The Scoop on the DPLA

Great article from In the Library with the Lead Pipe on the first weeks of the Digital Public Library of America, and how it affects the library profession.

I think this is my favorite line:

“DPLA is not a public library…”

Well great. Then what is it?

“The DPLA, in its current incarnation, is primarily a metadata repository that pulls open data from cultural heritage collections at multiple institutions and centralizes it.”

Okay… I’m on board.

And here’s a quote from a quote:

Dan Cohen: “I want the American public to know that the DPLA will be the place to go to find documents and images about their hometown, scanned and curated locally; to be able to pull out their smartphone, launch an app powered by DPLA’s data, and take an impromptu walking tour of the hidden past of their current location; to see the DPLA’s open and free content spread across classes from kindergarten to graduate school; and many other exciting possibilities enabled when formerly disparate collections are knit together—entirely new kinds of searching, discovery, and learning. Forget the massive technical infrastructure; if the DPLA can ignite that wonder that only libraries can provide, we will have done our job” (Enis, 2013).3