. This is an opportunity for professionals in the fields of libraries, education, museums, technology, publishing, law, philanthropy, media, activism, and the arts to help guide the organization as we work toward our mission of maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

May 4, 2021

Flexible licensing models from the DPLA Exchange

DPLA’s ebooks program serves our mission of maximizing access to digital content by giving libraries across the country greater control over their acquisition and delivery of ebooks and audiobooks

April 13, 2021

Join the DPLA Community + Open Board Meeting on April 9th

With expanded vaccine access, many of us have begun to conceive of what our post-Covid worlds might look like. These visions are necessarily colored by all that we have learned during the last year—from the benefits of flexible working arrangements to the urgent need to finally dismantle systemic racism in our work.

March 25, 2021

Embracing radical prioritization

Just a year ago, the world of work underwent a seismic shift as a result of the COVID pandemic. DPLA, in some ways, was more ready for this kind of change than other teams — we were already distributed across the country, so we had already built the remote-working muscles needed to get things done during quarantine. And 99% of our operations were virtual as well, leaving essentially the main tangible change to be figuring out how to collect the mail.

March 11, 2021

DPLA + Wikimedia: One Year In

Early last year, DPLA embarked on a new project, supported by Sloan Foundation, to make images from DPLA’s aggregation of more than 40 million cultural heritage artifacts accessible to vast new audiences via Wikimedia. January 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of this project, and we wanted to share with you some of the exciting outcomes thus far:

March 5, 2021

Searching for Black women in the archives: Part 4

This is the fourth and final post in a series from DPLA’s Audrey Altman about the curatorial and technological challenges involved in the development of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection. As a data engineer, Audrey worked alongside the curators Shaneé Yvette Murrain and Kathleen Williams to address underlying biases in the collection and surface representative stories about Black women’s contributions to voting rights movements.

February 25, 2021

Searching for Black women in the archives: Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts from DPLA’s Audrey Altman about the curatorial and technological challenges involved in the development of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection.

February 18, 2021

DPLA now offering ebook creation service

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that we are now offering an ebook creation service to libraries. This new service, provided in partnership with Digital Divide Data (DDD), gives libraries the ability to easily and affordably digitize and reformat texts to create ebooks in EPUB format from print materials that are in the public domain or for which the library owns the copyright.

February 11, 2021

Searching for Black women in the archives: Part 2

This is the second in a series of posts from DPLA’s Audrey Altman about the curatorial and technological challenges involved in the development of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection.

February 11, 2021

Upcoming Network Brown Bag lunch series events for members of DPLA Hubs Network

DPLA is pleased to invite members of our Hub Network to these upcoming “Brown Bag” lunch events. These 45-minute virtual get-togethers are organized around topics of interest or importance to our network and meat to be a chance to reconnect with colleagues and share information in a friendly, casual setting.

February 10, 2021

Searching for Black women in the archives: Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts from DPLA’s Audrey Altman about the curatorial and technological challenges involved in the development of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection.

February 4, 2021

DPLA to give subawards to support creation of new By the Quill of Her Pen ebook

Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that we are beginning production on the publication of a new ebook, tentatively titled By the Quill of Her Pen: Black Suffragists in Their Own Words. This new DPLA-published ebook will be a collection of 20-30 letters, diary entries, and accompanying photographs and biographical information that […]

February 2, 2021

Improving access and discovery

Over the last couple of weeks, the DPLA technology team and I have spent some time evaluating the progress we made in the last year, and looking ahead to how we can make the biggest impact in 2021. I wanted to take a minute to update you on steps we are taking to improve access and discovery of artifacts in the DPLA aggregation.

January 29, 2021

DPLA Metadata Working Group introduces expanded Statement on Potentially Harmful Content

The Digital Public Library of America brings together resources and collections from institutions across the country, all on one easily accessible platform. Because of this, DPLA has the ability to inform people about little-known collections and resources as well help coordinate and model best practices in the library/archives field with regard to our DEI values, descriptive standards, and ethical issues pertaining to rights and intellectual property.

January 11, 2021
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