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Tuesday, 5th March 2013

Digital Public Library of America to Debut Next Month

By Africa S. Hands

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

The long-planned Digital Public Library of America is set to make its public debut on schedule next month, with a two-day series of events, to be held April 18-19 at the Boston Public Library, and a new, high-profile leader at the helm. The DPLA announced on Tuesday that Daniel J. Cohen, a leading digital-humanities scholar, will be the project’s founding executive director.

A prototype DPLA portal will make its debut in Boston next month, to give people a sense of what “the public-facing part of this” will ultimately look like, according to the new executive director. Behind the scenes, an open interface will allow software developers to build on the DPLA platform.

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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