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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

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.

DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0

Last month DPLA released an update to our Metadata Application Profile (MAP), bringing us up to version 5.0. DPLA Data Services Coordinator Gretchen Gueguen explains the new features in MAP 5.0 and how they will impact our website, services, and partners.

DPLA Board Call: January 9, 2018, 1:30 PM Eastern

The next DPLA Board of Directors call is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th at 1:30 PM Eastern. Agenda and dial-in information is included below. This call is open to the public, except where noted. Agenda [Public] Welcome and Introduction of Board Members and John Bracken, Executive Director – Board  Chair, Amy Ryan [Public] Update from Executive Director […]

DPLA Welcomes Digital Maine

As we prepare to ring in a new year, we are pleased to welcome Digital Maine, which joins Oklahoma, Florida, Montana, Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois, as the seventh new partner whose collections have been added to DPLA in 2017. With Maine State Library at the helm, Digital Maine contributes state documents and records, dating back to the Revolutionary War, as well as materials from local libraries and historical societies across the state.

Oklahoma Hub Collections Now Discoverable in DPLA

Welcome, Oklahoma! Over 100,000 records from our newest partner, OK Hub, are now discoverable in DPLA. These collections offer unique new resources, particularly in the areas of Native American history and culture, environmental and agricultural science, and the lives and experiences of generations of Oklahomans.

Sunshine State Digital Network Brings Florida’s Collections to DPLA

We are pleased to announce that over 74,000 new materials from Florida’s Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) are now discoverable in DPLA. Please join us in welcoming SSDN partners Florida State University, University of Miami, and Florida International University to the DPLA network.

DPLA Announces New Curation Corps Members for Open Bookshelf

DPLA is pleased to welcome the newest members to the DPLA Curation Corps, a group of librarians and information professionals who will curate and offer guidance on Open Bookshelf, a collection of open access content available through the DPLA Exchange.

Hydra-In-A-Box Project Accomplishments and What’s Next

Hydra-in-a-Box project partners Stanford University, DuraSpace, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announce next steps following the completion of IMLS-funded project to develop Hyku, a scalable, performant, and multi-tenant digital content repository solution within the Samvera (previously known as Hydra) framework.

John S. Bracken to head Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that John S. Bracken has been selected to be the next Executive Director of DPLA, beginning December 4, 2017. A demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations, Bracken will lead DPLA in its next chapter of development, as the organization embarks upon its fifth year of operation.