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The Digital Public Library of America Announces New Partnerships, Initiatives, and Milestones at DPLAfest 2015

“On the second anniversary of the Digital Public Library of America’s launch, DPLA announced a number of new partnerships, initiatives, and milestones that highlight its rapid growth, and prepare it to have an even larger impact in the years ahead. At DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis, hundreds of people from DPLA’s expanding community gathered to discuss DPLA’s present and future.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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UT Joins Digital Public Library of America

“UT Libraries has partnered with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tenn-Share statewide library consortium to become a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America. Tennessee’s service hub was one of four successful applicants added to the DPLA network in February 2015. For most of American history, the ability to access materials for free through public libraries has been a central part of the culture, producing generations of avid readers and a knowledgeable, engaged citizenry. The DPLA sustains that tradition by bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available online through a single platform and portal.” (via Tennessee Today)

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DPLA Board of Directors Appoints Amy Ryan as New Chair

The nine-member Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library, as its next chair, beginning in July 2015 and effective for two years. Ryan will succeed the current chair, John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. “In an ever expanding world of information, the Digital Public Library of America occupies the intersection of how people learn, read, write, teach, access information and come together as a thinking community.” said Amy Ryan. “I am honored to participate in the leadership of the DPLA as we advance in making our cultural and intellectual heritage easily discovered and readily used by people of all ages and from all walks of life.” (via DPLA)

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100,000 Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute Now Available in the Digital Public Library of America

“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched in April 2013, the DPLA brings together millions of digitized books, artworks, and rare documents from American libraries, archives, and museums. Our collaboration has begun with nearly 100,000 records for digital images and texts from the Getty Research Institute’s Library and Special Collections, which contain a vast trove of rare and unique materials for the study of visual culture. In this work we join 20 other partners including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, and our own Los Angeles colleagues the USC Libraries. Via a beautifully designed, easy-to-use search, the DPLA makes available digital resources that would otherwise be findable only through individual institutions’ catalogues and specialized search portals. Results link to the digital items directly through partner institutions’ online catalogues as well as to shared repositories such as the Internet Archive (also a DPLA partner).” (via The Getty Iris)

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Digital Public Library of America wins Knight News Challenge award, receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials alongside international partners

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received $300,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge, an open contest seeking ideas that strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation. Selected from more than 650 applicants, DPLA’s “Getting it Right on Rights” project will create a simplified and more coherent rights structure for digital items, making access to, and use of, items found in large-scale digital collections like DPLA easier and more straightforward for users.” (via DPLA)

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Digital Public Library of America receives $81,000 from the Whiting Foundation to research educational uses of its growing collection

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received an $81,000 grant from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The grant will allow DPLA to convene in-person meetings for educators from a wide variety of institutions, including K-12 schools, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and research universities, this fall in Boston. The purpose of these meetings will be to define what DPLA and other large­-scale digital collections can do to better adapt their resources to address educational needs at the secondary and college level.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday with the Arrival of Six New Partners, Over 7 Million Items, and a Growing Community

“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la), a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners and other significant milestones that attest to the tremendous momentum the project has as it enters its second year. The New York Public Library (NYPL) this week expanded access to the full breadth of its digital collections through its partnership with DPLA, a major increase over its initial contribution of 14,000 records at DPLA’s launch. Over 1 million digitized items from throughout the Library’s research holdings are available, significantly increasing DPLA’s offerings by nearly 20%.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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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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And we’re off! DPLA Tumblr up and running

“As our current users know, the depth of the riches in the DPLA sees no bounds. So, today we’re launching a brand-new DPLA tumblr to bring these riches to new audiences. Five to seven posts per month will feature (mostly) images from our partners’ collections, and when we can, we’ll provide some context, commentary, or a story to go along. Join us for some beautiful images, a little history, and a lot of fun!” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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National digital library gains traction

“For a 6-month-old, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) already has grown quite large: from an initial 2.4 million available items in April to more than 5 million. Fame came fast too, “even in our infancy,” said DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen. This free online portal into American culture was less than three weeks old when Time magazine named it one of the best 50 websites of the year. DPLA is an enormous free public library under a digital roof. With a few clicks of computer keys, users can access millions of links to online books, photographs, movies, and other cultural artifacts from collaborating institutions, including digital collections at the Harvard Library.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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