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DPLA: Home

An overview of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Exploring the DPLA

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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a metadata aggregator and search portal for freely-available digital collections held by libraries, museums, and archives around the United States. DPLA identifies three main components of its mission:

  • A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America.
  • A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage.
  • An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century.

Primary Source Sets

The DPLA's Primary Source Sets are curated collections of material organized around specific themes. Each set contains primary source items from DPLA contributing institutions, links for further research, and a teaching guide about the particular topic.

Metadata Librarian

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Shaun Akhtar
6025 Baker Library
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-6532