This just in from DPLA:
This is the second in a series of updates about DPLA’s work to maximize access to ebooks. Check out the first post in this series introducing DPLA’s plans.
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At DPLAfest this past April, the DPLA Board of Directors approved a plan to move forward with an ebook pilot aimed at improving access to a broad selection of open and licensed ebooks through market-based methods. We at DPLA are evaluating what we could potentially do from a community and technology perspective to help libraries maximize patron access to ebooks and other e-content. Through the pilot, set to launch in early fall, DPLA will manage technology solutions for 3-5 large public libraries and consortia.
First, some background: US libraries began providing ebooks through OverDrive in 2004. Since then, library ebooks have been provided through siloed, vertically integrated systems in which users can discover and borrow books from a given vendor only in that vendor’s website and apps. In 2012, a group of frustrated library leaders mobilized to form Readers First to fight for a better user experience for their patrons. This grassroots movement has advocated with some success for more open systems and empowered libraries to demand more from e-content vendors. These innovative, library-driven efforts have also led to multiple IMLS-funded grant projects moving us closer to the vision of a national digital platform. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America Launching Ebook Pilot
DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The event will bring together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals.
DPLA has just released the schedule, including a very extensive listing of the speakers.
From a DPLA press release:
We received an excellent array of submissions in response to this year’s call for proposals and are excited to officially unveil the dynamic program that we have lined up for you. Look for opportunities to engage with topics such as social justice and digital collections; public engagement; library technology and interoperability; metadata best practices; ebooks; and using digital collections in education and curation projects.
DPLAfest 2017 presenters represent institutions across the country—and as far as Europe—but also include folks from some of our host city’s premier cultural and educational institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and Chicago State University. We are also grateful for the support and collaboration of DPLAfest hosting partners Chicago Public Library, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Chicago Collections, and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced that it’s looking for next year’s location for its annual two-day event focused on discussions, workshops, and fun events related to ebooks, education, technology, libraries, and, as written on their site, “creative use of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.” This year’s event took place in mid April and was hosted by National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
The deadline for institutions interested in hosting (or co-hosting) in 2017 is fast approaching (June 7th), so universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others, are encouraged to apply here.
DPLA is exactly the kind of initiative NSR supports, encourages, and commends. This magnificent platform/portal, freely available to the world, enables “new and transformative uses of digitized cultural heritage.” Those who need a crash course on how DPLA is making the world a better place may watch this introductory video. Other details about the application process below. Continue reading Who will host DPLAfest 2017? Those interested have two weeks left to apply
Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need
February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free
The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to provide substantial support towards DPLAâ€™s mission in the form of a $250,000 grant to strengthen DPLAâ€™s technical capabilities. This grant will allow DPLA to expand its technology team to handle additional content ingestion and to implement important new features based around its platform and website.
Todayâ€™s grant represents the third investment in DPLAâ€™s mission by this anonymous donor. In 2013 they contributed to the rapid scaling-up of DPLAâ€™s Hub network, and in 2015 they provided support for DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis. Continue reading DPLA Receives $250,000 from Anonymous Donor to Expand Technical Capabilities
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 â€“ an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations
The American Library Associationâ€™s (ALA)Â annual conferenceÂ is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are markedÂ [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked withÂ [A], for â€˜affiliateâ€™.
FEATURED DPLA EVENTS
SATURDAY, JUNEÂ 27
[S]Â Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth, Day #1
2:00 PM â€“ 3:00 PM / Moscone Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 3731
Connect withÂ DPLA staffers at the Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth on Monday, June 29 from 10 AM â€“ 11 AM.
Participants:Â Dan Cohen (DPLA Executive Director), Emily Gore (DPLA Director for Content), Amy Rudersdorf (DPLA Assistant Director for Content)
Continue reading DPLA events at the upcoming ALA Conference
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from theÂ Whiting FoundationÂ to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process. Continue reading DPLA receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education
Download the DPLA Strategic Plan here.
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The Digital Public Library of AmericaÂ launchedÂ on April 18, 2013, less than two years ago.Â And what a couple of years it has been. From a staff of threeÂ people, a starting slate of two million items, and 500 contributing institutions, we are nowÂ an organization of 12, with over eight million items from 1,300 contributing institutions. We have materials from all 50 statesâ€”and from around the worldâ€”in a remarkable 400 languages. Within our collection are millions ofÂ books and photographs, maps of all shapes and sizes, material culture and works of art, the products of science and medicine, and rare documents, postcards, and media. Continue reading DPLA releases strategic plan
BOSTON â€” The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLAâ€™s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible
DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model
BOSTON â€” The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of Americaâ€™s libraries, archives, and museums. Continue reading DPLA receives $594,000 in new funding from Mellon Foundation
The DPLA just emailed out these links, summarizing events held last month.
On October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfestâ€”two days of vibrant discussionsÂ and workshops that brought together hundreds of ibrarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and other participants from across the country. Since then we’ve published a short series of blog posts highlighting some of the key events, workshops, and conversations coming out of the fest. You can find links to these DPLAfest roundup posts below.
From a DPLA Press Release, August 1, 2013
Boston, MA â€” The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together Americaâ€™s collections and providing new pathways into them.
â€œThis is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,â€ said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA. Continue reading DPLA receives major grant from anonymous donor
Ann Arbor, MI â€“ The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrustâ€™s public domain and other openly available content.
DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of Americaâ€™s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content
Digital Public Library of America Announces Partnership with David Rumsey Map Collection
April 30, 2013
Cambridge,Â MAÂ â€” The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce it is partnering with theÂ David Rumsey Map CollectionÂ to provide online access to tens of thousands of significant historical maps and images. As part of the relationship, David Rumsey will provide metadata for over 38,000 maps and images, making the entirety of his notable online collection instantly accessible via theÂ DPLA websiteÂ andÂ APIÂ. Continue reading DPLA partners with David Rumsey Map Collection for metadata of 38,000 maps and images
March 12, 2013
Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.
The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make Americaâ€™s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point. Continue reading National Archives to help launch first DPLA project
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. Weâ€™ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokinâ€™ fast!
Continue reading DPLA Appfest scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012