At the beginning of April, DPLA established a 90-day plan that has and will continue to guide our work during this unprecedented time. With May already upon us, we wanted to take a moment to update you on our progress.
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The entire DPLA team would like to extend our gratitude to the 100+ members of our community who joined us on Tuesday for our open board meeting. We send special thanks to Katie McCormick of Florida State University and the Sunshine State Digital Network; Mark Smith, Director and Librarian at the Texas State Library and […]
As many of you know, in December 2019, DPLA announced a new project, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to make it easier to incorporate artifacts from DPLA’s partner institutions into Wikimedia Commons. We believe this is an exciting opportunity for our partners to boost visibility and usage via inclusion in Wikipedia articles. We […]
DPLA’s core mission is to make knowledge freely accessible to all, and that mission has never been more important than during the current crisis. As we announced last week in our 90-day plan, we are redoubling our efforts in service of that mission, and that includes working to get more books into the hands of more libraries and more library patrons.
We hope you’ll join us next Tuesday, April 14th, at 1:30 pm ET for our open board call.
Over the last few weeks, the DPLA team has been, like all of you, striving to adapt to our new reality while also checking in on family, friends and colleagues. We’ve been grateful to hear from many of you not only about the new challenges you’re facing, but about how our community is coming together in new ways to meet this moment and forge a way forward.
Update: These positions have now been filled. Thank you for your interest! DPLA is looking for volunteers to join our Curation Corps. The DPLA Curation Corps is a group of librarians and information professionals who help to organize our Open Bookshelf offering of public domain and other freely accessible ebooks, as well as coordinate books […]
Dear Friends of DPLA, I wanted to give you an update on our work at the Digital Public Library of America during these uneasy and rapidly changing times. The DPLA was conceived of nine and a half years ago out of a notion that knowledge would increasingly be produced, shared and consumed digitally, and that […]
Like you, we are practicing social distancing and doing our best to flatten the curve, while also juggling all sorts of new challenges that have come along with the spread of COVID-19. We have been amazed and humbled to see how our community has come together, and we send our best wishes to everyone who has been affected in various ways by this crisis.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that we have published a free, easy-to-read epub version of New York City’s Internet Master Plan. The plan, which aims to bring affordable, high-speed internet access to all five boroughs of New York City, was released in January. Previously, it was available only in pdf format.
The DPLA team has been working remotely since about 2017. We work together daily from our homes and offices across the country–South Carolina, Colorado, Illinois, Georgia, Montana, Massachusetts, Michigan–and for us, this distributed work environment makes sense, as our work involves bringing together the riches of America’s library into one central, but completely virtual, repository. […]
At DPLA, ebook services are core to our commitment to a library-led digital future. And as we head to Nashville for PLA2020 this week, our ebooks team has been hard at work growing our ebooks offering, collaborating with state and public libraries on the adoption of Library Simplified and building new strategic partnerships. We’re excited […]
Knight Foundation invests in Digital Public Library of America to help nation’s public libraries serve communities with technology
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $750,000 investment in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to create a national cohort of public library leaders and technologists. The group will work together to help advance libraries’ use of digital technologies.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the release of a new ebook, The Impeachment Papers, a compendium of 38 documents related to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
We’re headed to Philadelphia next week for ALA Midwinter! We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, January 25th at 3pm for our “DPLA: What’s New for 2020” presentation in Room 201 ABC. You’ll hear from our executive director John Bracken, as well as director of ebooks Micah May on all the latest news on our […]
We hope you can join us on Tuesday, January 14th at 1:30pm ET for our first open board meeting of the year.
The Digital Public Library of America has partnered with BiblioLabs to offer libraries the ability to license a growing collection of more than 16,000 ebooks, including independent author collections and titles from a number of major publishers, using a simultaneous multi-use model that allows an unlimited number of patrons to borrow books at the same time.
Sloan-Supported Collaboration to make Digital Public Library of America Cultural Artifacts more accessible on Wikipedia
This is one of two Digital Public Library of America collaborations involving Wikipedia announced this month. In an effort to make artifacts from cultural heritage institutions more accessible to all, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the national aggregator of digital heritage collections, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and other free […]
Artifacts from DPLA’s Black Women and the Suffrage Movement collection will be the first added to Wikimedia projects. In an effort to make artifacts from cultural heritage institutions more accessible to all, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the national aggregator of digital heritage collections, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and other […]
New DPLA project powered by Pivotal Ventures will highlight the role of Black women in the suffrage movement
When we think about the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S., white suffragists like Susan B. Anthony typically come to mind. But there were Black suffragists too – women who, in addition to fighting for gender equality during this monumental moment in history, were also fighting for racial equality. Black women played an important role […]