February 17, 2018

Why We Miss the First Sale Doctrine in Digital 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.

Innovative Interfaces Announces Plans to Integrate DPLA into Encore, and Launches Decision Center

Innovative Interfaces Inc. today announced a new development initiative that will integrate access to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) into its Encore Synergy platform. Separately, the company announced today that its Decision Center collection management solution has been implemented at several public and academic libraries, including Jefferson County Public Library (CO), Tulsa City-County Library (OK), and University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

What the DPLA Can Mean for Libraries

One of the concerns expressed about the planning initiative to create a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is that its very existence might threaten public libraries. While I credit this fear—no outcome to this initiative could be worse—the DPLA is designed to do precisely the opposite: to establish a platform and resources that will help libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, both public and private, to succeed in a digital era.

DPLA, Europeana Launch Joint Virtual Exhibition Detailing Immigration Connections

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana today announced the official launch of Leaving Europe: A new life in America, a jointly curated virtual exhibition that tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition includes digitized photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, letters, audio, government documents, and other materials from U.S. and European libraries, museums, and archives, curated to describe the experiences faced by different groups emigrating from Europe to the United States.

Building a Digital Public Library of America

Above the front doors of the Boston Public Library (BPL) appear the words: “Free to all.” The BPL will host a celebration in April 2013 to launch, officially, a project that is based upon these same three words. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an ambitious, broad-based effort to establish a new library platform for our digitally-mediated age.

DPLA Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

From a DPLA Announcement: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of five members to the inaugural DPLA Board of Directors. The inaugural Board will support the DPLA’s goal of creating and maintaining a free, open, and sustainable national digital library resource. The inaugural DPLA Board is […]

With New Funding, DPLA Sets Sights on Search

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $1 million to fund the creation of the infrastructure for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week, and the organization will now turn its focus toward developing a way to search across the many disparate collections involved with the project.

Darnton Makes the Case for DPLA at Columbia Law

Robert Darnton, director of Harvard’s University Library, delivered the 25th annual Horace S. Manges Lecture at Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center on April 2. Entitled Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books, Darnton’s case for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) made extended analogies between the current situation and the commercial monopolies that […]

Nine "Beta Sprint" Proposals To Be Featured at Digital Public Library of America Meeting

The steering committee for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has invited the creators of nine project proposals to present their work at the DPLA’s upcoming plenary meeting, scheduled for October 21 in Washington, DC (which LJ will be attending and covering). The proposals were submitted as part of the […]

Digital Public Library of America Announces a Beta Sprint

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee has announced a “beta sprint” to encourage the development of demonstrations of what the library might ultimately look like.  The committee is looking for ideas, either code or content, that express what a DPLA could be.  Initial versions of these beta systems are due to the […]