25 February 2015

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Continues to Expand

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) continues to expand! 

DPLA welcomes four new Service Hubs: Tennessee, Maryland, Maine, and the Caribbean. The notification goes into some detail about what entities are involved with these new hubs; often several different archives as part of a partnership/consortium.

There is a map at the bottom of this announcement showing Service Hubs, Service Hub partner states, Hubs in active development and 2015 applicants.

The collection currently includes over 8 million items from libraries, archives, and museums.

Want to learn more about this great resource, check out the Tutorials & Introductory Videos page.  This gives you perspective on the project as well as some helpful information about how to best access the available collected and growing history of America.

As always, do not assume that you will only find information in repositories located in the same geographic location of your locale of interest.  I searched on “Wake County” and came up with a list of materials from local institutions and also from institutions in Boston (MA), NYC, MD, VA, UT, SC and other locations!  In the past, it would have been very hard to identify, never mind visit, these out-of-state repositories for information about Wake County (NC).

"Wake County" NC records are found in many repositories outside of NC -- I bet the same holds true for whatever locale you are researching!

Sometimes it almost feels like so many neat collections of records and so little time!

There will be another call for DPLA Hubs this June (2015). If your state is currently not represented, this could be an opportunity for them to join this vibrant growing online digital library.


Editor’s note: Previous Upfront with NGS posts about DPLA ...

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