DPLA to launch a membership program

On September 1, 2017, DPLA will launch the Hub Network Membership program. According to DPLA’s announcement, “the program will create a closer, more formal collaboration between DPLA and the members of the Hub Network to achieve [their] common goals and is an essential step in providing a structure and framework to give Hubs a voice in the direction of DPLA.”

More from the announcement:

The DPLA Hub Network is a unique nationwide collective working toward the shared goal to bring the riches of our nation’s cultural heritage organizations to a broad, engaged public. Together, we inspire collaboration and help build capacity among institutions of all types, sizes, and resource levels. Through membership, we can work more effectively together, ensuring that the network remains vibrant, engaged, productive, and focused on the highest priority needs of its members. Sustainability of the network benefits us all.

DPLA brings together a rich, unique collection of over 16 million items from dozens of Hubs and thousands of contributing institutions. Since its inception, millions of individuals, from young students to retired lifelong learners, have taken advantage of the free and open resources that DPLA provides in collaboration with the Hubs Network. DPLA is focused on maximizing access to and user engagement with the Nation’s shared history, culture, and knowledge. Collaboration advances the impact of our network, leading our users to deeper engagement with and understanding of our shared culture.

More on DPLA’s Hubs:

Content Hubs

DPLA content hubs are large libraries, museums, archives, or other digital repositories that maintain a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA. Content hubs, as a general rule, provide more than 200,000 unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) to the DPLA, and commit to maintaining and enhancing those records as needed. Read about our current content hubs.

Service Hubs

DPLA service hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host, aggregate, or otherwise bring together digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. State and regional hubs agree to collect content that describes their local history, but also content about the US broadly and, when available, international topics. Each service hub offers its partners services that range from professional development, digitization, metadata creation or enhancement, to hosting or metadata aggregation. They may also provide community outreach programs to increase users’ awareness of digital content of local relevance.

Service hubs provide DPLA with their partners’ unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) through a single data feed, such as OAI-PMH. They serve as the point of contact for the maintenance and enhancement of metadata records. Read about our current service hubs.