Press: The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

“The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge. How is that possible? In order to answer that question, I would like to describe the first steps and immediate future of the DPLA. But before going into detail, I think it important to stand back and take a broad view of how such an ambitious undertaking fits into the development of what we commonly call an information society.”

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South Carolina brings digital wealth to library project

South Carolina brings digital wealth to library project

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

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Press: Episode 97: Digital Potato Library of America

“In another single-topic Digital Campus, we react to the news that Dan is headed to the Digital Public Library of America as its Executive Director (no tears, no tears) by forcing him to tell us all about it. Special guests on the podcast include Berkman Center and DPLA Technical Workstream member David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know and Everything is Miscellaneous as well as Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows and The Big Switch. Issues raised include Internet centralization, the future of public libraries, and Mr. Potato Head.”

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Press: Q&A: Knowledge liberator

Robert Darnton heads the world’s largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate.

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Digital Library Digest: March 28, 2013

This week’s digest looks at libraries’ new ways of browsing digital data, the creation of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation in Europe, a Massachusetts library’s quest to create a digital learning lab that stresses hanging out/messing around/geeking out, the new app from the National Library of Australia for browsing their collection of 13,000 sheets of music, and finally, a documentary from 2002 entitled “The Library in Crisis” that still rings true today.

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ARTstor to help launch the Digital Public Library of America

ARTstor to help launch the Digital Public Library of America

ARTstor is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide access to more than 10,000 high-quality images from six leading museums.

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Sharing oral histories from Minnesota’s immigrant population

Sharing oral histories from Minnesota’s immigrant population

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It focuses on one of the six state digital libraries that will act as a service hub for the project. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

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New York’s Underground Libraries

New York’s Underground Libraries

“The Underground New York Public Library” brings e-books to commuters, while a blog of the same name documents which books straphangers are reading on the subway.

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A plan for libraries to aggregate metadata into one central portal

A plan for libraries to aggregate metadata into one central portal

The following is part of a series that looks at The Digital Public Library of America – the first national effort to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. It is written by Annie Schutte, a librarian, teacher and consultant for Knight Foundation.

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Digital Library Digest: March 21, 2013

This week’s digest covers the digitization of Spanish documents in Florida which are the earliest written document of any region in the U.S., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s recent public domain addition of 20K high-res images, a data-driven public art display called “Filament Mind” at the Teton County Library in Wyoming, the Maine Shared Collections Strategy and a webcast from the Library of Congress about “A Digital Shift.”

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