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Press: “NEH Supports DPLA Technical Workshop”

“The Open Knowledge Commons (OKC) has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the first meeting of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Technical Workstream, which will explore and make recommendations around a proposed technical architecture for the DPLA.”


Press: “UNESCO Focus 2011: South Africa Pubs Still Begrudge E-books; In US, Digital Caters to the Public Interest”

“There has been some discussion of how an ECL might be structured to benefit e.g. the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), but given the absence of precedent in the USA for this form of voluntary rights association (VRA), achieving a solution equitable for all parties faces many hurdles.”


Press: “DPLA now considering separate academic and public library systems, and meanwhile the first Beta Sprint deadline is nearing—June 15”

From David Rothman: “I badly want the DPLA to succeed, but its people need to cut out the library-unity rhetoric and work toward intertwined but separate public and academic systems.”


Press: “The DPLA as a generative platform”

From Evolving Libraries: “I’m still convinced that there’s an alternate reality that branched off from our own in the 90s, where librarians led the development of the web instead of lagging far behind other interested parties. In our reality though, that ship has sailed–all libraries can really do now it is cast a grapple on Google and let it tow them along.”


Press: “Two more reasons for Library Outposts: the DPLA and YouMedia Learning Labs”

“The DPLA’s clean slate approach has the potential to connect and magnify the success and the considerable digital content already offered by projects like the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, or the American Memory project.”


Press: “Why are so many countries building ‘national’ digital libraries?”

“There have been a lot of announcements lately about the development of national and regional digital libraries. Most recently, the online Chinese newspaper, Xinhuanet, reported that China has plans to ‘build a nationwide digital library network with the National Digital Library of China at the center.'”


Press: “CLIR/DLF Receives Mellon Foundation Funding for Digital Public Library of America Prototype”

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR/DLF a $46,000 planning grant to develop a prototype for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).”


Press: “DPLA: a good idea that has a shot”

“At the moment, the DPLA has the luxury of being in the talk-and-think stage. The organization consists of a steering committee, an open wiki and an open mailing list.”


Press: “From Shelves to Internet: America’s Digital Library Takes Shape”

“Five-story robots patrol an underground chamber to retrieve books beneath the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. It’s a sight that would impress most people, but U.S. librarians and academics have their eyes set on a still more futuristic concept. They want to build the Digital Public Library of America.”


Press: “vs. Blockbuster as a lesson for America’s libraries—and why I’m losing faith in the DPLA’s ability to live up to its huge potential”

From David Rothman: “Perhaps someday the Digital ‘Public’ Library of America will puzzle out what it needs to be.”

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