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DPLA launches Open Bookshelf, a Collection of Free Ebooks

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

DPLA Announces New Curation Corps Members for Open Bookshelf

DPLA is pleased to welcome six new members to the DPLA Curation Corps, a group of librarians and information professionals who will curate and offer guidance on Open Bookshelf.

Partner Perspectives from the Members Meeting

One of the core goals for the new membership program is to strengthen our partnerships and give our Hubs more of a voice within our partner network and on our work at DPLA, so we are excited to share perspectives on our recent meeting directly from some of our members. Hear from guest authors Emily Pfotenhauer, Lauren Algee, and Pamela Wright on their experiences and insights about the recent Members Meeting.

Inaugural Meeting Advances Member Network

DPLA hosted our inaugural Hub Network Members Meeting on March 13-14, 2018, a gathering of representatives from our Member Hubs to map out ways that we—DPLA and our network of partners—can exchange ideas and work together to tackle common challenges, achieve shared goals, and shape the future of DPLA. We are pleased to share the happenings, ideas, and outcomes from the Members Meeting with our broad community.

Our Inaugural Members Meeting

This week, we’re convening our network of member organizations for an in-person gathering, a manifestation of a program we launched last fall to ensure that our work is grounded in and informed by the reality of the work of our community-based partners.

Announcing the Launch of our New Website

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to unveil its all-new redesigned website, now live at https://dp.la.

Ohio Digital Network Brings the Buckeye State to DPLA

We are pleased to announce that over 90,000 new materials from Ohio Digital Network are now discoverable in DPLA. As a part of DPLA, students and teachers, researchers, and history buffs can now explore all of these rich collections from across the state in one place alongside millions of resources from our growing network of partners.

Announcing New Primary Source Sets for Education

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty-one new Primary Source Sets. These sets provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike.

Challenges Tackled and Opportunities Ahead: An Update from the DPLA Tech Team

Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta provides an update on the work of the DPLA Tech Team over the past year and provides a preview of priorities ahead over the coming year.

Past, Present, and Future of DPLA and the Future of Libraries

A summary report from “Past, Present, and Future of the Digital Public Library of America,” an event held at Harvard University on February 2. The event focused on the founding values of DPLA—a commitment to free, open access to knowledge for all—and how the vision for, and work of, DPLA intersects with the mandates, challenges, and opportunities facing libraries across the country in today’s media and information landscape.

Ten questions we’ll be asking in Denver

The Digital Public Library of America will be at ALA Midwinter this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Executive Director John Bracken will be sharing thoughts after two months on the job, and then will seek help in exploring some of the questions before ahead for DPLA.

Color Our Collections 2018

We are once again pleased to team up with libraries, archives, and museums across the country and around the world for #ColorOurCollections week, a celebration of public domain reuse and proudly coloring in your free time, taking place February 5 through February 9, 2018.

Announcing our 2018 Members Meeting and DPLAfest 2019

In this inaugural year of the Hub Network Membership Program, we look forward to convening an in-person Members Meeting, to be held March 13-14, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Members Meeting will offer a chance for us to hear from and collaborate with our partners, as well as facilitate sharing of ideas, challenges, and resources across our national network.

New Exhibition: Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal

We are pleased to announce the publication of our newest exhibition, Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal. Offering a sweeping history of the Erie Canal, the exhibition explores the early conception of the canal, its construction, its social and economic impact on nineteenth-century America, and its use and legacy in the twentieth century and today.

Catch Up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter in Denver

The American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter Meetings takes place in a few short weeks in Denver, Colorado and we at DPLA are excited to connect with the library community and share updates on the projects coming up at DPLA this year. Here’s a brief guide to catching up with DPLA at ALA Midwinter.

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