From the DPLA Web Site:
The Digital Public Library of America—a groundbreaking project that will make content in our nation’s archives and special collections digital, searchable and freely available—will launch pilot projects in seven states with $1 million in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
State libraries and regional digital library collaboratives in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah will be the first to participate as “service” hubs in the pilot effort. Users ultimately will be able to search across these local collections, finding information on a topic—like the Civil War or the Great Depression—via records from throughout the country.
The seven pilot sites will provide direct services at the regional and local level, digitizing thousands of items at each hub location, sending trainers to teach staff how to categorize the digitized materials and providing virtual storage space.
The Digital Public Library of America is scheduled to launch a prototype in April 2013 that will make hundreds of thousands of digital items freely available to the public.
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