Digital Public Library Of America Strategic Plan

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has a lofty goal of bringing "together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and mak[ing] them freely available to the world. It 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. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used."

And DPLA now has a strategic plan to work from. "Following a successful planning phase and launch in April 2013, the Digital Public Library of America is well on its way toward achieving its ambitious goal of bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites, and making them freely available to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public. The strategic plan lays out DPLA’s goals for 2015 through 2017. It focuses on critical elements that must be completed in this timeframe for DPLA to succeed—top priorities—as well as areas that we must pay careful attention to, and in some cases prepare the groundwork for—supplemental priorities."

As noted in Advanced Technology Libraries, "[t]he top priorities are to 1) complete a hub network so that all collections and item types in America have an on-ramp to DPLA; 2) fully build out the technology platform to ensure a solid foundation for many years to come and to anticipate further growth and diversification; 3) and pursue an outreach plan that gets DPLA resources more widely into the hands of the global public, into education at all levels, and onto the screen of amateur and family historians and developers who are creating the latest app and Web sites.

Although the strategic plan lays out a few topic priorities, "[i]n the next three years, DPLA's top priority is to complete its national network of service hubs so that it can draw materials from every state in the union. Currently there are 11 state or regional hubs, which cover 15 states."



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