May 29, 2022

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Expands During 2014, More Than 3 Million Records Added

A superb post from the Digital Public Library of America with a large helping of data that breaks down the growth of the project in a number of areas during 2014.

You can review the complete DPLA post here

We hope DPLA provides a similar report sharing usage data, media mentions, etc.

A Small Sample of What’s Included Included in DPLA Post:

  • Contributors by Institution Type

We have nearly as many public library partners as those in universities, with good representation from archives and museums, as well.

  • Geographic Distribution Of Contributors
  • Diversity

In the 2013 research, we highlighted 50 of our contributing institutions as diverse according to their institutional mission using this definition. By the end of 2014, that number has increased to 86—a 72% jump.

  • Growth of Records

While we believe that our growth should be measured by the number and variety of our partners and the diversity of their collections, record growth inevitably draws attention. Since 2013, our collections have grown by nearly three million records. That’s a 50% growth in one year’s time!

Top Ten Hubs By Overall Record Growth

1. The New York Public Library 1,154,051
2. HathiTrust 504,816
3. Smithsonian Institution 184,702
4. The Portal to Texas History 163,810
5. Internet Archive 119,582
6. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center 77,635
7. Mountain West Digital Library 66,699
8. Digital Library of Georgia 65,074
9. Digital Commonwealth 47,843
10. ARTstor 46,158


Top Ten Hubs By Percentage Growth
1. The New York Public Library 8051%
2. ARTstor 453%
3. Internet Archive 99%
4. Digital Commonwealth 62%
5. The Portal to Texas History 47%
6. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center 42%
7. Digital Library of Georgia 33%
8. South Carolina Digital Library 33%
9. HathiTrust 29%
10. Smithsonian Institution 26%
  • Item Formats
  • Item Languages

Direct to Complete DPLA Post 

See Also: Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Releases New Strategic Plan (January 12, 2015)

See Also: Video: Dan Cohen, Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, Speaks at San Francisco Public Library (January 7, 2015)

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