The Digital Public Library of America launched today at dp.la. Planning for the DPLA began in 2010 to bring to life the vision of a comprehensive public American online library. The project houses millions of items including: images, text, moving images, and sound files. The content of the portal is provided through cultural institutions across the country.
From their blog:
“Many decades in the visioning, two and a half years in the planning, with a small steering committee and an incubation hub at the helm, and featuring dozens of great libraries, universities and archives involved in hundreds of meetings, workshops, plenary meetings, and hackathons, attracting thousands of volunteers backed by millions of foundation and government dollars, today the Digital Public Library of America goes live! It’s a great day for education and progress, as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all,” said Doron Weber, Vice Chair of the DPLA Steering Committee and Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a major, active funder of the project.
This project is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Arcadia Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Start searching this groundbreaking new resource at http://dp.la/search !