Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched on April 18, brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. The DPLA offers a single point of access (http://dp.la) to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, and moving images—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

Content providers include ARTstor, the Harvard Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, New York Public Library, the Smithsonian and the University of Virginia.

Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff. Each record in the DPLA contains a link to the digital object on the content provider’s website. Digital copies of some objects are available for download, based on the content provider and the individual rights status of the object.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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