Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is an organization dedicated to free public access to information in myriad formats. The DPLA works with libraries, museums, government agencies and archives across the country. “It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.”  Collaborating with “hubs” allows the organization to compile a collection of digital materials for public use. The strategic plan that is set in place from now until 2017 outlines their goals for the next three years, emphasizing the continuation of their digital HUB network and creating a stable and sustainable platform through expanding technology such as apps.

Partners of DPLA include the New York Public Library, the  Smithsonian Institution, the Harvard library and Empire State Digital Network. They also have established over 25 apps that might even be a future tool for academics. For example, the “Metadata Games” app, which  is described as a platform that “entices players to visit archives and explore humanities content while contributing to vital records,” could be used in the humanities classroom. The easy to use “bookshelf” allows the reader to search through the catalog, returning articles as well as related images. When an article is selected the user can even export to Endnote and freely view the full text version.

The DPLA is leading free information initiatives with a torch and waving flag. Join the march in support of the collaboration of libraries, universities and information organizations so that knowledge may continue to be shared freely.

“Our plan emphasizes throughout the core values of DPLA: maximal openness to our shared cultural heritage, a strong public spirit, an emphasis on collective action and collaboration across many institutions and individuals, and the free, democratic access to knowledge that public libraries are known for.”  – DPLA Stratic plan

Janet Clarke

Janet Clarke

Associate Dean, Research & User Engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries
Janet Clarke
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