The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a project dedicated to providing a digital public library of openly licensed content. This includes the nation's archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. DPLA is focused on expanding America's libraries into the digital world and have been using grant funding to train public library staffs across the United States to acquire new and advanced digital skills. To further explain, Dan Cohen, DPLA's executive director, stated, "From its inception, the Digital Public Library of America has partnered with libraries across America to help bring their riches to country and the world. We can extend this partnership to help local libraries and librarians take full advantage of what digital technology has to offer," (MSU Libraries).
DPLA offers an interactive map on their website that allows people to see local projects. Shown below is a publication from Harrisville, Michigan. Audiences are able to view the publication by clicking on the link provided.
This year, DPLAfest will take place April 17-18, 2015 in Indianapolis. The event hosts a myriad of different people, including web developers, librarians, teachers and students, museum professionals, publishers, authors, and any member of the public who is interested in learning and engaging with community leaders. The sessions and discussions held at DPLAfest are diverse and cover everything from project management and ebooks, to digitization and education. View the schedule for a full list of sessions and events. If you will be in Indianapolis and are interested in attending the event, register here.
-by Tracy Reddington