Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wisconsin joins Digital Public Library of America as a Service Hub

As mentioned in a previous blog post, Wisconsin was interested in being a Service Hub with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and now it is official! The Digital Public Library welcomed four new Service Hubs on August 28. The Service Hubs represent the following states: Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
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Developed from contributions by participating institutions, with major financial support from the Alfred B. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museums and Library Services, and others, 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.

DPLA is made up of Content Hubs and Service Hubs, aggregating over 11 million items from hundreds of institutions. The Content Hubs consist of large digital collections from institutions such as the Smithsonian and the National Archives. Services Hubs are state or regional collaboratives that collect digital collections from multiple partners.

Recollection Wisconsin is the collaborative that will operate as the Service Hub; the six Governing Partners in the collaborative are Milwaukee Public Library, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, WiLS, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Department of Public Instruction. Dozens of public libraries have thousands of resources that are made available through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection Center. Other materials made available through DPLA in 2016 consists of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Freedom Summer Project.

DPLA is a portal and platform that allows for discoverability of local digital collections on an unprecedented scale. With each added Hub, whether it is a Service or Content Hub, DPLA allows software developers, researchers and others to create learning tools and apps for discovery and engagement through its API.

We look forward to when the Wisconsin Service Hub launches in 2016 and more exposure is given to the many wonderful local collections showcasing Wisconsin communities. To read more about the Service Hub planning process, governance, and implementation timeline, please visit http://recollectionwisconsin.org/dpla. For more information, please contact Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager Emily Pfotenhauer at emily@wils.org.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team