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Current News Service and Archive


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].

February 22, 2017

Digital Public Library of America Michele Kimpton to Lead Business Development Strategy at DPLA. The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michele Kimpton will be joining its staff as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist beginning March 1, 2017. [Full Announcement].

January 13, 2017

Digital Public Library of America DPLA to expand access to ebooks with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Digital Public Library of America announced that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA $1.5 million to greatly expand its efforts to provide broad access to widely read ebooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their ebook collections, and for millions of readers nationwide to access those works easily. [Full Announcement].

December 6, 2016

Digital Public Library of America Teagle Foundation announces new grant supporting education at DPLA. The Digital Public Library of America is delighted to announce that it has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to extend its work around curated sets of primary source materials for the classroom. For the last two years, with funding from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA has built Primary Source Sets with a diverse group of educators in K-12 and higher ed. [Full Announcement].

November 15, 2016

Digital Public Library of America Michael Della Bitta Named DPLA Director of Technology. The Digital Public Library of America announce that Michael Della Bitta has been named Director of Technology. [Full Announcement].

April 15, 2016

Digital Public Library of America Announcing the launch of RightsStatements.org. In May 2015, the International Rights Statements Working Group released two white papers with our recommendations for establishing standardized rights statements for describing copyright and reuse status of digital cultural heritage materials, and the enabling technical infrastructure for those statements. After working for nearly a year to implement the recommendations of the white papers, the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of RightsStatements.org. [Full Announcement].

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