The DPLA describes itself as a free online library that provides access to millions of books, photographs, maps, audiovisual materials, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. In one place, the public can find items from a wide range of institutions, from small and local, to large and national.
Developed from contributions by participating institutions, with major financial support from the Alfred B. Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and others, the DPLA continues to expand its scope. It is structured as a common congregator for access to resource repositories, providing - as stated in its resource materials - a single point of access for students, teachers, and the public to a broad range of resources on a platform that enables "new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage."
Wisconsin is preparing to serve as a service hub, operated by Recollection Wisconsin, with the following Governing Partners: Milwaukee Public Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WiLS, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Recollection Wisconsin. In the 2016 LSTA plan the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has a grant category to help provide coordination support for the project.
|Design structure for DPLA (infographic developed by community reps)|
The DPLA is now recruiting librarians and other information professionals to help validate and select books for inclusion in the program to help connect children with e-books. Librarians interested in participating in the "curator corps" can find more information here.
The DPLA is seeking those that would like to spread the word about what it is about to local communities. If you are enthusiastic about open access, digital collections, and the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for DPLA by volunteering as a Community Rep.
Additional information and resources about the history of the Digital Public Library of America and its projects are compiled into a PDF document and reading list.
John DeBacher and Ryan Claringbole