May 22, 2022

DPLA Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

From a DPLA Announcement:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of five members to the inaugural DPLA Board of Directors. The inaugural Board will support the DPLA’s goal of creating and maintaining a free, open, and sustainable national digital library resource.

The inaugural DPLA Board is composed of public and research librarians, technologists, intellectual property scholars, and business experts from around the country:

  • Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons
  • Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan; DPLA Steering Committee
  • Laura DeBonis, Former Director of Library Partnerships for Google Book Search
  • Luis Herrera, City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco; DPLA Steering Committee
  • John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy, Andover; DPLA Steering Committee

“I am delighted and honored to join the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America,” said Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons. “Just as libraries are the cornerstone of the educational and cultural life of a community, a digital library that’s open and accessible to everyone is crucial to the future of the Internet.”

Luis Herrera, City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco, remarked, “I am deeply honored to serve on the inaugural DPLA Board.  Thanks to the extraordinary work of the Steering Committee, the workstreams and the DPLA Secretariat, the groundwork is in place to bring the DPLA vision to fruition.  I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to helping support the DPLA’s goal of creating and maintaining a free, open and sustainable digital library resource.”

In coordination with the DPLA’s future Executive Director, the Board will be largely responsible for such fundamental activities as the setting of budgets and general oversight and endorsement of strategy.  The new Board will seek to fulfill the DPLA’s broad commitment to openness, inclusiveness, and accessibility, and it will endeavor towards these ends in the best interest of its stakeholders, future employees, future users, and other affected parties.

Read the Complete Announcement, Read Bios of Each Member

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