April 19th, 2013 by Louise Sherby
The Digital Public Library of America launched Thursday, April 18th, at noon. The DPLA is the result of the collaborative effort of many libraries, archives and museums to bring together their amazing cultural resources in one portal for easy access to the public. The DPLA “strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science” and make them easily accessible by subject, author, time and place. The DPLA is an all-digital collection of photographs, moving images, maps, and other digital objects that were previously only available on-site in the institutions that housed them. Now they are available to all users for free via the DPLA portal. This new resource, which will continue to grow as more institutions join and add their collections to the library, is an incredible achievement, one that will have an amazing impact on research and future scholarship. So check it out and see the wonderful images now available for you to use in your research. Visit often as the collections grow and new materials continue to be added.