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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].

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].

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].

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].

June 9, 2015

Digital Public Library of America DPLA receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from the Whiting Foundation to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process. [Full Announcement].

October 24, 2013

Digital Public Library of America Digital Public Library of America announces million-dollar grant to train public librarians in digital technologies. The Digital Public Library of America announced that it has received a $990,195 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build upon its network of library professionals and organizations to pilot a national-scale training system for public librarians. Under the grant, the DPLA will collaborate with its service “hubs”—regional digital library partners located in states and regions in the United States—to build curricular resources and implement hands-on training programs that develop digital skills and capacity within the staffs of public libraries. [Full Announcement].