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DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model

“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 America’s libraries, archives, and museums.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

“Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he’d built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. Carnegie donated $300,000 to build Washington, D.C.’s oldest library — a beautiful beaux arts building that dates back to 1903. Inscribed above the doorway are the words: Science, Poetry, History. The building was “dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge.” (via NPR)

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Rethinking Andrew Carnegie’s Library Gift to New York City

“They were meant as a generous gift: 67 library branches across New York City, funded with $5 million given by Andrew Carnegie after the turn of the 20th century. Built with decorative flourishes and grand entrances, dozens still stand as stately ideals of a public edifice. But sometimes, the industrialist’s gift can feel like a burden. The so-called Carnegie branches, built between 1902 and 1929, are costlier than others to repair, maintain and upgrade, said officials with the city’s three library systems. The buildings generally aren’t handicapped accessible, and their layouts don’t always serve modern needs. Many are landmarked, making renovations pricier.” (via WSJ.com)

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