May 17, 2022

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Releases a New Strategic Plan: Collaborating for Equitable Access to Knowledge for All

From DPLA:

A single point of access. A gateway to America’s cultural riches. Available to everyone. This was the founding vision of the Digital Public Library of America: an open, distributed national digital library to educate, inform and empower everyone.


Our mission remains constant: to provide equitable access to knowledge for all. We will advance this mission by expanding the cultural heritage aggregation network that has been our hallmark achievement, growing our collaborative ebooks solutions for libraries, and heightening our role as a library convener and innovator.

DPLA’s strategy is guided by three beliefs: that we are stronger when we work collaboratively; that everyone—particularly those historically marginalized from projects like ours—is included; and that digital technology can be a positive force for unleashing knowledge and enabling creativity.

This plan is the result of dozens of conversations with partners from across our field as well as with colleagues working in other areas. We thank all of those whose insight and feedback has shaped our thoughts over the last year, especially our Advisory Council and Network Council and the dozens of people who participated in interviews and surveys. Special thanks to Sarah Mayeda of InStride Advisors and to an anonymous donor who made the work possible.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.