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March 29, 2024

Digital Public Library of America Towards a new fund and home for America's digital heritage. The Digital Public Library of America recently conducted a review of its hallmark program, the aggregation and sharing of nearly 50 million images and files from over 6,000 libraries and archives across the US. The organization is taking two conclusions from that process. First, it have affirmed the belief that our collaborative efforts to collect and share the nation's digitized items are making a real impact through our curated collections, work with the Wikimedia Commons and our professional working groups. Second, in order for that work to expand and flourish, it needs an institutional home beyond that which a small organization like DPLA can provide. DPLA is launching a search to select a vibrant and durable home for this extraordinary resource. This new home will expand the availability of the nation's memories for the long-term good of all our communities, leading to increased use of our collections and a greater array of partnerships. The core operations of this work will be supported by a multi-million dollar fund that we are in the process of raising. [Full Announcement].

December 15, 2023

Digital Public Library of America Toward a digital library ownership model. The Digital Public Library of America has been helping libraries meet the growing demand from readers for ebooks and audiobooks by working with publishers to provide licensing terms that help libraries maximize access and get the most out of their dollar. While the variety of options and licensing terms we have developed have been well received by our partners, they still do not allow libraries to own digital content outright, the way they do physical books. In recent years the Digital Public Library of America has heard growing interest from librarians who want to own their digital content. In response, they are developing a model, described below, that would allow libraries to own, rather than license, digital content, without the operational challenges of executing their own deals with publishers, ingesting content and book feeds, or hosting files on their own. [Full Announcement].

October 3, 2023

Digital Public Library of America DPLA partners with the University of Chicago Library to expand The Banned Book Club. Digital Public Library of America announced a new partnership with the University of Chicago Library to expand The Banned Book Club. We launched The Banned Book Club in July 2023 to ensure that every reader in communities where books have been banned can access ebook versions of banned titles for free via the Palace app. This new collaboration between DPLA and the University of Chicago Library will expand access to The Banned Book Club to all readers in Chicago and the state of Illinois and underscores our shared commitment to ensuring intellectual freedom for all. [Full Announcement].

July 20, 2023

Digital Public Library of America DPLA launches The Banned Book Club to ensure access to banned books. Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched The Banned Book Club to ensure that all readers have access to the books they want to read. The Banned Book Club makes e-book versions of banned books available to readers in locations across the United States where titles have been banned. The e-books will be available to readers for free via the Palace e-reader app. [Full Announcement].

February 9, 2023

Digital Public Library of America Palace Marketplace to offer more than 200,000 new titles by independent authors. Digital Public Library of America announced the launch of a new independent author catalog in Palace Marketplace. Palace Marketplace now offers more than 1.2 million ebooks and audiobooks from all of the Big 5 publishers, Amazon Publishing, Audible, hundreds of mid-sized and independent publishers, and independent authors. The addition of these new titles will help libraries expand access to diverse content at reasonable licensing terms while supporting independent authors. Palace Marketplace will offer more than 200,000 titles from Smashwords and Draft2Digital. At launch, all of these titles will be available with a perpetual one-at-a-time license, often at less than $10 per title, with more licensing options to be made available in the coming months. As an additional service to libraries, the DPLA Curation Corps of librarians will be preparing selections of recommended titles to help libraries quickly and easily identify titles appropriate for their collections. We expect to add hundreds of thousands of titles from Draft2Digital and other distributors over the course of the coming year. [Full Announcement].

January 4, 2023

Digital Public Library of America DPLA to make cultural treasures freely available on Wikipedia with new Sloan Foundation support. A $750,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the Digital Public Library of America will fuel a multi-year effort to connect America's cultural heritage institutions with Wikipedia, the world's free online encyclopedia. This grant will offer an opportunity to make millions of cultural treasures from hundreds of American libraries, archives, and museums freely available online, including Renaissance manuscripts from Philadelphia's Science History Institute; historic photos of the Pacific Northwest from Seattle Public Library; and portraits of 18th-century actors from the University of Illinois. [Full Announcement].

September 7, 2022

Digital Public Library of America DPLA Board of Directors elects Felton Thomas as chair. The DPLA Board of Directors has elected Felton Thomas, Jr., executive director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library, as its new chair at its annual meeting last month. His term as chair will extend through June 2025. Thomas will replace Denise Stephens, the Peggy V. Helmerich Dean of University Libraries at the University of Oklahoma, whose term of service has ended after six years, the last three of which she served as board chair. [Full Announcement].

