July 27, 2012 – Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced a $1 million award to support the incorporation and launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a project that seeks to digitize and gather the contents of the nation’s libraries and archives, and make them freely available online.
A coalition of libraries, archives, museums, and other nonprofit and academic entities in coordination with the Open Knowledge Commons, is working to create the Digital Public Library of America. The goal is to have a single portal for diverse, interdisciplinary digital archives from a range of institutions. The DPLA would allow scholars, students, and others to simultaneously access multiple collections.
“The Digital Public Library of America is an ambitious effort to create a national digital library system that will make the cultural heritage of the United States available to anyone with access to the internet,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach in a press release. “We don’t know precisely how a digital library will progress given the unpredictable imaginative capacity of users and the thorny issues of copyright. But we are confident that digital libraries are the logical extension of prior revolutions in the democratization of ideas.”
Additional information about the project is available on the NEH website.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]