November 28, 2015

The San Francisco Deets | ALA 2015

ALA 2015 logo

The opening general session of this year’s American Library Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco was a feel good fest, thanks largely to the good luck and good planning that ALA demonstrated in booking Roberta Kaplan, lawyer for the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, as the opening keynote. On the two-year anniversary of that case, the Court found in favor of marriage equality, turning Kaplan’s speech into an emotional victory celebration punctuated with standing ovations.

DPLA, Europeana, Creative Commons Collaborate on International Rights Statements


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) joined forces with Europeana and Creative Commons (CC) to create a collaborative, interoperable platform for international rights statements. The International Rights Statement Working Group (Working Group), composed of representatives from the three organizations, spent the past 12 months outlining a proposal for a common framework to provide rights statements for both national and international cultural heritage objects.

ASERL, DPLA Launch Southern Agriculture History Portal

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) are teaming to launch a new collection of agricultural research and resources from ASERL’s 38 member libraries. From photographs to field notes, the ‘Deeply Rooted’ collection will mark the first time many of these items have been made available outside of the walls of their host libraries.

HathiTrust Doubles DPLA Collection with More Than Three Million Books

The HathiTrust Digital Library will become The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)’s single largest content hub, the two institutions announced on June 18. The metadata records associated with some 3,384,638 volumes (and growing daily) held by the HathiTrust will be accessible on the web at, and through the DPLA application programming interface (API). (The digitized volumes themselves will continue to reside in HathiTrust.)

Begins Today: A HathiTrust and DPLA Partnership

From the DPLA Blog: The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

This Week in Libraries: Dan Cohen, Director of the Digital Public Library of America

This Week in Libraries #98: Dan Cohen, Director of the Digital Public Library of America

Creating an open environment for reading and research; analyzing copyright shades of grey; and linking libraries, archives, and museums together to better explore new ways of accessing digital collections. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!

Librarians Respond to DPLA Launch

Librarians Respond to DPLA Launch

Launched yesterday, the Digital Public Library of America’s portal offers browsing and search access to a still growing aggregation of cultural heritage records from dozens of US cultural heritage institutions. At the same time, DPLA began offering programmatic access to its metadata stores, urging developers to create their own interfaces and access points to the collections. First impressions have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements.

What is the DPLA?

BRANDING TOWARD LAUNCH (clockwise from top): Temporary tattoos on participants’ hands at DPLA Midwest say “we mean business” when it comes to governance and authoring a road map to success; the official DPLA launch on April 18 is the culmination of dozens of events and many years of work from a wide range of stakeholders; a few of many photo booth support shots, spreading the word online about the launch event. Photos by Joey Mornin

The question that has most frequently come up in the course of the two-year planning process for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has been a very simple one: What is it?

Since April 2010, the planning initiative has taken the form of an extended, national design phase to plan out what we should build together. The emphasis of this process has been to solicit diverse views as to what the “it” should be that we are working toward.

Q&A: Dan Cohen on His Role as the Founding Executive Director of DPLA

Q&A: Dan Cohen on His Role as the Founding Executive Director of DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week appointed Dan Cohen as its founding Executive Director. LJ caught up with him to discuss his work as Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and his plans for DPLA.

Why We Miss the First Sale Doctrine in Digital Libraries

What the DPLA Can Mean for Libraries

In this article, the fourth installment in a series on the initiative to build a Digital Public Library of America, I examine the underlying role of law in the ebook lending debate, explore potential solutions to the problems, and consider how the DPLA can contribute to solutions for those we serve. At the core of this issue is the way the copyright law works–or doesn’t–when it comes to books, libraries, and readers in the United States today and into the future.