July 14, 2022

Digital Public Library of America DPLA announces creation of Digital Equity Project Community of Practice. DPLA announced $850,000 in new funding from the Mellon Foundation to support our efforts to advance racial justice in American archives. This funding will enable DPLA to launch a Digital Equity Project to provide support for underrepresented, under-resourced archives and expand DPLA's capacity for supporting and partnering with diverse archival projects. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2022

Digital Public Library of America DPLA to leverage new Knight Foundation support to expand access to knowledge via the Palace Marketplace. DPLA has received a new $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to further DPLA's work to advance The Palace Project. This funding will allow us to expand Palace Marketplace, the only not-for-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace, as well as Palace Bookshelf, our collection of more than 11,000 open-access ebooks curated by the DPLA Curation Corps of librarians. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2021

Digital Public Library of America Towards access for all: Introducing The Palace Project. Yesterday we shared the news that we and our partners at LYRASIS have created The Palace Project to develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons. The Palace Project is made possible by a generous $5 million award by Knight Foundation. [Full Announcement].

May 18, 2021

Digital Public Library of America DPLA signs agreement with Amazon Publishing to make their ebooks available to U.S. libraries. Digital Public Library of America announced that we have signed an agreement with Amazon Publishing to make all of the approximately 10,000 Amazon Publishing ebooks and audiobooks available to libraries and their patrons through the DPLA Exchange, the only not-for-profit, library-centered content marketplace. This marks the first time that ebooks from Amazon Publishing have been made available to libraries. Like our previous publisher arrangements, this agreement furthers our mission to expand equitable access to ebooks and audiobooks while protecting library patron privacy. [Full Announcement].

April 13, 2021

Digital Public Library of America Flexible licensing models from the DPLA Exchange. DPLA's ebooks program serves our mission of maximizing access to digital content by giving libraries across the country greater control over their acquisition and delivery of ebooks and audiobooks; making more diverse content easily available to libraries and their patrons; and advocating for the needs of libraries with publishers. The DPLA Exchange is a key component of this work. The DPLA Exchange is the only non-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace developed in consultation with libraries, for libraries. It serves a rapidly growing list of libraries, including large public libraries like the New York Public Library, [Full Announcement].

January 9, 2020

Digital Public Library of America DPLA And Bibliolabs partner to provide unprecedented statewide ebooks access. The Digital Public Library of America has partnered with BiblioLabs to offer libraries the ability to license a growing collection of more than 16,000 ebooks, including independent author collections and titles from a number of major publishers, using a simultaneous multi-use model that allows an unlimited number of patrons to borrow books at the same time. BiblioLabs has been a pioneer in statewide ebook projects, using innovative and sustainable lending models to help libraries scale ebook programs in new and exciting ways. The partnership will give state libraries the unprecedented ability to provide ebook collections to every resident in the state. [Full Announcement].

December 12, 2019

Digital Public Library of America DPLA cultural artifacts coming to Wikipedia through new collaboration with Wikimedia Foundation. In an effort to make artifacts from cultural heritage institutions more accessible to all, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the national aggregator of digital heritage collections, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, are collaborating to incorporate DPLA’s cultural artifacts into Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Funded by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this collaboration will expand the availability of artifacts such as books, maps, government documents, photos, and more from U.S. cultural heritage institutions across the web. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2019

Digital Public Library of America Digital Public Library of America receives $622,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand access to nation's digital collections. Digital Public Library of America announced a new $622,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen and expand its national cultural heritage network and platform. DPLA's cultural heritage aggregation program has been its signature achievement since launching in 2013, making over 34 million items—photographs, maps, news footage, oral histories, manuscript documents, artwork, and more—from 4,000 libraries, museums, and archives across the country freely discoverable to all. [Full Announcement].

April 18, 2019

Digital Public Library of America New collaborative effort to develop a national digital ebooks platform for libraries announced. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and LYRASIS are pleased to announce a new collaboration to help provide all public libraries with a free, open, library-controlled platform for managing their ebook and audiobook services. Through this newly-established collaboration, DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS will each offer core services and tools that, in combination, will provide public libraries across the United States with a full-service pathway to acquire and deliver ebooks and audiobooks through a library-controlled marketplace and platform. [Full Announcement].

January 15, 2019

Digital Public Library of America DPLA receives $1.5 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Digital Public Library of America announced that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA a $1.5 million grant. The grant will enable DPLA to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for patrons through their libraries, building on its cultural heritage aggregation program. [Full Announcement].

November 7, 2017

Digital Public Library of America Hydra-In-A-Box Project accomplishments and what's next. Hyku is the result of a thirty-month project to develop a scalable, performant, and multi-tenant digital content repository solution within the Samvera (previously known as Hydra) framework. This work was announced in 2015 by Stanford University, DuraSpace, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2017

Digital Public Library of America John S. Bracken to head Digital Public Library of America. The Digital Public Library of America announced that John S. Bracken has been selected to be the next Executive Director of DPLA, beginning December 4, 2017. A demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations, Bracken will lead DPLA in its next chapter of development, as the organization embarks upon its fifth year of operation. [Full Announcement].

October 15, 2017

Digital Public Library of America DPLA Exchange offers library-centered ebook marketplace. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to unveil a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed.  The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources. [Full Announcement].

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