June 29, 2021
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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].
December 9, 2015
DPLA announces Knight Foundation Grant to research potential integration of newspaper content. The Digital Public Library of America has been awarded $150,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research the potential integration of newspaper content into the DPLA platform. [Full Announcement].
June 9, 2015
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].
April 18, 2015
The Digital Public Library of America Announces New Partnerships, nitiatives, 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. Announcements included: [Full Announcement].
October 24, 2013
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].