January 23, 2022

New Video: The Story of NYPL’s Public Domain Drop (Recorded at DPLAfest 2016)

The video embedded below was recorded at the Library of Congress during DPLAfest 2016 on April 14, 2016. The video was made available online today.

The presentation features three members of the New York Public Library team responsible for wonderful and useful collection of materials in the public domain (approx. 187,000 items) that the library made accessible available online at the beginning of this year.

Here’s our intro post about the collection from January 6, 2016.

Now, to the video.

DPLAfest 2016: Free for All – The Story of NYPL’s Public Domain Drop


On January 6, 2016, the New York Public Library made out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections available as high-resolution downloads, with no permission required and no restrictions on use. Presenters shared the story of the release, including strategic, tactical, and impact design decisions and how it’s been received so far.


Greg Cram is associate director of copyright and information policy at the New York Public Library.

Josh Hadro is deputy director of NYPL Labs at the New York Public Library.

Shana Kimball is manager of public programs and outreach at the New York Public Library.

A text transcript of the video is also available.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.